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GRE Total Marks: 10 Ways You Can Get the Maximum Marks in the Exam

Introduction

It can be difficult to understand your GRE total marks. The GRE (Graduation Record Examination) test that you take when applying to colleges in Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Education Training Service (ETS) is the company that administers the GRE. Each year, the GRE can be taken up to five times. This exam type has a five-year validity period. GRE scores are based on a scale and are related to GRE total score percentile ratings.

In addition, you have the option of taking the GRE general test or the GRE subject test. Both tests are graded using a different GRE scale. The general test is available in both computer-based test and paper-based modes. The GRE scoring for both types, however, is similar. Subject tests for the GRE are offered in paper-based test locations.

Ten Things to Know About GRE

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1. GRE General Test vs GRE Subject Test

GRE General Test
 
GRE Subject Test
Three sections that are GRE quant, GRE verbal and GRE AWA No section
It tests analytical knowledge Tests the knowledge of the specific subject
  Topics are:
Biology
Chemistry
Literature in English
Mathematics
Physics
Psychology
Conducted as both computer-based test and paper-delivered test The exam is only offered in a paper-based format.
Conducted all year long Conducted thrice a year in April, September and October
Fee: US$226-US$255 Fee: US$150
Question types are MCQ and descriptive or essay questions Question types: MCQ
Number of questions: 82 Number of questions: 66-230
Duration: 3 hours and 45 minutes Duration: 2 hours and 50 minutes
Score range: 260-340 Score range: 200-990

2. GRE Exam Pattern

For GRE General Test:

The GRE test syllabus for both tests is extensive, and each test has a different level of difficulty. For example, the GRE General Test, which includes quant, verbal, and AWA sections, assesses candidates analytical abilities, whereas subject tests assess their specific area knowledge. For GRE General Test GRE total Marks are 340.

GRE verbal reasoning, GRE quantitative reasoning, and GRE analytical writing evaluation are the three primary components of the GRE general test. GRE scores are essential entrance requirements for higher education in business, engineering, and many other disciplines. Therefore, the GRE general exam score is accepted in this case. Let us have a look at the GRE exam pattern for the general Test.

Section name Number of Sections Number of questions Sub-areas Types of questions
GRE quantitative reasoning 2 20+20=40 questions Ratio and proportion
Profit and loss
Simple and compound interest
Speed, distance and time
Permutation & combination
Linear equations
Quadratic equations
Sets Theory
Statistics
Powers and roots
Probability
Pipes, cisterns, work, time
Lines and angles
Triangles
Polygon
Quadrilateral
Circles
Coordinate geometry
Order of operations
Volume and surface area
Percentage
Number properties
Quantitative Comparison Questions
Numeric Entry Questions
GRE verbal reasoning 2 20+20=40 questions - Reading Comprehension
Text Completion
Sentence Equivalence
GRE analytical writing assessment 2 1+1=2 questions - Analyzing an Issue
Analyzing an Argument

For GRE Subject Test:

The GRE subject test is a paper-based exam that is only offered three times a year. Students who want to get a master’s degree in a specific subject should take the GRE subject tests. This GRE exam pattern covers the following topics:

  • Mathematics Physics
  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Literature in English

Biochemistry was once included in the GRE subject test, but it was removed in December 2016. In the GRE, students can take more than one subject test; they simply have to pay for each subject they want to take. April, September, and October are the months that GRE subject tests are given. Only in October are Indian students permitted to take GRE subject tests. For GRE Subject test GRE total marks are 990.

A useful resource for GRE preparation can be this site

3. GRE Syllabus

GRE General Test Syllabus

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Section name Number of Sections Number of Sections Sub-areas Types of questions
GRE quantitative reasoning 2 20+20=40 questions Ratio and proportion
Profit and loss
Simple and compound interest
Speed, distance and time
Permutation & combination
Linear equations
Quadratic equations
Sets Theory
Statistics
Powers and roots
Probability
Pipes, cisterns, work, time
Lines and angles
Triangles
Polygon
Quadrilateral
Circles
Coordinate geometry
Order of operations
Volume and surface area
Percentage
Number properties
Quantitative Comparison Questions
Numeric Entry Questions
GRE verbal reasoning 2 20+20=40 questions - Reading Comprehension
Text Completion
Sentence Equivalence
GRE analytical writing assessment 2 1+1=2 questions - Analyzing an Issue
Analyzing an Argument

