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MIT GRE Scores

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I’m going to say right off the bat, you’ve got an uphill battle to fight. Consistently ranked near the top of the elite school slush pile, you can bet that GRE scores for MIT are going to range from insane to ears-bleeding-as-your-brain-rockets-from-the-stratosphere high. No biggie, right. There’s definitely a lot to consider when you apply to grad school, especially of the caliber of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but the GRE is not to be overlooked. But what score do you need? Unfortunately, it’s not exactly straightforward as we all wish it would be.

Average GRE scores for MIT Engineering

Below is the US News & World Report data on the engineering program at MIT:

Program Average Verbal Average Quantitative
Engineering 159 164


If you’re shooting for such high ranking university like MIT or Stanford, you can be guaranteed that an average GRE score isn’t going to help you out much. That means a 151 in Math or Verbal isn’t going to do very much to get you into your dream school. For example, according US News & World Report, MIT admits engineering students at the 90th percentile in math. So you can see that an average score would put you at a major disadvantage on your application.

Estimating MIT GRE scores in other disciplines

Below is an estimated range of scores you could expect from MIT’s ranked programs. For more on the methodology behind the numbers, see Methodology. :)

Program US News Rank Verbal Range Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences 2 162-166 157-161
Chemistry 1 162-166 161-165
Computer Science 1 158-162 162-166
Earth Sciences 1 163-167 158-162
Economics 1 163-167 163-167
History 27 160-164 149-153
Mathematics 1 163-167 165-169
Physics 1 165-169 165-169
Political Science 8 165-169 155-159
Psychology 9 161-165 152-156

Resources to get the GRE scores you’ll need

Check out the following links for more help preparing for the GRE:

 

Methodology

Using the limited score data in the US News & World Report’s release on graduate schools (for engineering and education), I created a block scale that assumes a standard difference between the ETS’s average of intended applicants of a specific major and the rank block (ie Ranks 1-10, 11-50, 51-100). Next I added the expected difference to the average score of the intended major and spread 2 points on either side of that to create a nice range. It would look like this:

Program Rank Rank block Intended Score Exp Difference Range
Chemistry 1 #1-10 153 11 points 162-166

Of course, you could argue that this isn’t perfect, and I’d have to agree. This is just intended to give you a general idea of what you should be aiming for. :)


 

Notes about “What are my chances?” comments

While I’d love to give everyone some kind of hard and fast number for your chances (it’s a nerve wracking, opaque experience, I know), I unfortunately can’t. This is because there are numerous factors involved in the admissions decisions and most of those factors aren’t the GRE. The best I can do is tell you below/at/above the score range, but that information you can see for yourself above. My universal recommendation is that you check where you stand compared to the tables above. Then have a look at the forums to see student experiences. Of course if you have questions about methodology or how to achieve certain scores, or pretty much anything outside of “what are my chances?”, then I’ll be happy to answer them, otherwise, I unfortunately won’t be. :)

– Chris S

About the Author

Chris Swimmer is an analyst at Magoosh who divides his time between marketing and research projects and helping folks out with their math hang ups while studying for the GRE and the GMAT. Follow him on Google+! And you can follow him @chrisrswimmer on Twitter.

50 Responses to MIT GRE Scores

  1. Sazal October 10, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    Hey, Today I have given GRE exam. I got very low score V-144, M-164, though i have learnt 3700 words. Please suggest me what to do now

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer October 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

      Hey Sazal! I’ll be honest if you learned 3700 words and you got a 144, then you’ve probably done something wrong with how you learned them (ie word lists). The GRE is all about using words in context, with funky sentence structures. Instead of just memorizing words, try reading more. Check out all of the resources we have here on the blog about reading in context. That should be good to get you started. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

      • Sazal October 19, 2013 at 1:10 am #

        Thank you Chris for responding. Yes, I have memorize them all. I also have difficulty in understanding RC’s. If somehow i understand them, chances of which are very less;I got confuse among the options in the question. So what is good way to start? Is it reading only? Or there are other things also? For reading please tell me what type of topics should I read? Which websites should I visit? What would I do in case I don’t understand some text while reading as I have no one to help me out.
        Please also mention some list of novels to be effective for improving reading skills needed for GRE.
        Thank you

