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ETS Announcement: GRE Score Reports Update

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.

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105 Responses to ETS Announcement: GRE Score Reports Update

  1. Giang September 14, 2016 at 10:38 am #

    Hi Chris,

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the great article! I hope you can help me answer this question.

    Now that GRE won’t mail me an official score report, will the report I print out be considered “official” or “original”? I’m applying for an international MBA program in Japan and they stated that I need to send them an “original copy” of the score report, but added that “If your score reports are to be sent by the test centres, they should reach the university before the application deadline”.

    So I’m quite confused. Does it mean that I can send the score report myself? And if I am to send it myself, the only way is to print it out and mail it right?


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 17, 2016 at 4:18 pm #

      Hi Giang,

      When ETS or the testing center send your score report electronically, it serves as a way to confirm that you are the person who took the test, so most schools require this. In some cases a school may accept the unofficial score report as a substitute for a short time while the official scores are being sent, but you would have to directly contact the school itself to see what their policy is. I would NOT assume that a school will accept an unofficial report!

      My guess is that they mention the test center to ensure that you take the test early enough. That is, if you take the GRE, it will take about 2-3 weeks for the official scores to be arrive at the school. So this is the school’s way of saying that you need to finish the GRE in time for the scores to reach the school by the deadline, so you should take the GRE at least 3 weeks before the deadline. If you take the test way before the deadline, then you just have to make sure that the scores are sent to the schools and the timeline won’t be as much of an issue.

      This blog post might also answer some of your questions:

    • Brandi January 2, 2017 at 7:22 pm #

      Hi there. I had to fill out the form for unlisted institutions. I was wondering if there will be a delay in these institutions receiving my scores, or if they will receive the scores in the same amount of time as if I had been able to enter their institution codes into the computer?

      Also, if I request a score report at a later date, does it really take ETS five days to process and send the report, or is it done electronically in a somewhat automatic fashion? I believe that all of my institutions accept GRE scores electronically.

      Thank you.

  2. Suraj July 30, 2016 at 5:16 am #

    Hello Magoosh

    I wanted to downloaded my GRE score report but is shows recipients also. Is it possible to download score report that shows no recipients?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 2, 2016 at 6:33 am #

      Hi Suraj,

      Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a way to download a copy of your GRE score report without the list of recipients. That said, I recommend contacting ETS GRE Services directly (email: to see if they can provide additional insight 🙂

      I hope this helps, at least a little!

  3. Avinash June 14, 2016 at 7:31 am #

    I scored less in 2nd attempt, and only want to send 1st score. is it possible ?

  4. Bharat April 17, 2016 at 7:02 am #

    Hi Experts,

    It is good to know from the blog that the old scores can be sent to 4 universities for free. But university selection is an involving task and some people like me, having tight prep schedule, would like to select universities after some time – basically to know about the in-depths of the program in different universities. So my question is whether one can apply into these 4 universities for free after some time?

    Thanks for perusing though 🙂

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 18, 2016 at 9:30 am #

      Hi Bharat,

      Unfortunately, the only opportunity to send scores for free is on the day of the test. You can send scores any time, but you have to pay a fee on any other date.

      Hope that helps! 🙂

  5. Akhil reddy March 12, 2016 at 7:24 am #

    As I haven’t showed up for GRE test due to some problems can i have the test again ? And within a gap of 19 days can I apply again for GRE test ? In the absence of my appearance today for GRE test does the score card shows as 2times written exam ? Can any one please help me out

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 13, 2016 at 3:56 am #

      Hi Akhil,

      1. You can take the test again, but you have to pay again and schedule a new appointment.
      2. You likely have to wait the 21 days before you can schedule a new test, but some students have had luck contacting ETS and getting help since they never went to the testing center.
      3. You will not have any score reported for this test you didn’t attend–it will not be on your record and there was no score. It’s like it never happened.

      I hope that helps! 🙂

  6. Samuel Park January 13, 2016 at 8:19 pm #


    I was wondering if I may please get assistance with this question since ETS is very uncommunicative about it.

    I am planning to apply with February 1st deadlines and wanted to know if we are able to order scores the day right after the exam. In other words, I understand that the 4 schools I select for free on test day will receive scores 10-15 days after the exam, but how long will it take for my 5th, 6th, 7th school to receive scores? Can I order score reports online the day of or even the day after my exam?

