How is GRE scored: Both verbal and quantitative sections are scored on a scale from 130 to 170 (1 point increments) so that the overall score ranges from 260 – 340. You receive the score immediately after completing the test. ETS offers an option of sending this score to 4 schools for free; you can select these schools at the time of your exam. .
The score for analytical writing is sent with actual score card within fifteen days from date of the test. It is scored on a scale of 1-6, in 0.5 increments.
Understanding & usage of GRE score
*source ETS # Stats collected from 2011-2014
As per official reports, a good 78%# of all the test takers score around or below 160 in the verbal section. In the verbal section this number raises to 85%#. Only 20%# of all test takers would score a healthy 4.5 or above in Analytical writing section.
Most schools/universities usually set a benchmark for the GRE score that a prospective student should have (usually around the mark of 310*). Understanding one’s weakness and strength is major key to crack the score.
* Varies with school, University & the course applying for.