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UC Berkeley GRE Scores

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I’ve written a lot about GRE scores for top universities lately and have gotten more than a little flack from Magoosh founder, Bhavin, for not having written up the same for his alma mater and our local university just down the street, UC Berkeley. Cal, as it’s affectionately known around here (and the world, I guess), is more than just an amazing campus in the booming and buzzing San Francisco Bay area, it’s one of the toughest schools to get into in the whole country.

Naturally there’s a lot that goes into cracking the tough nut of Berkeley admissions, and the GRE is simply one of those factors. But what score do you need to get in?

Average GRE scores for UC Berkeley – Engineering and Education

Here’s the US News & World Report data on the engineering program at UC Berkeley:

Program Average Verbal Average Quantitative
Engineering 154 161
Education 159 152

 
For Engineering, the Verbal score is in the 61st percentile and the Quantitative is in the 83rd. For Education the percentile ranks are 80th and 52nd respectively.

Estimating UC Berkeley GRE scores in other disciplines

Below is an estimated range of scores you could expect from Berkeley’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 3 163-167 158-162
Economics 5 163-167 163-167
English 1 166-170 152-156
Fine Arts 36 157-161 151-155
History 1 165-169 152-156
Mathematics 2 163-167 165-169
Physics 5 165-169 165-169
Political Science 6 165-169 155-159
Psychology 2 161-165 152-156
Sociology 1 161-165 152-156

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
English 4 #1-10 157 11 points 166-170

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 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. Good luck! :)

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.

29 Responses to UC Berkeley GRE Scores

  1. Kat December 2, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

    Hey. I just got my GRE scores. I want to go to CAL for the JSP program, which is linked with their law and sociology program. There is very little information about successful candidates for that program, and I was hoping you might have some more information. I got a 164-V and only a 150- Q (total of 314, with a 4.0- A)…I know that the Quantitative scores are low, but this was my second time taking the GRE, and I lost a point on Q while gaining points on A and V sections. So I know that this about as good as its going to get. I would really appreciate an honest opinion (if you have any further info on this issue) regarding my chances. PS -I have a law degree from a tier 2 school and graduated top 20%. I was also summa cum laude with 4.0/4.0 GPA in undergrad…

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer December 3, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

      Hey Kat! Unfortunately I’m not very familiar with that program. My best advice is to check similar programs or programs that would require similar strengths (is it a quant heavy program?, etc) and go from there. Then ask around and try to get as much info as you can from people who have applied in the past.

      Chris S

      • Muhammad Asad Raza December 3, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

        What are my chances at UCLA,USC and Stanford?

        • Chris Swimmer
          Chris Swimmer December 13, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

          Hey again – my advice is the same. Your numbers are good, but remember these are competitive programs and a lot goes into the decisions. Just find a way to stand out. :)

  2. sahitya December 1, 2013 at 6:44 am #

    hiii my gre score is 316 quant-164 english-152 (DEPT-ECE)
    toefl-108
    cgpa-7.5/10
    i want to do my MS in robotics
    i have done decently enough projects relating to robotics and have participated in many international level tech fests. Please suggest me a college that suits my requirements and also my score
    thanks in advance

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer December 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

      Hey Sahitya!

      I’d check out the US News list I posted above and start researching which schools are pursuing your interests. That’s the best starting point. :)

      Chris S

  3. Gaurav Khunger November 21, 2013 at 5:28 am #

    Hi Chris

    I’ve just given GRE a few hrs ago. I really wanna go to Cal for MIS. I’ve got 321(V 155, Q 166). I’ve got exp of more than 3 yrs in one of the leading Indian IT companies. My GPA is 3.75/4.00. What are my chances?

    Regards
    Gaurav

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer November 22, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

      Hey Gaurav! Your scores likely make the cut, just keep in mind that there are a lot of factors involved when deciding an application, making it impossible to determine chances. Just make sure the rest of your application shines. :)

      Chris S

  4. sushant pradhan November 17, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    I took GRE in Nov 2011 and my scores are 154-v(62 %le), 162-q (84 %le). The percentile scores are in conformance with the mentioned percentile scores, while they are not with absolute score range. Would it be wise to go ahead with these scores for applying to ‘MS in data science’ open program OR shall I retake GRE?

    I have 6+ years of industry experience with considerable industry research experience (do not have published papers but have a patent registered at USPTO).

    Please advise.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer November 22, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

      Hey Sushant! I’ll say that your scores are likely in the good-enough range, though that will only account for a small portion of the application. If you have time to retake and you think you’d do substantially better, then go for it, but otherwise, I’d focus on the rest of your application. :)

      Chris S

  5. Muhammad Asad Raza November 17, 2013 at 6:32 am #

    My GRE score is 166-Q 164-V, I majored in Electrical (CS Minor ) , My GPA is 3.6 from Top most University of My country (Pakistan) and I have been involved in research in my junior and senior year. I currently work as a research assistant at the same university. Besides this I have been actively involved in extra curriculars and chaired many organizations and societies. Do I have a chance in Berkeley ?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer November 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

      Hey Muhammad! I’d say you definitely have a chance. Remember competition is tough for these programs so remember to stand out the best you can where you can. :)

      Chris S

  6. Saajan November 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    Hi,

    I am planning on applying for the CS program at UC Berkeley.

