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Why is GRE score given for 340?

Date: 17 Jul 2016   Posted By: Krishna Teja Yeluripati     Group: Education    Category: Study Abroad   

GRE means Graduate Record Examinations and it is a kind of admission test for getting a seat in graduate schools located in United States. That's all I know about it. Next month, one of my friends is attempting the exam. He said that the exam is conducted only for 80 marks (40 - English, 40 - Maths) and 260 marks are just given to make a total of 340 marks. What is the point in giving 260 marks and conducting the exam for 340? Does anybody know the reason behind this?

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Author: Kailash Kumar    17 Jul 2016      Member Level: Platinum     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

The score / grade range in the GRE test are as follows -
Verbal reasoning- 130 to 170 (in 1 point increments),
Quantitative reasoning -130 to 170 (in 1 point increments).
Analytical writing -0.0 to 6.0 (in 0.5 point increments).
In GRE test scaled score percentiles are considered instead to scores obtained.
Even if no question is answered correctly, 130 is the lowest possible score. However in such a scenario, both the verbal reasoning percentile and quantitative reasoning percentile will be < 1 and in case of a scaled score of 170 the same will be 99 and 98 respectively.

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