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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 2014. 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 average GRE score is — drum roll please… 302.2; 150.8 for verbal and 151.4 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 over 450,000 students who took the GRE between August 2011 and June 2012. (It’s now 2014 – 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 152 149.5
Education 147.3 150.8
Engineering 158.9 148.7
Humanities and Arts 149.2 156.5
Natural Sciences 153.1 150.8
Social Sciences 150.1 152.9
Other Fields 148.9 149.7
Undecided 152.6 148.3
No Reponse 151.4 148
Total 145.8 150.8

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, 2014 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 deparment and email address, but it’s well worth it.
  • Read this article which provides some detail on how to identify a good GRE score.

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.

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.

Summary

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

About the Author

Bhavin Parikh is CEO and co-founder at Magoosh. He completed his undergraduate degree at Duke University in Economics and Computer Science and received his MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Bhavin likes to play frisbee and eat gelato. Follow him on Google+!

55 Responses to Average GRE Scores

  1. 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?

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

    Hey!
    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
      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: http://toefl.magoosh.com. We’ll soon be releasing a TOEFL product! :)

    • 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 :)

  3. 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.

  4. 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
      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.

      Thanks!

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

        Hi,Bhavin
        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
          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!

  5. 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
      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 :)

  6. 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
      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.

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

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

    • Bhavin
      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 http://magoosh.com/gre/2012/what-is-a-good-gre-score/ and following the advice there about reaching out to specific schools/programs. Thanks!

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

    Hello,

    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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

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

    Hello,
    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.

    Regards
    Suhas

  12. 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
      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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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 :)

    • Bhavin
      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!

  15. 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
      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: http://magoosh.com/gre/2012/what-is-a-good-gre-score/

      Thanks!

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

    Hi,

    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.

    Thanks!!

    • Bhavin
      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: http://magoosh.com/gre/2012/what-is-a-good-gre-score/

      Thanks!

  17. 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
      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!

      Bhavin

  18. 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
    3.CSU,sacramento
    4.Portland State University
    5.Missouri University of Science and Technology
    6.Polytechnic insititute of Neywork(No idea about placements here)
    Thanks in Advance :)

  19. 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
      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: http://magoosh.com/gre/2012/what-is-a-good-gre-score/

      Thanks!
      Bhavin

      • 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
        3.CSU,sacramento
        4.Portland State University
        5.Missouri University of Science and Technology
        6.Polytechnic insititute of Neywork(No idea about placements here)
        Thanks in Advance :)

  20. 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.

  21. 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
      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!

  22. 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!!!

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

    Hi,
    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
      Bhavin May 25, 2013 at 8:27 am #

      Hi Subin – Unfortunately I don’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!
      Bhavin

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

    Hi,

    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 ?

    Regards,
    Srikant

    • Bhavin
      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: http://magoosh.com/gre/2012/what-is-a-good-score-on-the-revised-gre/

      Hope that helps!
      Bhavin

  25. 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 b.tech when is the correct time for preparing GRE? Help me p/z!!

    • Bhavin
      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: http://magoosh.com/gre/gre-study-plans-and-guides/

      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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