    My GRE score is 316 (153v & 163q), AWA – 4.5
    Toefl – Awaited

    1 international research paper in an ACM SIGSPATIAL (Special Interest Group) Conference.
    1 paper awaiting review by a Springer’s Elsevier Journal.

    7 projects based on AI or Big Data Analysis.

    Should I consider applying for Stanford, MIT, CMU, UCLA etc. based on this profile?

    Thanks.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer November 15, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

      Hey Saajan! Your profile puts you in a decent position for the applications, though the Quant may be on the low side. Of course it’s impossible to say!

      Chris S

  7. Shrivathsan November 1, 2013 at 1:23 am #

    Hi,

    I am planning to apply for masters program in engineering in US.

    I have prepared an tentative list of the universities:

    UC Berkley
    CMU — Robotics
    UT Austin
    Upenn
    MIT — Aero aestro

    Academic background:

    1) I have an GRE score of 153(verbal) and 158(quant)
    2) I have an GPA of 3.7/4 and among the top 3 in my colloge and top 8% of my university.
    3) I have 1 internship in DRDO(Defence research and development organization)
    and an ressearch project again in DRDO(related to robotics).
    4) I have an paper publication about my research project and another one in que.

    Kindly let me know if have any chances of making into these universities

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer November 3, 2013 at 1:50 am #

      Hey! It all depends, so you should reach out to the programs and see how they weight the various portions of the applications. It all varies by program. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  8. Manoj October 31, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    Hi,

    I have a GRE score of 316(Q-165 and V-151). I hope the verbal score won’t be a problem considering I’m from non-english speaking country.
    I have a GPA of ~8.25/10 and 2yrs of work experience in a well established MNC.
    I did undergrad in Electronics but the 2yrs of experience is in computers/software field and I am doing good there.
    I would like to know what are my chances for MS in Computers at UC-Berkeley and will I face any problem because of my non-CS undergrad background. If yes, then what can be done as a solution to it?
    Can you also suggest what are the other top universities where I should apply?

    Thanks

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer November 3, 2013 at 1:48 am #

      Hey Manoj! I recommend checking around on the forums and reaching out to the programs directly since there’s so much that goes into applications. :) Good luck!

      Best,
      Chris S

  9. Narahari October 14, 2013 at 5:35 am #

    Hello!!
    Am an undergraduate student pursuing B tech in Chemical Engineering. I’m planning on MS (Chem Engg) in UC Berkeley. Please let me know the average GPA or CGPA scores of the admitted students. Also please state other factors (if any) apart from GRE scores n CGPA that are essential for admission.
    Thank You.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer October 18, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

      Hey Narahari! For that info, I’d recommend that you check out the US News report on graduate admission. You’ll be able to find a wealth of information there. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  10. Raghava October 5, 2013 at 4:27 am #

    Hey!! i really want to study in University of California ,Berkeley! i am really love their research in communications and networking!i am from my gre: 157v and 161 q with 4 awa.TOEFL-114. i have done quite a few projects in communication. i have published 2 papers. And i have done courses from TIFAC -CORE .I have done 3 internships. i have a long list of co-curricular activities.After my master’s i wish to puruse Ph.D and come back to India and start my research center.Do i have a chance? i am from Vellore institute of Technology,India.Also Stanford is out of my league? should i drop this year and re take GRE and apply for next fall.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer October 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

      Hey Raghava! Sounds like you have a solid plan in order! Good luck!

      Best,
      Chris S

  11. Chetan October 3, 2013 at 5:44 am #

    Hello!

    I just got the following score in GRE:

    Verbal 163
    Quant 157

    WIll this score see me into a place like perhaps UC Berkeley, or must I retake the test? Or will it be foolish to send these scores along with my application and simply hope for the best?

    Regards,
    Chetan

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer October 4, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

      Hey Chetan! It really depends on the program you’re interested in. As you can see above, it varies across programs! I’d use the table above as a guide. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  12. Kevin September 3, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    Hi,

    Regarding the reported average scores, are these the average scores for those admitted or for those who applied?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer September 6, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

      Hey Kevin! These scores are based on admitted students, which is a much better indicator. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  13. Sharjeel Tahir July 14, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    I am pretty sure that in order to get into Caltech you need a much higher score than the average posted above. In fact, I would really doubt those average numbers. I know someone who had a 163 on verbal and 167 on math and they got into MIT and not Caltech. Other factors were also good: he had a good GPA from a top school and 10 research pubs.

    • Sharjeel Tahir July 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

      I mean for engineering.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer July 17, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

      Hey Sharjeel! First off, this post is referencing UC Berkeley, not Caltech. Two different schools. Secondly, remember that these scores are just estimates, not hard and fast. Just doing the best I can with what the schools release. Thirdly, remember that GRE scores aren’t the only thing that schools consider, so while one person may have been rejected with a 167 in math, I bet you someone with a 164 or 165 got in. There’s a lot that goes into admissions reviewing.

      Best,
      Chris S


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