GRE Subject Test Syllabus

Subjects Subjects Sub-sections
Biology 190 Cellular and Molecular Biology
Organismal Biology
Ecology and Evolution
Chemistry 130 Analytical Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
English 230 Literary Analysis
Identification
Cultural and Historical Contexts
History and Theory of Literary Criticism
Mathematics 66 Calculus
Algebra (Linear algebra, abstract algebra, elementary algebra, and number theory)
Discrete Mathematics
Real Analysis
Probability and Statistics
Additional Mathematics
Physics 100 Classical Mechanics
Electromagnetism
Optics and Wave Phenomena
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Quantum Mechanics
Atomic Physics
Special Relativity
Laboratory Methods
Specialized Topics like Nuclear and Particle Physics etc.
Psychology 205 Biological
Cognitive
Social
Developmental
Clinical
Measurement/Methodology/Other

4. GRE Test Duration

GRE section name Duration
GRE quantitative reasoning 1 hour and 10 minutes (35 minutes for each section)
GRE verbal reasoning 1 hour (30 minutes for each section)
GRE analytical writing assessment 1 hour (30 minutes for each section)
Total 3 hours and 10 minutes

The overall time is 3 hours and 45 minutes, including a 30-35 minute break. After completing the first three sections of the six sections, you may take a break. The GRE subject tests are 2 hours and 50 minutes long. It does not have a break, unlike the GRE general test. GRE total Marks can be increased if you score more in Verbal since this is the scoring section.

5. GRE Scores

Your GRE scores are required for a detailed admissions procedure. In addition, it helps in the standardization of the evaluation of applicants from various backgrounds.

GRE General Test Scores

On the GRE General Test, three scores are reported:

  • Scores for Quantitative Reasoning are presented on a range of 130 to 170, with 1 point increments.
  • Scores for Verbal Reasoning are presented on a range of 130 to 170, with 1 point increments.
  • The Scores for Analytical Writing is graded on a scale of 0 to 6, with half-point increments between 0 and 6.

The total number of correct answers given and the difficulty level of each segment are reflected in their Quantitative and Verbal reasoning scores.

Each essay question is used to determine the score for the analytical writing measure (2 essay questions in total). A skilled reader and a computerized tool are developed by ETS that can recognize essay qualities related to writing proficiency and score your Analytical Writing portion. GRE total Marks can be increased by doing AWA with 95% accuracy.

GRE Subject Test Scores

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The subject test is graded on a range of 200 to 990 points, with 10-point increments. It's worth noting that the separate test scales only cover a fraction of the 200-900 point range. Any subject test's actual range is smaller, ranging from 20 to 99 in one-point increments.

Psychology

200-990, in 10-points increments.

Subscores: 20-99, in one-point increment.

Chemistry 200-990, in 10-points increments.
Literature in English 200-990, in 10-points increments.
Physics

200-990, in 10-points increments.

Subscores: 20-99, in one-point increment.

Mathematics 200-990, in 10-points increments.
Biology

200-990 score scale, in 10-points increments.

Subscores: 20-99, in one-point increment.

6. GRE Total Marks

The GRE total marks are calculated only based on your Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning section. The maximum GRE score for both the quantitative and verbal reasoning portions is 170, while the lowest GRE score for both sections is 130. As a result, the greatest GRE score you can achieve is 340, while the lowest GRE score you can get is 260.

The subject test has a GRE total marks distribution ranging from 200 to 990. Subscores are also reported on a 20-99 score scale, with one-point increments, for Physics, Biology, and Psychology examinations.

However, unlike the SAT and ACT, combining section scores into a single GRE total mark is uncommon. So instead, when submitting your GRE results, you’d publish your three-part scores separately.

What is the purpose of reporting GRE section results separately? It's usually because most graduate schools are more interested in one section score than the others, and they want to see which one you earned quickly. In addition, grad school programs are more specialized than undergraduate programs, and those reviewing your GRE total marks are usually only interested in the component that most closely ties to the subject matter of your programs.

