Revised GRE Score Conversion Information

On August 1st, 2011, ETS replaced the GRE General Test with a new version of the exam known as the Revised GRE General Test. The new test represents a significant departure from the previous version, in both structure and content:

  • The computerized format of the Revised GRE allows test-takers to navigate within a section, as well as skip questions and return to them later. The new format also includes an on-screen calculator students can use for the math sections.

  • The Verbal and Quantitative sections of the test were drastically redesigned, including new timing, pacing, and question types (in the Verbal section Antonyms and Analogies have been removed, and Sentence Completion has been expanded, while in the Quantitative section new question types—Numeric Entry (you input a number as your answer) and Select At Least One (where more than one answer could work and you must choose all of the options that are correct to get credit)—were added).

In addition, the test adopted a new scoring scale for the Verbal and Quantitative sections. These sections were previously scored from 200 to 800 in 10-point increments, and are now scored from 130 to 170 in single-point increments.

Not surprisingly, this change to a new scoring scale has caused some confusion for test takers looking to relate a score on one scale to an equivalent score on the other, particularly for those students who took the GRE prior to August 1st, 2011, but who are now competing for admission with students taking the Revised GRE. How do scores on the 200-800 scale compare to scores of 130-170? And how will schools compare and interpret scores from each scale simultaneously?

Fortunately, with the Revised test approaching its one-year anniversary, the test makers have been able to compile a tremendous amount of data about the new scale, and have recently released a GRE score conversion table comparing scores and percentiles of the old test with those of the Revised.

How does the old test compare to the new, and vice-versa?

Below, we have provided percentile tables for both the old and Revised GRE. In addition, we have also provided two tables comparing their unique scoring scales.

NOTE: The tables below do not list every score value. To view the entire of the scales and tables, please click on the links at the end of this article.

Old GRE Scoring Scale

Score

Verbal Score Percentile

Quantitative Score Percentile

800

99

94

750

99

77

700

96

64

650

91

48

600

83

35

550

69

27

500

57

20

450

44

11

400

28

9

350

18

5

300

6

3

250

1

1

200

-

1

Revised GRE Scoring Scale

Score

Verbal Score Percentile

Quantitative Score Percentile

170

99

99

165

95

92

160

83

81

155

65

64

150

44

43

145

22

23

140

10

9

135

3

2

130

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old GRE Scoring Scale

Score

Verbal Score Percentile

Quantitative Score Percentile

800

99

94

750

99

77

700

96

64

650

91

48

600

83

35

550

69

27

500

57

20

450

44

11

400

28

9

350

18

5

300

6

3

250

1

1

200

-

1

Revised GRE Scoring Scale

Score

Verbal Score Percentile

Quantitative Score Percentile

170

99

99

165

95

92

160

83

81

155

65

64

150

44

43

145

22

23

140

10

9

135

3

2

130

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old GRE scores v. Revised GRE scores (including percentile ranks)

Verbal

Old GRE

Revised GRE

Percentile rank

800

170

99

750

169

99

700

166

96

650

163

91

600

130

83

550

156

69

500

153

57

450

120

44

400

146

28

350

143

18

300

138

6

250

132

1

200

130

-

Quantitative

Old GRE

Revised GRE

Percentile rank

800

166

94

750

159

77

700

155

64

650

151

48

600

148

35

550

146

27

500

144

20

450

141

11

400

140

9

350

138

5

300

136

3

250

133

1

200

131

1

Revised GRE scores v. Old GRE scores (including percentile ranks)

Verbal

Revised GRE

Old GRE

Percentile rank

170

800

99

165

680-690

95

160

600-610

83

155

530

65

150

450

44

145

380

24

140

320

10

135

280

3

130

200-230

-

Quantitative

Revised GRE

Old GRE

Percentile rank

170

800*

99

165

**

92

160

760

81

155

700-710

64

150

630

43

145

530-540

23

140

400-420

9

135

280-290

2

130

-

-

* ETS does not provide a specific score comparison for students obtaining a 170 in the Quantitative section of the Revised GRE. Per the GRE Scoring Tables comparing old GRE and Revised GRE scores and percentiles: “Score users should use special care in evaluating test takers who received a Quantitative Reasoning score at the top end of the prior 200-800 score scale. Now, with the new 130-170 score scale, we can provide more differentiation for higher ability test takers. However, test takers who took the prior test and received an 800 on the Quantitative Reasoning measure, received the highest score possible that they were able to earn on the measure.”

** ETS does not provide a specific comparison value for students scoring a 165 in the Quantitative section of the Revised GRE. However, students scoring a 164 on the Revised GRE are equated to students scoring a 790 on the old GRE, and both are given a 90th percentile rank.

For complete score conversion and comparison tables, please see: