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Frequently Asked Questions About the GRE

How is the GRE scored?

Now that all GREs are taken on the computer, the means of scoring the test is slightly different than it had been. You'll receive a score ranging from 200-800 on each of the two sections: verbal and quantitative. This means you can receive a score ranging from 400-1600.

In addition, you will have to write two essays, and you will receive a writing score between 0 and 6. Recently, about 50% of GRE takers scored 4.5 or higher on the analytical writing component of the test.

For the verbal and quantitative reasoning sections, your score will depend on the number of questions you answer in the time allotted as well as your performance on the questions given. To some extent, questions will be weighted according to their difficulty level.

In addition to two scores out of 800, you will also be given a percentile ranking, indicating where you would place in a group of 100 students who took the same test you did. If your score places you in the 45th percentile, it means that for every hundred students, 55 scored better than you.

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