ETS will administer the New GRE Pattern starting tomorrow. There have been many misconceptions and questions among students regarding the New GRE Revised General Test like :
- Will there be negative marking for wrong answers in New GRE ?
- Is there a formula to convert Old GRE scores to New GRE ?
- Does Old GRE scores become invalid after new pattern test ?
- Does each question have different weigtage in New pattern ?
- Is difficulty of questions presented within a section based on my performance in previous questions in that section ?
This article focuses on clarifying some of these common misconceptions. For some background, you may read 10 things to know about New GRE Pattern 2011
Short answer is NO. ETS does not state anything about negative marking in any of the scoring guidelines of the new GRE pattern . What it means is, you will not be penalized for selecting wrong answers for any questions. Only correct answers will be accounted for the raw score (number of questions answered correctly).
2. Convert old GRE score to New GRE 2011 Scores directly with Formula ?
As of today, there is no formula released by ETS to directly convert Old GRE scores(range 200 to 800), to new GRE pattern scores( range 130 to170). ETS will release a concordance table in November, which will list the Old GRE scores and equivalent New GRE scores, and vice versa. If someone claims, they have a formula to convert Old GRE scores to New GRE scores, it is wrong they just made it up.
3. Does Old GRE scores become invalid after New GRE Pattern ?
Short answer ‘NO’. GRE General test scores are valid for 5 years from the day you took the test. Your Old GRE scores will be accepted by graduate schools for five years since you took the test. For complete details with explanation, read article : GRE Old scores validity after New Pattern ?
4. Does each question in a section carry different weightage / Score ?
Short answer “No”. As mentioned in ETS website, “All questions contribute equally to final score”. There are two sections in verbal reasoning and two sections in quantitative reasoning measures and all the questions in them are equally weigthed and contribute equally in final score computation.
5. Is difficulty of questions presented within a section based on my performance in previous questions in that section ?
Is the question confusing ? The answer to above is “NO”. New GRE Pattern is section-level adaptive, unlike Old GRE pattern each section is computer-adaptive. The big difference is, in Old GRE questions presented to you within a section are based on your performance on preceding questions…Whereas, in New GRE pattern, the difficulty of section presented to you is based on your performance in previous section as a whole and not individual questions. All questions in a section contribute equally to the final score and are of equal difficulty.
Do you have any other questions or misconceptions ?
For overview of changes, read Old GRE vs New GRE side by side comparison