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Average GRE Scores

Update: We spruced up this post so that it contains all the most up-to-date info on Average GRE Scores for 2016. Enjoy!

Our students often ask us, “what’s the average GRE score?”. Before ETS released the updated version of their Snapshot report, for 2014 GRE takers, we couldn’t provide a simple, straightforward answer, but now we can. The 50th percentile, or “average GRE score”, is about 302, or 151 for verbal and 151.5 for math. And the AWA average is 3.7.

Is it really that simple? No. And read on to find on why.

Is the average GRE score important?

No. The averages above were calculated based on results from almost a million students who took the GRE between August 2011 and June 2014. (It’s now 2016 – things change!) This is a diverse group of students, applying to many different programs with many different requirements. As you’re applying to graduate programs, the average score of all test takers is irrelevant. For you, the average GRE score for your particular program at your target school is much more important — this is the score you need to exceed. For example, students in the top 10 engineering programs have an average math score of 160, so if you are applying to the best engineering programs, you should aim for a math score higher than 160.

In their snapshot, ETS did provide average scores by intended graduate major. I’ve reorganized the table from their Snapshot, providing an average score breakdown by program for math and verbal:

Intended Major Math Verbal
Business 153 150
Education 149 151
Engineering 159 150
Humanities and Arts 150 157
Natural Sciences 151 151
Social Sciences 150 153

The table above provides a helpful baseline, but note that these are average scores for all schools. I highly recommend doing research for the specific colleges and universities that you are targeting – and make sure that it’s recent, 2016 info.

How do I find the average score for my program?

Great question. Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer. Here are some steps that may help:

  • Identify your target program (i.e. Engineering, English, etc.)
  • Research schools in that program by using a site such as US News and World Report.
    If the averages are not listed on the site, email the colleges directly. This steps takes a bit of work, as you’ll need to find the correct department and email address, but it’s well worth it.
  • Read this article which provides some detail on how to identify a good GRE score.
  • Bonus Step: Take a look at our GRE Scores infographic to identify the average, good, and great GRE scores for admitted students in your chosen discipline.

Also remember that GRE scores last for 5 years. So in many cases admissions committees may have averages on the old scoring scale. Here’s a handy GRE score conversion table in case you need to determine what your score would be on the old scale.

Average GRE Scores

Interesting statistics about average GRE scores

ETS released a lot of data in their the snapshot report, breaking out averages by gender, geography, and more. Here are some interesting, but meaningless, statistics from that report:

  • U.S. citizens on average score about 6 points lower on math and 6 points higher on verbal than non-U.S. citizens.
  • China has the highest average math score at 162.9, and no other country had an average above 160.
  • New Zealand the the highest average verbal score at 157.3, with Ireland, Singapore, and the United Kingdom all tied for a close second with an average of 157.1.
  • Engineering majors have the highest average math score at 158.9.
  • Humanities and Arts majors have the highest average verbal score at 156.5 and the highest average AWA score at 4.1.


Try not to worry about the overall average GRE scores. Focus on your target program and school, and then focus on your GRE prep.

By the way, students who use Magoosh GRE improve their scores by an average of 8 points on the new scale (150 points on the old scale.) Click here to learn more.

80 Responses to Average GRE Scores

  1. pratik l May 2, 2016 at 6:47 am #

    hey i just gave GRE and my score is verbal-142 Quant-161 and AWA-3.5 TOEFL-95
    what universities i can apply for fall 2017 ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 3, 2016 at 4:29 am #

      Hi Pratik,

      Congrats on taking the GRE! Unfortunately, we don’t have as much expertise in grad school admissions as we do in test prep. That said, to help you evaluate your scores to determine which schools to apply to, I recommend checking out the following blog posts:

      * What is a Good GRE Score?
      * GRE Scores for Top Universities
      * GRE Scores by Program Major

      As you’ll see, score requirements depend on both the universities and the programs you’re interested in.

      I hope that helps at least a little, and good luck during the application process! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Chella April 18, 2016 at 9:49 am #

    Some universities mentioned “Minimum GRE Score” in their admission requirement. How much shall i score to fulfill that.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 18, 2016 at 11:00 am #

      Hi Chella,

      Good question! ๐Ÿ™‚

      All universities have different minimum scores, so there is no answer I can give. You have to research the score requirements of the schools you’re interested in attending to determine the appropriate score to gain admission.

