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Rahul Singha
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Updated on Nov 12, 2021 12:20 IST

Average GRE Score: It is important for candidates to be aware of the average GRE score of their preferred programme of study to be able to set target GRE score goals. To explain this in detail, candidates looking to study MS courses in universities abroad would be required to provide GRE scores as part of the admission criteria. Hence, it is important for candidates to know about the average GRE score of the programme/university to be able to achieve a higher GRE score (above the set average) and be more confident about their application.

What is the average GRE score for universities?

As informed earlier, the average GRE score is highly dependent on your university/programme admission guidelines. However, to give candidates an understanding of what their average GRE score might look like candidates can take a look at the table below.

Average GRE Score for Universities

GRE Section

Average GRE Score

GRE Verbal Reasoning Section

149.97

GRE Quantitative Reasoning Section

152.57

GRE Analytical Writing Section

3.48

Source: The Princeton Review

Average GRE Score by Course

While the average GRE score by the university could tend to be slightly ambiguous. We have also gone ahead and provided average GRE scores by course. Let’s be honest, the probability of GRE scores being similar for all courses is extremely low. Hence, we have provided average GRE score by course for candidates to understand the average GRE score requirement by course and how high they must aim to make their admission application stand out.

Average GRE Score by Course

Programme of study

Average GRE Verbal Reasoning Score

Average GRE Quantitative Reasoning Score

Average GRE Analytical Writing Score

Arts & Humanities

156

150

4.1

Business

150

153

3.5

Education

151

149

3.8

Engineering

149

159

3.3

Life Sciences

151

151

3.8

Physical Sciences

150

158

3.4

Social Sciences

153

151

3.9

Source: The Princeton Review

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GRE Score Chart

GRE Score Chart: Before we dive into what a good GRE score is all about. Let us familiarize ourselves with the GRE score chart. The GRE exam pattern is primarily made up of the GRE Verbal Reasoning Section, the GRE Quantitative Reasoning Section and the GRE Analytical Writing Section.

From the GRE score chart below we can understand that the GRE Verbal Reasoning Section and the GRE Quantitative Reasoning Section are calculated on a score range of 130 to 170 in 1-point increments. The section scores are reported based on the number of correct responses provided by the test taker. This is the raw score of the candidate that tells the candidate about the total number of questions answered correctly by him. The GRE raw test score would be later converted to a scaled score called Equating. 

Similarly, the GRE Analytical Writing Section is calculated on a score range of 0–6, in half-point increments. For the Analytical Writing section, each essay would receive a score from one trained rater and by an e-rater developed by ETS. If both the scores are identical in nature, the average of the two scores would be used as the final score. However, if the two scores, one from the trained rater and the other from the ETS developed e-rater are not identical, a third - a human trained rater would be brought in and the final score would be the average of the two human scores.

Section

GRE Score Chart

GRE Verbal Reasoning Section

130–170, in 1-point increments

GRE Quantitative Reasoning Section

130–170, in 1-point increments

GRE Analytical Writing Section

0–6, in half-point increments

The full form of GRE is the Graduate Record Examinations, more commonly referred to as the GRE and is one of the most widely recognized tests for graduate school programmes in universities abroad. Candidates wanting to know more about the GRE test in detail can check out our GRE guide, here.

Due to the pandemic, ETS- the conducting body of the GRE exam has also launched the GRE at Home. The GRE test at Home follows an identical GRE exam pattern, with the only difference being, the GRE at Home is held from the safety of your home. Candidates wanting to take the GRE test at home must have the prescribed system and environment settings as mentioned in our article above.

Average GRE Score FAQs

Q. What is the Stanford University average GRE score requirements?

A. Candidates can check out Stanford application details, here: Stanford University Admission FAQs

Q. What GRE score do you need to get accepted to grad school?

A. Check out GRE score requirements for popular universities here: Colleges Accepting GRE scores

Q. What are the average GRE scores for Harvard University?

A. Candidates can check out admission requirements for Harvard University, here: Harvard University FAQs

Q. What are the average GRE scores for Canadian universities?

A. Candidates can check out GRE scores for Canadian Universities, here.

Q. What are the average GRE scores for MS in Computer Science in the USA?

A. Candidates can check out average GRE scores for  MS in Computer Science in the USA, here.

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With over 8 years of experience in overseas education, Rahul Singha has been previously associated with prominent education houses. He is also responsible for keeping a sharp eye on education policies of major study... Read Full Bio

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