    I’d appreciate your response!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 22, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

      Hi Samuel,

      Yes, you should be able to order more score reports online right after your exam, and they will go out at the same time as the ones you designate at the testing center. 🙂

  7. Suresh November 14, 2015 at 9:35 pm #

    Hi There,

    I took GRE on 12-Dec-2010, I want to apply for universities now. Will this score is still valid or do I have to write again.

    Please help me.

    Thanks in advance,

    • Dani Lichliter
      Dani Lichliter November 16, 2015 at 10:59 am #

      Hi Suresh,
      Yes, you can apply with your score from December 2010! The ETS website explains “GRE® test scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which you tested (July 1–June 30). Currently, scores earned from July 1, 2010, to the present are available.
      Best of luck with your applications! 🙂

  8. Rahul November 7, 2015 at 4:16 am #

    I reported my GRE score to University X (one out of the 4 free score report which one can send just after taking the test), last year for taking admission in Fall 2015 but didn’t go.Now I am planning to apply for Fall 2016 so do I have to send the scores again to same University?

    • Dani Lichliter
      Dani Lichliter November 9, 2015 at 10:41 am #

      Hi Rahul,
      Most universities will keep your score for at least a year, but I would recommend confirming with the admissions department. You should be able to call or email.
      Best of luck!

  9. Puneet Sharma October 27, 2015 at 6:48 am #

    Sending a second set of scores for the same admission season, is this an option?

    I took GRE two days back and I think I can improve so planning on taking again in 3 weeks.

  10. Kavita October 11, 2015 at 10:59 pm #

    Hi Chris!
    I previously wrote my GRE and did not score that great, but I went ahead and reported my scores anyway (as I was unsure if I would re-take the test).
    Turns out I am retaking the test and I want to send my scores to the same 4 institutions I previously sent my scores to(on the test day).
    My question is even if I select “Report most Recent Score” option (after I give this test) will these institutions be able to view my previous scores?
    Looking forward to your reply at the earliest.

    • Shruti November 8, 2015 at 6:07 am #

      I have the exact same question as Kavita. Please reply asap!
      Thanks in advance. 🙂

      • Dani Lichliter
        Dani Lichliter November 9, 2015 at 10:46 am #

        Hi Shruti and Kavita,
        If you select “most recent”, it will only send the score from your current test, not a previous score. You can read more about the ScoreSelect option here.
        Best of luck to both of you!

  11. rahi October 1, 2015 at 10:47 am #

    i gave my grey exam today and when i logged into my account it is showing no scores reported or absent.
    can someone tell why is this happening.

  12. Saniya Singh August 31, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

    Hi Chris
    I have a doubt regarding the submission of scores to the four institutions on the test day. I plan to take my first GRE test this month. However I am not yet sure if I will take another attempt at it. So I will have to report my scores to the schools this time itself. However, if I do take the GRE again and get a better score 21 days later, will I be able to resend my scores to the same schools?

  13. varun sakhrani August 6, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

    Dear Chris,
    I took my GRE exam on 4th August 2014. The scores of all the three sections are displayed on the test report, but below each score it says-absent or unavailable.
    I would just like to know if this is a problem which needs be communicated to ETS before I apply to universities or can I overlook it?

  14. Abid June 13, 2015 at 3:00 am #

    Hey I took my GRE this month. I am pretty satisfied with my score. However there was some confusion while sending the score reports to the institutions. In the department field I selected “undecided” for all the 4 colleges. But in my official report it shows “selected field-others(5199)”. And also for intended major which was asked initially I chose Computer and Information Sciences(0402). Will this discrepancy affect my score reports in any way?

  15. Niharika May 23, 2015 at 10:35 am #

    Hello Chris! I’ve written my gre test about a month ago. But it shows a note which says “this report is not valid for transmissio of scores to an institution”. That is because my name is printed wrongly in the examinee score card. What do I do now? Can I write a letter or something to ets to get the name changed? Please reply asap. Thank you.

    • Rita Neumann
      Rita Kreig May 26, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

      Hi Niharika!

      I’m not quite sure what’s going on with your score report. You might be able to find your answer at the ETS FAQ page. If you can’t find your answer there, then I’d recommend contacting ETS directly (contact info here).

