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New Report Highlights Results of GRE Revised General Test



By Catherine Groux
Posted February 23, 2013 10:00 AM

A new report reveals students' scores on the new version of the GMAT.
A new report reveals students' scores on the new version of the GMAT.

In a new report, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) highlighted the scores and intended outcomes of the first batch of students to take the revised version of its Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. The new test was introduced in August 2011 with the goal of reflecting the type of thinking students will have to do in business school and a professional working environment.

Analyzing Students' Average Scores

The new GRE features three sections: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. Students who sit for the test get a score in each of these sections to see how prepared they are to enter business school. In the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections, students can earn scores of between 130 and 170. On the analytical writing portion, they can receive scores of between 0 and 6.

The ETS report shows that among the students who took the revised GRE between August 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012, the mean verbal reasoning score was 150.8, while the mean quantitative reasoning score was 151.4. These students earned a mean score of 3.7 in the analytical writing section.

Still, some groups of students tended to outshine others on the new GRE. For example, the ETS report shows that while more women than men took the test, men tended to earn higher scores than women in all three sections. At the same time, individuals who classified themselves as U.S. citizens and Asian or Asian American tended to have the highest quantitative reasoning scores of any other racial or ethnic group.

Discovering Students' Graduate Objectives

The ETS report also looked at why students were taking the GRE. In doing so, the organization found that 40% of students sit for the exam because they want to earn a master's degree, whether it be a Master of Business Administration or a Master of Education. About 29% of students hope to earn a doctorate degree, while a small portion of respondents said they hope to pursue an intermediate degree or postdoctoral study.

Many of these individuals, or 27%, hope to attend graduate school to major in natural sciences. However, other popular areas of study include social sciences, engineering, and humanities and the arts.

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