The GRE scores displayed at the end of your GRE exam are your unofficial GRE scores. The scores of the Verbal and Quantitative sections are available immediately but the Analytical Writing scores are available only with the official score report due to the longer grading process. You have an option to either accept the unofficial GRE score report or cancel them. In case you accept them, these scores are sent to the universities which you have shortlisted.
You will receive the official GRE scores 10-15 days after your exam date. The GRE scores are valid for a period of five years from the date of your GRE exam. You can visit the ETS website to check for how long your GRE scores are reportable.
Let us now view some basic differences between the unofficial gre scores vs official.
Unofficial Vs Official GRE Scores:
Your unofficial score report will contain the following information:
- Date of birth
- Intended graduate major
- Contact information (name, contact number, and email address)
- The average record of all your scores which have been reported in the last five years
- Fellowship sponsors or Authorized score receipts and scores that is reported to those institutions
- Your percentile ranks and the cumulative test scores
- Test dates
On the other hand, the official score report which is sent to universities you select has a different format. This report will include your:
- The graduate major which you intend to study
- GRE percentile and test scores
- Contact information (name, phone, email, address)
Thus, there are two types of score reports – for the Test-taker and the institutions.
The test report sent to the institutions will not mention other universities you have applied to or how many times you have attempted the GRE or any GRE scores which you haven’t chosen to send.
How Many Institutions Can Your GRE Scores Be Sent To
You have the option to send your scores to four different institutions free of charge on the date of your exam. However, if you would like to send your GRE scores to more than four institutions, then you will have to pay a fee of $27 for each report. If you have previously taken the GRE exam, then the ‘Select Score’ option allows you to choose from all your previous scores as well to send to the universities you are applying to.
Cancellation and Reinstatement Options
After you have attempted the exam, you will be given the option to report or cancel your scores after viewing them at the exam centre. In the event that you select the option to “Report “ your GRE scores, you will not be able to cancel the scores.
If you decide to cancel your scores:
- Once your scores are canceled, you will not be able to review them online
- You don’t have the option to cancel your scores for a particular section and report the scores for the remaining sections.
- None of your score recipients (universities) will receive a copy of your scores.
- There is no refund available for the exam if you cancel your scores.
- If you would like to retake the exam after you cancel the scores then you must once again register for the exam and make the payment.
In case you have second thoughts about your canceled GRE scores, then ETS gives you the opportunity to reinstate your scores within 60 days of your test date. You will however be charged a test fee of $50.
If you decide to reinstate your GRE scores:
- You can make the payment of the fee online.
- It takes approximately two weeks for your cancelled GRE scores to be reinstated and sent to your shortlisted institutions.
- You will be able to send the scores for free to four score recipients when you have the scores reinstated.
We hope you have a clear idea about the Unofficial GRE scores from the above information.