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The Score Report

An official GRE score report consists of three parts:


The Verbal and Quantitative Sections

A test-taker’s final scaled score for the both the Verbal portion and the Quantitative portion of the GRE is based on two factors:

Both the Verbal and the Quantitative portions of the test are section-level adaptive, meaning that a student’s performance on the first section of a type determines how difficult the second section of that type will be. The better a student’s performance on the first section, the more difficult the second section. Answering more difficult questions increases the potential for a higher scaled score.

The total number of questions that a student answers correctly on a both sections of a given type is the student’s raw score for that portion of the test. Through a process called equating, which takes into account the difficulty of the questions, the raw scores for both the Verbal and the Quantitative portions are converted into scaled scores on the 130 – 170 scale.

Upon completing the test, students must decide whether to keep or cancel their scores. Students who choose to keep their scores can view their Verbal and Quantitative scaled scores immediately. Students who choose to cancel their scores do not have the opportunity to view those scores at any time.

Percentile Rankings for Examinees
Scaled Score Verbal Quantitative
170 99 96
169 99 96
168 98 94
167 98 90
166 97 90
165 95 88
164 94 86
163 92 83
162 90 80
161 88 77
160 85 74
159 82 72
158 80 68
157 75 65
156 72 61
155 68 58
154 64 54
153 60 50
152 55 46
151 51 42
150 47 38
149 42 34
148 38 30
147 34 26
146 30 23
145 26 20
144 23 16
143 19 14
142 17 12
141 14 10
140 11 8
139 9 6
138 7 4
137 6 3
136 4 2
135 3 1
134 2 1
133 1 1
132 1 1
131 1 1
130 1 1

The Analytical Writing Section

The Analytical Writing score is the average of a test taker’s score on the Issue task and his or her score on the Argument task. Essays are read and scored by two readers, each of whom gives the essay a grade on a scale from 0 to 6. If the two grades differ by less than one point, the average of those two grades becomes the final score for that particular essay. However, if the scores differ by more than one point, a third reader resolves the discrepancy and determines the final score. Once each essay has been assigned a final score, those two final scores are averaged and rounded to the nearest half-point. This number is the test-taker’s overall Analytical Writing score.

Since the essays need to be sent to readers in order to be graded, students cannot view their Analytical Writing scores on the same day that they take the test. Students who choose to keep their scores receive an official GRE score report via regular mail approximately two weeks after their test date. The Analytical Writing score is included in that score report.

The following table lists all of the possible Analytical Writing scaled scores and the percentile rankings assigned to each of them.

Analytical Writing Percentile Rankings for Examinees
Score Levels Percentage of Examinees Scoring
Lower Than Indicated Score
6.0 99
5.5 98
5.0 92
4.5 82
4.0 59
3.5 41
3.0 17
2.5 7
2.0 2
1.5 1
1.0 1
0.5 1
0.0 1

Almost 90% of test-takers score 3 or better the Analytical Writing scale.