7. GRE Total Score Percentile General Test

The percentage of test-takers who scored lower scores than you is referred to as a percentile. For example, a 94th percentile score indicates that you outperformed 94 out of every 100 test-takers.

GRE Scores Quantitative Verbal Score levels Analytical Writing
170 96 99 6.0 99
169 94 99 5.5 98
168 92 98 5.0 92
167 89 98 4.5 80
166 87 97 4.0. 55
165 85 96 3.5 38
164 83 94 3.0 14
163 80 92 3.5 6
162 78 90 2.0 1
161 75 88 0.0 1.5  
160 72 85    
159 69 82    
158 65 79    
157 62 75    
156 59 72    
155 55 67    
154 51 63 ;  
153 48 59    
152 44 53    
151 40 50    
150 36 45    
149 33 40    
148 29 36    
147 25 32    
146 22 28    
145 18 25    
144 15 22    
143 13 19    
142 11 16    
141 9 14    
140 7 11    
139 6 9    
138 4 8    
137 3 6    
136 2 5    
135 2 4    
134 1 3    
133 1 2 ;  
132   2    
131   1    
130        

 


8. GRE Total Score percentile; Subject Test

 

GRE score Biology Literature in English Physics Psychology Chemistry Mathematics
980 95
940 99 86 99 97
900 98 82 97 94
860 94 76 92 88
820 89 69 99 83 80
780 80 62 95 73 73
740 70 98 55 86 62 66
700 58 94 48 73 51 58
660 46 85 40 58 39 50
620 34 73 32 44 28 41
580 24 59 23 32 18 32
540 16 46 16 22 11 23
500 9 33 9 15 6 14
460 5 22 4 9 3 8
420 2 13 2 5 1 3
380 1 6 2 1
340 3 1
300 1

 


9. GRE Score Report

The GRE General and Subject tests both have similar score reports.

Your report includes the following information:

  • Date of birth
  • Contact information (name, phone number, and email)
  • Gender
  • Aiming for a graduate degree
  • Your test results and percentile rankings
  • Score receipts from authorized scorers or fellowship sponsors, as well as scores reported to such institutions
  • The total number of points reported in the last five years
  • Dates of the tests
  • Dates of the tests

Your score report is not the same as the official report given to the schools you choose. This report includes your:

As a result, there are two types of score reports: For the Test-taker and the institutions

10. What to do after receiving your GRE total marks?

After you've completed the test, you'll be asked if you'd like to report (see) or cancel your results. You can see your unofficial quantitative and verbal reasoning results right away if you choose ;Report.; You won't be able to change your GRE total marks once you've selected the report option.

Cancel the scores

  • You can't have one section of the test's score canceled while the rest of the test's score is published.
  • Your scores will no longer be accessible for review online once they have been canceled.
  • Your canceled scores will not be shared with anyone else.
  • There will be no reimbursement.
  • If you want to repeat the test after your results have been canceled, you must register and pay for the test again.
  • Finally, keep in mind that ETS offers the ScoreSelect option, which allows you to choose whatever score you wish to send to b-schools.
  • You can have your scores reinstated through your ETS account within 60 days of the test date if you change your mind after canceling them. However, there will be a $50 cost.

Reinstate the score

  • You can pay the fee by credit card, cheque, or money order.
  • If you're paying by money order or paper check, fill out and mail the Score Reinstatement form.
  • When you register for score restoration, you get four free score recipients.
  • Pay $27 per recipient to have scores emailed to them later. If you do not choose score recipients, it will take two weeks for your results to be reinstated, and they will be delivered to your chosen universities immediately after that.

Conclusion

On the GRE, you can only get a few questions wrong and still achieve a perfect score, but keep in mind that the GRE is only one part of your grad school application. Students should devote their time to developing a strong application in a variety of areas instead of concentrating all of their efforts on achieving a perfect GRE score. Even if you had the greatest GRE score imaginable, it wouldn't help you get into grad school if the rest of your application was bad. Similarly, non-perfect GRE scores won't damage you as much if you have strong college grades, letters of recommendation, and other factors.

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