      Best luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Farnaz March 18, 2016 at 2:07 pm #

    Hi โ€ฆ I have important question about my score .My total score in GRE is 293 ( verbal : 140 . Quantity : 153) . Is this score too low for biomedical engineering master ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 19, 2016 at 9:34 am #

      Hi Farnaz,

      Unfortunately, we don’t have nearly as much expertise and experience in graduate school admissions as we do with GRE prep, so I’m afraid we can’t be of much help. Here are a few blog posts to help you evaluate your scores:

      What is a Good GRE Score?
      GRE Scores Infographic
      GRE Scores for Top Universities
      GRE Scores by Program Major
      Additionally, I’d recommend directly contacting the schools/programs you’re interested in to see if they can offer any insight, or check out the programs’ websites to see if they have any info! This website is also a great place to start your research:

      Best Grad Schools

  4. Jiss Jacob March 13, 2016 at 1:42 am #

    Took my GRE two days back. Scored 316 (Q168 V148), Will the low verbal scores affect my PhD admissions to the universities like TAMUC, UT Austin in the department of Mechanical Engineering?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 13, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

      Hi there ๐Ÿ™‚

      Firstly, congrats on taking the GRE and your excellent quant score!

      In terms of how your verbal score will impact your grad school applications, unfortunately, we don’t have nearly as much expertise and experience in graduate school admissions as we do with GRE prep, so I’m afraid we can’t be of much help. Here are a few blog posts to help you evaluate your scores:

      * What is a Good GRE Score?
      * GRE Scores for Top Universities
      * GRE Scores by Program Major

      Additionally, I’d recommend directly contacting the schools/programs you’re interested in to see if they can offer any insight, or check out the programs’ websites to see if they have any info!

      I hope that helps at least a little!

      • Jiss Jacob March 29, 2016 at 1:46 am #

        Thank you so much..

  5. Samuel Karimu March 7, 2016 at 5:13 am #

    Hi I have 138 Verbal, 134 Quantative and 3.5 Writing. I have met the average passing mark for enrollment?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 9, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

      Hi Samuel,

      Happy to help! ๐Ÿ™‚

      It is possible that you could enter some universities with those scores depending on the program, but more likely than not you will need a higher GRE score all around. You should start by doing some research to find the schools you wish to enter. Once you know that, then you can set a new goal and study for a retake!

      Happy hunting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Jamshed March 3, 2016 at 3:35 am #

    I have taken General test in 2014.
    My results of scores are 147 Verbal, 154 Quantitative, and 3.5 AW. Can soeone help me to calculate my score? How is it calculated? I have no clue.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 4, 2016 at 8:24 am #

      Hi there ๐Ÿ™‚

      The scores you listed are your final scores. GRE scores are reported by section: (1) AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment), (2) Verbal Reasoning, and (3) Quantitative Reasoning. The score range for the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections is 130-170. Your scores of 147 and 154 are your final scores for the Verbal and Quant section, respectively. These are scaled scores. The number of correct answers on a section is related to your scaled score in a complicated way, since the difficulty of one section might be very different from another section. This is partially because the test is adaptive (your second section of either math or verbal will be mostly easier questions or harder questions, depending on your performance on the first section of that type) and partially because different versions of the test vary a bit in difficulty. You can read more about this here:

      On the other hand, the AWA section is scored on a scale of 0-6, which is an average of the final scores on the two essays. So, your final score on the AWA section was 3.5.

      I hope this helps ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Aviral March 6, 2016 at 8:10 pm #

        Hey, I scored 313 in GRE. Q- 164 ,V-149 ,AWA-3.0
        Internship of 2 months from IIIT -Hyderabad in Machine learning.
        12 -93.4
        10- 91.2
        Have job offer from deloitte USI as data analyst.
        I want to pursue M.S in data analytics after 1 year of experience.
        Should I retake GRE to get a top notch in best schools ?
        Suggest me schools with this score!

