GRE Test Scores
How is the GRE Scored?
ETS or Educational Testing Service conducts GRE every year in more than 700 test centers and 160 countries. General Revised GRE test scores are valid for five years from the date of testing GRE and are based on its three sections, namely Analytical Writing, Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning. You will receive GRE test scores for each of these test sections and these scores add up to your final GRE score. If you keep all questions of a section untouched, then your GRE score for that section will be zero and you will receive NS (No Score) for that section. If you are taking the computer-based GRE test, you will receive your GRE test scores within 15 days. Computer-based GRE scores will be reported into your online My GRE Account. However, test scores of the paper-based GRE exam are mailed to your specified postal address within six weeks of the day of testing. Alternatively, you can also know your GRE scores over phone.
In the following sub-headings, let us read about the process of scoring each section of GRE.
Analytical Writing Score:
The analytical writing section score is based on your two essay responses that are calculated on a scale of 0-6 with ½ point increments. GRE test scores for the two essays are generated by two ETS certified readers. They grant you scores within the range of 0-6, based on the quality of your essay responses. Your final essay score is an average of your two separate essay responses. It can be a rare event to find any discrepancy between the two essay scores. However, if your two essay scores differ by more than one point, then a third reviewer evaluates your two essays and grants you the final essay score. To intensify the guarantee of your GRE test scores of analytical writing section, ETS uses essay-similarity-detection software before declaring your final score for this test section.
Verbal Reasoning Scores:
The Verbal Reasoning section contains two sub-sections, measuring separately your skills in text completion, reading comprehension and sentence equivalence. The two 40-minutes sub-sections have multiple-choice questions asking you to find the relationship between words, sentences and notions. Verbal Reasoning section scores are calculated by postulating the raw score (total score earned from the correctly answered questions) and then converting it into scaled score that ranges from 130-170 with 1 point increments. Equating is the process of converting the raw scores into the scaled GRE score, which ensures the comparability of your scores with other test takers who took a different version of GRE.
Quantitative Reasoning Scores:
In this GRE section you are tested for your knowledge of Mathematics, Algebra, Geometry and Data Interpretation. Based on these fields you need to answer correctly, multiple-choice questions that amount to your final score. There exists an alternative question pattern in this section, which is the student's generated responses, where you will not get any options but a specialized grid in which you need to enter your own computed answers. The quantitative section is also scored by converting the raw score (sum total of correctly answered questions) into scaled score that ranges from 130-170 with 1-point increments using the process of equating.
Average GRE Scores:
The GRE test scores of the three GRE sections are summed up to generate your average GRE score. The average GRE score is then transformed into the percentile score in order to evaluate your test-taking potential as compared to other test takers. For example, a given average GRE score that amounts to the 89th percentile would mean that the concerned scorer has done better than 88 other test takers while 11 other test takers have done better than him/her. Before taking the GRE test, you need to specify two colleges/universities to which you wish to send your GRE test scores. Admission officers of these colleges/universities look into your percentile score before granting you admission.
The process of equating changes the raw score of the GRE sections into scaled GRE test scores, which are then used to generate your percentile ranking. Equating helps in making your scores comparable in checking small differences in the difficulty levels of the three GRE sections. Percentile ranking, on the other hand, shows your performance level among test takers of the same test edition. Hence, a high percentile ranking would keep you safe during college admission. To score high, it is recommended that you develop your skills in verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning. At the same time the essay responses should include ample logic and tangible resources, in order to increase your GRE test scores.
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