        • Chris Swimmer
          Chris Swimmer October 25, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

          Hey Sazal! I don’t doubt that you memorized the words, but memorizing a word list is a fairly ineffective strategy on the GRE (as you can see). Instead of answering the questions here, I simply recommend that you have a look around on this website. If we don’t have what you need, then we’ll point to a site that does. I’d start with the menu and the search bar. :)

          Best,
          Chris S

  2. Arka Das October 6, 2013 at 1:06 am #

    Dear sir,
    I have completed my bachelors in Mechanical Engineering 2013. I got 8.03 on 10 point scale (3.3 on 4 point scale by conversion). I have published many International research papers and have got patents on some engineering concepts and prototypes. I am currently authoring two engineering books also. But my GRE marks are only 143V and 153 Q so I would like to know that whether can I get an admission in MIT for the MS in Mechanical program under these prevailing circumstances?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer October 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

      Hey Arka! That might be a tough sell for a school like MIT. Maybe try retaking? If not, the rest of your application might carry you over. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  3. Josh Wu September 30, 2013 at 4:17 am #

    Dear Sir,

    I got 158 V, 168 Q, 4.0 W. I didn’t prepare it well, thus I am trying my best to improve it for the second attempt.

    My GPA is 4.5/5 (around 3.6/4). I do have publications, and research attachments with an joint research centre with MIT.

    I would love to know if I have a chance at MIT and Harvard?

    Thanks for your time,

    Josh

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer October 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

      Hey Josh Wu! It all depends on what you’re planning on doing! There are a lot of programs at these schools and a lot of different expectations. Your scores are pretty good, but there’s too much to consider to give you a definite answer. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

      • Josh Wu October 18, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

        Dear Sir,

        Thank you very much for your reply! I am considering computational biology, EECS (though GRE is not required for this program at MIT), and system biology. It appears that I dont have time to re-take the GRE again. Could LORs , SOPs and CV carry me over with thi mediocre GRE ?

        Best,

        JW

        • Chris Swimmer
          Chris Swimmer October 25, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

          Hey Josh, hard to say since programs weigh things differently. It’s probably safe to say “most likely,” though of course there’s never a guarantee!

          Good luck!
          Chris S

  4. Lachu September 28, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    hey dude ,.. currently am doing b.tech (mech eng) 3 yr.. i ll start my gre and toefl preparations in my final year… currently i maintain above 70 % without arrears ,… how many marks should i score in gre and toefl,…. my dream is to get seat in mit!!! and also can i get a part time job in u.s to maintain my expenses???

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer October 4, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

      Hey Lachu! For GRE scores, use the above table as a guide, though remember that nothing’s guaranteed. :) The TOEFL score requirement will be listed on the program’s website. As for a part time job, that’s probably difficult visa-wise. You’d need to check with MIT’s financial aid office to be certain. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  5. MOHAMMED NIHAS H September 27, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    MY PERFORAMNCE IN UNDERGRADUATE IS TOO BAD WILL IT AFFECT

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer September 27, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

      Hey Mohammed! I’d definitely a poor undergraduate academic record can negatively impact your admissions chances. You’ll have to find other ways to prove that those scores no longer represent you as a student. That would be through the GRE, work experience, Statement of Purpose, etc.

      Good luck!
      Chris S

  6. Bunty September 21, 2013 at 6:26 am #

    Dear sir,
    I have a dream to get into Mit, Standford , Berkeley institute. I am from India. I have completed my graduation in computer science with 80% score. I am preparing for Gre. Kindly suggest me what other criteria needed to get into these institute. I have no research paper. What about recommendation. What should be my minimum score in Gre. Please help I want to crack it…

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer September 27, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

      Hey Bunty! You’ve started in a good place! Check out the blog and especially this: The Ultimate GRE Guide. As for everything else, you’ll have to check with those programs in particular to see what their requirements are. Definitely check out their websites. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  7. Ahmed saied September 19, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    Dear Sir,
    I am algerian and i wanna apply for the MIT, Berkeley and Stanford. are these averages only for americans and native english speaker (especially verbal and analytical part) or would international non native english speaker be treated like native one?
    If not , what is approximately the expected score of a foreign student in verbal section and analytical writing?
    plzz reply.
    Thanks in advance.
    Regards.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer September 20, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

      Hey Ahmed! These are for *all* students admitted. While there might be some leeway for non-native English speakers, ultimately you’ll still be expected to put out the same level quality of work. So that means if there’s room, it’s honestly not very much. :-/ Good luck!

