Has anyone else heard of anyone getting their test re-scored?

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Bigsrw
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Has anyone else heard of anyone getting their test re-scored?

Postby Bigsrw » Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:26 pm

I got my test score back yesterday and it is NOT what I expected to get. It's not a little bit lower- it's a whole lot lower. I felt level headed all throughout the test and had no problems with the time constraint. I knew I didn't get an outstanding score and I know I tend to make silly mistakes but not like this. I got in the 85th percentile in the major fields test- I expected my gre score to be lower but it's no where near 85.

Has anyone had their tests re-scored before? I intend to do this but I don't see anything online where someone had their subject test re-scored.

lambert
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Re: Has anyone else heard of anyone getting their test re-scored?

Postby lambert » Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:36 pm

I don't think rescoring is possible - a computer scored it and it's very unlikely that it scored it wrongly, also it's unlikely that your sheet still exists in readable form as there's a bunch of them that they probably tossed out somewhere in the world.

If you have a look around the forum you'll see that most people scored lower than they expected (some way lower). The gre subject test *is* tricky and should not be treated lightly for this reason. Alternatively you may have skipped a multiple choice or something which led to your answer sheet choices being shifted (I've also heard of this happening).

I know it sucks, but the only thing you can do is retake the test in April (or roll with your current score and apply in this cycle).

Channing
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Re: Has anyone else heard of anyone getting their test re-scored?

Postby Channing » Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:47 pm

I have the exactly same feeling. I thought I did quite good in the October test as I finished all questions one hour ahead of time and reviewed those questions I was not sure about several times.I expected to get around 95% but it turns out to be 90%... What can I say?

Bigsrw
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Re: Has anyone else heard of anyone getting their test re-scored?

Postby Bigsrw » Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:53 pm

lambert wrote:I don't think rescoring is possible - a computer scored it and it's very unlikely that it scored it wrongly, also it's unlikely that your sheet still exists in readable form as there's a bunch of them that they probably tossed out somewhere in the world.

If you have a look around the forum you'll see that most people scored lower than they expected (some way lower). The gre subject test *is* tricky and should not be treated lightly for this reason. Alternatively you may have skipped a multiple choice or something which led to your answer sheet choices being shifted (I've also heard of this happening).

I know it sucks, but the only thing you can do is retake the test in April (or roll with your current score and apply in this cycle).


Re-scoring is possible. Costs $50. And yes, other people got lower than expected, but I've yet to see someone with a score as low as mine.

Bigsrw
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Re: Has anyone else heard of anyone getting their test re-scored?

Postby Bigsrw » Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:55 pm

Channing wrote:I have the exactly same feeling. I thought I did quite good in the October test as I finished all questions one hour ahead of time and reviewed those questions I was not sure about several times.I expected to get around 95% but it turns out to be 90%... What can I say?


:? When I say I got lower then expected it wasn't by 5%. It was more like 50%.

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Re: Has anyone else heard of anyone getting their test re-scored?

Postby Tianma799 » Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:16 am

Bigsrw wrote:
lambert wrote:I don't think rescoring is possible - a computer scored it and it's very unlikely that it scored it wrongly, also it's unlikely that your sheet still exists in readable form as there's a bunch of them that they probably tossed out somewhere in the world.

If you have a look around the forum you'll see that most people scored lower than they expected (some way lower). The gre subject test *is* tricky and should not be treated lightly for this reason. Alternatively you may have skipped a multiple choice or something which led to your answer sheet choices being shifted (I've also heard of this happening).

I know it sucks, but the only thing you can do is retake the test in April (or roll with your current score and apply in this cycle).


Re-scoring is possible. Costs $50. And yes, other people got lower than expected, but I've yet to see someone with a score as low as mine.


I think he means that even if you get it scored again it is unlikely to change, since the test is just multiple choices.

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Re: Has anyone else heard of anyone getting their test re-scored?

Postby EGA » Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:34 am

I've heard of a couple different people who accidentally skipped a line on the bubble sheet, or filled in two circles on the same question for the bubble sheet, so every answer thereafter was off by 1. This is a possibility (that unfortunately will not be fixed by a regrade). I've never heard of anyone who paid for a regrade and received a higher score afterwards, although I suppose it's possible.

Bigsrw
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Re: Has anyone else heard of anyone getting their test re-scored?

Postby Bigsrw » Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:03 am

EGA wrote:I've heard of a couple different people who accidentally skipped a line on the bubble sheet, or filled in two circles on the same question for the bubble sheet, so every answer thereafter was off by 1. This is a possibility (that unfortunately will not be fixed by a regrade). I've never heard of anyone who paid for a regrade and received a higher score afterwards, although I suppose it's possible.


