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GRE Score Reports and the Score-reporting Process

This page provides an overview of GRE score reporting: how and when GRE scores are made available to test takers and to the schools, what information is included in a GRE score report, and how graduate schools evaluate and use GRE scores.

Availability and Reporting of GRE Scores

Your preliminary scores. Immediately after the last timed exam section, and while still in the testing room, you may elect to view your preliminary (unofficial) Quantitative and Verbal scores. Once you elect to view these scores, you no longer have the option of canceling any of your scores (including your Analytical Writing score).

Your official score report. In the days immediately after your testing session, your two GRE essays will be read and graded. Once your Analytical Writing score is determined, ETS will mail to you an official score report. This report will indicate all three scaled scores, your percentile rank for each score, and a list of institutions you've designated as score-report recipients. If you've established a mygre account at the official GRE website, you can also access your score report by logging into that account. You can obtain your scores by phone as well. Official score reports are mailed and are available online and by phone within 15 days after testing.

NOTE: Official scores for the paper-based exam are mailed to test takers and to schools approximately six weeks after testing, although test takers can obtain them a few weeks earlier by telephone.

Reporting of scores to the schools. At the same time a score report is mailed to you, your scores will be mailed to each school you've designated as a score-report recipient. Only the report provided to you will list those recipients, and so no school will know which other schools have received your scores.

GRE score reports are cumulative. Your GRE score report will include scores from all GRE exams you've taken during the last 5 years. Exam absences and cancellations are noted on your official report, but they will not adversely affect your chances of admission.

How the Schools Evaluate GRE Scores

Graduate departments develop and implement their own individual policies for evaluating GRE scores. Also, some programs require GRE Subject Test scores, either instead of or in addition to GRE General Test scores. Since policies vary widely among institutions and among programs within the same institution, you should contact the schools' academic departments directly for specific information.

If you're considering retaking the GRE, check with the schools to which you are applying for their specific policies regarding multiple GRE scores. Those policies might influence your decision whether to retake the test.