How to Calculate GRE Total Score?

GRE TOTAL SCORE

The GRE exam is for those students who wish to pursue their masters outside of India. The GRE scores are widely accepted by the Grad or B-schools in USA, Canada, and Germany and has a reach of more than 160 countries across the globe. The GRE General Test score is an important part of an application to enrol yourself either in graduate or business schools. The GRE Subject Test score is used by the Grad schools for pursuing a specific course in a particular field of subject related to the science or humanities that capture the aspirant’s utmost interest.

What is GRE Total Score Range?

GRE uses a comprehensive but proficient technique to calculate the score. The GRE General score ranges from 130-170 marks each in Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. To calculate your raw scores, you should understand the test pattern and their score range.

Section Score Scale
Verbal Reasoning 130–170, in 1 point increment
Quantitative Reasoning 130–170, in 1 point increment
Analytical Writing 0–6, in half-point increment

Verbal Reasoning offers you a one point increment, for e.g. 131,142,157. There is no provision for 0.5 mark increments like 131.5, 142.5.

In Quantitative Reasoning also the score can be obtained with one point increment like 143,165. Here as well 0.5 increment is not valid like 143.5 or 165.5.

In Analytical writing, the scale initiates from 0-6 with half point increments like 1.5,4.5.

A. GRE General Test: Computer Adaptive

Computer Adaptive GRE General Test is the most common form of exam in the USA, Canada, and Germany. In fact, 160 countries are also following the computer adaptive test in over 1000 test centers. The duration of the test is 3 hours 45 minutes. A 10 minutes break is allotted after every third section. The computer adaptive test follows a certain algorithm. With every right answer the difficulty of the questions to follow in the next section increases. On the contrary, if you’re marking the wrong answer to a question, you’ll not be penalized but it will decrease the difficulty level of the forthcoming questions and the score will be constant. It is essential to solve the difficult questions correctly as it is used to calculate the equivalised score from the raw score. The positive aspect of the GRE General Test is that the aspirants can skip the difficult questions and can try to solve them at a later time.

The Computer Adaptive pattern is as follows:

Measure Allotted Time Number of Questions
GRE Analytical Writing

(One section with two separately timed tasks)

30 minutes per task One “Analyze an Issue” task and one “Analyze an Argument” task
GRE Verbal Reasoning

(Two sections)

30 minutes per section 20 questions per section
GRE Quantitative Reasoning

(Two sections)

35 minutes per section 20 questions per section

B. GRE General Test: Paper Based

The GRE General Test can also be taken in a paper-based form. The paper-based test is available in regions where the computer facility is not available. It is mostly taken in African countries where they don’t have access to high-speed internet. The test is 3 hours 45 minutes long, followed by a 10-minutes break after the completion of the third round. The Paper-based test format is as follows:

Measure Allotted Time Number of Questions
GRE Analytical Writing

(Two sections)

30 minutes per task Section 1:”Analyze an Issue” task

Section 2: “Analyze an Argument” task

GRE Verbal Reasoning

(Two sections)

30 minutes per section 20 questions per section
GRE Quantitative Reasoning

(Two sections)

35 minutes per section 20 questions per section

C. GRE General Test: Analytical Writing Assessment Evolution

This is an essay writing test and categorized into two sections: Analyze an Argument & Analyze an issue. It is scrutinized by one ETS trained reader and a software created by ETS, e-rater, and they score accordingly on a scale of 0-6. If there is a discrepancy in the score denoted by the two, then ETS appoints one another reader to intervene and examine.

How to Calculate GRE General Test Raw Score?

As we know the GRE General Test score ranges from 130-170. The raw score is the number of questions that you have attempted and the number of correct answers that you have marked. For say, out of 40 questions in verbal reasoning, you have attempted all 40 and only 20 questions are correct. Then the raw score of verbal is 150 (130 + 20). Likewise, if you have attempted all 40 questions in quant and 30 of them are correct, then your quant raw score is 160 (130 + 30). Combining 150 and 160 scores from verbal and quant section, you arrive at the total GRE score, 310 (150 + 160). This raw score is then equalized bringing in other factors like difficulty of question in the sections and the relative difficulty compared to past five years tests. The moment you finish the test your verbal and quant score will be displayed on the test screen. The score of AWA will be updated into your score report after five-seven days.

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