Average GRE Scores (2020 Update)

Update: We spruced up this post so that it contains all the most up-to-date info on Average GRE Scores for 2020. Enjoy!

Our students often ask us, “what’s the average GRE score?” Before ETS released the updated version of their Snapshot report for GRE takers, we couldn’t provide a simple, straightforward answer, but now we can. The 50th percentile, or “average GRE score”, is about 304, or 150.5 for verbal and 153.4 for math. And the AWA average is 3.6.

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 500,000 students who took the GRE between July 2017 and June 2018. (It’s now 2020 – things change!) This is a diverse group of students, applying to many different programs with many different requirements.

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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 166, so if you are applying to the best engineering programs, you should aim for a math score higher than the average of 158—preferably above 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 Verbal and Quant:

GRE Score Averages by Intended Graduate Major Field

Intended Graduate Major FieldAverage Verbal ScoreAverage Quant Score
Humanities and Arts155149
Life Sciences151150
Physical Sciences151158
Social and Behavioral Sciences153150
Other Fields150148
No Major Provided (or not listed)149156

Data from ETS Worldwide Test Taker Snapshot

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 the most recent 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

Photo by Alberto G.

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 5 points higher on verbal than non-U.S. citizens.
  • Aland Islands has the highest average math score at 165.4; only China, at 164.8, comes close.
  • New Zealand has the the highest average verbal score at 159, with Australia a close second with an average of 158.
  • Engineering majors have the highest average math score at 159.6.
  • Humanities and Arts majors have the highest average verbal score at 156.0 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.

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151 Responses to Average GRE Scores (2020 Update)

  1. Brendan July 18, 2019 at 11:57 am #

    Hi Magoosh!

    My name is Brendan and I’m a first year economic grad student going for my MA. I just took the GRE and got 158q 155v. Do you recommend I take it again? My goal is to go to a pretty good PhD program in economics. My transcripts are good and I’ve always done well in math.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 19, 2019 at 3:59 pm #

      Hi Brenda,

      Our expertise is in test prep, not admissions advice, so I’m afraid we aren’t the best people to answer this question! I recommend that you contact some admissions counselors, faculty and current students at your target schools to see whether a retake is a good idea 🙂

  2. Abhishek Haksar November 21, 2017 at 10:40 am #

    Hi Everyone,

    My GRE score is 323 Q 167 V 156 AWA 4 and my TOEFL score is 114 also my CGPA till 6th semester is 8.1 i am looking for admission for MS in CS Fall 2018 i have work exp of 12 months and My Final Year project is relavent to the field of study i am going to opt for (it’s also and industry based project) What are my chances in Universities like Purdue , Georgia Tech , Yale,Columbia,Brown,UC-San Diego and Irvine and Texas A&M Univ.

    Thanks in Advance for the Help!!!

  3. Nguyen November 11, 2017 at 8:36 am #

    Hi Sir,
    I took GRE yesterday and the result was quite bad (V152, Q169). I have a plan to apply
    to PhD Econ Program in the US or UK (very good schools, but not Havard, MIT or some schools like that). Is my low verbal hurt my chance to be accepted? I graduated Master program from a univ in Japan (among the top ones) with highest GPA and received Academic Prize for the best thesis. May my Master profile somewhat offset the low GRE score?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 13, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

      Hi Nguyen,

      Ultimately, we are not admissions experts and so you should seek other opinions (e.g. contact the admissions departments themselves!) but I can say that with outstanding other credentials and English not being your native language, that verbal score is not likely to significantly hold you back. If you are very worried and you have the time/resources to be able to take the test again, you can always try, but I think you are in a good position to proceed with what you have. 🙂

  4. Greg May 21, 2017 at 3:05 pm #

    Hi, Sir,

    On the test day, after taking the test, will I see the score first, then decide to send it (or not) for free? Or I decide to send it or not first, then I see the score? Thanks.


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 21, 2017 at 6:28 pm #

      Hi Greg,

      Please note the following from ETS:

      After completing the computer-delivered GRE General Test, you will be given the opportunity to Report or Cancel your scores. If you choose Report Scores, you will see your unofficial scores for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures at the test center. Because of the Analytical Writing essay scoring process, you will not be able to view your Analytical Writing score at the testing center.

