Most universities list a good GRE score as a necessary requirement for admission into their institution. So if you want to make it into one, your GRE scores need to be up to the mark. In this article, we will talk about the GRE scores, the GRE score chart, and how GRE scores are calculated.  This will give you a rough idea as to how much you should aim for in each section and help you come up with a smart plan. So let’s take you through.
GRE Scores
GRE consists of three components — Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. The Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning are each scored between 130 to 170, which increases by a one-point increment. Analytical Writing, on the other hand, is scored between 0 to 6, which increases by a half-point increment. The GRE score is a culmination of the Verbal and Quantitative sections. Since the score range for Analytical writing differs from these two, the calculation of the Analytical writing scores also differs. 
The GRE score is also converted into percentile ranks. The percentile rank indicates how well you have fared in the GRE in comparison to the rest of the candidates. For example, if your percentile rank is 96, then it means 96 percent of the candidates have scored less than you. This also ranks you in the top ten percentile. 
How are GRE Scores Calculated? 
In order to calculate the GRE score, raw scores are to be identified. The raw score is then converted to the scaled score based on the difficulty level of the question. Since the GRE is a computer-adaptive test, the score of each question is calculated based on its difficulty. Hence, some questions may carry more weight than others. 
A raw score is the number of questions you likely got right in your GRE test. The Verbal and Quantitative sections have 40 questions each. For example, if you have answered all the 40 questions correctly, your raw score is likely to be 40. This raw score is then converted into a scaled score, which lies anywhere between 130 to 170. The GRE score is then the sum of the scaled scores for the Verbal and Quantitative sections. 
GRE Score Conversion Chart  
Let us see how the raw scores are converted into individual scaled scores for the Verbal and Quantitative sections. The GRE score conversion chart is as follows:

Correct answers  GRE raw score  GRE score ( Verbal & Quantitative)
0-5 0-5 130-135
5-10 5-10 135-140
10-15 10-15 140-145
15-20 15-20 145-150
20-25 20-25 150-155
25-30 25-30 155-160
30-35 30-35 160-165
35-40 35-40 165-170

As you can see from the above chart, if you score a 40 in each of the sections, you can anticipate a score between 165 to 170. A sum of these scores will yield you a GRE score between 330 to 340.  
Verbal Reasoning score chart 
The Verbal Reasoning score chart is the verbal reasoning score with its corresponding percentile ranking. The GRE verbal score chart is as follows: 

Verbal Reasoning score Verbal Reasoning  percentile rank
165-170 96-99
160-165 86-96
155-160 68-86
150-155 46-68
145-150 26-46
140-145 11-26
135-140 3-11
131-135 1-3

Quantitative Reasoning score chart
The quantitative reasoning score chart consists of the quantitative scores with its corresponding percentile ranking. The GRE quant score chart is as follows: 

Quantitative Reasoning score Quantitative Reasoning percentile rank
165-170 86-96
160-165 73-86
155-160 56-73
150-155 37-56
145-150 19-37
140-145 7-19
135-140 2-7
130-135 1-2

You will notice the score range 130 to 135 has only 1 to 2 percentile ranking. This denotes that very few candidates have a score that is less than 135. 
Analytical Writing score chart
The Analytical Writing score chart indicates the analytical writing scores and its corresponding percentile ranking. The Analytical Writing score chart is as follows: 

Analytical Writing score Analytical Writing percentile rank 
6.0 99
5.5 98
5.0 93
4.5 82
4.0 59
3.5 42
3.0 17
2.5 7
2.0 2
1.5 1
1.0 No rank available 
0.0-1.0 No rank available 

As you can see from the above table, the score ranges 0.0 to 1.0 have no ranks available. This means that none of the candidates have scored less than 1.0 in the analytical writing section. 
We hope these GRE score charts have helped you.  Understanding the GRE scores is a rather simple process. Once you familiarize yourself with it, navigating and planning for the GRE becomes easier. 

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