The process of sending GRE score reports can be downright confusing. In this post, I will attempt to make the details of sending score reports more clear.
For how long are GRE scores valid?
GRE scores are valid for up to 5 years after you have taken the test. That means those who took/gave the test after June 2007 can submit that test score to institutions. If this score is for the old GRE—meaning the GRE before Aug. 2011, then that score will be represented using the old scale of 400 – 1600.
How many institutions can I send my score report to, and will those institutions see the names of the other colleges I am sending my score reports to?
You may send your score report to as many as four institutions. Those institutions will not know the other institutions, if any, to which you are submitting your scores. An institution will only see your GRE scores, your intended major, and some basic personal info.
When I am able to indicate which institutions will receive my score report?
The day of the test you will be able to send your score reports to as many as four institutions, free of charge. To submit your scores at some later point in time you must pay $23 for each institution you want to send it to. A score report will take approximately five business days to reach both you and the institution(s) you’ve indicated.
When will I receive my official score reports?
For those taking the computer-based Revised GRE, you will have to wait 10-15 days to receive your official score report. The reason is the essays take some time to grade. Your actual GRE score, based out of 340 points, does not change after test day.
For those taking the paper-based test, you have to wait up to six weeks to receive your official score reports.
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Update, October 8th, 2014: Hi everyone! We’ve decided to turn the comments off on this post for now. We encourage everyone to check out this ETS page about sending in your scores. And, if you have a Premium Magoosh account and would like a more personalized response, you can use the Help tab on the Magoosh dashboard to contact us. Thanks!