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20th-Oct-2008 06:29 pm
Soo I'm looking to take just the analytical writing section again. My verbal and quant scores are (unexpectedly) great and should not be touched lest I score lower.

I think I remember reading in this community that you can just skip the sections you don't want to retake, but how sure are you that this can be done without repercussions? Will the proctor think it's weird that you leave so early?

(I called ETS, but the conversation went something like this:

Me: I was just wondering, can you retake just one section of the GRE? I heard that you can just skip the sections you don't want...
Rep: We do not [something] tell you that. You can only find out on the day of your test. [something about disclosure and a whole bunch of stuff about canceling scores, confirming score cancellations, etc., none of which seems relevant]
Me: So...there isn't a way to retake a specific section?
Rep: Well, yes, there is, and there will be instructions on the screen. It will always give you the option of exiting sections.
Me: Huh? What's the difference between that and what I just said about skipping sections?
Rep: [Repeats what she said earlier]
Me: ?????

It might just be a non-disclosure and/or semantic issue, I guess.)
21st-Oct-2008 12:20 am (UTC)
If you check the score report form, you can opt to only include the writing section! I noticed this little caveat, if you look at the score report form it says that on there.
21st-Oct-2008 01:12 am (UTC)
Hm...I have a paper report form in front of me, and it does have the "W" for reporting AW scores, but it has an asterisked caveat: "Analytical Writing scores from the stand-alone administration and/or Writing Assessment scores earned 10/1/03-12/31/03." Buh? 03?

I remember something similar in the computer-based test where you choose your programs, but I wonder how that would show up on a report. Would it say "No Score" for the other sections?
21st-Oct-2008 01:51 am (UTC)
October 2003 is when they switched to a totally different scoring system for the GRE. Before that, the Analytical Writing was scored out of 800, just like the other sections, and that's when it switched to the 6.0 scale. I believe the asterisk fun may have to do with that change over. God knows when I took my GREs that year I had a hell of a time dealing with scholarship applications, because they kept insisting that I give them a score out of 800 for my AW section. :\

So, that's why it probably references that time period. Still, it's odd that it doesn't say until the present instead of 12/31/03.
21st-Oct-2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
>Would it say "No Score" for the other sections?
They say on their site that any section in which one answers no questions at all will be reported as a No Score. So it seems to me that the only way to retake AW is to write the essays, quit the other sections and ask to report the whole exam.

22nd-Oct-2008 02:26 am (UTC)
My guess would be that since schools will get your total score report they can decide for themselves whether or not it is weird you only did one section of the exam. If they take your "no score" as a 0 and then do an average (since I've heard sometimes multiple scores get interpreted by programs as averages) that would obviously suck. Maybe ask an individual program what they would think about your idea.
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