SSAT – When talking about GRE scores, students will surely have many questions such as: “What is the standard GRE score?”, “How is the GRE score calculated?”. We will help you answer these 10 frequently asked questions about GRE scores.

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As you probably already know, your GRE score will have a great influence on your studies and later career. Therefore, it is important to know all the important information about GRE scores. Today, we’re going to take a look at 10 frequently asked questions about GRE scores.

Question 1: How are GRE scores calculated?

To understand in a simple way, you will have 2 types of scores: Raw score and Scaled score. Raw scores will be calculated according to the number of sentences the student gets correctly and from there will be converted to the Scaled score on a scale of 130 – 170. This progress of score conversion is quite complex as the GRE score is section-level adaptive. This means the computer selects the second section of a measure based on your performance on the first. Within each section, all questions contribute equally to the final score. 

In addition, you will have the score of the Analytical Writing section on a scale of 0-6 (in half-point increments) based on how you did compared to all other test takers.

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Question 2: What is a good GRE score?

For each individual, a good GRE score is the minimum score to help students meet the requirements of the Master’s or Doctoral programs that you desire. For example, a Quantitative Score of 160 might not be a good score for an MIT engineering student, but it could be an awesome score for an applicant to Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

The average score of GRE is usually 303 overall: Verbal 150 and Quant 153.

Question 3: How long are GRE scores valid for?

If you took (or will take) the GRE on July 1, 2016, your scores are valid for up to five years after your test date. This means if you plan to take the GRE on July 1, 2021, your GRE scores will be valid until June 30, 2026.

Question 4: Should I take the GRE or the GMAT?


Who takes the test? Anyone hoping to get a master’s degree or PhD in Natural Science or Social Science Only for those looking to go to business school. 
How many business schools accept the test? Over 1,300 universities and organizations Over 7,000 business programs at 2,300 universities around the world. 
Cost $205 (continental and US territories) $250

$275-300 in parts of North America and Europe

Test Format Computer-based, and with paper versions administered up to three times per year Only offered on the computer
Verbal Questions Emphasis on vocabulary—learn complex vocabulary in context by reading newspapers and magazines. Emphasis on grammar—pick up a grammar primer pronto to understand clauses, commas, and more.
Math Questions Easier than the GMAT; can use a calculator Harder than the GRE; no calculator
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Question 5: When and how do I receive my GRE scores?

After completing the test, you will have the option to obtain your unofficial score (Verbal Score and Quant Score). At the end of the test, a window will pop up asking if you want to see your score. If you answer “No” (“I do not want to accept my scores”), you will never know your score. But remember that it takes time to grade your essay. Your official scores will not appear in your ETS account or be sent to graduate programs until 10-15 days after the test.

Question 6: How do I send GRE scores to schools?

Before you take the test, you’ll get to choose 4 schools to send your scores to for free using ScoreSelect — but remember you don’t have to use this feature

At the end of the test, once you’ve seen your result, you can again choose whether you want to send your transcripts to your chosen destinations or not.

Question 7: Can GRE scores be used for anything else?

In addition to applying for Master’s and Doctoral studies, you can use GRE scores to consider scholarships or course placement.

Question 8: Is it possible to retake the GRE?

If you take the GRE and get an unwanted result, you can apply to take the GRE again at a later time. You can then choose to get the highest GRE score amongst all of your retake attempts to apply to the school of your choice.

Question 9: How do I request an additional score report?

There are three easy ways to order an ASR (Additional Score Report): online, by mail or by fax. See Additional Score Report for more information on fees and options.

Question 10: Is it possible to fail the GRE test?

This is the final question of the 10 frequently asked questions about GRE scores. You cannot really “fail” the GRE because GRE scores are comparative. Your score will tell you how well you did on the test compared to other candidates, that’s why even with the lowest possible score, you can’t exactly be considered to be a “fail”.

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