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GRE Score,Scoring, etc. Please Help
Posted 21 January 2012 - 06:28 PM
1) Is a score of 275 on the GRE that difficult to obtain? I've looked at the "new scoring" vs "old scoring" and it equates a 275 to around an 820 or so. Are these high scores? Should I jump ship now?
2) How much room does this give me for era on the GRE?
3) Sadly, I've read the GRE grading procedures multiple times but do not fully understand how this process works. Any light on this subject?
Thank you to anyone who reads this and has something to offer.
Posted 22 January 2012 - 10:32 PM
You might want to check out some GRE books for sample tests and questions to gauge where you stand. It might be easier to understand how the GRE works and how it is graded if you had access to sample tests.
Posted 22 January 2012 - 11:26 PM
The grading process is harder to follow, I never bothered with it, you just need to know what it does. The older test was computer adaptive by question. The way it used to work was that if you get a question right, it might ask you a harder question, if you get a question wrong they might ask you a slightly easier question. The idea is to eventually converges on your overall competency (measured by the score you receive). *How* that happens and how it is mapped to a score I do not know exactly, and it never really mattered. You do not have to get every question right to get a perfect score, you just have to get enough of them right so you converge on that level.
However, "Currently, the GRE revised General Test allows the test-taker to move forth and back, and change answers within a section, and thus the questions in a given section are not adaptive. While questions within each section are not adaptive, performance on the first Verbal and Quantitative section influences the difficulty in the second section of the same topic." [Wiki]. So, the convergence and changing of difficulty happens by section, not per question now. If you do well in one section, the next section will be harder, if you do poorly the next section will be easier, and so on. As noted before, you do not need to get every question right to get a perfect score, it is about what level you converge at, not how many questions you get right in the sense of a strict percentage for your score. This is really all that matters to know as a test taker, the general way the scoring aims to work.
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 09:07 AM
See the following link for details: http://www.ets.org/s...ide_table1a.pdf
As for the scoring, you just answer the questions as well as you can. Don't worry about how they calculate your score - as far as I know, that's not public information. You'll get a score between 130 and 170 for each of Verbal and Quantitative, and a score between 0.0 and 6.0 for Analytical Writing. You'll also get told what percentiles these scores correspond to. For example, if you got a Verbal score of 153, you'd be told that you'd got a higher score than 62% of test-takers.
Posted 23 January 2012 - 03:46 PM
vonLipwig, in response to your question of how it is possible to receive such a low score this may help:
Admission to the MAT program requires applicants to:
A minimum score of 1,100 is required on the formula: GPA on last 60 undergraduate hours times 200, plus the GRE General Test score (taken before August 1, 2011). A minimum score of 335 is required on the formula: GPA on last 60 undergraduate hours times 20, plus the GRE General Test score (taken after August 1, 2011).
The university adds the Quantitative and the Verbal section to come up with the score to be used in the formula.
Due to that my the GPA of my final 60 hours of undergraduate was high; it allows for me to have a lower score on the GRE.
Edited by lowfive1715, 23 January 2012 - 03:48 PM.
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