PDF of Score Report - Why?

pistachion
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PDF of Score Report - Why?

Postby pistachion » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:07 am

Some schools ask for a PDF of the GRE/PGRE score report, which includes scores from every test sitting. Do schools do this so that you can't just report your best score? Will schools look down on someone who didn't get a good score the first time they took the test? This makes me mad!

hopeful2018
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Re: PDF of Score Report - Why?

Postby hopeful2018 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:06 am

That could be good for some. It means saving money on the report fee, right? If you don't send an official report, you save $27. But I see what you mean.

pistachion
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Re: PDF of Score Report - Why?

Postby pistachion » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:12 pm

that would be true if they didn't also require official scores to be sent ..

TakeruK
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Re: PDF of Score Report - Why?

Postby TakeruK » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:48 pm

It might be an old rule. Back in the day, all score reports had all the scores so the PDF didn't provide any more score info. But, in case something went wrong with the official score report (since that needs to go to the school itself and then matched up with your application), the PDF allows the school to make decisions right away.

However, it could also be intentional to see every single score. I think that is an unethical thing for the school to ask. If you want, you could contact the school and ask them why they want to see the PDF?

For one school (back when they could still see all the scores), my electronic score report failed for some reason (I think I entered the wrong institutional code, oops!). So, the school asked for the PDF instead. This school only required General GRE scores, not the Physics GRE, so I redacted my Physics GRE scores from that PDF. I made the redaction very clear and explained that I was not submitting my Physics GRE score since it was not required. They had no problem with this (I got an offer). So, if you don't want to show all of your test scores, you could consider doing that too. Note that it does come with some risk that if the school really wanted to see all your test scores, then this might hurt you since it might annoy them.




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