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The revised version of the GRE General Test is no more computer-adaptive. As a result, if you take the GRE test on or after 1st August, the test will not be computer adaptive. In case of the computer adaptive version of the test, computer adapts itself according to your specific needs. Computer changes the questions according to your level, depending on whether you give a correct answer or a wrong one. Because each student faces a different set of questions, the scoring procedure becomes complicated. What is worse is that students do not get the option for reviewing answers; that is, you have to go forward answering each question, and you cannot come back to a question to review it later. This has changed with the revised version of the test, which is section-level adaptive. This means that your answers to the first section will decide the difficulty level of the next sections, but the questions in one particular section is fixed. Moreover, you have the option for reviewing your answers before you complete one section. As with the previous version of the test, this is applicable to the verbal and quantitative sections of the computer-based format of the test.

The test is conducted in a large number of centers all around the world. In most of the centers the computer-based format is available. You will have to check with the center you wish to take the test in for the availability of computer-based format. In centers where this is available you can choose from a wide range of test dates, whereas in the centers where only the paper format is available you have only a few dates to choose from. You select the date available at the center first, then register for the test and then take it.

It is ideal to take the test a few months before the admissions start. There should be enough time for the scores to be out before admissions are over so that you do not miss your chance of taking admission to a college of your choice. Also if you have to retake the test you should have enough time at hand. Start gathering information about the test well in advance, something like a year before the college session starts. Once the revised version of the test starts from August 2011, there will be a few months gap in the scoring cycle. Normally, you can expect your scores within 10-15 days of taking the test. But the scores of the revised version of the test will not be available before mid-November. So, if you need your scores before that time, you have to take the current version of the test, before August. Check the website of the test to know the details about the scoring schedule. The scoring cycle will be normal again after November.

Depending on the number of questions answered correctly, a raw score is determined. The scaled score you get is calculated through the process of equating, which takes into account the difficulty level of the question paper. All the three sections of the test are scored separately, and a percentile score is also calculated. The percentile score shows the percentage of test takers getting a lower score than yours. This gives the admission authorities an idea of where you stand in the competition. ETS also has provisions for sending scores of the test directly to the colleges you have applied to.

This test is said to be predictive of your score during graduation, hence colleges prefer to rely on its results. Other than the score of the test they consider other achievements like school representations, co-curricular record, participation in sports events, teacher recommendations, academic records, personal interview, college admission essays, etc. for scanning students. These criteria, along with the test score, form the basis of admission in most of the colleges across the US, and thus the admission procedure becomes fair and unbiased.

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