Learnist: How to Interpret your GRE Score

In August of 2011, the GRE completely changed its scoring. Here’s everything you need to know about scoring on the GRE before you take the test!

The GRE (as of 2011) consists of four sections:

  • Verbal (2 sections)
  • Quantitative (2 sections)
  • Analytical Writing (2 essays)
  • Experimental (can be Verbal, Quant, or AWA)

The complete exam takes approximately 4 hours, depending on what type of experimental section you see. As this Kaplan video points out, the GRE is definitely a test of endurance!

The first step is to get ahold of your scores after you take the exam is to create your GRE account on ETS’s website. Official scores will be received 10-15 days after the test. On Test Day, you will get your score, but it is technically an “unofficial” score. You can view your official scores a couple weeks later for free online from your account!

The Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE are on a 130-170 scale. The scaled score on the GRE is the most noticeable difference between the older GRE and the revised GRE (as of August 2011). The scaled score is in increments of 1 point. (Previously, the GRE scaled score was between 200-800, like the GMAT).

In this Kaplan video, you can see that since the scores are so clustered together over 40 points, tiny incremental improvements in your performance can make a dramatic difference in your score!

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