GRE Verbal Percentile
Percentile influence in your GRE
How does Percentile work in GRE?
GRE Percentile Calculation
The GRE comprises three main sections, namely
- Analytical Writing,
- Verbal Reasoning,
- Quantitative Reasoning
The minimum and maximum scores one can obtain on the GRE, are shown below.
It is important to note here, that different graduate programs have different expectations of GRE Percentiles. For a top program in Physics, it would be reasonable for the university to admit candidates with a percentile of 95 or higher on the quants section, while the percentile requirement on the Verbal section is likely to be comparatively more relaxed.
While selecting your program, keep in mind the relevance of the score on each section with your program.
For example, a high Quantitative Reasoning score will be more relevant for students who wish to pursue an MS in STEM fields whereas the Verbal score would be given higher priority in case of students looking to pursue their Master's in English Literature or thesis courses.
To understand the concept of the average score and how it is relevant for the admission officers, take a look at the table below.
GRE Percentile and Graduate Schools
Graduate schools often mention the minimum GRE score requirements for admission to various programs. This means that in order to qualify for the interview process, you to have to clear the minimum cut. Other schools, however, mention the average score instead of mentioning the minimum score as a set criterion for admission. The Harvard Graduate School of Education, for instance, lists average verbal test scores for master’s students in the 83rd percentile, or the top 17 percent in verbal, but states 67 percent, or the top 33 percent, in quantitative. UCLA’s Engineering Computer Science graduate program, on the other hand, lists average student verbal scores in the 79th percentile, or top 21 percent, and the 85th percentile, or top 15 percent, in quantitative.
As these numbers indicate the GRE score you'd be needing depends heavily upon the type of program that you're applying to.