What Exactly is a Good GRE Score?
Over the years, one of the most common question I have been asked by students is, “What is a good GRE score?”
A good GRE score mostly depends on the expectations of the student. The perception of a ‘Good GRE score’ also varies from individual to individual. Same with the universities. Some students might consider University of Michigan as a good college and hence the score required to get an admission there would be perceived as a Good GRE score. However, students who target Harvard, won’t perceive University of Michigan as a top university. Hence their idea of a good GRE score will be much higher.
According to my experience and perception, I would recommend the following slabs as ranges for a good GRE score.
1) TOP SCORE – These scores will place you among the top 10% of the test takers and get you admissions into the Top US Universities.
2) GOOD SCORE – These scores will place you among the top 25% of the test takers and get you admissions into excellent US Universities. And guess what? You still have a shot at Ivy League universities if you have a good and consistent profile.
3) MODEST SCORE – These scores will place you among the top 50% of the test takers. Though, these scores won’t help your chances of getting into the Top US Universities, you will have a shot of many non-Ivy League universities. These are pretty decent scores and not at all bad. Though you might face some competition if you are applying for highly sought after programs. Make sure that you build up a strong profile.
4) AVERAGE SCORE – These scores will place you among the remaining 50% of the test takers. Though these scores would get you admissions in many universities, chances are high that these universities might not be regarded as Top Universities or Excellent Universities by conventional standards. These universities can still offer you unconventional programs and help you build your own niche. Or you can just retake the GRE and aim to boost your GRE scores for a shot at more popular universities.
GRE SCORE REQUIRED FOR VARIOUS STREAMS
Furthermore you may also want to look into the average GRE score required for various fields of studies. Additionally I have suggested a ‘Safe Score’ which is based on standard deviations and can be seen as a pointer for a Good GRE score. This will help you to determine your own target of a good GRE score.
HUMANITIES AND ARTS
In this article I will give you the official data on the average scores of those who got admissions into certain top universities, so that you get a fair idea of the university cut off scores. Note the Average Quant Scores, Average Verbal scores and the Quant cut off scores to help you set a Good GRE score as your target.
You must be wondering about the cut-off marks for the top universities. which is not easily available. But dont worry, I have complied the data for you.
GRE SCORE CUTOFF FOR VARIOUS TOP UNIVERSITIES
|University||Verbal (Average Score)||Quant
|Quant (Average Score)|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||157||160||162|
|University of California Berkeley||155||159||161|
|University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign||155||159||163|
|Carnegie Mellon University||159||159||161|
|Georgia Technological University||155||159||161|
|University of Texas Austin||155||157||160|
|University of Michigan Ann Arbor||154||159||161|
|University of Southern California||158||160||163|
|Texas A&M University||154||157||160|
|University of California San Diego||154||164||166|
|California Technological University||158||164||166|
|University of Wisconsin Madison||157||160||163|
|University of Maryland College||154||159||160|
|University of Minnesota – Twin Cities||155||–||163|
|University of Washington||156||–||159|
|Ohio State University||155||158|
|North Carolina State University||155||–||161|
|University of Colorado Boulder||155||–||152|
|University of California Irvine||152||–||161|
|Arizona State University||154||–||162|
|Iowa State University||152||–||160|
|University at Buffalo – SUNY||154||–||161|
|University of Connecticut||153||–||157|
|University of Illinois–Chicago||152||–||158|
|Colorado State University||153||–||157|
|Illinois Institute of Technology||148||–||158|
|University of Central Florida||151||–||155|
|University of Cincinnati||155||–||159|
|Santa Clara University||151||–||157|
|Santa Clara University||151||–||157|
|Mississippi State University||148||–||157|
|University of North Carolina||158||–||155|
|Michigan Technological University||154||–||157|
|University of Texas Arlington||148||–||157|
UNIVERSITIES FOR GRE SCORE OF 330
GRE Score : 330
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|University of California- Berkeley|
|University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign|
|University of Michigan Ann Arbor|
|University of Texas at Austin|
|University of Maryland – College park|
|California Institute of Technology|
|University of Wisconsin- Madison|
|University of California – San Diego|
|University of California Los Angles|
|Carnegie Mellon University|
So, now that you have a detailed idea of what a Good GRE score is, it is time for the next step, which is ‘How to plan your GRE preparation to achieve that target GRE score’.
Needless to say, it requires immense dedication, planning and hard work to achieve that Good GRE score and secure an admit to your Dream University.
I would love to hear from you. What is the GRE score you are targeting?