Good GRE score for MS in US

GRE Exam (Graduate Record Examination) is a standardized online exam, which is compulsory to apply for a Master’s Degree or PHD in any field overseas. You can take the GRE exam any time during a year, by selecting a slot for the exam 45 days prior. ETS (Educational Testing Service) is responsible for conducting the exam.

The GRE is conducted in multiple stages. In this test, the difficulty of next section depends upon your performance in the previous section. If you do well in the first verbal section, the difficulty level of second verbal section will automatically increase.

But, the difficulty level of questions within a section does not change. The scores for Verbal and Quant sections are between 130 to 170, in one point increments. Analytical writing is scored on a scale of 0 to 6, in 0.5 increments.

GRE score cut-off for various top US universities

University

Verbal (Average Score)

Quant

(Minimum Score)

Quant

(Average Score)

Stanford University

158

160

163

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

Cornell University

160

159

162

Purdue University

158

160

163

University of Southern California

158

160

163

Texas A&M University

154

157

160

University of California San Diego

154

157

166

California Technological University

158

164

166

Princeton University

158

157

163

University of Wisconsin Madison

157

160

163

Columbia University

164

157

163

University of Maryland College

154

159

160

Northwestern University

154

159

161

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

155

163

University of Washington

156

159

Ohio State University

155

158

Duke University

155

165

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

North-eastern University

152

157

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

Clemson University

151

155

University of Central Florida

151

155

University of Cincinnati

155

159

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

The above table represents the mean scores across various schools but the average GRE score for the top ranked schools tend to be much higher. Let’s see how much the average GRE score varies depending upon the school or the program you wish to apply to.

The following tables represent the mean GRE scores for some disciplines as per ETS data:

Average GRE Scores for MS in Computer Science

University Name

Average Verbal

Average Quantitative

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

162

167

2

Harvard

160

167

3

Stanford

159

167

4

University of California-Berkeley

157

165

5

University of Pennsylvania

155

166

6

Princeton

162

166

7

Yale

155

170

8

Carnegie Mellon University

154

161

9

University of South California

151

163

10

UCLA

154

165

11

Cornell

154

171

12

Columbia University

155

166

Average GRE Scores for MS in Education

University Name

Average Verbal

Average Quantitative

1

Harvard

163

158

2

Stanford

161

156

3

University of California-Berkeley

159

152

4

University of Pennsylvania

162

156

5

University of South California

161

154

6

UCLA

158

152

7

Columbia University

158

153

8

Northwestern University

161

153

Average GRE Scores for MS in Physics

University Name

Average Verbal

Average Quantitative

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

167

167

2

Harvard

167

167

3

Stanford

167

167

4

University of California-Berkeley

167

167

5

University of Pennsylvania

162

164

6

Princeton

168

168

7

Yale

162

154

8

University of South California

159

151

9

UCLA

162

164

Average GRE Scores for MS in Psychology

University Name

Average Verbal

Average Quantitative

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

163

163

2

Harvard

163

165

3

Stanford

163

164

4

University of California-Berkeley

163

158

5

University of Pennsylvania

158

154

6

Princeton

165

158

7

Yale

163

160

8

University of South California

158

160

9

UCLA

163

163

Average GRE Scores for MS in Chemistry

University Name

Average Verbal

Average Quantitative

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

164

163

2

Harvard

164

163

3

Stanford

164

163

4

University of California-Berkeley

164

163

5

University of Pennsylvania

159

160

6

Princeton

164

168

7

Yale

159

160

8

University of South California

156

158

9

UCLA

159

160

Average GRE Scores for MS in Mathematics

University Name

Average Verbal

Average Quantitative

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

165

167

2

Harvard

165

166

3

Stanford

165

164

4

University of California-Berkeley

165

166

5

University of Pennsylvania

160

164

6

Princeton

168

161

7

Yale

165

166

8

University of South California

157

164

9

UCLA

165

165

The cut-off marks keep on changing, as the level of difficulty of any section cannot be predicted beforehand. Therefore, it is very important to give your best without worrying too much about the cut-offs.

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