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 10, 2016 at 7:16 am #

          Hi Aviral,

          While we are not admissions experts, I am happy to offer you some insight. ๐Ÿ™‚

          I did a quick search across a few universities and it seems you will want to aim for a 325-330 score (or higher). For example, Stanford’s admissions says that the average admitted applicant in their relevant program gets a Verbal 83% (159-160), Quantitative 91% (165-166), Analytical Writing 52% (a little more than a 4, probably).

          Your work experience will be a good benefit, but based on the information I found, you will likely need to increase your GRE score to be more competitive and guarantee yourself entrance into top schools, as you mentioned. As for schools with the current score you have, you might have to aim for different universities. You have many, many options, though, and your desired schools should be based on your own research into schools that fit you and your wants, not what a stranger at Magoosh can suggest. I highly encourage you to do so more research. ๐Ÿ™‚

          I hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. D SANDEEP kashyap January 2, 2016 at 9:25 am #

    Hi name is SANDEEP n I get 280 in my GRE.(140+140). With this score am I get seat in USA to pursue PhD..what I want to know is this is average or low score?? Can i take test again??Kindly reply me as soon as possible.

  8. Priyanka chauhan October 18, 2015 at 3:35 am #

    hey, i’ll be appearing for the gre exam on 21st oct. But just know i had given the ets practice test and scored 146 in verbal and 157 in quant but i don’t know how to interpret this score for out of 80. Please help, i’ll be grateful. Thanx

    • Sujith November 13, 2015 at 11:10 am #

      Clearly, your total is 146+157=303, which means you scored 43 out of 80.

  9. TONY MATHEW October 14, 2015 at 7:59 am #

    GRE- 327 (Q 170 V 157 AWA3)

    TOEFL- 107(R 29 L 30 S 23 W 25)

    Btech GPA 7.98

    Currently working in MNC for 8 months as software engineer

    Did 2 projects related to embedded systems during college and one on PHP

    Has a 2 day training program on MSP430 from TEXAS Instruments

    No technical papers published.

    Looking for Embedded systems program in

    1. University of Massachusetts โ€“ Amherst (Amherst, Massachusetts)
    2. University of Colorado, Boulder
    3. Arizona State University
    4. University of Texas Dallas
    5. University of Cincinnati
    6. University of North Carolina Charlotte

    How good is my chance?
    How badly low AWA score affect me? Should I consider retaking it? Plz Help!!

  10. Todd June 29, 2015 at 4:22 am #

    What percentile would an old score of 2360 out of 2400 equal, with 800s in the two logic sections and a 760 in the verbal section?

  11. Vaibhav July 22, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

    Hi, I have Gre score of 283. I have passed by B.Tech in CSE with 74%. I had done 3 internships in good companies.

  12. Anonomous July 15, 2014 at 11:06 pm #

    Just wanted to say that I used your Magoosh vocabulary app for Android as my exclusive study prep for the verbal section of the GRE. I tested in pretests around a 148, and after a month of studying (perhaps 2 weeks of using your app daily), and I just took the GRE and scored a 160 on verbal.

    THANK YOU for supplying this app for free. It was very helpful to me.

  13. Susnata July 10, 2014 at 11:17 pm #

    GRE: 149V-170Q-3AWA
    GPA: 9.61/10 from IIT Kharagpur ECE

  14. swapna April 24, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    I am going to appear for GRE on June 9th . I did a practise test provided by ETS in its prep software and scored 149 in verbal and 155 in quant. Is it possible to improve my score in 1 month time?

  15. Vishesh April 8, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    I scored 321 on my GRE (v-154 q-167)……But my AWA score is 3.0…..i want to do my MS in Computer Science i know the AWA does not get me into any top 20 universities but do i have chance of getting into top 50 or anything closer my Acads are 77.38% B.E. i have to give my toefl in the future please can you give me some advice should i retake…..

    • Bhavin Parikh
      Bhavin April 8, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

      Hi Vishesh, unfortunately we don’t know the specifics of AWA scores for top 20 or 50 universities. I recommend identifying a few universities and contacting them directly. Also, if you are interested in TOEFL, I recommend signing up for our newsletter here: We’ll soon be releasing a TOEFL product! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • anirudh May 7, 2014 at 10:44 am #

      Hey!! we have the exact same scores and therefore the same dilemma as well,so,what have you decided finally? can you pls give me any inputs..thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. John April 8, 2014 at 6:18 am #

    Hi I have 147 Verbal, 152 Quantative and 2.5 Writing. Is it sufficient to enroll in agricultural science.