      Sorry you’re having this issue – but congrats on completing your GRE! I hope this info helps. 🙂

      Good luck!

    • pavani February 10, 2016 at 3:41 am #

      I think that is not a problem. that will be the same in every account

  16. Busra December 11, 2014 at 4:25 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I have a quick question. I got my GRE scores but I did not send my scores to the schools which I am about to apply. There are exactly 4 days until the deadline of those schools’ applications. Even if I request additional copy from ETS, will 4 days be enough ?

    Thank you

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele December 11, 2014 at 10:59 am #

      Hi Busra,

      Oh my, I’m not actually sure! Act as quickly as you can and keep your fingers crossed that 4 days will be enough time. The good news is so much is done electronically that it shouldn’t be a problem.

      Best of luck 🙂

  17. Naz November 26, 2014 at 1:08 am #

    Hi Chris,
    I took my GRE twice over the last couple months (first in Oct. and the second on Nov.), and I reported the test score both the times. But, the last time I took GRE (in Nov), I chose to report ONLY TODAY’S TEST SCORE. Do the schools I reported my previous (first in Oct.) score to still see both my scores? I want them to see my most recent score only as that was much more impressive than the first one.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele December 4, 2014 at 11:54 am #

      Hi Naz,

      Yes, the schools will be able to see the Oct. scores, once you’ve already sent them. They will get to see both scores. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If I see two students who get 320, let’s say, but one of them increased 20 points from the first taking, then I’d think that student was a very hard worker and somebody who doesn’t let adversity hold him or her down. Of course that’s pretty subjective, so it really depends on the program.

      Hope that helps!

  18. Rajesh November 15, 2014 at 4:48 am #

    Hi Chris

    I took my test recently, on 10th November, I am sure I submitted my reports, even chose four universities to send my reported scores. But till now, my scores (what I found that day), have not got reflected in my Gre account. It says, Either ABSENT or NOT AVAILABLE. Should I be worried? What do I do? I’ve got hardly 15 days to apply for universities.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele November 17, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

      Hi Rajesh,

      I’ve yet to hear of this happening…but I think one issue could be that ETS is currently grading your essays. This should take another week or so. If by next Monday, you do not have a score report, you should contact GRE/ETS and let them know what is going on.

      Best of luck!

      • Peter December 15, 2014 at 6:51 am #

        Could you please let me know which is higher between the Unofficial score result you get immediately after writing the GRE or the Final Official result.


  19. naveen krishna November 7, 2014 at 11:05 pm #


    i completed my GRE exam recently but, i did a mistake that is after i completed my test i canceled my score reports and at present i don`t know my scores. in my ets account it shows canceled score reports and my tension and worry about is that test will be wasteful? or is there any chance to know my score? (any procedure) please help to me…. i am so worried about my score

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele November 10, 2014 at 11:26 am #


      Unfortunately, I really don’t think there is any way to “un-cancel” your score. The only chance you might have is to plead your case to ETS. Tell them candidly what happened, and who knows, perhaps there might be a way to “un-cancel” your scores.

      Here is the contact link to ETS:

      Best of luck 🙂

  20. Jay September 13, 2014 at 5:14 pm #


    I just took my GRE and decided to cancel my score because I know I did awful (I got a little bit frazzled on the math section) and decided to cancel my score. The only reason I did this was because it said at the end of the exam that if I report it, it will be included in my history. Did that mean that business schools are able to see/access my other scores when I apply if I had reported my scores?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele September 15, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

      Hi Jay,

      Only if you send the score report for any particular test will b-schools be able to see it. One option is to already list the schools you want to send your scores to–you do this at the beginning of the test. But if you decide to send your scores after the test, then you’ll have to pay a small fee to do so. The advantage is if do poorly on the exam, nobody–besides you–has to know.

      Hope that helps!

  21. siddharth July 21, 2014 at 5:08 am #

    I would be writing my gre this year. i will be sending my scores to the 4 universities for free on the test day. But i would be graduating from my college in 2016, so will the scores which i would be sending on the test day be valid even in 2016? or am i supposed to resend the scores?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele July 21, 2014 at 11:28 am #

      Hi Siddharth,

      The scores will be valid for up to 5 years. So you’re in good shape 🙂

      • Caitlin October 7, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

        Hi Chris,

        This may seem like a reiteration of Siddharth’s question, but I am planning on taking the GRE in November of 2014, while waiting to apply to graduate school until the fall of 2015.

