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Revised GRE Exam

Here's what you can expect from the revised test.

Content Changes

Content changes more closely align with the skills your candidates need to succeed:

The Verbal Reasoning measure places a greater emphasis on higher cognitive skills, making it a truer, deeper assessment of the test taker's ability to understand what they read and how to apply their reasoning skills. 

The Quantitative Reasoning measure tests the same basic mathematical concepts, but emphasizes the data interpretation and real-life scenarios a test taker will encounter, to better gauge their skills.

The Analytical Writing measure asks test takers to provide more focused responses to questions, so they can more accurately demonstrate their skill in directly responding to the task presented.

Learn more about GRE content and design.

Design Changes

Design changes provide your candidates a friendlier, more flexible test-taking experience:

Now they'll find new features that allow them to change their answers, skip questions and more — giving them the freedom to use their own personal test-taking strategies. 

Scoring Changes

Scoring changes deliver more simplicity in distinguishing performance differences between your candidates:

The revised test features a new score scale that reports the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures on a 130 – 170 score scale, in 1-point increments (vs. 200 – 800 in 10-point increments). Compressing the reporting metric means producing scores that won't exaggerate small performance differences between examinees. Learn more about GRE scoring.

Detailed Score Reporting Schedule

Computer-based revised general test dates approximate score report mailing dates:

  • August 1, 2011 – September 8, 2011 November 8, 2011
  • September 9, 2011 – October 2, 2011 November 10, 2011
  • October 3, 2011 – October 15, 2011 November 17, 2011
  • October 16, 2011 – November 18, 2011 December 1, 2011
  • November 19, 2011 – November 28, 2011 December 8, 2011
  • November 29, 2011 or later 10 – 15 days after the test date

New GRE Score Chart

VERBAL

Percentile
Equivalent

 

QUANT

Percentile
Equivalent

169-170 99%   166 94%
164-168 94-98%   159-164 82-91%
159-163 84-93%   155-158 69-79%
156-158 72-79%   151-154 56%-67%
153-155 62-69%   148-150 44%-53%
150-152 48-56%   146-148 36%-44%
146-149 31-42%   144-145 26%-32%