GRE Score Calculator: How to Predict Your GRE Score

Magoosh GRE score calculator

To find out if you’re ready for test day, you need to have an idea of what your GRE score might be. But where can you find accurate GRE score calculators or predictors? We’ll go over how you can turn your GRE raw score into a predicted score, with the help of ETS’s scoring system and our online GRE score calculator.

What are GRE raw scores? How does GRE raw score conversion work?

First, you should know that the scoring system for Verbal and Quant is different from AWA. Here’s how it works for each section.

Scoring for Verbal and Quant

The GRE Verbal and Quantitative sections are scored based on raw scores for the test. Your raw score is the number of questions you answer correctly. GRE Verbal has 40 questions, as does GRE Quant. So the highest raw score you could get in either section would be 40.

These 40 raw score points correspond to the 40-point range for official scores on the Verbal and Quantitative sections. Both of these sections are rated on a scale of 130-170 points in the final score report. However, your raw score won’t be exactly the same as your final official score. This is because ETS will adjust the points you earn for certain questions based on the relative difficulty of the questions.

If an above-average number of students incorrectly answer a question that’s on your exam, ETS will rate that question as harder-than average. Correct answers on these harder questions will be worth extra points in your final, official score.

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In other words, your official score will be adjusted from your raw score based on difficulty. But the adjustments will be relatively small; differences in Quant and Verbal questions are pretty minor.

Scoring for AWA

The two essay questions on the GRE’s Analytical Writing Assessment aren’t simply “right” or “wrong.” So you won’t get a raw score that corresponds to a 40-point score range. Instead, GRE AWA essays are rated based on a rubric. The rubric’s score range is 0 to 6, and scores are calculated in half-point increments.

Instead of being adjusted for relative difficulty, AWA essay questions are adjusted for differences between multiple scorers. Each AWA essay is given to a human scorer. At the same time, the essay is also submitted to a computer scorer, ETS’s e-rater scoring engine. If the human score and the computer score for an AWA essay are similar, the final score for the essay will be an average of the human and computer scores.

However, if the e-rater score is is a lot different from the human score, a second human scorer will step in and give the essay an additional rating. In that case, the essay score will be the average of the two human scores. Your score for the AWA section as a whole will be the average of your scores on both the Issue essay and the Argument essay.

How to use ETS’s scoring systems to predict your GRE score

As you’ll recall, the adjustments that ETS makes to Quant and Verbal raw scores are small adjustments. This means that raw score conversion is a good indicator of the adjusted score you’d get on the real exam. To give an example, suppose you get 30 questions right out of 40 in a practice GRE Quant section. Based on this GRE raw score, you can predict a real GRE score of 160 for Quant… give or take a few points.

For AWA, predicting your score is a little more complex, but it can be done. You can self-assess your essays by consulting ETS’s AWA Issue Task, and Argument Task scoring guides. But sometimes self-assessment isn’t enough. It can be hard to look at your own writing in a clear, objective way. To predict your GRE score for AWA, get some assistance. A teacher, a study buddy, or a GRE forum can help you gauge your practice AWA performance.

Be careful, though. Any prediction of your GRE score should be based on repeated, consistent testing. Don’t just base your prediction on your raw scores for just one practice test. To accurately predict your score, take multiple GRE practice exams.

And be sure to take exams that are accurate to the real GRE. The most reliable practice comes from ETS itself. You can get two official practice GREs for free from ETS’s Powerprep II website. I also recommend the GRE Official Guide, which has an additional four practice exams.

How to use Magoosh’s GRE score calculator to predict your GRE score

As part of Magoosh’s GRE product, we offer an online GRE score calculator to help you predict your test day score. Using customer data, we’ve been able to build a system that predicts your score even more accurately than GRE raw score conversion or AWA rubrics.

We send a short survey to our customers after they take the GRE to get feedback and ask our users what their final GRE score was. We consistently receive a lot of responses to our survey. We go through all the responses and compare our customers’ actual GRE scores against their performance on Magoosh. Here’s a graph of partial results for both math and verbal.

GRE score predictor for Math
Magoosh GRE score calculator results for Math

GRE score predictor for Verbal
Magoosh GRE score calculator results for Verbal

Not surprisingly, there’s a very high correlation between students’ performances on Magoosh and their actual scores. This correlation is the primary basis for the GRE score predictions we give to our users. We also do additional analysis on the number and difficulty of the questions answered, for even greater accuracy.

How do I view my estimated GRE score in Magoosh?

Premium users of Magoosh can see the GRE score predictor on their Dashboards (see the image below). We provide a 5-point range per section. You need to answer at least 50 questions per section to get a score estimate; the more questions you answer, the more accurate the predictor will be. And to truly get a a test-like experience, you can set up a practice test.

