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Frequently Asked Questions about the GRE revised General Test General Information

What is new about the GRE® revised General Test?
With the introduction of the GRE revised General Test on August 1, 2011, ETS has enhanced the test in many significant ways to give you a better test experience and better demonstrate your skills and readiness for graduate-level work:

  • A new test-taker friendly design for the computer-based test lets you edit or change your answers and skip questions, all within a section, and use an on-screen calculator.
  • New types of questions in the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections, many featuring real-life scenarios that reflect the kind of thinking you'll do in today's demanding graduate and business school programs.
  • Since there were substantial changes to the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures when the GRE revised General Test was introduced in August 2011, the score scales were changed for these sections. The Analytical Writing score scale is the same.

What is the price of the GRE revised General Test?
The price of GRE is 185US $

Which graduate and business school institutions accept GRE scores?
See the complete list of institutions (PDF) using GRE® scores and their official ETS code number.

Which MBA programs accept GRE scores?
Business schools worldwide accept GRE scores for their MBA and other graduate business programs, including many top-ranked programs. View the most current list of business schools accepting GRE scores for MBA admissions.

How do I register for the computer-based GRE revised General Test?
You can register for the computer-based GRE revised General Test online, by phone, by mail or fax. For more details see: Register for the Computer-based GRE revised General Test.

What if I need to change the date or location of my test?
You may change your test registration within the same testing year (July 1–June 30). You must change or cancel your test registration no later than three full days before your test date (not including the day of your test or the day of your request) or your test fee will be forfeited.
If you reschedule your test date, you will be charged a rescheduling fee of US$50. If you cancel your test within the time period indicated above, you will receive a refund equivalent to half of your original test fee.

Can I use test preparation materials for the test administered prior to August 1, 2011, to prepare for the GRE revised General Test?
Since the GRE revised General Test features a new design and new question types, using test prep for the prior version of the GRE General Test is not recommended.

Do I need to be computer literate?
No. You can take the test even if you have little or no previous computer experience. The test requires only basic computer skills.

What word processing software is used for the Analytical Writing section of the computer-based test? What tools does it have?


The GRE Program uses an elementary word processor developed by ETS so that individuals familiar or unfamiliar with specific commercial word processing software do not have an advantage or disadvantage. The ETS software contains the following functions:
  • inserting text
  • deleting text
  • cutting and pasting
  • undoing the previous action
Tools such as spell-checkers and grammar-checkers are not available in the ETS software, in large part to maintain fairness with regard to those examinees.

How long is the GRE revised General Test?
The total testing time for the computer-based test is around three hours and 45 minutes, plus short

Why does the test have an on-screen calculator?
Yes, an on-screen calculator for use in the Quantitative Reasoning section to reduce the emphasis on computation and to focus more attention on reasoning skills. The calculator has four functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and a square root.

How are the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative reasoning sections of the GRE revised General Test scored?
The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures are section-level adaptive. This means the computer selects the second section of a measure based on the performance on the first section. Within each section, all questions contribute equally to the final score. For each of the two measures, a raw score is computed. The raw score is the number of questions answered correctly.

The raw score is converted to a scaled score through a process known as equating. The equating process accounts for minor variations in difficulty among the different test editions as well as differences in difficulty among individuals' tests introduced by the section-level adaptation. Thus a given scaled score of a particular measure reflects the same level of performance regardless of which section was selected and when the test was taken.

What contributes to my final score on the computer-based GRE revised General Test?
Both the level of difficulty of the second section of each measure and the number of questions answered correctly across the two sections are factors that contribute to a test-takers final scores for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures.

How is the Analytical Writing section of the GRE revised General Test scored?
Each essay receives a score from at least one trained reader, using a six-point holistic scale. In holistic scoring, readers are trained to assign scores on the basis of the overall quality of an essay in response to the assigned task. The essay score is then reviewed by e-rater, a computerized program developed by ETS, which is used to monitor the human reader. If the e-ratere valuation and the human score agree, the human score is used as the final score. If they disagree by a certain amount, a second human score is obtained, and the final score is the average of the two human scores.

The final scores on the two essays are then averaged and rounded to the nearest half-point interval on the 0–6 score scale. A single score is reported for the Analytical Writing measure. The primary emphasis in scoring the Analytical Writing section is on your critical thinking and analytical writing skills rather than on grammar and mechanics.

Will I see my scores at the test centre when I take the computer-based GRE revised General Test?
After completing the computer-based GRE revised General Test, you will see your unofficial scores for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures at the test centre. Because of the Analytical Writing essay scoring process, you will not be able to view your Analytical Writing score at the testing center. Your official scores will be mailed approximately 10–15 days after your test date.

What scores are reported on the GRE revised General Test?
Three scores are reported on the GRE revised General Test:
  • A Verbal Reasoning score is reported on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments.
  • A Quantitative reasoning score is reported on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments.
  • An Analytical writing score is reported on a 0–6 score level, in half-point increments.
How do I send my scores to an institution?
Your test fee entitles you to request that scores be sent to as many as four graduate institutions or fellowship sponsors. For the computer-based GRE revised General Test, you will be asked to designate your score recipients at the test center. And with the new ScoreSelectSM option, you can decide which test scores to send to the institutions you designate, so you can send the scores you feel show your personal best, giving you more confidence on test day.

Will the score report sent to an institution show that I used the ScoreSelect option and did not report scores from every time I have taken a GRE test in the last five years?
No, institutions will receive score reports that show only the scores that you selected to send to them. There will be no special indication on score reports if you have taken additional GRE tests.

When will my official GRE revised General Test scores be reported after testing?
Your official scores will be sent approximately 10–15 days after your test date.

Can I view my scores online?
Yes. Once your official scores are reported, you can view your scores online free of charge through your My GRE account.

How long are GRE scores valid?
GRE scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which you tested (July 1–June 30). Currently, scores earned from July 1, 2007, to the present are available.

How do I order additional score reports?
Additional score reports (ASRs) can be ordered for a fee of US$25 per score recipient. Currently, scores earned on or after July 1, 2007 are available. There are four ways to order ASRs: online, phone, mail or fax.

Can I cancel my scores?
At the end of the test, you will be given the option to cancel your scores. You cannot cancel your score for one section of the test and have the scores for the remaining sections reported. Although you have the option to cancel your scores, consider very carefully before doing so. Your scores will be reported to GRE score recipients only at your request. If you cancel your scores, they will NOT be reported to you or any score recipients and no refund will be made. Cancelled scores are not added to your permanent record. If you wish to take the test again, you must reregister and submit another test payment.
If you view your scores at a computer-based GRE revised General Test session, you cannot cancel them at a later date.

Can I reinstate cancelled scores?
For US$30, scores cancelled by you can be reinstated if your request is received at ETS within 60 days after your test date. You may fax or mail a completed Score Reinstatement Form (PDF) with payment to ETS. In addition to providing your name, date of birth and daytime phone number, you will also need your test date and registration number to complete the form.

Are examinees that use alternative ways of developing an argument scored fairly?
You may use any one of a variety of strategies to structure your essays. Readers are explicitly trained to accept any strategy in an essay that meets the essential requirements of the essay task — i.e., a response that provides the information required by the essay prompt.

 
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