Understanding Your Revised GRE Score Report and Scores

Raghuram Sukumar GRE 5 Comments

gre score reportSince GRE pattern was revised back in August 2011, along with the changed pattern score reporting and certain other features in the score report were changed making it easy for test taker to report the scores and select a particular score to be reported to the recipient Universities.

Considering the revised score report first, you will find the report containing following details.

Revised Test Score Report

  • Name and contact details
  • DoB and Gender
  • Social security number: if applicable
  • Intended Graduate major
  • Test details such as test date, registration number and score report print date
  • Most recent general test scores as a percentile rank individually in Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing section.

GRE General Test Score Table

This is followed by your scaled GRE general test scores as per the GRE Score conversion. The table contains scores from all the tests taken so far.

For tests taken after revision the scores would be present under current pattern column while the tests taken before August 2011 will fall under the prior pattern column.

Subject Test Score Table

General test scores are followed by subject test scores table. This table contains your test date, test subject and your scores in the same.

Score Recipients Table

Next to this is the names of your free score recipients which could be selected at the time of registration or on the test day. Your report mentions the type of institution as UI for Undergraduate Institution, GI for Graduate Institution, Institution code, Department code.

A value added feature to revised score reporting is, you are free to choose a specific test date from your previous tests including the most recent one to report to the recipient Universities. This feature is added as “Score Select option” with the revision of the test pattern. Thus you can feel free on your test day to be able to choose scores from any previous date in case the current test does not turn favorable.

Interpreting your scores in the Revised GRE score report

  • The verbal and quantitative reasoning scores will fall in a range of 130-170 with one point increments. Analytical Writing section scores will fall in a range 0-6 with half point increments as was in the prior test pattern.
  • The verbal and Quantitative reasoning sections in the computer based test are section-level adaptive which means the second section that appears on your screen is based on your performance in the first section. Thus your final score reflects the number of questions answered correctly.
  • While you take the test, based on number of correct answers you will get raw scores. These raw scores are converted to scaled scores through equating. The equating process used takes care of the minor differences in the level of difficulty among the test takers due to the sectional adaptation of the test.
  • You can not compare the scaled scores in quantitative and verbal sections as they are scaled separately. But you can use your percentile ranks to assess the relative performance in these two sections.
  • Writing section i.e. the essays are assessed by two different trained readers. In case the scores assigned by the trained readers differ by more than one point, a third reader helps overcome the discrepancy. Final score is the average of scores in the two essays.


  1. Is there any way at all to access very old GRE scores, i.e. from tests taken in the 1970s or ’80s?

      1. Hmm…. 1973 is a bit longer than 5 years ago. LOL! Well, thanks for answering. I had a little paper from them with the scores on it (790 verbal / 780 math) which I wanted to use to encourage my niece, but the little paper has disappeared over the decades. Ahh welll…

        Thanks again!


          1. Heehee… that’s true, but at 64 years old and having a hard time finding my front door keys I kinda doubt I’d hit the 99.99 percentile again!

            LOL! Again, many thanks.


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