        I will send my scores to 4 universities for free on test day. Is it customary for universities to keep my GRE scores (in the Graduate Institution Score Report) on file? Such that when I apply in 2015, I won’t have to resend my scores and spend more money?

        Thanks so much for your response,

        • Chris Lele
          Chris Lele October 8, 2014 at 11:01 am #

          Hi Caitlin,

          I do know that GRE scores are good for five years, but I’m not really sure. Part of me wants to say they keep it on file; another part, knowing how bureaucratic things can get, that a university would make you send the scores again. Hard to say. I would contact a few universities to get a better sense :).

          Good luck!

  22. Samarth July 7, 2014 at 11:01 am #

    Hi Chris, I was looking everywhere for this information.
    As you have mentioned in the last part that from Mid-June there has been a slight change in “On-the Test Day” Options.
    I am still unclear about the information.

    I am writing my GRE this week. I do not wish to report my scores to any colleg right now. Can I do that ? ( I will pay for the score reports once I am sure about the colleges )

    One more thing,
    I wish to take it again in a month, and I wish to send only the best score of the two. Is it possible ? And what options will I have to choose for that.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele July 9, 2014 at 11:48 am #

      Hi Samarth,

      Yes, I know: this score report thing can be quite confusing!

      But to the best of my knowledge, you do not have to report your score to any institute. The only drawback is if you do want to later submit those scores, you’ll have to pay for each university you send it to.

      If you take the test a second time, you can report those scores later–if you choose to. Again, it will cost money.

      Hopefully that clears things up 🙂

  23. Divya June 16, 2014 at 5:26 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I have taken gre exam recently second time and while reporting scores I selected ALL option by mistake. I got less score in the recent exam when compared to last one. The time period between two exams is one month. I want to know whether I can send the best gre score once again to the same universities so that they won’t see my latest gre score.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele June 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm #


      Once you select ALL the universities will get the scores. You can’t get them to “un-see” what they’ve seen. But definitely follow up with your better scores. However, you’ll have to pay a little money to do so.

      Good luck!

  24. Varsha November 19, 2013 at 3:23 am #

    Hey Chris !

    A big thank you to you and your team for making my GRE Preps easy and enjoyable ! I have a small query. How long does it generally take for the scores to reach the universities once I write the GRE and send in my scores ? Is it the same 10-15 days ?
    My GRE dates and the application deadline to one of the universities I am applying to is exactly 15 days apart.

    Thanks once again 🙂

  25. Jorge August 28, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    Is it typical for ETS to take 10-15 days to grade the GRE? I’m secretly hoping they knock it out in a few days but I haven’t seen anything online saying what their average time is.


    • Chris Lele
      Chris August 29, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

      For the AWA, it usually takes about that long. If it does come back sooner, and the results are good, then that’ll be great. Though, really the score is the important part :).

  26. Divya July 24, 2012 at 7:15 am #


    I had written my gre acc to the old pattern where in I scored(Q-680,v-590,awa-4).I wrote my gre again acc to the revised pattern where I got a better score in Quantitative section but my score is very low in Verbal(Q-158,V-147).As per the latest ETS score reporting sceme, I reported all my scores including the revised pattern scores.How will the university consider my scores?Will it take the sectional best score or Average score or the latest scores.I’m totally perplexed!!!


    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

      Hi Divya,

      I don’t think anyone can answer that question, except for the dept. itself. Meaning each dept. probably has its own policy. Just to be on the safe side you may want to only send your old scores, provided those scores are not more than 5 years old.

  27. Swami July 15, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    Quick Question: I signed up for the GRE last month in June (when I think the 60 day rule was still in place). I picked September 15th and November 24th (Back-up date).

    I was browsing the ETS site over the weekend and apparently the limit has changed to 30 days for taking the exam a second time. When I saw this I though that a 60 day gap might be too much (might start forgetting learned material) so I signed up for another date on October 20th.

    So as it stands my first GRE will be on Sept. 15th, second date October 20th, and third (extreme backup) on Nov. 24th.

