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GRE "Free Retest"?

ishmaelstromishmaelstrom Registered User Posts: 144 Junior Member
edited July 2010 in GRE Prep
I recently found out that the ETS reviews the questions given to individual test-takers and states that "in a very small number of cases, the computer algorithm may not have selected an optimal distribution of test questions that would have allowed the test taker to fully demonstrate his or her true ability level." They offer a free re-test for the section in question. (see http://www.ets.org/gre/retestfaqs/)

I had no idea that they did this, and I'm wondering if it is to my advantage to retake the Verbal section. I received a 650V/800Q/5.5AW, but according to the PowerPrep practices I should have received around a 700V. Is it to my advantage to retake? I know that my scores are great and that getting a higher verbal isn't going to do anything, but should I be concerned about the validity of this score due to the "more limited range of test questions" presented on my verbal section? Has anyone else encountered this? Thanks!
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Replies to: GRE "Free Retest"?

  • bugmombugmom Registered User Posts: 322 Junior Member
    My S just got this same offer to retest and he is going to retake the Verbal. His score was ridiculously low, and he said he thought there was something wrong with the questions during the test. Looks like he was right.
  • hollymariahollymaria Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
    I guess if you wanted to retake it and you can do it for free, why not? You're right though, it probably won't really matter. I wouldn't do it if I were you, unless you can do it for free. You also might wanna find out if your old score will be removed upon retaking it.
  • wrightspigwrightspig Registered User Posts: 59 Junior Member
    I think it says on the second page that the retest score replaces the original one.
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