  17. Sanjana March 28, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    Hi! My GRE score is a 311! 150 in verbal and 161 in Quant! I intend to pursue Computer Engineering and my colleges of choice are ASU, USC and NYU.. And my CGPA is 7.0/10 Should I retake GRE? Or are these scores satisfactory?

    • Bhavin Parikh
      Bhavin March 29, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

      Hi Sanjana, unfortunately we’re not admissions experts. I recommend reaching out to those schools directly and asking them about their average scores and your chances for admission.


      • JingXiao Gu March 30, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

        As you mention above, I use a site such as US News and World Report to try to find average GRE score for my program(EE), but unfortunately, all the school’s data in US News and World Report are encrypted unless you pay money. Worse more, i also enter some college websites but find they don’t provide average or minimum GRE score So, are there websites which are free for us to find these data and what need i do?
        By the way, I recently got 157+168 and my aim is top10 Schools for MS and top30 schools for phD. My major is EE, so according to your rough evaluation, is it my score enough? I’m afraid my AW can only be 3 or 3.5, is AW important?
        Thank you!

        • Bhavin Parikh
          Bhavin March 30, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

          Unfortunately, there aren’t any websites that I know of that provide score information for free. You can try calling or emailing the school directly, and they may provide the information. I also can’t effectively comment on your score. Each school and program has different requirements, sorry!

  18. sammy March 23, 2014 at 5:45 am #

    Hi Bhavin,

    Why do people keep asking you admissions questions when you do not work with admissions?

    • Bhavin Parikh
      Bhavin March 23, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

      Hi Sammy! That’s a great question, and I wish I knew the answer. We’re very good at helping people prepare for the GRE (and other tests), and we know a bit about admissions, but we’re not experts in admissions…yet. Maybe, someday, we should expand into helping with admissions too ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. peakk2 March 10, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    Hi Bhavin,
    I am planning to do an MS(Eco), but my grad score is below par.. Its 59.7%, which means a 0.3% below the 1st class result level..
    I checked out a couple of universities and they have a minimum admission requirement of 1st class result..
    Are there any universities in US that don’t have such criteria?
    Coz my plan of preparing for GRE rests on this basic issue..
    Thanks in anticipation

    • Bhavin Parikh
      Bhavin March 12, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

      Hi Arora, unfortunately, we’re not admissions experts but I recommend using a resource such as US News and World Report! Thanks.

  20. deepthi November 23, 2013 at 6:08 am #

    I have scored 151 in quant and 151 in verbal .should I retake GRE?.

    • Bhavin Parikh
      Bhavin November 23, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

      Hi Deepthi – It’s really depends on the schools and programs that you’re applying to. I recommend reading this post and following the advice there about reaching out to specific schools/programs. Thanks!

  21. Mayur November 19, 2013 at 8:13 pm #


    My GRE score ( Math 161 and Verbal 143) but in AWA 2.0 .

    Can you tell me is it OK?

    can i apply to the universities in USA for MS in computer science.

    please reply at earliest as possible.

  22. Alex November 18, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    What do you think about my chances?

    I scored a 148 on quantitative and a 155 on verbal. I have a GPA of 3.4 with my last 60 credits being a 3.72. I have 2 years teaching experience and 3 years research experience with two published papers. I am applying to a handful of plant breeding and genetics programs. Can i get into a phd program?

  23. Piyush Ranjan November 15, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    i got only 300/340. quant- 156/170 and verbal-144/170. is my marks good enough to get a descent engineering college for master programs? please help.

  24. Suhas November 14, 2013 at 6:10 am #

    I took GRE thrice and I scored 302,303 and 302. I guess I’ll use 303 as my main score.My undergraduate percentage is 76%, 12th is 87% and 10th is 92%. Will I get a decent university for Computer Science. I’ll be taking TOEFL in a couple of days. Please do let me know your insights as I’m really tensed.


  25. Whamsy November 7, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    Hi, I have a score of 329 (165 in Verbal + 164 in Quants). But my AWA score is 4. How bad will this affect me if i apply for top universities. I mean, how important is the AWA score? Thanks.