    I’m praying to hit my targets (164+Q and 162+V) the first time but say this happens on the second try, or the extreme case on the third try….will I be able to pick to send the 2nd or 3rd try scores individually and the colleges will never know I took the exam 2 or 3 times?

    This new ScoreSelect is just a tad confusing.


    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 17, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

      HI Swami,

      I totally agree with you: ScoreSelect is confusing. ETS changes it all the time :(. Speaking of which, it seems they’ve changed the 60 days to 30 days. I just researched this last week, arghh. Anyhow, thank you for the heads up.

      As for sending your best test, yes: for a fee you can send the scores from your best test without your school ever knowing you took the test x number of times.

      Hope that helps 🙂

      • Swami July 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

        Thank you very much Sir! I saw above on some posts you gave some critiques on study plan/materials (hopefully I can get some advice from you).

        Test Date: Sept 15th

        1. Magoosh Premium
        2. ETS OG
        3. NOVA (Quant Only) – (After doing quant from OG and basic review from Magoosh)
        4. 15 Word Lists from MajorTests Website (1500 words total – 500 advance words)
        5. Reading Articles/Finding Words

        What do you think?

        Btw any opinion on “Cracking the GRE, 2013 Edition” by Princeton Review? Currently #1 on Amazon for GRE 5 Star Rating.

        Thank you so much Chris. The work you do along with the whole Magoosh team is amazing. It will be so worth it and satisfying if I crack my target scores!

        • Chris Lele
          Chris July 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

          Thanks for the kudos :). We definitely want to help you crack your target score!

          So your list looks pretty strong. Make sure to include the ETS powerprep tests as well. I’d say buy one of the MGRE test books. That way you get access to 6 online tests.

          I’ve ordered the Princeton Review book and it is coming soon. The five-star ratings all seem somewhat generic. I’d be happy if the TPR updated the book though. In fact they’d be the only ones to do so, which would get major points from me.

          Good luck with your prep :).

          • Swami July 18, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

            Sounds great. I also just read your post on all the new materials released. Should be great additional practice.

            I will definitely give the 2 PowerPreps also. Forgot to mention that in there.

            Is there any particular MGRE book you recommend or just get one that targets a particular weakness and the 6 tests will come regardless?

            And last: Any word on the Nova books …specifically the quant book…

            Worth getting? Is there any other book you recommend besides ETS OG and Magoosh Prep that will be a great supplement to those 2 resources to really “get good” at quant?

            Thank You!

  28. MAssa July 10, 2012 at 2:05 am #

    hi chris,

    Just gave my GRE today and got a 156 verbal and 161 quant. I want to know that the scores that i recieved are final… (keeping aside the AWA) ?? Or is there a possibility of change when i receive my official scores ?

    Do let me know.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 11, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

      Hi Massa,

      Yes, those scores are final. And congrats on your official scores :).

  29. priyaneela June 18, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    I need a help form you, I have submitted my reports to the US universities,but they told your GRE &IELTS score cards are unofficial..I addition to this ,i have taken my GRE two scores are placed in one card only…please solve my problem..and tell the path how can i get my official score reports ??such that it should send directly to all the respective universities that i applied

    thanks in advance:)

    • Chris Lele
      Chris June 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

      Hi Priya,

      I think you have to contact ETS directly to resolve this issue. Follow up with ETS and that should hopefully resolve your issue :).

      • Priya June 19, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

        Thank yOu,but what about IELTS offical score card??..please let me know the solution for it:)

        • Chris Lele
          Chris June 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

          Hi Priya,

          I’m sorry but I have not even heard of the IELTS. Is that similar to the TOEFL. Unfortunately, my only area of expertise is GRE test. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help :).

  30. Madi June 10, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    May I ask your opinion for my situation? I am starting my senior year of undergrad at the university that I also hope to attend grad school. I will be applying later this year. I am taking my first GRE next week. My university’s graduate program’s policy is to take the “LATEST” GRE score, regardless of which one is higher. Basically, when I take this test next week, I will have to decide whether to re-take it for a chance of a higher score. If I do re-take it and it is lower, unfortunately, “that” is the score they take. My question is…1. Would you recommend submitting next week’s score on test day to all of the universities I am applying to this early? 2. If my score is not favorable on test day, should I choose not to send them on that day? 3. Is it usually recommended to not send test scores the day of and send them at a later time (even though it will cost) in order to ensure that the universities only get the score you would like them to see?
    Thank you for any help you can offer.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris June 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

      Hi Madi,

      In your situation it is hard for me to offer a perfect answer. Nonetheless, I think it best that you not send your scores test day. In case you do poorly, you can take the test again (as long you don’t mind spending the extra money to do so). Having the opportunity to retake the test, in case you need to, sounds like the best plan.