      Although you have the option to cancel your scores, consider very carefully before doing so because the score reporting choices available with the ScoreSelect® option allow you to report only the scores you feel reflect your personal best. If you cancel your scores, neither you nor any schools will ever see them and they will not be part of your reportable history. If you select to report your scores, you will view your unofficial scores on the screen and the score will become a part of your reportable history.

      I hope this helps! 🙂

      • Greg May 21, 2017 at 6:33 pm #

        “If you select to report your scores, you will view your unofficial scores on the screen and the score will become a part of your reportable history.”

        Thanks for the reply. I read this before. It seems I will read the unofficial scores first, then send it free to selected schools. Just wanted to confirm I am reading it right. Thanks.

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 23, 2017 at 8:34 am #

          Hi Greg,

          I know ETS can be a little vague with how they word things, but yes, you get to see your scores first and then decide whether or not to send them that day. ETS is a little more clear about that on their page about Sending Scores. On that page they say, “On test day, after completing the test and viewing your unofficial Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores, you will be asked to designate which score recipients you want to receive your General Test scores.”

  5. Parth Saksena November 10, 2016 at 6:35 am #

    I took GRE in July and scored a 327. Ouant: 170, Verbal: 157, AWA-4. I went to Purdue University and graduated in Industrial Engineering with a 2.63. I have hopes set on entering a good B school after 2 years. I am currently working as an Applications Engineer in Hexagon Metrology. Do you think my GRE compensates for my CGPA? What are some other things that I need to do to get into a good B school?

    Parth Saksena

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 10, 2016 at 8:38 pm #

      Hi Parth,

      I wish I could be of more help, but unfortunately our expertise is in test prep, not admissions advice. The relative importance of each part of the application depends on the school. Some schools value work experience over GPA, some schools put a lot of weight on the GRE, and some schools might care more about your undergrad GPA. My recommendation is to contact the admissions department of some of your target schools to see what they say about the situation 🙂

  6. Daniel Smith October 28, 2016 at 2:47 pm #

    I took the GRE 3 weeks ago and I am considering retaking. My scores were:

    Verbal: 168
    Quant: 162
    AWA: 4

    I am looking to get into a top ecology and evolutionary biology program (such as U Chicago, Princeton, UT Austin). I am somewhat concerned that the quant score might be in the low realm.

    Do you think this score will preclude admission? Or do you think this is sufficient?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 28, 2016 at 7:33 pm #

      Hi Daniel,

      Congrats on the great score! We unfortunately don’t have nearly as much expertise and experience in graduate school admissions as we do with test prep, so I’m afraid we can’t be of much help. With regard to your specific programs, it may be useful researching your target programs to see where you stand with regard to your Quant score (median or upper 75 percentile). I would also recommend utilizing resources such as thegradcafe.com.

  7. Vishal October 27, 2016 at 4:11 pm #

    Hi Guys,

    In 1st attempt for GRE, I got 318(Q 164 V 154 AWA 4.5) and in 2nd attempt I got 335(Q 170 V 165 AWA 3.5).

    In my 2nd attempt, my total score has improved but AWA has gone down. Is it gonna be a problem for me ?

    Should I sent both scores to universities or only the latest one ?


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 27, 2016 at 7:47 pm #

      As a general rule, universities only want to see one score. Your lower AWA score could work against you, if you are applying to a university that places a lot of emphasis on AWA in admissions decisions. Every university has different policies, so contact your target schools and ask them for advice on exactly what you should do. University admissions offices are used to getting questions like this, and can offer helpful advice.

  8. Christina October 27, 2016 at 10:39 am #

    Hello awesome Magoosh team!
    My GRE was yesterday and I’ve sent the scores to three institutions. Now on my ETS account appears the major I’ve selected yesterday, my personal info, but the Designated Score Recipient(s) are missing for some reason and I am pretty sure I’ve sent the scores to the departments and so on. What should I do, is it natural to have all my other data appear, but not this crucial piece of information?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 27, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

      Hi Christina,

      Most likely, this is either a small glitch or perhaps it’s not an issue. However, I would recommend contacting ETS just to confirm and to give yourself a peace of mind. I hope it all works out, but congrats on taking the exam! 😀

  9. hazel October 25, 2016 at 10:47 am #

    Hi chris,

    I took GRE two times, first 312 (166Q, 146V, 3,5 awa) and 313 (163Q, 150V, awa not yet).

