Say Hello to the New GRE

August is officially here (and officially half way over) which means the new GRE test is here. Starting August 1st, the GRE test adopted a new testing format.  The verbal and quantitative score formats are now on a 130-170 scale with 1 point increments.  The folks at ETS (the makers of the test) recently sent me this little chart to help explain why the new format is better than the old one.

What is New Why this is Good news
New Question Types
Verbal Reasoning: More complex reasoning. No vocabulary out of context. Greater emphasis on higher-level cognitive skills.
Quantitative Reasoning: More real-life scenarios. Emphasis on data interpretation.
Analytical Writing: More focused responses to questions.


The test better mirrors the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills that students will use in graduate and business school.
New Score Scale
Verbal Reasoning: 130 – 170 score scale reported in 1-point increments
Quantitative Reasoning: 130 – 170 score scale reported in 1-point increments
Analytical Writing: score will continue to be reported on the same 0 – 6 score scale in half-point increments


There’s more simplicity in distinguishing performance differences between candidates.
New Test-Taker Friendly Design
“Mark and review” feature to tag questions, so test takers can skip and return later within a section
Ability to change/edit answers within a section
On-screen calculator* for the Quantitative Reasoning section


The friendlier, more flexible test design allows test takers to take advantage of their own personal test-taking strategies and style and creates a more natural test experience.

*For those taking the paper-based GRE revised General Test, calculators will be provided at the test center for use during the test.

I’m certainly jealous of not having the luxury of a calculator when I took the test.

If you have taken the test, your results will be submitted to your potential schools in November.

Some other helpful links include:

6-minute Overview video

Register for the GRE

We recommend taking the test no later than January 1st so that your scores can be submitted to us by our priority deadline of January 15th, 2012.

Good luck!

Brad Miller

Director of Graduate Admissions

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