GRE Score Report

In the USA and many other English-speaking countries, most graduate schools require that applicants take and pass the GRE. GRE stands for Graduate Record Examinations, and it is a standardized test. If this is your first time taking the GRE, you may be a little confused when it comes to interpreting your GRE score report.

This computer-based standardized test is made up of six sections. The analytical writing section is always the first section. The next five sections are randomized in order. By the time you complete the GRE test, you will have taken two verbal reasoning sections as well as two quantitative reasoning sections. Also, you will have taken an experimental section, which doesn’t affect your score.

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GRE Score Report Percentiles

Your score report will tell you the percentile rank you achieved for each section. For example, if you get a 90% as your verbal reasoning percentile rank, that means you scored better than 90% of other test-takers on that section.

On the GRE, the lowest score you can get is 130, while the highest score you can get is 170. A perfect score is possible even if you don’t get every single question correct.

At the top left corner of your score report, you’ll see your personal information, such as your name, email address, gender, phone number, and your intended graduate major. You’ll also find the date you took your most recent GRE and your registration number.

Under General Test Scores, you’ll see the actual scores you received on each section. Your scores will either be under prior format or current format, depending on when you took the test. The reason for this is that there are two versions of the GRE, the current one being the revised one.

If your scores are under prior format, your scaled scored is what you got on the test while the estimated current score is what you probably would have got had you taken the current format of the GRE at that time. On the other hand, if your score is underneath current format, you’ll simply see only one score, which will be under scaled score.

Scaled score is the score you received after scaling. All scores are scaled to ensure a certain number of perfects every year. Scaling is how someone can get a perfect score on the GRE without answering all the questions correctly. As long as you do better than most people on the GRE, you’re bound to get a good score.

The number you see under % Below is the percentage of people who received a lower score than you did on that section.

As you may already know, there are also GRE subject tests. The subject tests available at this point are Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Literature in English, Cell and Molecular Biology, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology.

If you took a GRE subject test, you’ll see the score you got under Subject Test Scores on your GRE score report.

The final section of the score report is labeled Score Recipients. In this section, you should see the universities that you requested be sent this score report. It’ll tell you the institution code, the institution’s name, as well as the department code and name. The test type of the scores requested and the date the test was taken will also be shown.

For the most part, interpreting the GRE score report is straight-forward. However, there are some things on the score report that may be confusing for some people, such as the prior and current format sections.