      Hope that helps 🙂

  31. Sriram June 5, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    I want to write the gre test in sept2012 but join any college in august 2013 .so wen I submit my score now will they be considered for next year or do indeed to apply once again next year?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris June 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

      Hi Sriram,

      The good news is GRE scores are valid for up to five years :). Your scores from this year will definitely be valid for when you apply next year.

      Hope that helps :).

  32. Shri May 15, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    Hi Chris,
    I have taken my GRE in the month of April’12.
    However I wish to take it again.
    But on the test day i sent my score to 4 schools ( i wasn’t aware of the score select option then)
    Now, if i hopefully do score better in my second attempt and wish to send my latest score to the schools… will that be possible that the schools view only my latest score card?
    and not know that i took the GRE twice?
    Because the 4 schools would have my first score card anyways..
    what shall they consider in that case?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris May 15, 2012 at 11:49 am #

      Hi Shri,

      Unfortunately, those schools will always have access to your first score. Believe it or not, that doesn’t necessarily work against you. If your score drastically improves, it could very well be that a graduate program will notice your change and see that you are willing to work hard to improve.

      Good luck, and let Magoosh know if there is any way we can help you this second time around :).

      • Shri May 16, 2012 at 9:42 am #

        Thanks a lot for the prompt reply Chris 🙂

        If you could suggest what strategy i could adopt to improve my score this time around it would be great

        .Got a 315 (162Q 153V)
        i am looking for a really good score in Quant..
        Also, how good is 315 in the new scale?

        (I want to target schools like MIT , Standford (its being quite ambitious, i understand! But i want to give it a shot)
        I am guessing a 315 wouldn’t suffice for these schools..
        My profile otherwise is good.. good acads.. relevant work ex.. and loads of extra curricular activities..

        • Chris Lele
          Chris May 16, 2012 at 11:50 am #

          Hi Shri,

          Believe it or not, the GRE just updated its policy on sending score reports test day. I’ve added this information to the bottom of the post.

          For improving your score, can you first let me know what your studying consisted of the first time around? What materials did you use, how often did you prep, how many practice tests did you take, and how did you go about identifying your weak areas and improving on them?

          (Then, I’ll be able to give you a much more targeted plan to help you get close to 160V, 165+ Quant :)).

          • Shri May 20, 2012 at 9:21 am #

            Hi Chris,

            For the first time around I used the ETS official guide, Barrons and Princeton 1014 questions book for both Quant and Verbal.

            However one thing to note here is, I checked via the ETS Diagnostic Service that I got 18/20 in my first set of Quant and in the 2nd one i got only 14.
            The reason being the difficulty level was higher on the 2nd section and I wasn’t so much prepared for it. Although I was aware of the concepts in the questions… accuracy went for a toss since I did not expect tough questions.
            So for Quant i am looking for books where i can practice questions of difficulty level 4/5.

            For verbal in section 1 i got 9 and in the 2nd one i got 12.
            So simply put the result was poor and wrong answers are equally distributed amongst all the 3 types of Q’s in verbal.
            So i need to practice everything in verbal i guess.

            If you could guide me with the Books i could use this time around and what sort of strategies i could undertake it would be of great help Chris. 🙂

            Also do i need to do the words as per the Barrons list.. I mean should I put emphasis on mugging up those words?

            • Chris Lele
              Chris May 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

              Hi Shri,

              The two best sources for difficult Quant are Magoosh and Manhattan GRE. Magoosh offers hundreds of questions at the 4/5 level. MGRE offers 6 full-length tests, many of which have 4/5 level questions.

              A great place for you to mug up study lists and suggested books and this magoosh post:

              Finally, don’t try to learn Barron’s massive word list. Instead, learn words in context. To learn more, take a look at our Vocabulary Ebook:


              Hope that helps :).

