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Using Scores

GRE® scores are used to make decisions that affect people's educational and career paths. In recognizing these high stakes, ETS provides score users with guidelines and information to assist them in using scores appropriately in graduate admissions decision making.

Repeat Test Takers

Test takers may take a GRE test more than once. There are several ways in which graduate and professional schools, including business and law, can judge multiple scores for an applicant (e.g., use most recent score, use highest score). Whatever approach is adopted, it is best to use it consistently with all applicants.

Have Questions?

Are there tools to help me compare GRE scores to GMAT® or LSAT® scores?
Yes. Access the GRE Comparison Tool for Business Schools or the GRE Comparison Tool for Law Schools.
How can I determine if GRE scores correlate with success in my program?
The best way to determine if GRE scores correlate with success in your program is to conduct a validity study. ETS researchers will provide advice on the design of appropriate validations studies without charge. For assistance, contact View a list of GRE validity resources.
How does ETS ensure the tests are fair and unbiased?
Ensuring the fairness of GRE tests throughout the test development, administration and scoring processes is a high priority. Learn more about test fairness.
Why is it a problem to use a minimum or cut score to narrow my pool of applicants?
The practice of using cut scores, especially one that uses GRE scores as the sole criteria, is contradictory to a holistic admissions process because it puts too much weight on one measure, and does not allow applicants the opportunity to show other evidence of their potential value.
How can I determine if the difference in scores between two applicants is significant?
Different scores among test takers may not reflect significant differences in abilities. As described in guideline #3 in the Guidelines for the Use of GRE Scores, every test has measurement error. It is important for a decision maker to know whether the differences between two scores is meaningful. Get more information about the Standard Error of Measurement and GRE scores.
I want to see all of my applicants' scores, not just those they choose to send me. How can I arrange that?
ETS sends scores according to the specific request of test takers. If you would like to see all of your applicants' GRE scores, you should communicate that policy to your prospective applicants.
Can I verify test takers' scores before I receive official results?
If the test taker directs ETS to send scores to your institution/program, you will be able to verify those scores using the ETS® Data Manager.
What do I do if I have concerns about the scores?

To verify that the scores you received match those in the ETS database, you can use the ETS Data Manager.

If you have security concerns about an individual test score, please complete the Score Inquiry Form and submit it to the ETS Office of Testing Integrity (OTI) at Completing this form will provide helpful information to OTI to assist in their score review process. Learn more about test security.

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