    • Bhavin Parikh
      Bhavin November 14, 2013 at 8:29 am #

      Hi! All schools/programs view AWA differently. While, in general, I wouldn’t worry too much about AWA, it really depends on the specific programs you are interested in. I recommend reaching out to those programs. Lastly, a well-written personal statement can help show that you have strong writing skills despite a weak AWA score.

  26. Ashmeet November 6, 2013 at 7:47 am #

    I have a GRE score of 318 (Quants :161 Verbal :157) and a CGPA of 9.03 in Instrumentation & Control Engineering… I would like you to recommend me some Universities in US for MS in ECE.

  27. Patty November 1, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    Hi Bhavin!

    Thank you for your interesting article.

    I was wondering where I can find (if they exist!) some stats on the average AWA score for non-English speaking test takers.

    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Bhavin Parikh
      Bhavin November 4, 2013 at 10:56 am #

      Hi Patty! Unfortunately, we don’t have that information right now. I’d recommend reaching out to some of the schools you are interested in and asking them directly. Thanks!

  28. Akshay October 25, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    Hello, I have scored 303 in GRE (Verbal 139, Quants 164 & AWA 3) and 93 in TOEFL.
    I have an engineering degree in computer Science B.E. with aggregate of 72%.

    Please recommend the set of universities wherein I can apply…

    • Bhavin Parikh
      Bhavin October 25, 2013 at 10:10 am #

      Hi, Akhsay! We’re not experts on admissions, especially for specific colleges/universities, so unfortunately we can’t help that much. However, I recommend following the advice we outline in this post:


  29. Manpreet Singh October 23, 2013 at 11:41 pm #


    My GRE score is 310. Verbal 150 & Quant 160. AWA = 3
    My TOEFL score is 90
    I have 1.2 year of Work Experience as if now in an MNC.
    My B.Tech(Computer Science) % = 65% from ‘B’Grade Govt. University in India.

    I am applying to North Carolina State University. Is there any chance getting admission there?
    Kindly recommend Me some more universities for MS in Computer Science.


    • Bhavin Parikh
      Bhavin October 24, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

      Hi Manpreet – unfortunately we’re not admissions experts and also don’t know details about specific schools. I recommend reaching out to the school directly. You can also check out this blog post:


  30. sai krishna August 14, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    Hi i scored a 298 on 340 in gre what can be my exact score v: 142 , Q- 159

  31. Hao Sun August 10, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    Hi, can you post a conversion table to convert raw score (#questions you get right) to your GRE score?

    • Bhavin Parikh
      Bhavin August 11, 2013 at 9:55 am #

      Great question! Unfortunately, the conversion isn’t straightforward since the sections are adaptive. For instance if you get 18 correct in the first verbal section and 10 correct in the second section, you’ll get a different score than if you got 10 in the first and 18 in the second. We’ve built an estimator within the product based on previous students’ performance within Magoosh and their actual performance on the GRE–however, it’s an estimate not an exact score. I know that’s not the answer you were hoping for, but I hope it helps!


  32. shahid qureshi July 15, 2013 at 1:19 am #

    Hey, I have scored 311 in GRE (Q-162,V-149),4 in AW,TOEFL-101(Writing-29) and i have a CGPA-7.62/10 with junior/senior year CGPA-8/10.Please tell me what are my chances in below universities. I am very much interested in ASU(Electrical-VLSI).
    1.Arizona State University
    2.Iowa State University
    4.Portland State University
    5.Missouri University of Science and Technology
    6.Polytechnic insititute of Neywork(No idea about placements here)
    Thanks in Advance ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Ericdavis July 6, 2013 at 12:50 am #

    I wrote the gre and had a low score of v132 and quant 142 and want to study in canada, can i be considered anywhere with the score?

