How to send GRE scores to universities
Updated on Nov 27, 2016 - 3:38 p.m. IST by Manashjyoti

How to send GRE scores to universities:
After you have appeared for GRE, the next step is to send GRE scores to universities and fellowship institutions you have lined up. But to ensure that you do not goof up while you send GRE scores to universities or designated institution which receives your GRE scores, you need to know how the process works. For example, even though you have paid a fee for appearing in the GRE test and have received your score, you cannot send the score to just about any university or sponsor you want. Also, there is a limit on how many FREE score reports you are allowed to send. Then, there is a time frame for designating schools and institutes that will receive the scores as well.

In this article, candidates can read all about how to send GRE scores to universities. Know various stages and process to send GRE scores to universities and financial organizations beginning with a brief introduction on getting GRE scores and opening an ETS Account.

Getting your GRE Score


Official GRE test scores would be sent to your ETS Account, along with the notification that official score reports have been sent to your designated score recipients.

Time frame for receiving GRE scores:

  • Computer-delivered test: You can view your unofficial Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores at the test center on the day of the test. The Analytical Writing score test though takes about 10–15 days after the GRE test date to process, and the official score of the three sections will be sent to you to your ETS account and designated recipients once it is done.

  • Paper-delivered test: Your test scores are available in your account and sent to designated recipients in about five weeks.

  • GRE Subject test: It takes about five weeks from the test date to send scores to your ETS account and designated recipients.    

How to access your ETS Account


To view your official scores or take print-outs of your scores, you need to log-in to ETS Account. Using the account you will be able to also select recipients who you want to receive your GRE Scores.

Here are steps to accessing your GRE ETS Account

  • Go to GRE official website

  • Open GRE Home page

  • On the right hand top corner of GRE Home page, there is ETS Account link

  • Log-in to your account

Send GRE scores: You have four free options


Your GRE test fee makes you eligible to send your scores to four graduate institutions or fellowship sponsors.

  • Computer-delivered GRE General Test: you have to designate your free score recipients at the test center.

  • Paper-delivered GRE General Test: you will be asked to designate your free score recipients during the GRE registration process.

GRE has introduced the ScoreSelect option to help you decide which test scores to send to the institutions you designate. Using the option you can send your best GRE scores to impress upon the admissions committee of any top university in the world.


Send GRE scores to universities and fellowship institutions: How to make a request


The process for requesting GRE Scores can have some minor differences depending on whether you have appeared for the computer-delivered or paper-delivered test. Also, GRE subject tests and GRE General Test may have their differences as well.

Computer Delivered GRE General test

Once you are over with your test, you can view your unofficial Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores at the test center. While viewing your scores, you will also be prompted to designate four recipients who you want to receive your General Test scores. In case you want to include a name that is not listed, you must contact the test center administrator and fill the appropriate forms.

You have the option to select either:

  • Most Recent (Send your scores from your current test administration), or

  • All (Send your scores from all administrations in the last five years) option

Paper-delivered GRE General Test

During the registration process, you will be asked to select the four recipients. The following steps are similar to computer-delivered GRE General Test.


GRE Subject Tests

Your GRE subject scores will be sent to up to four graduate institutions or a fellowship sponsor for free as it is part of the test fee. You can use the ScoreSelect option to decide which test scores to send to the institutions you designate.


The designation process has to be completed during the registration process for the GRE subject test.

When designating score recipients, you can select:

  • Most Recent - send scores from the Subject Test you are registering to take, or

  • All –and send scores from all the times you have taken a GRE Subject Test in the last five years.

You can decide which option to use for each of your four free score reports.

Send your best GRE scores using ScoreSelect Option

The ScoreSelect option allows test takers to send their best GRE test scores from test taken in the last five years. Using the option you can send scores of not only GRE tests that you already appeared, but also tests that you might appear in the future, provided the tests fall in the specified five-year period.

The ScoreSelect option is available in both free and paid version.

A. Free ScoreSelect Option: This option gives you four FREE score reports that you can send to graduate institutions or fellowship sponsors. You can use the free option on Test Day when viewing your scores at the test center. You may use any of the following two options for each of your four FREE score reports:

  • Most Recent — Send your scores from your current test administration.

  • All — Send your scores from all General Test administrations in the last five years.

Alternately, you may opt not to choose the recipients on test day and instead select them at a later date. But for selecting GRE score recipients after test day, you have to pay an additional fee.

B.  Paid ScoreSelect Option: If you wish to send additional scores after the Test Day, you must pay a separate fee, in addition to the test fee. You have the following choices under this option:

  • Most Recent — Send your scores from your most recent test administration.

  • All — Send your scores from all test administrations in the last five years.

  • Any — Send your scores from one OR as many test administrations as you like from the last five years.

Notwithstanding which option you choose to send GRE scores to universities or fellowship sponsor:

  • You have to clearly specify the dates of the test so that all GRE scores reported are from the same testing session

  • The designated universities will only be able to see the scores you approve of. Also, the reports will not include details about any additional tests that you may have taken.

Who can use ScoreSelect Option?

You can use ScoreSelect option for both GRE General and GRE Subject Tests. You, though, need to have reportable scores within the last five years to use the option.

Sample Graduate Institution Score Report (PDF) sent to designated recipients - Check here or from below



Ordering Additional Score Reports (ASRs)

You can also order Additional Score Reports (ASRs), which is in addition to the four free options you already have.

