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After August 1, 2011, the GRE Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections are scored on a scale of 130-170, with 1 point increments. The GRE Analytical Writing section is scored on a 0-6 scale with half-point increments.  Your scores on the Verbal and Quantitative sections are based on your performance on the questions you were given and on the total number of questions answered in the time allotted.

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The verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE Test are administered in a “computer-adaptive testing” (CAT) format.  The CAT format adapts the difficulty of the questions based on how a user answers the questions.  An average level question is given first, and then more difficult questions are given if the first question is answered correctly, or easier questions are given is the first question is missed.  The intent of the CAT approach is to adapt the questions based on the user’s aptitude. With the CAT approach, you are not allowed to go back and change answers to previous questions, and you must answer each question to proceed.

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Interpreting your GRE Scores

The best way to understand your GRE Scores is by comparing them to other students and seeing what your preferred colleges require. The table below lists your percentile compared to other students.  For example, if you scored a 161 on your GRE Verbal Reasoning score, this implies that your percentile score is 87 (i.e., you scored better than 87% of the other students who took the GRE Test).  For student who took the exam between August 1, 2011 and April 30, 2013, the average (mean) GRE Scores were 150.75 for Verbal Reasoning, 151.91 for Quantitative Reasoning and 3.61 for Analytical Writing.

## GRE Score Percentiles

 Scaled score Verbal Reasoning % Quantitative Reasoning % 170 99 98 169 99 97 168 98 96 167 97 95 166 96 93 165 95 91 164 93 89 163 91 87 162 89 84 161 87 81 160 84 78 159 81 75 158 78 72 157 73 69 156 70 65 155 66 61 154 62 57 153 58 53 152 53 49 151 49 45 150 44 41 149 40 37 148 36 33 147 32 29 146 28 25 145 24 22 143 18 15 142 15 13 141 12 11 140 10 8 139 7 6

 Analytical Writing score Writing % 6 99 5.5 97 5 93 4.5 78 4 54 3.5 35 3 14 2.5 6 2 2 1.5 1 1 .5

Source: ETS GRE Score Guide

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