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GRE Scores

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.


Interpreting your GRE ScoresInterpreting 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 PercentilesGRE 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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