  • Additional Score Reports (ASRs) can be ordered: through online, by mail and by fax.

  • When ordering additional GRE reports, you have to mention your preference: Most Recent, All or Any specific test administration of the GRE General Test and/or Subject Tests.

  • The fee for requesting ASRs is US$27 per score recipient. Remember that once a request is raised, you cannot cancel, change or claim a refund for it.  

How many days it takes ASRs to reach designated institutions:

  • If you order online through your ETS Account, it takes approximately five business days after the order is placed.

  • If requested through mail or fax, it can take up to ten business days.

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Fareeha 17th Feb, 2020

Hi aspirant!
Yes, you may be able to crack the GRE exam easily with hard work and determination.

Please check the link below which has the much needed information about the exam, pattern and syllabus. Hope it helps. Good luck!


I am a student of galgotias university and my gre score is 310 and having 8+ cgpa in mechanical engineering. I done two intenships one from DRDO and other one from Indian railway. Also i had done two research paper. What are my chances of getting technical university of Munich or Berlin.?

dheeraj reddy 14th Feb, 2020

Hi sajal

As far as CGPA is considered, you meet the minimum requirement stated by both the TUs. Also as you know, for selection, your overall profiles matters. I see you have mentioned 2 research papers. They would add a great value to your application if they are relevant to the Masters you are applying.

GRE is not mandatory for TU Berlin and most of the programs in TUM too.

You would need an IELTS score of minimum 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 88 for clearing language requirements.

You would need German language proficiency of atleast C1 level ( only if you are applying for a course with German taught modules). Also even for english taught programs, having a basic German proficiency of A2 level would greatly help in your application.

For TUM, they might conduct a further aptitude assessment depending on the strength of your application.

Your internships would add value only if they are relevant to your field of study (the Masters you are applying).

Apart from the above mentioned, Your Statement of Purpose (SOP) / Letter of Motivation and Letters of Recommendation would also have a key impact on your application. Make sure you describe well how your past experiences ( internships, research exp, any work exp) and the masters program you are going to undertake would help in your future goals.

I hope I was helpful to you. Remember again , your overall profile matters. Don't be discouraged if you fall short in any one of the aspects.

With research papers, internships, you are already ahead of several applicants. You have a good chance for any Masters degree relevant to Mechanical Engineering. Goodluck!


Sir, I would like to do my masters in biotechnology for that what type of GRE test should I apply I mean like GRE general test or GRE subject test (biology)

Swatika Sharma 24th Jan, 2020

Hello Greeshma,

As you didn't mention anything so I'm expecting you to be an undergraduate or you are pursuing it. First of all, I recommend you choose what you want to accomplish in future: Do you want to do your postgraduate, Abroad or in India itself?

GRE (Graduation Record Examination) is a universally comprehended exam which is supervised by ETS ( Education Testing Services). GRE examination is taken by future aspirants for postgraduate programs in foreign universities and its score are approved in over 160 countries colleges and universities across the world. GRE exam is conducted in two types such as- GRE general test and GRE subject test.

GRE general test is the primary requirements for most of the postgraduate programs in Abroad or in India which consists of verbal perception, analytical writing and quantitative reasoning while GRE subject test is specifically for subjects which you are looking for like biology.

In India, there are very few technical colleges which are accepting GRE scores but for not the same course you are opting for, while there are so many colleges or universities in Abroad which approved or accepted GRE scores.

In my opinion, the GRE general test should be given for admission in Postgraduate programs.  Along with the GRE general test, it's best for you to give the subject test (in biology ) which give extra weightage to your academic record either it's your choice.

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Graduation in dental surgery(5yr)+3 yr work ex. Masters in hopsital admin(2 yr) + 3 yr of work ex. Wish to pursue PhD in health allied course in USA. Am i eligible to apply also how much GRE score would be required to apply for a good university?

Fareeha 17th Feb, 2020

Hi aspirant!
Yes, you are definitely eligible to pursue PhD from USA.

Kindly look up for edibility criteria for the colleges where you wish to apply. Some colleges do not require GRE scores for admissions in PhD. The criteria differs in each college.

However, you may have to appear for TOEFL/IELTS. Usually scores between 98-120 is accepted in most of the colleges.

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What is GRE? What is its use? What is its qualifications?

Kanupriya Gupta 19th Jan, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

GRE is also called Graduate Record Examination and it tests your verbal reasoning skills, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. It is a 3 hour and 45 minutes test and it is mandatory if you are applying for a Masters or Doctorate in the US. It is computer-based. You also have the option of taking it multiple times and there is a limit of taking it the maximum five times in a year. You can attempt it only once in 21 days. These scores are valid for 5 years. For the verbal and quantitative section, GRE score falls around 150 to 152. If you get 165 you are have secured close to 95%. In the section of analytical writing, an average score would be 3.5, 6 being the highest.

The paper is as follows:

You will have to write two essays for the analytical writing section within the time limit of 30 minutes where you will have to analyse one argument and one issue.

You will face 20 questions in verbal and quantitative learning each.

There is an unsecured section at the end of the exam which is a dummy and does not carry marks but is to be filled so that the conducting body can get information about the candidate.

Countries like USA, Canada, Singapore, Australia and UK accept GRE scores. Other than determining your eligibility, GRE seems to enhance a candidates profile. Taking subject tests in GRE seems to be an additional advantage for specific courses abroad.

Hope this helps. All the best!

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