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This post has been updated to reflect the latest information from 2016.

West Coast dreaming and hoping to go to graduate school in sunny Los Angeles? Well you can bet your boots that there are plenty more like you out there hoping to escape the dreary East Coast winter sessions in the snow and trade them in for a bleached blonde Master’s or PhD from UCLA. That means you’ve got to prove you can make the cut somehow.

Enter the GRE. Sure the test is far from perfect, but it’s definitely a tool that the admissions committee uses to separate the wheat from the chaffe. That means that while it won’t be the only factor used in admitting you, it can make or break your application. So what do you need?

Average GRE scores for UCLA – the scores we know

If you’re gunning for such a prestigious university like UCLA or Columbia, you can rest assured an average score on the GRE isn’t going to get you very far. Here’s the US News & World Report data on the engineering and education programs at UCLA:

ProgramEstimated VerbalEstimated Quantitative
Engineering - Master's154165
Engineering - PhD154166
Education - Master's151148
Education - PhD156158

Estimating UCLA GRE scores in other disciplines

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

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences19157-161154-158
Computer Science13153-157159-163
Earth Sciences13158-162155-159
Fine Arts2162-166154-158
Library Sciences14161-165149-153
Political Science10165-169155-159
Public Administration19155-159149-153
Social Work12153-157146-150

Resources to get the GRE scores you’ll need

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


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! 🙂

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22 Responses to UCLA GRE Scores

  1. Ashok December 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    I got GRE score 338 (v-168,q-170)and in my 10th and +2 I have a good percentage but in engineering just I have a thin edge cgpa of 7.5.will I get good college for this performance and can I receive scholarship for it.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer December 13, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

      Hey Ashok! It’s really hard to say, though those are excellent GRE scores! Remember that there’s a lot that goes into these decisions, so it’s impossible to know if/where you might get in. Good luck!

  2. Anu November 12, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

    I’m a student from India.
    I took my GRE this Oct and got a score of 312 (159Q and 153V, AWA yet to come). My gpa on the scale of 10 is 8.98. I’ve done 3 major projects(1 in national level for Texas Instruments) and 1 mini project and a paper publication in IEEE. I’ve volunteered in several events and also have participated in extra curricular activities.
    What are my chances of getting into top schools like UCLA, GaTech, UCSB etc..??

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer November 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

      Hey Anu! It’s impossible to say chances as there are many aspects to an application and it varies by major. Reach out to the schools you’re interested in and see if they can shed light on what you need. 🙂

      Chris S

  3. jeff November 4, 2013 at 7:32 am #


    verbal gre-161
    quant gre -169

    can i get full scholarship in good colleges?? can i get top public universities for ms in computer sir?please reply at the earliest

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer November 8, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

      Hey Jeff! There are so many factors that go into an application it’s impossible to even guarantee somebody a spot in a program, let alone let them know if a full scholarship is possible. You should definitely reach out to the programs you’re interested in for more help. 🙂

      Chris S

  4. Ruff Ryder October 29, 2013 at 11:17 am #


    I have done my B.Tech from MIT (Manipal Institute of Technology). My GRE score is 315 (Verbal-148, Quantitative-167, AWA-3). Toefl-93. I will aim towards applying in Electrical Engg. I will give u small snapshot of my profile.

    I was felicitated by my School in 12th standard for topping in Maths CBSE Board in School.
    My CGPA is 9.03/10 and come under top 20 students in my coll(MIT).
    I have a work exp of 13months in the field where i am going to pursue my Masters.
    What are my chances to get into UCLA? Please try to answer somewhat specifically like, is there a good chance, difficult or less difficult?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer November 3, 2013 at 1:38 am #

      Hey! It’s tough to say, unfortunately, as there’s a lot going into applications. I’d say your quant score puts you in a good place, but your verbal is probably a bit on the low end. Definitely reach out to the admissions committee to get a better idea.

      Chris S

  5. Naman October 10, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Hey Chris,

    Recently I took my GRE exam and scored 313 (145V+168Q). I am having a CGPA of 3.42 on a scale of 4.
    I want to know what are my chances for getting into MS in Computer Science(AI) at UCLA.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer October 18, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

      Hey Naman! That’s a fantastic math score. 🙂 Your verbal is probably a bit on the low end, though. Unfortunately it’s hard to say your chances for certain, since there are so many factors to consider in an application. Good luck!

      Chris S

  6. Jigyasu October 8, 2013 at 2:10 am #

    My gre score is 317(v-157, Q-160) and i am applying in material science and engineering program.Considering that my quant score is low Should i retake gre.I am applying for Fall 14 and aiming at top 20 universities.Also i m the topper of my batch at ug level, can it overshadow my low score in gre especially in quant?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer October 18, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

      Hey Jigyasu! There are a lot of considerations the adcoms look at when deciding your application. 160 might be on the low side for some programs, but you might be right at home with others. I’d reach out to the programs your interested in and see if they can shed light on the weight of the Q score. 🙂

      Chris S

      • Jigyasu October 19, 2013 at 2:42 am #

        Thank you so much Chris, that would be great. 🙂

  7. Nikhil September 29, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Hi Chirs,

    Is research experience/paper publications a must for UCLA for MS in CS? Or can it be compensated with a good overall profile?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer October 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

      Hey Nikhil! Unfortunately I’m not certain of the weight of research experience. Definitely check with the department to see what they say. Also check around on the forums to see what people have to say in general about the MS in CS. 🙂

      Chris S

  8. manish September 28, 2013 at 11:34 am #


    I am an Indian student. I am currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s n Master’s in technology in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (which is India’s best college). I am also pursuing a minor area in Nanotechnology. I recently took the GRE general test and scored:
    v : 162
    q : 170
    I also plan to take the GRE physics subject test in the near future (on 19 Oct).
    I have 3 internships out of which 2 of them are research internships which I attended at my own behest. One of them at Dept. of Systems Biology, Harvard, the other at a prestigious university in Finland.
    By the time I apply for admissions, I would have 1 paper accepted for publication (though not published) and 1 patent application submitted (acceptance time is too great to even expect for it to get accepted by Nov-Dec).

    My main problem is that I have a low CGPA of 6.47. Do you think that is it a too big determining factor?
    Also do you think that I have a solid enough chance of getting into the PhD program of BioPhysics at UCLA?

    Best regards,

    P.S.: I know it is a very long mail, but I thought that it was necessary to mention the major highlights of my academic profile.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer October 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

      Hey Manish! At a PhD level, it’s important to reach out to the school and see where your research interests align. This will give you a better idea of the importance of your GPA. You can also explain the factors behind this in your SoP. Definitely get in touch with the schools to see what they can tell you!

      Chris S

  9. Vaibhav August 26, 2013 at 6:16 pm #


    I scored 294. I have 8 yr of work exp in IT field with 3 yr in US. Will my work exp compensate low GRE score for applying in UCLA?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer August 30, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

      Hey Vaibhav! Remember there are a lot factors to consider when assessing a candidate. I’d check around on the graduate school forums to see peoples’ experiences with scores/acceptances. 🙂

      Chris S

  10. vikas kaplathi August 11, 2013 at 1:08 am #

    Is there any importance to AW scores in applying to universities like UCLA ??

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer August 16, 2013 at 11:37 am #

      Hey Vikas! The importance of AWA really varies from program to program, so you’d need to check with the specific programs. 🙂

      Chris S

      • vikas August 30, 2013 at 11:49 pm #

        thanks a lot 🙂

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