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Updated On - April 13th 2018

GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is a computer based examination conducted by ETS-a non-profit organization acting globally. GRE Score is one of the most widely accepted scores by Graduate schools placed all over the world. More than 1200 Business schools accept the GRE Score for admission to MBA and related programs.

There are two types of GRE Test-GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test. Like GMAT, GRE General Test is an examination evaluating the skills of Verbal reasoning, analytical writing and quantitative aptitude. Further GRE general Test can be taken in both the computer based mode and paper based mode.

GRE Subject Test is a measure of the knowledge of the test taker in particular specialized subject. GRE Subject Test is available for the following subjects-

  • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Literature in English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

GRE Registration process is available throughout the year. It is the discretion of the candidates to choose the GRE Exam dates and locations during the registration process. GRE is one of the most competitive examinations. Hence getting a decent GRE Score requires extensive preparation and having a detailed knowledge about the GRE Exam Pattern. Taking various GRE Pratice Tests is an integral part of the GRE Preparation.

GRE Score Record (official)

The official GRE Score Report will include the following details: See a sample Test-taker Score Report 

  • The designated recipients
  • The cumulative record reported at that time

Note: This score report is only for the test taker’s information and personal records.

The official GRE Institution Score Report which is sent to the designated recipients, will include the following details: See a sample Graduate Institution Score Report

  • Name
  • Address
  • email address
  • Phone number
  • Intended graduate major
  • GRE test scores
  • Associated percentile ranks.


  • It will not contain any information about the other score recipients that the candidates have chosen. Further, it will include only the scores that the candidate has selected to send to the recipients using the ScoreSelect option. 
  • If an institution that you have designated to receive your scores requests information in ETS's files to be sent to that institution, ETS will send information to that institution as necessary to detect or prevent unlawful activity and to protect the integrity of the GRE test.
  • If you are sending scores and your name has changed since you took the test, contact GRE Services for assistance.

GRE Percentile Rank

Each GRE test score is reported with a corresponding percentile rank. A percentile rank for a score indicates the percentage of examinees who took that test and received a lower score. Regardless of when the reported scores were earned, the percentile ranks for General Test and Subject Test scores are based on the scores of all examinees who tested within a recent time period.

When and how to access GRE Score

GRE Score are available online in the official website of GRE. The test takers will receive an email from ETS in their registered email ID that the official GRE Score is available in their respective ETS Account. The email will also notify the candidates that their GRE Score Report has been sent to their designated score recipients.(Schools and institutes).

GRE Score Computer-delivered Test

In case of computer delivered test, the GRE General Test takers can view their unofficial Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning score at the GRE Exam Center itself. But owing to the scoring process of Analytical section, the test takers will not be able to view the score of this particular section. The final official GRE Score Report will be available after 10-15 days of taking the GRE Exam.

GRE Score Paper-delivered Test

In case of GRE paper delivered test, the official GRE Score Report will be accessible after 5 weeks of taking the test. Alongside, the scores will also be sent to the designated score recipients (institutes and programs) by ETS. The candidates can view their GRE Scores in their official account of ETS.

The table below gives the tentative GRE Score mailing dates for the year 2016.

Paper-delivered General Test DatesView Scores OnlineApproximate Score Report Mailing Dates
October 8, 2016November 11, 2016November 18, 2016
November 5, 2016December 5, 2016December 16, 2016
February 4, 2017March 6, 2017March 17, 2017

Steps to check the GRE Score

The GRE test takers have to follow the below mentioned steps in order to check the GRE score in the official website of GRE.

  1. Go to the official website of GRE.
  2. Click on ETS Account.
  3. The candidates will be directed to the login portal.
  4. Enter the following details-
  5. If the candidates wish, they can take a print out of their score report.

Note: ETS send the official GRE Score Report to the institutes and programs chose by the candidate during the GRE Registration process. See a sample Graduate Institution Score Report. To be uploaded.

GRE Score Validity

The average GRE Score validity for candidates testing on or after July 1, 2016 is for 5 years after the GRE Exam Date. For example: For test takers of July 3, 2016, the GRE score will be valid till July 2, 2021.

However, for candidates who have taken the GRE Exam between August 1, 2011, and June 30, 2016, the GRE Scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which they have tested. For example: GRE Scores for a test taken on May 15, 2015, are valid through June 30, 2020.

