A few days ago, ETS made a major announcement regarding score reports. The gist of it is that on test day:
- You can send four free score reports, one to each institution.
- You can send score reports for all the GRE tests that you have taken in the last four years
The second announcement is perhaps the more nuanced and therefore needs a little more elaboration. Historically, GRE scores have always been valid for 5 years. Today is no different, except for any scores older than nine months are going to be score for the old test and not the Revised test, which changed in August of last year.
By simply selecting the option Select All, you can have ETS send all of your score reports to whichever institute you specify. Again, you can send a total of four score reports, whether those score reports are only for the current test, or consist of all of your scores for any GRE you’ve taken.
For instance, if you took the GRE twice before it changed, and then once after it changed, you can opt to send ONLY the Revised GRE score, or ALL three scores. You cannot, however, pick and choose which past GRE scores you want to send.
Let’s say you want to go to either Stanford or Harvard. You only want to send Stanford your latest test scores. Click Most Recent and Stanford will only see your most recent scores. For Harvard you want to send them all three scores. Click All and Harvard will receive all of your scores.
The next scenario is after test day. The three options below are not free—you must pay for each one you choose.
- Send your most recent score reports
- Send all of your score reports
- Send any of your score reports.
Notice that last choice provides you with an option not available the day of the test. You definitely want to reserve this option if you took the test multiple times in the past and did well on one and not so well on others. Sure, you will have to pay more, but your transcript will look much stronger if you pick and choose your best GRE scores.
It is important to note that you cannot pick and choose sections of the exam, but can only choose a test score in its entirety. So if you once scored an 800 on quantitative but bombed the verbal section, you must present the total score on the test.
Are you finding this all slightly confusing? Check out our post on how to send GRE score reports for more information.
As of mid-May, ETS has changed its policy on sending old score reports the day of the test. You can now send free score reports for old tests. Let’s say you took the test two years ago. You can now send that score report along with your most recent score report. Or you can simply send the old score report. You will be able to send four free score reports. Below is excerpted text from ETS:
“On test day, when viewing their scores at the test center*, they can select the:
- ScoreSelect Most Recent option – Send their scores from their current test administration (FREE).
- ScoreSelect All option – Send their scores from all test administrations in the last 5 years (FREE).
Test takers can decide which option to use for each of their 4 FREE score reports.