GRE Scoring Process

For the GRE revised General Test, a raw score for each of the two verbal and math sections is computed. The raw score takes into account the number of questions that you answered correctly. The statistical properties of the questions, and the number of questions that you answered, are additional factors that influence your raw score. Therefore, two students who correctly answer the same number of questions may receive different scores that reflect the difficulty of the questions that they answered correctly. The scoring process for the paper-based exam is similar.

Your raw score is then scaled to your final score by a process that is called equating. Your final score is adjusted to account for differences in difficulty of the questions among exam versions. ETS indicates that scores on both the GRE revised General Test and GRE paper-based exam are comparable.

The analytical writing section will be read and scored by two readers, each of whom will rate your critical thinking and writing skills rather than your grammar and mechanics. A few grammatical errors are allowed, but if an essay is plagued with many such errors, your score will be impacted. The two readers of each of your essays will provide a score on a range from zero to six, in one-half point increments. The reader scores for your essays will then be averaged and rounded to the nearest one-half point, to yield your final essay score. In that case that the scores that are received by the two readers differs by more than 1 point, a third reader will read your essay.

Your score report will contain three scores. The verbal reasoning assessment score is reported on a scale of 130-170, in 1-point increments. The quantitative reasoning assessment score is also reported on a scale of 130-170, in 1-point increments. The analytical writing assessment score is reported on a 0-6 scale, in half-point increments. Along with each of the three scores, you will be give a percentile rank that indicates the percentage of students who have scored as well or worse than you. For example, a percentile rank of 72% indicates that 72% of all students scored as good or worse than you, and that approximately 29% of students who took the exam scored better than you.