    • Bhavin Parikh
      Bhavin July 10, 2013 at 11:51 am #

      Hey Eric – good question! We’re not admissions experts, so it’s difficult for us to know what scores are needed to get into which programs. I typically recommended identifying a few programs, researching their average scores for Math and Verbal, and then aiming for those targets. Without that information, I’d try for scores of 150 in each if possible. Here’s a link with more info on how to research schools:


      • shahid qureshi July 15, 2013 at 1:16 am #

        Hey, I have scored 311 in GRE (Q-162,V-149),4 in AW,TOEFL-101(Writing-29) and i have a CGPA-7.62/10 with junior/senior year CGPA-8/10.Please tell me what are my chances in below universities. I am very much interested in ASU(Electrical-VLSI).
        1.Arizona State University
        2.Iowa State University
        4.Portland State University
        5.Missouri University of Science and Technology
        6.Polytechnic insititute of Neywork(No idea about placements here)
        Thanks in Advance ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Chirag June 26, 2013 at 4:57 am #

    Hi Bhavin,

    I have scored 330 in GRE (170 Q+ 160 V). My TOEFL score is 112. I am doing B.TECH in Computer Engineering from NIT. My current CGPA 7.7/10. I had scored 98% ( 100% in Maths, 99% in Chem & 95 % in Phy) marks in XII (CBSE, India) Examination. I want to apply for MS in Computer Science/Engineering in the Top 10 Engineering Schools viz. Carnegie Melon, UT Austin, Cornell , UCLA, plus some other schools ranked in the range 10-20 .
    Please let me know if I will have a chance of getting admission in these dream schools.
    Eagerly awaiting your reply.

  35. Marshall June 10, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    Hi Bhavin, I was wondering was the average was so seemingly low. Just like other standardized tests (like the SAT, for example,) it is ranked from 200-800 (like the SAT’s subsections,) in which 500 is the average score. But here, the average is 300? Why is that?

    • Bhavin Parikh
      Bhavin June 10, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

      Good question! The GRE has a new scoring range as of August, 2011. It now ranges from 130 – 170 for math and 130 – 170 for verbal. The overall range is 260 – 340, so 300 is right in the middle (just like 500 is in the middle 200 – 800 for the SAT sections.) I hope that helps!

  36. Scott May 29, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    Hi Magoosh. I am a white, 26 yr. old male from the U.S. who recently took to the GRE for the first time and received a 168v, 159q, and 5.0 AWA. I am interested in applying to Harvard’s dual MBA/MPP program. Do you think those scores are competitive enough or that I should reconsider taking the test and aim for a higher quantitative score? I am not planning on taking the GMAT. Thanks!!!

  37. Subin May 25, 2013 at 6:16 am #

    I am Subin Joseph.I appeared for GRE last weekend and got 305.
    (verbal-144 quant-161).Can you guide me that what are my chances to get in to a abouve avg univesty which offer MS in Computer Science(Networking)?
    Iam 2012 BTech Graduate and passed CSE with 69%.

    • Bhavin Parikh
      Bhavin May 25, 2013 at 8:27 am #

      Hi Subin – Unfortunately I donโ€™t know the specific admissions criteria for different schools but you can do the research using a site like US News and World Report. I wrote a detailed post about that here

      Good luck!

  38. Srikant Aggarwal May 6, 2013 at 7:07 am #


    I am Srikant Aggarwal, a Software Engineer from India. I have an experience of 5 years in Software Development (Mobile Apps/Games/Game Engine/UI Development) and I wish to join a Prestigious US University with specialization in Gaming/Graphics domain. I recently gave my GRE and scored 318/340. Can you please suggest me is my score sufficient to get a good US University for Gaming domain. Or should I contribute 3 more months to GRE ?


    • Bhavin Parikh
      Bhavin May 6, 2013 at 10:39 am #

      Hi Srikant,

      I recommend identifying a target school in gaming and then using US News and World Report to find the best schools for that program. After you identify the schools, you can reach out to them and ask about average scores and see how your scores compare. This article provides more detail on assessing your score:

      Hope that helps!

  39. Pranadheer April 7, 2013 at 12:17 am #

    thank you very much for this information.
    how much time does it takes for GRE preparation?
    im doing 2nd when is the correct time for preparing GRE? Help me p/z!!

    • Bhavin Parikh
      Bhavin April 9, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

      We typically recommend 3-6 months of prep time for the GRE; however, it really depends on your starting point and how much time you have each day to prep. For example, if you have a solid foundation or have 6-8 hours a day to study, you may be able to prep within 1 month. We have a few study plans here:

      The GRE, unlike the SAT, can be taken any time of year so there is no correct time. Scores last for 5 years, so I recommend taking it when you have enough time to study.

      I hope that helps!

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