The Educational Testing Service (ETS) had announced changes to the GRE exam from August 2011. The exam pattern, syllabus, format, and scoring will change in the revised GRE.
One of the important changes in the new GRE is the scoring scale.
New GRE Scoring
Within the new GRE pattern scoring scale, the most important change is in the scoring system. The old GRE had 10-point increments whereas the new GRE scoring pattern will have 1-point increments.
According to the ETS, the purpose for compressing the reporting metric is simple: to produce scores that don’t exaggerate small performance differences among examinees.
The new GRE pattern score scale for the GRE revised General Test:
- New GRE Verbal: 130 – 170 score scale, in 1-point increments (current GRE pattern 200 – 800 in 10-point increments).
- New GRE Quantitative: 130 – 170 score scale, in 1-point increments (current GRE Pattern 200 – 800 in 10-point increments).
- Analytical Writing will continue to be reported in the same 0 – 6 score scale, in half-point increments.
The official New GRE score conversion is available now.
New GRE Scoring
Differentiation among those who have gotten a particular GRE score on the new GRE scoring scale will be difficult and should put extra emphasis on the other differentiating components of applications, such as essays and letters of recommendation.
New GRE Pattern Scores
- Possible scores are spread out to 41 (170 – 130)
- Current GRE is 71 (200 to 800)
The same number of GRE test takers will fall under 41 scores than 71. This means it’s hard to differentiate applicants based on scores. You need to have strong application profile to get admission.
This condition then indirectly creates another admission requirement:
- If the minimum score is 140, then candidates with 135 might not get admission. In the current format, if the minimum required GRE score is 1,100, students with 1,000 will have the possibility to get admission.
If you are planning to take the new GRE exam starting August 2011, you have to consider all the advantages and disadvantages of the new test pattern and new GRE scoring. Decide well in advance and book GRE Test dates for 2011.
Many students will try to take the GRE in its current format so you will not find dates to take exam if you will wait until the last minute.