GRE: After the exam

Tyler York
GRE After The Exam

GRE: After the exam

Test day is finally over and you can now relax, get some sleep, and enjoy being stress-free — maybe for a couple of days. But then, you remember that the GRE score percentiles you just got are only the first of many steps associated with getting into your choice graduate or business school.

In the meantime, what can you expect after taking the GRE exam? How long does it take to get GRE percentiles? What is a good score? You have a lot of questions and we have prepared a simple guide to help you through the waiting game, and beyond.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get GRE scores?

If you took the computer-based exam, you will receive your official scores in your ETS account 10 to 15 days after your test date. If you took the paper-based test (normally for test-takers outside of the United States), you can view your scores online around five weeks after your test date.

Can I see my scores at the test center after taking the GRE?

The simple answer is yes. After the GRE exam, you will be able to view your unofficial scores for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections of the exam. Due to the scoring process of the Analytical Writing section of the GRE test, which requires a human grader, you will not have access to this score at the test center.

What are unofficial and official GRE scores?

The scores you will be able to access at the end of the GRE test are your unofficial scores for the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections. These are unofficial since your scores are subject to change in the normalization process for that version of the test. That said, students’ unofficial scores will be the same as their official scores the vast majority of the time, and any changes will be (at most) one point in either direction. Your official scores will include all sections of the exam and will be made available within 15 days of your test date.

Can I get a paper copy of my official GRE test scores?

Yes, you can. Just login to your ETS Account and print your Test Taker Score Report anytime. Simply find and click the print button on the page. For more information about getting your scores, go to

How long are GRE scores valid?

Your GRE scores are valid for 5 years after your test date. This means that if you are ambivalent about your plans for the future, or maybe you want to take the test again to gain better scores, you will have plenty of time to decide.

ETS will keep your score on file for that length of time as well. After that, your records are purged from the ETS database and will no longer be accessible.

How long does it take to send GRE scores to my chosen schools?

It will take about the same time as it took for your official scores to become available in your ETS Account, namely: 10 to 15 business days.

How do I send GRE scores to an institution?

Your test fee comes with the option to send your test scores to up to four graduate schools or programs for free. 

  • For the computer-based GRE General Test, you will be asked to select your score recipients after the exam at the test center.
  • For the paper-based GRE General Test, you will be asked to choose your score recipients when you register.

More information can be found on the ETS website. You can also send your test scores to as many programs you like for as long as your scores are valid for a small fee through the ETS website.

Can I send my scores to more than four graduate institutions?

Yes, you can. You can request Additional Score Reports for a fee of $27 per recipient after your test day. With the ScoreSelect option, you can choose to send scores from your Most Recent, All, or Any test available from your reportable history. So, you have the option to retake the test and choose the best scores to submit to your programs of interest.

How do I request for additional score reports?

If you want to send additional score reports to other graduate schools and fellowship sponsors, you can do so by requesting online via your ETS Account, or by completing an order form and sending it via mail or fax

Your score reports will be sent to your selected institutions approximately 5 to 10 business days after your order is placed. Please note that once a request is submitted, it cannot be canceled, changed, or refunded.

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Do I need to take the GRE Subject Test after the General Test?

GRE Subject tests are generally required for higher studies in Biology, Chemistry, English Literature, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. While the GRE Subject Test is not required for most graduate school programs, it would give you a competitive advantage over other candidates. Also, if you are aiming to get into top schools like Harvard, Yale, NYU, or  Stanford, it is recommended (and often required) that you take a GRE Subject Test.

How many times can you take the GRE?

So you want a better score to get into a top university’s graduate program? Or maybe you didn’t meet the required GRE score of your chosen institution? The good news is you can take the test again. You can do so once every 21 days and up to five times within a 12-month period (365 days). This applies to all tests, including any cancelled administrations.

How to Improve Your GRE Scores

If you find yourself looking at a score lower than you expected or not hitting the required score of the graduate school you want to get into, then you need to assess where your weakness lies. 

Figure out what sections you find difficult or spend too much time answering. Are you making calculation errors? Do you find it hard to understand some of the questions? Analyzing the areas where you made the most mistakes will help you improve.

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