      Best,
      Chris S

  8. Neel September 13, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    Are scholarships granted to the international students in MIT?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer September 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

      Hey Neel! I’m not certain! That’s something you can find out by calling the school directly or checking out the website. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  9. sudhanshu September 12, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

    hey Swimmer,

    i hv completed B.E in mechanical engg and i wanted to do MS in automobile or automotive engg ….so plz suggest me the best universities in US….does MIT offer this courses..??

    if yes then tell me what is the % requirement to get an admission in MIT….

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer September 13, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

      Hey Sudhanshu! It sounds like you need to do some basic research. Any university website will tell you exactly which programs and courses they offer. Check those out to get more specific information. I’d start with US News to get an idea of where you fit. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  10. ashwin September 9, 2013 at 4:10 am #

    what are the other eligibites thy would like to know to get into mit and other top institutes
    otner than gre scores
    do they need any extra ciricular activtes like havin done a project or work exprience like that and all

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer September 13, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

      Hey Ashwin! Check out MIT’s program pages and on Grad Cafe to get an idea of how the class cohorts are made up. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  11. Viji August 29, 2013 at 2:56 am #

    Hi Chris,
    I have completed B.E(ECE) in an affiliated college to Anna university with 88.4% and securing Anna university 23rd Rank in overall exam. I also have 4+years of IT experience

    My question is “Do top colleges also look for the ranking of the college where we did the graduation” As I am from affiliated college, I am bit concerned about this.

    I agree that GRE scores matter for admission. If at all I pass that criteria, What are the chances for me getting admitted to MIT or any top universities.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer August 30, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

      Hey Viji! Schools will definitely look at your undergraduate, but if your school is accredited and everything else is up to par, then you can overcome a mediocre undergraduate institution. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  12. pooja August 28, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    hey swimmer, i just wanted to know how does GRE score for Masters in architecture work.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer August 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

      Hey Pooja! Unfortunately I don’t have any data on that, but my advice would be to ask around on The Grad Cafe and also to look at programs that utilize similar skills (I’d assume math to be pretty important for architecture!) to see where your score stands in comparison.

      Best,
      Chris S

  13. Abhir August 21, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    hey i m targetting mechanical engg at mit
    i m currently pursueing b.tech in chemical; engg in LIT, Nagpur, India
    i wud like to know what are requirements for me to be eligible for ms in meche at mit… or is it possible at all?!

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer August 23, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

      Hey Abhir! You’re best off just checking directly with MIT’s website. You’ll find everything you need there. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  14. praneeth August 19, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

    hey chris , i am praneeth from india studying my final year electrical and electronics engineering .i have found mit is good for masters in electrical engineering can you tell me how much should i score so that i can get admisssion in mit ….

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer August 23, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

      Hey Praneeth! As I’ve said before, no one score will guarantee admission. Use the scores above as a guideline, but they’re not set in stone. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  15. Akanksha August 10, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    Hey!!
    well.. i am a student of B.tech from electrical and electronics stream currently in third year .. i am targetting for GRE could you please tell me if it is necessary to join any coaching institute because i am thinking of preparing at home and practice a lot..
    do tell if there is any added advantage of coaching institutes!
    also what score should i aim for gettin in at stanford??
    thanks a lot :)

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer August 16, 2013 at 11:43 am #

      Hey Akanksha! First off, for Stanford scores check out this post: Stanford GRE Scores. As for whether or not you should study for the GRE at an institution, that’s a complicated question. Many students are fine studying on their own, and can reach their greatest potential that way. Others need a classroom environment to learn. Still others really excel with a program like Magoosh Premium, which is somewhere in between those two. It’s really about how you learn and the financial/time resources you have at your disposal. Good luck with your decision!

      Best,
      Chris S

  16. jaeyong August 6, 2013 at 3:56 am #

    Hi, I am international student from KOREA.