GRE score predictor calculator on Magoosh

How to Predict Your GRE Score: Next Steps

  1. Use multiple data points to predict your GRE score, including taking one or more of the official ETS practice tests.
  2. Take Magoosh’s mock practice test, and try the GRE score predictor to get an idea of your score.
  3. Get a better understanding of how GRE scoring works. Once you have a predicted score, you can find your corresponding GRE score percentiles, see if your predicted score matches your score goals for your intended university or program, and adjust your study plan accordingly.

We’d love to hear what you think of our online GRE score calculator. Leave a comment below!

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27 Responses to GRE Score Calculator: How to Predict Your GRE Score

  1. Osaid khan December 1, 2020 at 4:52 am #

    i got a score of 14 in quant section(both sections 14/20) but my final score was 153 instead of 158. Please explain this!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 8, 2021 at 1:16 pm #

      Hi Osaid,

      Where was this score from? An ETS powerprep test, Magoosh test, or elsewhere? This is a good example of equating, which you can read about here. The raw score is converted to a scaled score through a process that takes the difficult of the exam into account, so the process looks a bit different for each practice test that you take.

  2. Ankita Sharma July 17, 2019 at 4:22 pm #

    I am following 1- month preparation plan on Magoosh. According to that i’m on day 4. M doing the practice questions as per given in the plan but my estimated score is not showing any change in numbers. M not sure is it because i’m not improving or is there any way to reset my score on daily basis?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 19, 2019 at 3:58 pm #

      HI Ankita,

      You must answer around 150 questions in each section before the score indicator will show any numbers. If you’re only on day 4, you may not have reached that threshold yet. Also keep in mind that since the score predictor is based on your overall performance—and does not weigh your most recent answers more heavily—it can be slow to adjust.

  3. Sung Roh June 26, 2019 at 12:24 pm #

    Hello, I am getting the same issues as Akash, I have been mostly getting “hard” questions for my Quant practice questions. Is this normal or is there something wrong? I did set my difficulty in the custom practice setting to adaptive, following the directions in the study plan.

    Sung Joon Roh

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 28, 2019 at 2:00 pm #

      Hi Sung,

      I forwarded your question to our team of tutors. You should hear back from someone soon in a separate email! Keep in mind that as a Premium student, you can always use the purple “help” tab in your account to reach out to test prep experts!

  4. Akash June 18, 2019 at 10:11 pm #

    I have been doing the quant practice problems and have only been getting “hard” questions, does my predicted score get scaled according to difficulty?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 20, 2019 at 7:14 pm #

      Hi Akash!

      I noticed you were a GRE Premium student, so I forwarded your message to our team. 🙂 You should be hearing from someone in about 24-48 hours.

  5. Balaji July 19, 2018 at 10:10 pm #

    I am getting 17/40 in verbal and 35/40 in quant what would be my GRE score
    Please do reply

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 22, 2018 at 1:23 pm #

      Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to predict your final GRE score just based on raw scores. This is because GRE questions have different difficulty levels, and also have adaptive changes to level form one section to the next. Sorry I can’t provide you with a concrete number. If you want an instant GRE score prediction that’s accurate, I recommend taking the PowerPrep II practice tests that Bhavin linked in the article above.

  6. gayathri August 19, 2017 at 8:53 pm #

    my raw score in verbal is for the first section is 9 and the second is 6 and in quant its is 15 and 17 how much is the score on 340?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 23, 2017 at 5:16 pm #

      Hi Gayathri,

      We cannot say for sure because of the equating process that happens, but we can estimate that a raw score out of 40 by adding it to 130. So if you got 15/40 you would get approximately 145 and a 17/40 would be approximately 147. Of course, this could shift slightly higher or lower depending on equating, so you should assume a margin of about +/-3. 🙂

  7. Richard October 8, 2016 at 3:04 pm #

    Is the mark affected by the time you submit your answer? For instance, if I finished all math questions in 15 minutes but get one question wrong, is there a probability I score a higher mark than the case where I check my solutions for another 15 minutes and submit a all-correct version after 30 minutes.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 8, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

      There aren’t extra points for finishing more quickly on the GRE, nor is there a penalty for getting through all the problems at a slower pace. Take the time you need! As long as you stay within the maximum time limit for each section, your score won’t be affected by your pace.

      • Richard October 8, 2016 at 4:04 pm #

        But I saw a “Your average pace” versus “Other’s average pace” section in the graph posted in this article. Is there a purpose for it or is it immaterial?

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 8, 2016 at 6:40 pm #

          Hi Richard,

          This chart is an analysis you receive on your dashboard when you have a Magoosh premium account. We show students what their pace is compared to their peers. This does not affect your scores, but provides you with helpful information on how you compare with your peers. For example, perhaps all your peers finish a specific problem in 50 seconds, but you take 2 minutes. This means that either you’re not completing the problem with the most efficient approach, or you struggle with this concept. Regardless, the speed does not affect your score, unless you cannot complete a section.