  33. Avanti May 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    Thanks a lot Chris.. 🙂 One more small question.. On the test day i shouldn’t select anythng? is dat wat u meant? After the test day how do i ask ets to send only my old score? I’am still not clear on that part..It wolud be very kind of you if you thrw some light on this.. 🙂

    Thanks in advance.. 🙂

    • Chris Lele
      Chris May 15, 2012 at 11:58 am #


      If you don’t select anything test day then you will have to pay extra money to send your score reports later. That is the only downside of not opting to send your scores test day.

      I hope that clears things up :).

      • Avanti May 15, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

        Thanks a lot Chris .. 🙂 Now its pretty clear.. Keep the gud work goin.. 🙂

        • Chris Lele
          Chris May 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

          Hi Avanti,

          Guess what? ETS just released an announcement. Now you can send old scores for free test day. I talk about this in more detail at the bottom of the post!

          • Avanti May 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

            Hey Chris..
            That’s a good news!! But i’ve checked the ets website just now there is no news regarding the score select option.. 🙁 where do i check for the updates? I can’t view the details that u aded at the bottom of the posts

  34. Avanti May 14, 2012 at 3:13 am #

    Hi Chris.. I’d taken my gre exam in nov 2010,, My old gre score is 1230.. .I’am working in an mnc past 6 monhts. I’am planning to take revised gre in august 2012. I wanted to know more about the score select option.. M a bit confused regarding the score selection after test day.. if i dont score well in the new test i’d love to stick to my old score. But how do i select the old score after the test day? Pls elaborate..

    Thnks in advance


    • Chris Lele
      Chris May 14, 2012 at 11:59 am #

      You can simply ask ETS to send only your old score (you’ll have to pay $50). On test day, you can opt not to let any schools know your score, when GRE asks you which schools you will like to send your pending Revised GRE test score to.

      Hope that helps :).

  35. Sally May 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    Just a quick clarification question – I’m studying to take the GRE in September. If I score low on the GRE in September and retake the test in 6 months (March or so) and do better, can I tell ETS to ONLY send the test scores which were better?



    • Chris Lele
      Chris May 7, 2012 at 11:25 am #

      Hi Sally,

      Yes, you can do that as long as you don’t opt to send the scores the first time around (meaning you can’t retract your scores once you’ve sent them). Theoretically, you could take the GRE a dozen times and never choose to send a free score report test day.

      Hope that helps!

      • Sally May 7, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

        Great! Your clarification helps a lot, Thank you Chris!


        • Chris Lele
          Chris May 8, 2012 at 11:43 am #

          You’re welcome!

  36. Ads May 3, 2012 at 3:49 am #

    Hi Chris,
    Great work man….! I have a small query, I have taken old gre once and my score details are-verbal-510, quant-790 and awa-2.5. I am planning to retake gre in its new format to improve my AWA. If by chance I score less than my previous (equivalent) gre score with an improved AWA, would that significantly effect my profile? Will I have the option of sending the best out of two exclusively then(If I send the best, the lower score should not reach the university)? Does ETS provide this opportunity between a transition from older pattern to the newer one? I am a bit confused. Please answer my question…………thanks in advance

    • Chris Lele
      Chris May 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

      Hi Ads,

      Unfortunately, you are not able to pick and choose your best scores, section-wise, from multiple sittings of the test. That said, if a school sees that you’ve improved greatly on the AWA, though your scores are not quite as high, it may construe that as a sign of your willingness to work hard to improve your AWA. For that impression though, you’d have to get at least a 4, if not a 4.5.

      Hope that helps!

      • Ads May 3, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

        Thanks Chris for your immediate reply. Your reply doesn’t answer my question of whether I can send the best of the two gre scores (verbal+quant+awa) exclusively. If I get less in the new pattern compared to my older score …then I would prefer sending my old gre score. In that case…will I have the opportunity of sending my old gre score exclusively(only one) ?This helps me alot since it would not create a negative impression of my profile……

        • Chris Lele
          Chris May 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

          Hi Ads,

          Sorry I didn’t get that right the first time, but now it makes sense :).

          Yes, you can send only your old score, as long as that score wasn’t more than five years old from the time you are applying.

          Hope that helps!

