The good old days of the perfect 1600 are long over. Simply put, the new GRE scoring system is going to be very different, and, frankly, less glamorous. The math section and the verbal section will each have a score range between 130 and 170. Combined, that equals 340 points. There are some important facts that you should know about the new GRE scoring system.

1. The Points Will Differ By Increments of 1 not 10.Remember when the difference between 590 and 600 seemed like the difference between your dream school and that other school? Well, ETS doesn’t want very small differentiations in scores to seem like much larger ones. By making the points in increments of 1, we will be less predisposed, at least ETS hopes, to think that a person who scored 600 did much better than a person who scored 590. At the same time, scores that end in two zeroes seem to be worth much more than scores ending in 90. With the new GRE, scores will end in a units digit, not only a zero. Still, a 150 will still seem much greater than 149, but ETS is hoping not as big as difference as 490 and 500.

2. Greater Variation at the Extreme ScoresIn Old GRE, an 800 in math accounts for the top 5-6% of test takers. If you are part of the CalTech Graduate Admissions Board, you may want to have a more finely graded breakup of the top scores. With the new GRE, a score of 170 will mean you are scoring at the top of that five percent.

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