GRE Scores for takers of July 2011 are valid until July 31, 2016.

GRE Score Scale

Understanding how is GRE scored is an essential step for those students who are planning to start their GRE Preparation. In the GRE general test, there are three scores that are reported:

  • Verbal Reasoning score reported on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments
  • Quantitative Reasoning score reported on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments
  • Analytical Writing score reported on a 0–6 score scale, in half-point increments

Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning: The scores are based on the number of correct response. It is an adaptive test; the system will select the second operational section of a measure based on your performance on the first section.

For each of the two sections’ scores, a raw score is computed. The raw score is the number of questions the candidate has answered correctly.

Through a process known as equating, the raw score is converted to a scaled score. The equating process is basically for the minor variations in difficulty level experienced among the different test editions. It also accounts for the differences in difficulty introduced by the adaptation system.

Analytical Writing section: Each essay is evaluated by at least one trained reader. A six-point holistic scale is considered for this evaluation. The essay is then evaluated by E-rater- ETS essay-similarity-detection software which is a computerized program developed by ETS. This system can identify various essay features related to writing proficiency. If the human and the e-rater scores match closely, the average of the two scores is computed and used as the final score. If the two scores have vast differences, a second score is evaluated by a trained reader, and the final score is the average of the two human scores.

The final scores on the two essays are then averaged and rounded to the nearest half-point interval on the 0–6 score scale. A single score is reported for the Analytical Writing measure. The primary emphasis in scoring the Analytical Writing section is on your critical thinking and analytical writing skills rather than on grammar and mechanics.

  • "Issue" Scoring Guide ( pdf to be uploaded)
  • "Argument" Scoring Guide ( pdf to be uploaded)
  • Score Level Descriptions ( pdf to be uploaded).

Understanding GRE Score

Understand and analyzing the GRE score in order to gain a detailed knowledge of the test takers’ performance, there are some official resources mentioned below:

Sending your GRE Score Report

The official online portal of GRE has a ScoreSelect® Option which allows the candidates to choose which GRE Test Score should be sent to their desired institutions. The ScoreSelect® option facilitates the candidates participating in GRE to approach the test with ease and confidence as the latter know that they have the provision to use their personal best score. This tool can be availed by anyone with valid GRE Scores from the last 5 years.

This facility is available for both GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test. On the Test day, four free Score Reports are allowed to be sent to the score recipients from the most recent test or from all administrations of the General Test taken in the last five years. After the test day, the test taker can send the GRE Scores from their most recent, all or any specific test administration(s). However, in the latter case an additional fee will be charged for ordering Additional Score Reports.

  • For the computer-delivered GRE General Test, you will have to designate the GRE free score recipients at the GRE Test Center.
  • For the paper-delivered GRE General Test, you will have to designate your free score recipients during GRE Registration.

Computer-delivered GRE General Test

Having completed the GRE Exam and having viewed you unofficial GRE scores for Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning, you will be allowed to designate which score recipients you want to receive your General Test scores. If any institution is not included in the list then ask the test center administrator to hand over the appropriate form to indicate the unlisted institution. The test taker has to complete the form and submit it before leaving the GRE Exam center. Once you have left the center you will not be allowed to submit the form.

Paper-delivered GRE General Test

During the GRE Registration process, the candidates will be asked to enter the Score recipients. In case the institution is not listed contact the ETS before the GRE Exam Date.

Additional GRE Score Reports (ASRs)

There are 3 available ways to order and additional GRE Score Report (ASR)- online, by mail and by fax. The test taker has the provision to send the Most Recent, All or Any specific test administration of the GRE General Test and/or GRE Subject Tests. The fee charged for ASRs is US$27 per score recipient. Currently, scores earned on or after July 1, 2011, are available.

Steps to order GRE ASR

  1. Order online: log in to your ETS account and order the additional GRE Score report. Score reports will be sent to your designated institutions approximately five business days after your order is placed.
  2. Ordering ASRs by Mail or Fax: Fill the Additional Score Report Request Form . Score reports will be sent to your designated institutions approximately ten business days after your request is receive

Note: Request once made cannot be changed or cancelled or refunded. If any change is made to the mailing address of the score recipient then the candidates have to contact the GRE Services for assistance.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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