When you take any standardized test, you’re probably stressed about how well you performed. It’s no different for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
The time between taking the test and getting your results can feel interminable, and you might find yourself checking your email multiple times a day until you get your GRE test score.
If you’re taking the GRE, you’ll be eager to get your results and use them to apply to graduate schools. The good news is that you won’t have to wait long at all to get at least some of your scores.
We’ll walk you through how long it normally takes to get all of your scores, plus show you how to view your scores, and answer some other GRE-related questions you might have.
How long does it take to get GRE scores?
When you take an exam as important as the GRE, it’s understandable to be nervous about your results. The good news is that you get to see most of your score as soon as you finish taking the GRE.
Immediately after you take the GRE, you’ll have the option to cancel your scores or view them.
If you feel that you did poorly, you can cancel the scores and start preparing to take the test again. If you view your scores, you’ll get to see your preliminary results for the Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning sections immediately.
The Analytical Writing section of the exam is graded partially by a human, so you won’t be able to view your score for that section until later.
You’ll receive scores on a scale from 130 to 170 in the Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Reasoning sections. You’ll receive a score from 0 to 6 in half-point increments on the Analytical Writing section.
You’ll get your official scores for all three sections of the GRE 10 to 15 days after you take it.
How long does it take to get results from a GRE subject test?
GRE subject tests give you the opportunity to show your knowledge in a specific area of study, like Biology or Psychology. You’ll receive your official scores from GRE subject tests approximately five weeks after taking the exam.
If you need additional copies of your score reports, you can request them from ETS, the company behind the GRE.
You can request your scores at any time for up to five years after you take the exam. It can take up to five business days for ETS to send out scores after receiving a request.
How can you view your GRE scores?
When you finish taking the GRE, you’ll be able to view your unofficial scores for the Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning sections immediately at the test center.
When your official GRE score is ready, 10-15 days after your testing date, you’ll receive an email from ETS informing you that the scores are ready and available for viewing.
When you sign in to your ETS account, you’ll be able to view your most recent GRE score report, which will contain your official scores for all three sections. It also includes information about any schools that have received a copy of your scores.
What does a GRE score report look like?
Your GRE score report contains a few pieces of information. The first thing you’ll see are your scores for each of the GRE exam sections. You’ll also get to see the percentile you fall into.
More than 400,000 students take the exam each year, so this gives you an idea of how you stack up compared to other test-takers.
After your most recent scores, your score report will contain the history of each GRE general test and subject test you’ve taken, along with the scores you received on each test.
Finally, the score report will list the schools that you’ve sent scores to. This list shows which scores you sent and the dates you sent them.
When will schools receive your GRE score?
When you take the GRE, your test fee includes four free score reports that you can send to the schools of your choice.
When you finish taking the GRE and choose to view your unofficial scores, you can designate the schools that you want to send a copy to. If you decide that you want to send an additional score report after your test day, you’ll have to pay a $27 fee per recipient.
If you choose recipients for your GRE scores on test day, they will receive your score report in approximately 10 to 15 days.
If you choose to send additional score reports after you receive your official score, it takes roughly five days for ETS to process the request and send them to your selected graduate programs.
Do you have to report your GRE scores?
When you’re taking a high-stakes test like the GRE, it’s normal to feel stressed and worry about what will happen if you do poorly on the exam.
If you’re worried about sending a poor score to a graduate school, you can take advantage of ETS’s ScoreSelect program.
When you finish taking the GRE, you have the option to view your scores or cancel them. If you’re certain that you didn’t get a good GRE score, you can cancel your test immediately and start preparing to try again on another date.
Even if you choose to view your GRE results, you are never obligated to send a score report to a school.
If you take the GRE multiple times, ETS gives you the option to pick and choose which scores you send to a graduate program.
On test day, you can choose to send all of your GRE scores or only your most recent. Once you’ve received your official test scores, you can opt to send all your scores, your most recent ones, or you can pick only the best results and send those instead.
While ETS gives you the freedom to send only the scores you choose, keep in mind that some programs will require that you send all of your GRE scores. Check the application requirements for each grad program that you’re considering.
Taking the GRE can be stressful but exciting. It’s one of the first steps on the path toward graduate school. While you can get your preliminary results very quickly, you’ll have to wait a few weeks for your official scores, which you can use to apply to graduate programs.
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