  8. Dawn August 24, 2016 at 10:16 am #

    I currently have finished the first 50 verbal questions, and scored 144-149, I need at least a 150. Is this possible in a month?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 24, 2016 at 6:46 pm #

      Hi Dawn,

      I definitely think that you can see that sort of improvement in a month, especially if you spend time learning the best strategies, expanding your vocabulary, and improving your reading comprehension skills. You can check out the verbal section of our blog for tips and strategy, or you can check out our full Magoosh product which includes comprehensive lesson videos and practice questions guaranteed to improve your score! On average, our students improve their scores by 8 points, and many increase them by more than that. You can sign up for a free trial here:

  9. Tuhin Sheikh December 12, 2015 at 8:15 am #

    Dear Mr. Paikh,

    In response to one of the queries you mentioned that Magoosh score predictor does not take pace or difficulty into account. Currently, I am in a beginner level. Suppose, while answering a very difficult question, I took a long time to answer that correctly; without considering difficulty level and pacing the prediction could be misleading. As in the “practice” test, I might answer that question correctly with the cost of leaving few other questions unanswered due to unbalanced time pacing. If possible please take this as a request to take into account pacing and difficulty level to predict score.

  10. GREGuy October 17, 2015 at 2:45 am #

    Hello. I have GRE in the next week and I have just given a practice test on the magoosh and my score is: 167+154 (Q+V)
    previously, i have given some mock tests as well. The problem is that i gave powerprep way too early
    However, these are my scores:
    Powerprep: 162+150 (Q+V)
    Manhattan: 160+156
    Kaplan: 164+150

    So, i was wondering if the final score will be same as the score i got in the magoosh. Thank you 🙂

  11. Catherine June 16, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

    Hello! I’m studying for my test now, and I think one thing that would be useful is if you had two options to view your predicted scores – one that shows your first attempt at the questions, and one that incorporates your most recent attempt at the questions. When I first started I was getting like 75% of the quant, but then I went back and redid like 20 questions that I had originally gotten wrong, and now it’s showing my quant average at like 95%… which obviously isn’t accurate. Since this is a bit misleading about what my test-day-score will probably be, I would rather have the option to know my original (first attempt) average to see if I’ve been able to pull it up with my additional days of studying. For example, if I was getting 75% in the first couple days, but am now hitting like 90%, I’d like to see a predicted score of around 82%, rather than 92%. Hope this makes sense!

  12. Natalie November 21, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    Hi! I am wondering if you could help
    me figure out if my scores on the practice tests are good or not. I took 3 practice sections so far (2 verbal & 1 math) and I scored 70% on each of them. I was kind of distracted for the math part and could have done a little better. Could you tell me what my score would be if I have a 70% average in both sections? Also, is this an average score? I don’t need amazing scores, I just want to have decent ones to get into grad school for nutrition at a state school. Thank you!

    • Bhavin Parikh
      Bhavin November 21, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

      Hey Natalie, thanks for sharing! Your score will vary based on how reliable the practice test is. Which practice test did you use (there are a lot out there that aren’t great.) We recommend using Powerprep from ETS, the makers of the GRE. Their tests are free and will give you a rough score estimate. Also, if you have a Magoosh account, you can take our practice tests which also give you a score estimate. As for averages, I recommend checking out this post

      Hope that helps!

  13. Samora Charles April 22, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    Does the score predictor change every 50 questions? I’ve answered more than 100 practice questions but it doesn’t seem that my score is changing.

    • Bhavin Parikh
      Bhavin April 22, 2013 at 11:29 am #

      Good question! The score predictor takes all the questions you have answered into account, so you’ll see less movement the more questions you answer. You can also take a practice test to assess your current score. The “Take a practice test” link is just above the green Math and Verbal buttons on the Dashboard. I hope that helps!


  14. Frederic Ewing April 11, 2013 at 4:16 am #


    In your testimonials, your students seem to agree that their score was accurately predicted in their estimated range, so clearly you are doing something very right. However, I am still curious about one thing. After taking all the quizzes in the Magoosh Math curriculum, I got an estimated score (for the first 50 questions as you mentioned). However, the quizzes are made of mostly easy questions. I began to wonder if I would see my score drop off as I continued to use Magoosh. Therefore, I ask, does the function you use to estimate the students’ scores uses the difficulty and the their average pace directly in estimating a score?

    • Bhavin Parikh
      Bhavin April 11, 2013 at 8:25 am #

      Good question! You may see a bit of a drop off if you’ve only completed the quiz questions, since they are mostly easy. Essentially, the more questions you answer (across all difficulties) the more accurate your estimated score will be. For a better indication of your score, you can also take a practice mock test, using the “Take a practice test” link on the Dashboard. The estimated score function does not take pace or difficulty into account; however, since the mock tests questions range in difficulties and have a fixed time frame (similar to the actual GRE), they provide a better indication of actual score. The mock tests also test stamina — taking a test for 4 hours is not easy 🙂 I hope that helps!


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