Using GRE Scores

Why use GRE® scores?

GRE scores can be considered useful, positive indicators of an applicant’s preparedness for graduate study. They also reduce the role that implicit bias plays in the review and selection process to empower your institution to meet its programs’ goals.

Fairly evaluate applicants with GRE® scores

The GRE tests are carefully developed so that they are valid, reliable and fair, and ETS makes significant investments in research to maintain those attributes. Without the GRE tests, admissions committees could only consider measures that are subjective or not directly comparable – ones which do not undergo a rigorous fairness review process or yield comparative data. Using GRE scores, your institution can help to ensure fairness during application review.

Getting the Greatest Value Out of Test Scores

Lately, many graduate schools have been having discussions about “test-optional” policies in an effort to increase the diversity of their applicant and registered student pools – but evidence shows that programs that have done so do not see improved diversity.

This article discusses how incorporating test scores into a holistic admissions process can help ensure a diverse, talented pool of applicants and enrolled students.

Using GRE® scores successfully in
holistic admissions

Get an at-a-glance look at how to use GRE scores, why it is important to consider scores on each measure independently and the best ways to compare applicants’ test scores.

Access further resources

Find additional, practical guidance on using GRE scores, as well as materials to help you interpret scores, on the GRE website.

Visit ets.org/gre