          • Ads May 4, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

            Thanks alot Chris………..!

  37. Darius May 2, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    Thanks for your response Chris! But my question was other way around – If I do not want University to see my previous attempt but only my new scores (even though both attempts are in revised GRE) will that option be available?

    Thanks in anticipation!

    • Chris Lele
      Chris May 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

      Got it :).

      Well, once you’ve sent scores that it’s. There is no option to take those old scores back and replace them with the newest ones. Of course if a school has yet to see your old scores, then you don’t have to worry.

      Hopefully that helps :).

  38. Darius May 1, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    Hi Chris, Thanks for this info and keep up the good work. However I’m slightly confused- above you made a distinction between old GRE and revised GRE. But if someone has taken revised GRE twice , are they allowed to send the scores of only one GRE ?

    I’m asking because i am planning to take the GRE next month but if don’t score well , I would love to have an option where i can retake the GRE and send the revised scores only.


    • Chris Lele
      Chris May 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

      Hi Darius,

      You should be able to send the scores of previous sittings of the Revised GRE. The announcement was for sittings going forward. That is, you can send four free score reports for the GRE going forward. If you already took the test, then you will have to pay to send those score reports.

      Hope that helps :).

  39. MADHUR May 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Hey Chris ,

    Glad to hear from you . And one more thing i would like to ask if you don’t mind . I just really want to master the text completion , sentence equivalence , Basically all the questions apart from the RCs . Leaving the vocab part aside , which i’m working on regularly , what book provides exhaustive practice and strategies on these areas ? I mean i just don’t want to get any of these questions wrong .

    • Chris Lele
      Chris May 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

      From all the research I’ve done, I can say Magoosh offers the best prep from an TC/SE standpoint (of course I can only be so impartial on this front :). We have a wealth of questions (and will be adding even more in the near future). Our students say that ours best mirror those on the actual test, and compared to the rest out there, are the most difficult.

      MGRE guide tends to have SE/TC that don’t reflect the test (though the ones on their mock tests are better).

      You can always practice a little with the Barron’s. Avoid Princeton R. – too easy. And Kaplan – downright bad.

      Hope that helps :).

  40. cassie April 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    If someone takes the gre’s for the first time and doesn’t do well, and then they re-take them and do better.. when you send your scores to schools is the best score sent between the two tests? Or does it just send the most recent?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris April 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

      Hi Cassie,

      I think a school would have both versions of the test if you decide to send it. Some may look at your best score; others at both (it really depends on the institution).

      Hope that helps :).

  41. MADHUR April 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Hey Chris ,

    First of all , let me tell you that i am a very big fan of your blog . And i mean it 🙂 . kudos . I haven’t purchased any of your products , But that is just because i invested money somewhere else before i came to know about you . Nevermind . I am giving my gre this June for the first time. So I don’t think the above updates have anything to do with me . But there are a couple of questions i would like to ask you .

    Q1: I’ve just finished my 3rd year engineering . I have one more year in college and i am giving my gre this june as i said . So does that mean the 4 applications for universities which is provided by the gre is useless for me ? I mean i am giving the test right now but want to apply later .

    Q2: Do you think it is the right time to give the test ? I mean i had a couple of months free , and hence i thought why not .

    Do scribble back . Awaiting reply 🙂

    • Chris Lele
      Chris April 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

      Hi Madhur,

      Thanks for the kudos :).

      For the first question, if you do not play to apply soon, and therefore are unsure of which institutions you want to apply to, the four applications will not be helpful. If you have an inkling as to which university you want to attend, then it couldn’t hurt to send it to that institution. I am unsure exactly how long they will hold such scores, but it is worth a shot!

      For you second question, you should definitely take the GRE now that you have some free time. It is always difficult to tell how much time we have in the future to dedicate to any prodigious undertaking (and prepping for the GRE is quite prodigious :).

  42. Anjan April 28, 2012 at 3:03 am #

    Hi Chris,
    I’m a member of Magoosh and took my test on March 19 2012. Yet to receive my AWA acore and official score card. Does it take this long?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris April 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

      No, not at all. You should have received something as it’s only supposed to take 10 -15 days for them to mail your score to you. I haven’t heard anyone else who’s had this problem, but I’d recommend contacting ETS via email to get this issue resolved.

      Good luck!

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