Do you want to know how much you can score in GRE, even before taking GRE Exam?
GRE – Time and Strategy
A GRE exam is all about strategy and timing. I have meet and spoke to so many students who took GRE and I was able to find a pattern that will allow to estimate how much can you score in actual GRE Test.
Wouldn’t it be nice to know the score range even before you take GRE test?
When will I know the GRE Score Range
You can find out how much you can score in GRE only 3 to 5 days before your actual GRE rest date. However, having an idea will help you to decide on which 4 universities to forward your GRE scores to.
That will save more than $100 when you forward your GRE scores in your graduate school application.
- GRE Score Range (current vs revised GRE 2011)
GRE Score Calculator
- I have suggested people to take an ETS PowerPrep exam only 1 week to 5 days before an actual GRE exam. That’s the only source where the tests are scored using the same pattern as how a GRE exam is evaluated.
- You can take PowerPrep practice tests many times. But only a few questions will be repeated.
- With 2 GRE practice tests in ETS PowerPrep, you can take more than 5 to 8 times. Make a note of the scores you get in PowerPrep.
- Don’t take a PowerPrep exam as yet another practice test. Make every attempt to take it seriously and put your 100% effort to score more.
- For instance, you can try to score 400 in the GRE verbal section in the first practice test and 500 in the second GRE practice test.
So if you take 8 PowerPrep GRE practice tests, then make a note of the scores and save them in an ascending order.
- Test 1 – GRE Verbal 400
- Test 2 – Verbal 410
- Test 3 – Verbal 400
- Test 8 – Verbal 450
Interpreting the GRE Score Table
- If all the scores for example are within the range of 400 to 450, then it’s very much likely that your GRE score in an actual test will not go more than 500.
- The lowest score you can expect is from 350 to 380.
- This implies that you can score anywhere from 380 to 430 in an actual GRE exam.
This applies to both GRE Verbal and Quantitative sections in actual exams.
How True are the above GRE Scores?
I have seen so many students who took the PowerPrep test and when they shared their scores to me, I can confidently estimate how much they can expect to score in actual GRE CAT exams.
Here are some examples of my formula to estimate your GRE scores:
- Jones – A friend of mine from work, took the GRE Exam yesterday. His score range in PowerPrep was 400 to 600 in Verbal, but majority of scores were around 480.
In GRE quantitative, he was scoring around 740 to 780. In actual GRE Exam, he scored 490 in Verbal and 750 in quantitative section.
- I was getting around 400 to 450 in Verbal, 750 to 780 in Math, and ended up getting within the above range.
- More Examples: I’m collecting details from more students who recently took GRE.
I scored more than the Practice Test Range
Is that possible? Can anyone score more than the maximum score in the Verbal and Quantitative sections?
Yes, it is possible. If you score 750 in the Math section, you can score 800. But if you are getting 700 to 750 in GRE Practice test, it will be tough to score 800 out of 800.
But for the Verbal section, I really doubt if you can increase the score overnight from 450 to 650+.