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Thousands of graduate and professional school programs around the world, including business and law, use GRE® test scores to successfully identify applicants who are academically prepared for graduate-level work and to help them enroll a diverse student body. That success is due, in part, to understanding what the GRE tests measure, how the tests are scored, and the benefits and limitations of the tests. The GRE Program is also pleased to contribute newly developed resources about how holistic admissions processes, inclusive of GRE scores, can help institutions achieve their enrollment goals.

The GRE Program is committed to providing information and guidance to help graduate programs achieve their admissions goals, including enhancing diversity and inclusion.

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Planning for the Admissions Process

Information and resources you can use to evaluate and enrich your admissions practices.

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Using Scores

Guidelines and other information to ensure you use GRE scores appropriately and effectively.

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Score Interpretation Resources

Interpretive data, score comparison tools and other resources to assist you in using scores.

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GRE Score Policies

ETS policies related to score reporting, confidentiality, cancellation of scores and more.


Validity research is essential to verify that GRE test scores are valid for any intended use. ETS and numerous external parties have conducted validity research to verify that it is appropriate to use GRE scores for:

  • graduate and professional school admissions, including business and law
  • fellowship selection and guidance
  • counseling for graduate study

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Departments and programs using GRE scores for these purposes may wish to conduct their own studies to collect validity information. ETS researchers will provide advice on the design of appropriate validation studies without charge. For additional assistance, contact

GRE scores may be appropriate for purposes other than those described above, but it is important for the user to validate the use of scores for those purposes.

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