There are three scores are reported on the GRE General test:
- A Verbal Reasoning score reported on a 130-170 score scale, in 1-point increments.
- A Quantitative Reasoning score reported on a 130-170 score scale, in 1-point increments.
- An Analytical Writing score reported on a 0-6 score scale, in half-point increments.
The Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning measures are section-level adaptive. This means the computer selects the second operational section of a measure based on your performance on the first section. Within each section, all questions contribute equally to the final score.
For each of the measures, a raw score is computed. The raw score is the number of questions you answer correctly. The raw score is converted to scale score through a process known as equating. The equating process accounts for minor variations in difficulty introduced by the section-level adaptation. Thus, a given scaled score for particulars reflects the same level of performance regardless of which second section was selected and when the test was taken.
In The Analytical Writing section, each essay receives a score from at least one trained to assign scores on the basis of the overall quality of an essay in response to assigned task. The essay is then scored by e-rater, a computerized program developed by ETS that is capable of identifying essay features related to writing proficiency. If the human and the e-rater scores closely agree, the average of the two score is used as the final score. If they disagree, a second human score is obtained, and the final score is the average of the two human scores.
The final scores on the two essays are then averaged and rounded to the nearest half-point interval on the 0-6 score scale. A single score is reported for the Analytical Writing measure. The primary emphasis scoring the Analytical Writing section is on your critical thinking and analytical writing skills rather than grammar and mechanics.