GRE Scores

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The Graduate Record Examinations full form of GRE consists of 3 section tests that are used as an important element in a graduate institution for taking the decision of admission or rejection of a student. The three sections are the verbal, quantitative reasoning, and writing tests each of which provides your selected institution with an adequate generalized picture of your academic skills.

GRE Score

From this article, you will get all the answers relating to your GRE score. For more information about the GRE test you can click on the given links below :

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GRE score 

  • For GRE Computer-based Test

If you have appeared for a computer-based GRE test, your GRE score results will be available in your ETS account within 10 to 15 days from the test date. It will also be sent to the institutions you had selected during your GRE  registration.

  • For GRE Paper-based Test

If you have appeared for the paper-based GRE test, the results of your GRE score will be available in your ETS Account within 5 weeks from the test date and it will also be sent to the institutions you had selected at the time of GRE registration.

The GRE score report sent to the institutions chosen by you will contain this information about you:

  • Your Contact Information. Name, Address, Email and Phone Number
  • Graduate Major, you want to apply for.
  • GRE Scores and Percentile Ranks.

GRE Scores Range

You'll receive three GRE scores on your score report, one for Quantitative Reasoning (math), one for Verbal Reasoning, and one for Analytical Writing (the essays).

GRE SECTIONS

GRE SCORE RANGE

Verbal Reasoning

130–170, in 1 point increments

Quantitative Reasoning(Math)

130–170, in 1 point increments

Analytical Writing(Essay)

0–6, in half-point increments

GRE Score Percentiles

Each GRE score is evaluated on two factors. They are a scaled score and a percentile rank. Your percentile rank is considered more than your scaled score. Your percentile rank shows at what position are your GRE scores among the other GRE test-takers. For example, a scaled Verbal reasoning score of 151 on the GRE interpret roughly the 51st percentile, meaning that you have scored better than 51% of other test takers and worse than the other 49% of test-takers. Below we have mentioned the most recent GRE percentile ranks for each section, declared by ETS.  

Analytical writing percentile 

 Score

 Analytical writing percentile 

6.0

99

5.5

98

5.0

93

4.5

82

4.0

59

3.5

42

3.0

17

2.5

7

2.0

2

1.5

1

1.0

<1

Verbal reasoning percentile 

Score

Verbal reasoning percentile 

170

99

169

99

168

98

167

98

166

97

165

96

164

94

163

93

162

90

161

88

160

86

159

83

158

80

157

76

156

73

155

68

154

64

153

60

152

54

151

51

150

46

149

41

148

37

147

33

146

29

145

26

144

22

143

19

142

16

141

14

140

11

139

9

138

8

137

6

136

4

135

3

134

2

133

2

132

1

131

1

130

1

 

  • Quantitative Reasoning Percentile

 

Score

Quantitative Reasoning Percentile

170

96

169

95

168

93

167

90

166

89

165

86

164

84

163

82

162

79

161

76

160

73

159

70

158

67

157

64

156

60

155

56

154

53

153

49

152

45

151

41

150

37

149

34

148

30

147

26

146

23

145

19

144

16

143

13

142

11

141

9

140

7

139

6

138

4

137

3

136

2

135

2

134

1

133

1

132

1

131

1

130

1

Different levels of GRE Score

What is a Good GRE Score? Is the question every test taker has on his/her mind. Here we have mentioned the different levels of GRE score, which will help you to seta GRE score goal for you:

  • Top GRE Score 

These scores are scored by the top 10% of the test takers. If you are one among them, it will help you to get admissions into the Top Universities of the world.

GRE section

Scores

Verbal Reasoning

 163 – 170

Quantitative Reasoning

165-170

Analytical writing 

5.0 – 6.0

  • Good GRE score 

Good GRE scores mean you are among the top 25% of the test takers. It will help you get your admissions into popular Universities of the world.

GRE section

Scores

Verbal reasoning 

 158 – 162

Quantitative Reasoning

159-164

Analytical writing 

4.5

Modest GRE score

These scores will put your name among the top 50% of the test takers. These are quite decent scores and not at all bad. Though you might have to face some competition if you are wishing to apply for highly sought after programs. Along with the GRE Score ensure that you develop a strong profile for admissions.

GRE section

Scores

Verbal reasoning 

152-158

Quantitative Reasoning

153-158

Analytical writing 

4.0

Average GRE score

Average GRE scores will put your name among the remaining 50% of the test takers. Though these scores would not help you to get admissions in many universities. Still, many universities can offer you unconventional programs and help you to develop your own niche. Or else you can reattempt the GRE with more preparation to boost your GRE scores.

GRE section

Scores

Verbal reasoning 

151 or below

Quantitative Reasoning

152 or below

Analytical writing 

3.5 or below

GRE Score required for various streams

Do you want to know, what are the average GRE scores you require for your graduate stream? The table below will give you an idea about it, but note that these are average scores for all schools. This will help you to set your own goal for a good GRE score. To find the competitive GRE scores you need, we strongly recommend you to do research for the specific colleges and universities that you are targeting.

Fields

Average Quantitative Reasoning score

Average Verbal Reasoning score

Business

154

150

Engineering

160

149

Humanities and Arts

150

156

Life Sciences

151

151

Education 

147

150

Physical Sciences

160

150

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

152

153

Other Fields

150

151

Undecided

154

148

No Major Provided (or not listed)

150

149

Setting a GRE score goal

Step 1: Find Information

  • Find out which a target program/school is interested in by talking to the admissions committee and current students.
  • Go to the institution’s website and find a contact to email and provide some information about your background.
  • In many cases, the institute will make your contact with a current student who has a similar background to you.
  • Take advantage of it and try to learn about the admissions procedure and the program fully.

Step 2: Assemble Information

Make a proper chat of schools demanding the scores, by assembling all the information you have collected in the previous steps.

Step 3: Set a Goal for GRE Score

Once you have made the chart, find out the highest score from each column.

And make it as your score goal and try to achieve it by putting all your efforts.

How to score well in GRE?

  • Start preparation for the GRE by keeping your target score in mind. You should do some research on the GRE scores before starting preparation so that you can determine what areas to focus on for your GRE preparation before your GRE exam date. 
  • Make use of the free online tests available for GRE preparation.
  • According to your strength and weakness, divide the preparation time for each section of GRE.
  • Read and practice as much as you can, don’t miss a single opportunity to learn something for GRE.
  • Start studying vocabulary. Learn new words and their synonyms as much as you can.
  • Use good materials. The materials you use to prepare should have detailed explanations of why the right answers are right, and why the wrong answers are wrong. 
  • Target your weakness. Practice more on the part in which you are weak rather than on your strengths.

The validity of the GRE score

The validity of the GRE  score is only for a period of 5 years from the test date.

Now that you know everything about GRE, You can look forward to some of the best Universities abroad, and find yourself a perfect course and institution to enrol in. However, if you have any doubts and questions, feel free to ask us in the box below.

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