It is a norm to schedule actions to be carried out after an individual partakes in the graduate record examination. After writing this examination, the next line of action is to send the grade records examination to the preferred school of study.
The grade records examination fee entitles you to request that your score can be sent to four graduate institutions or fellowship sponsors. You can decide which test score to send to the designated school. Sometimes, individuals tend to send high scores after taking a series of GRE to boost their self-esteem and confidence. And that’s not a bad idea.
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How can one Possibly Choose Which Score to Send?
Choosing which score to send to the designated institution is based on the individual’s choice. Let’s take a scenario where I take my first GRE test, but got a low score. I can apply for another GRE test and obtain a higher score than my initial score. I can use the recent score to apply for my designated institution.
This is a favourable system called; SCORE SELECT. This system operates in three different forms namely;
- Most recent score: Here, the score selected is the score obtained from the subjects taken in the GRE.
- All score: Here, the scores from GREs taken in the last five years will be taken and sent to the designated institution.
- Any score: Here, the score will be selected from any GRE taken in the previous five years. The GRE fee costs $205 in all countries, excluding China.
One thing to note when requesting for your score to be sent is; it takes approximately five business days to process a request to send GRE scores. For example, you plan to send scores and the dates at which your scores are no longer reportable is approaching, allow enough time for processing, or your scores may not be sent.
Sometimes, some individuals may decide to send scores to other institutions or choose to send their scores after test day. This is done simply by ordering additional score reports for a fee of $27 per recipient.
This Takes Us to the Inescapable Question Of What The Types of Score Reports Are
There are two types of score reports. They are;
- Free score reports.
- Additional score reports.
Free Score Reports: For this score report, an individual who registered for the GRE can send up to four free GRE score reports. When taking the computer GRE, one can only send their free score reports on the test day. Also, the official GRE scores are being processed 10-15 later. But, when taking the paper GRE, one can choose your free recipients during registration. In paper GRE, the official scores are being processed five weeks later.
Additional Score Reports: This score report gives a second chance to individuals who didn’t send any free score report on test day. As mentioned earlier, the ordering of additional score reports costs a fee of $27 per recipient. This type of score report takes 5-10 days to be processed, after which, it can never be cancelled not refunded.
Before sending GRE scores to designated schools, what is on the GRE score report has to be considered. This, the question, what is on the GRE score report?
There are two types of reports that the ETS (GRE marker) has. They are namely;
- Test taker score report.
- Graduate institution score report.
Test Taker Score Report: This report is private to the individual. It contains vital information like;
- Form of identification; this includes the individuals’ contact information, date of birth, gender and intended graduate major.
- Recent GRE test information; this provides test date, Verbal, Quant and Analytical writing scores and their percentile scores.
- Any GRE subject test scores already were taken.
- A list of score recipients, including test date, the score and the department that your score was sent.
Graduate Institution Score Report: This score report only shows the designated school the score that the taker decided to send and also has information just like the test-taker score report.
After taking note of all the details accrued to GRE scores, now let’s look at a detailed process on how to send GRE scores to schools.
How to Send GRE Scores to Schools
This can be carried out both for computer-based GRE and also paper-based GRE.
Computer-Based GRE Format
Step 1: Taking a computer-based GRE; you will select the score receivers at the test centre.
Step 2: At the scheduled test date, complete the GRE test and view the unofficial verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning scores.
Step 3: Choose the score recipients you wish to share your GRE score with.
Step 4: If a school of your choice is not listed, the administrator of the test centre can be asked for a list of unlisted schools.
Step 5: After the test day, the test taker can still order test scores for an additional institution. Any test taker can collect scores for institutions beyond the top 4, by requesting other score reports by mails or fax.
Step 6: To enable the reports to be sent quickly, request additional scores online with the aid of your ETS Account.
Paper-Based GRE Format
Step 1: Taking paper-based GRE; you will select your score receiving school on your admission ticket or during registration.
Step 2: Select if you need to send your most recent score or all scores from your GRE
Step 3: If you can’t see your designated institution, contact the ETS before your test date. This ETS representative can help you add the desired score recipient that did not appear as an option during registration.
Step 4: You can request additional score reports by mail or fax after taking one’s test.
There are Some Key Details to Note When Sending GRE Scores to Designated Institutions. These Details Include;
- The designated school of choice only has information provided by the test taker.
- Additional score reports cost $27 per recipient.
- The score selection system is favourable to all test takers.