    I am majored in Mechanical engineering.

    I heard that a man who got 152 on verbal entered Stanford.

    Therefore, I guess that this table cannot be applied to international admissions.

    How do you think about it?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer August 9, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

      Hey Jaeyong!

      Because of the way US admissions works, you’ll always hear stories of someone scoring below average and still getting accepted. On the flip side, you’ll also hear stories of someone with above average GRE scores getting rejected. They’re probably all true. The scores I listed above are just guidelines, but getting scores in those ranges doesn’t guarantee acceptance. I can’t stress that enough. There’s a lot more to applications than just GRE scores and you should really make sure the rest of your application is strong as well. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  17. sai manoj August 3, 2013 at 1:25 am #

    Hi sir i want to write gre . what is the score should i get in gre to join in mit.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer August 9, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

      Hey Sai! Unfortunately there’s no one GRE score that will guarantee acceptance to MIT. The best plan is to use the table above as a general guide and then make sure the rest of your application is competitive. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

      • suresh October 18, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

        hello magoosh,
        i heard that the MIT wont need any GRE score for electrical and electronics engineering and computer sceice engineering?? is that true??

        • Chris Swimmer
          Chris Swimmer October 25, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

          Hey Suresh! I’d check out the programs’ websites to find out that information. :)

          Best,
          Chris S

  18. ravi July 26, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    hello sir,
    I’ve comleted my engineering. in computer science stream and my aggregate is 61%
    and my gre score is 319 can i get a seat in MIT:)

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer July 26, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

      Hey Ravi! Unfortunately nothing guarantees you a spot at MIT, or any other major university. I definitely recommend reaching to someone at the school and hopefully they can shed some light!

      Best,
      Chris S

  19. Bhavya July 18, 2013 at 3:11 am #

    Hey Chris!

    I am currently pursuing my Bachelor of Technology degree in Engineering Physics with majors in Electronics and Robotics. I plan to pursue MS in Aerospace Engineering. I have been a part of an undergraduate research project that deals with Unmanned Air Systems, and I have participated in international level competitions related to the same field.
    My question is this:

    What will be the effect of switching my field of study ? ( My undergrad CGPA is 7.5)
    What threshold GRE score should I aim at ?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer July 26, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

      Hey Bhavya! It’s hard to say exactly. I’d definitely follow the scores I listed above as a general guideline. Everything else, unfortunately falls outside of my experience! Try reaching out to adcoms or current professors for more insight. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  20. VIJAY KARTHIK July 14, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    Sir,
    I am mechanical engineering graduate with 8.0 as cgpa (80%) and have a working experience of 2 years. I would like to know if the working experience would add a value for admissions to massachusetts.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer July 17, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

      Hey Vijay! Work experience is definitely considered a plus, but just how much is up to the admissions committees. I recommend getting in touch with them directly, or scouring the website and forums for more help!

      Best,
      Chris S

  21. Asam Ijaz July 9, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    hey swimmer,i scored 154 in quanitative,considering i didnt prepare well,if i score 160 plus what would be my chances? secondly does verbal really matter when one have scored good in ielts/tofels?? my gpa was 2.8 ,its considered respectable in my country.. what are my chances??

    what should i prefer ms or meng??

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer July 17, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

      Hey Asam! A score increase definitely wouldn’t hurt. As for the rest of your questions, I think it’d be smart to get in touch with someone from MIT to see what info you can glean from them.

      Best,
      Chris S

  22. jairaj May 24, 2013 at 5:33 am #

    dear sir,
    I’ve 56% agreegate in electronics engineering (but I’ve 65% in the final year exam, which is mentioned in my degree certificate.) and 70% marks in my Post Graduation (Electronics engineering). my GRE score is 332 and TOEFL score is 112.
    can I get admission to MIT Ph.D. programs in these circumstances?

    pls reply.

    regards

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer June 7, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

      Hey Jariaj!

      It’s hard to say exactly as the admissions process is so variable. I recommend reaching out to someone in your field at MIT and forming a relationship with that person to gauge where you stand. Your GRE is high, and if the quant side is really high then that shouldn’t be a hinderance. :)

      Best,
      Chris S
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