Scoring


How is the GRE scored?

The Analytical Writing section will be scored in the same way as before: each essay will be given a score of 0-6 with 1/2 increments. On the other hand, the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections are scored a little differently. Earlier, these sections were scored on a 200-800 point scale with 10-point increments. On the revised GRE test, they will be scored on a 130-170 point scale with 1-point increments. Thankfully, this new system benefits you. If you and another test-taker have scores that differ by only 2 or 3 points, then it will appear that you both performed similarly. Before, a difference of several questions would have looked like a 20 or 30-point difference.

It's best to answer every question because there is no negative scoring.

Is the GRE a “Computer Adaptive” test?

The answer to this question is sort of yes. The GRE in its newer avatar will be a section adaptive test. “Section Adaptive” means that questions in the second section of the Verbal and Quant portions of the test will be based on your performance on the first section. If you did very well in the first Math section, the computer algorithm of the new GRE will adapt to your level of comfort and select harder questions in the second Math section.