I thought about this in advance and so I tried to double check that things aligned as I was taking the test. I still could have messed this up but I doubt it.

It just bothers me that I can't find anything on people questioning their subject test scores. You can actually find a lot of cases for the SAT and the ACT where scores were messed up. I know it's not probable that I'll get a higher score but I think I'll have it re-scored at least for the peace of mind that comes with it.

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Re: Has anyone else heard of anyone getting their test re-scored?

Postby FreddieBiddleBooty » Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:09 am

Bigsrw wrote:I got my test score back yesterday and it is NOT what I expected to get. It's not a little bit lower- it's a whole lot lower. I felt level headed all throughout the test and had no problems with the time constraint. I knew I didn't get an outstanding score and I know I tend to make silly mistakes but not like this. I got in the 85th percentile in the major fields test- I expected my gre score to be lower but it's no where near 85.

Has anyone had their tests re-scored before? I intend to do this but I don't see anything online where someone had their subject test re-scored.


In 2015, I had my MGRE test rescored. I got such a low score and it surprised me so much that I thought something must have been wrong, so I paid the $50 to get the hand-scoring. But nothing changed. I still think to this day that I made a mistake in bubbling or something, but I can't change that! If you have the money and it's no big deal, do it. If the money is a big deal, maybe think about it. What was your score, if you don't mind me asking? Mine in 2015 was 610 (39%). If you'd prefer to PM me that's fine.

Channing
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Re: Has anyone else heard of anyone getting their test re-scored?

Postby Channing » Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:07 am

Bigsrw wrote:
Channing wrote:I have the exactly same feeling. I thought I did quite good in the October test as I finished all questions one hour ahead of time and reviewed those questions I was not sure about several times.I expected to get around 95% but it turns out to be 90%... What can I say?


:? When I say I got lower then expected it wasn't by 5%. It was more like 50%.

50%!? That is terrible! Sure you can pay 50 bucks and get it re-scored but it seems that it would take two weeks to be finished whereas most deadlines are December 15 so you might not have enough time though.

FreddieBiddleBooty
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Re: Has anyone else heard of anyone getting their test re-scored?

Postby FreddieBiddleBooty » Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:12 am

Channing wrote:
Bigsrw wrote:
Channing wrote:I have the exactly same feeling. I thought I did quite good in the October test as I finished all questions one hour ahead of time and reviewed those questions I was not sure about several times.I expected to get around 95% but it turns out to be 90%... What can I say?


:? When I say I got lower then expected it wasn't by 5%. It was more like 50%.

50%!? That is terrible! Sure you can pay 50 bucks and get it re-scored but it seems that it would take two weeks to be finished whereas most deadlines are December 15 so you might not have enough time though.


50% is not terrible. This means the test taker did better than half of all test takers.

Channing
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Re: Has anyone else heard of anyone getting their test re-scored?

Postby Channing » Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:57 am

FreddieBiddleBooty wrote:
Channing wrote:
Bigsrw wrote:
:? When I say I got lower then expected it wasn't by 5%. It was more like 50%.

50%!? That is terrible! Sure you can pay 50 bucks and get it re-scored but it seems that it would take two weeks to be finished whereas most deadlines are December 15 so you might not have enough time though.


50% is not terrible. This means the test taker did better than half of all test takers.

Sorry I didn't make my point clear here. I mean 50% lower than expected is terrible.

Bigsrw
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Re: Has anyone else heard of anyone getting their test re-scored?

Postby Bigsrw » Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:55 am

Channing wrote:
Bigsrw wrote:
Channing wrote:I have the exactly same feeling. I thought I did quite good in the October test as I finished all questions one hour ahead of time and reviewed those questions I was not sure about several times.I expected to get around 95% but it turns out to be 90%... What can I say?


:? When I say I got lower then expected it wasn't by 5%. It was more like 50%.

50%!? That is terrible! Sure you can pay 50 bucks and get it re-scored but it seems that it would take two weeks to be finished whereas most deadlines are December 15 so you might not have enough time though.


The earliest deadline that I have is Jan 15. It seems somewhat necessary for me, though, because no one would accept me with this score. I was confident that I would at least get above the 50th percentile so I was having it automatically sent to 4 schools. With this score those 4 are out and I'd have to find schools that don't require this test (and I had every intention of applying to places at least somewhat nearby).




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