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How is the GRE scored?

On the GRE, The Analytical Writing section is scored on a scale of 0–6 in half-point increments. The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections each yield a scaled score within a range of 130 to 170 in one-point increments. You cannot score higher than 170 for either the Verbal Reasoning or the Quantitative Reasoning sections, no matter how hard you try. Similarly, it’s impossible to score lower than 130 for Verbal Reasoning or Quantitative Reasoning.

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But you don’t receive only scaled scores; you also receive a percentile rank, which rates your performance relative to that of a large sample population of other GRE takers. Percentile scores tell graduate schools just what your scaled scores are worth. For instance, even if everyone got very high scaled scores, universities would still be able to differentiate candidates by their percentile scores. The following tables give a cross section of the percentile ranks that correspond with certain scaled scores on each section of the GRE, based on test takers between August 1, 2011, and April 30, 2014.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is administered on a computer and is 1 hour 58 minutes long, There are no breaks The exam consists of five sections, with different amounts of time allotted for you to complete each section.

How are the GRE Essays scored?


GRE essays are scored on a scale of 0 to 6 in half-point increments, with 6 being the highest. The essay score is rounded up to the nearest half-point.

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Two graders read and score each essay. If the graders’ scores differ by more than one point, the essay goes to a third grader who also scores it.

The scoring for the essay in the GRE Analytical Writing Section is holistic, which means that graders base scores on an overall impression of your essay, rather than deducting specific points for errors.

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