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GRE Quantitative Reasoning scores are actually scaled scores that can range from 130 to 170. (Prior to August 2011, a 200-800 scale was used instead.) A percentile rank (0%–99%) is based on a scaled score and shows how a test taker performed relative to the entire GRE testing population over a recent multi-year period.

Predicting Your Quantitative Scaled Score (Computer-based Test)

Forecasting Quantitative (and Verbal) scaled scores can be problematic when it comes to the computer-based version of the exam because they’re based not only on the number of correct responses but also on the overall difficulty level of the questions on the second scored Quantitative (or Verbal) test section.

Nevertheless, one way to roughly predict your scaled Quantitative Reasoning score based on practice testing is to calculate your raw score (total number of correct answers) and then refer to a score-conversion table. The exam provides appoximately 40 scored Quantitative Reasoning questions (20 questions per scored section). Use the table on this page to convert your raw score for all 40 questions to an estimated scaled score and corresponding percentile rank.

CAVEAT: The score conversion table on this page provides only a very rough guide for predicting a GRE Quantitative Reasoning score. The GRE section-adaptive feature and scaled scoring system are complex, and your actual GRE score may differ materially from what the table on this page might suggest.

Score Conversion Table—GRE Quantitative Reasoning

raw score | scaled score | percentile rank

40 ———— 170 ———- 99
39 ———— 169 ———- 98
38 ———— 168 ———- 97
37 ———— 167 ———- 96
36 ———— 166 ———- 94-95
35 ———— 165 ———- 92-93
34 ———— 164 ———- 89-91
33 ———— 163 ———- 86-88
32 ———— 162 ———- 83-85
31 ———— 161 ———- 79-82
30 ———— 160 ———- 75-78
29 ———— 159 ———- 70-74
28 ———— 158 ———- 65-69
27 ———— 157 ———- 60-64
26 ———— 156 ———- 54-59
25 ———— 155 ———- 47-53
24 ———— 154 ———- 41-46
23 ———— 153 ———- 36-40
22 ———— 152 ———- 31-35
21 ———— 151 ———- 28-32
20 ———— 150 ———- 24-27
19 ———— 149 ———- 21-23
18 ———— 148 ———- 19-20
17 ———— 147 ———- 17-18
16 ———— 146 ———- 15-16
15 ———— 145 ———- 13-14
14 ———— 144 ———- 11-12
13 ———— 143 ———- 10
12 ———— 142 ———- 9
11 ———— 141 ———- 8
10 ———— 140 ———- 7
9 ————- 139 ———- 6
8 ————- 138 ———- 5
7 ————- 137 ———- 4
6 ————- 136 ———- 3
5 ————- 135 ———- 2
4 ————- 134 ———- 1
3 ————- 133 ———- 1
2 ————- 132 ———- 0
1 ————- 131 ———- 0
0 ————- 130 ———- 0

How to Interpret the Score Conversion Table

Note the following observations and conclusions involving the Score Conversion Table provided above:

  • One additional correct response makes the biggest percentile difference near the middle of the performance “curve” (because it’s a typical bell curve).
  • If you miss fewer than 7 out of 40 available questions, expect to rank in the top decile (10%).
  • If you respond correctly to about 25 of 40 available questions, expect to rank near the 50th percentile.

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