    My aim is to apply phd in business at top 20 school.

    I have 7 years experience at multinational FMCG companies including manager responsibility in last one year, having industrial engineering bachelor degree and MBA degree..
    3.65 bachelor and 3.94 graduate GPA out of 4.00
    one thesis written, not published any journal..

    Should I re-take?


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 25, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

      Hi Hazel,

      I would recommend looking at the GRE score range for accepted students within your target programs. In fact, it may be helpful to contact some of these programs to get more information. If you are lower in the range and you have flexibility in time, I would recommend that you retake the exam.

  10. Wen October 22, 2016 at 9:44 am #


    I have scored 312 in GRE (147V+165Q). I have 3.95/4.0 overall GPA and 3.96/4.0 major GPA, TA and tutoring experience, and strong LORs. I want to pursue an MS in CS in Fall 2017.

    I am targeting schools like UCLA, UT-Austin, Georgia Tech, and UC-Irvine. Will my GRE verbal score hurt my chances?

    Thank you!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 22, 2016 at 10:51 am #

      Hi Wen,

      Unfortunately, this is a very difficult question to answer. I recommend that you contact the admissions directors of your target programs directly and ask them what they think–most admissions department take a lot of different things into account, so only they can answer this question well 🙂

  11. Piyush Gupta October 11, 2016 at 2:39 am #

    I got a score of 323 in GRE in my first attempt(Quant: 170 Verbal: 153 and AWA:3). In order to increase my AWA score, I reattempted the test and got 321(Quant: 170 Verbal: 151 and AWA:4). Assuming all other factors related to profile are not an issue, which score should I send to the universities. Does the 2 marks in verbal section outweighs a one point in AWA.
    I am considering top Universities in Mechanical Engineering.
    Thanks in advance


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 12, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

      Hi Piyush,

      Unfortunately, this is a difficult question to answer. I recommend that you look up the average scores of your target schools and do some research to see how important the AWA scores are. For a mechanical engineering degree, it could be that the most important score is the quant one (which you excelled in for both tests), and the other sections don’t matter as much. Once you get a sense of what the school’s averages are, you can make a decision. If both verbal scores and AWA scores are at or above the average, then it probably doesn’t matter which score you send.

      You can also send both tests to show that you are able to score a 153 in verbal and a 4 in AWA. Even though it wasn’t the same test, this shows that you have solid verbal skills for both sections!

  12. Aditya October 6, 2016 at 12:23 am #

    Is the GRE score 302 ( Q 158 and V 144) good enough for applying into rank 50-100 universities for MS in CS ?? Or should get more score .


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 6, 2016 at 4:31 am #

      Hi Aditya,

      Although admissions is a complex blend of scores, essays, and how you present yourself, I would recommend working to raise your score to help your admission profile become stronger. It is entirely possible to gain admission depending on your other application strengths, but if you are in a position to also raise your score, that would be wise! Good luck. 🙂

    • Alex October 6, 2016 at 2:39 pm #

      I got a 153 quant and 150 verbal and i would like to know if that good enough for an MBA at the university of miami (coral gables).
      from what i saw its in their ranges…but i dont know..
      any help?

  13. Chaitu S September 20, 2016 at 5:18 am #

    I had got 321 (151v and 170q) can I got top universities in engineering.? I want to do my ms in Civil engineering

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 21, 2016 at 6:00 am #

      Hi Chaitu,

      You sound like you’re on track to get into a great engineering program because of your high overall score and your quant abilities. It depends a lot on the programs themselves and your profile overall, so start looking specifically at your dream schools and reading their admissions guidelines. They will have varied expectations, and a blanket answer is not going to be as helpful to you as jumping into researching things that immediately apply to your situation! 🙂

  14. Dhruv Sharma September 12, 2016 at 4:39 am #

    I am looking forward for masters in Development Studies/ allied subjects. Targeting universities as IDS, SAOS, ISS, Wageningen, Harvard, etc.

    Currently my profile is
    Education- BBA, MBA (Rural Management)
    Work exp- 30 months and counting

    I am looking forward for a full scholarship. Can you please assist me with score range with which I can get 100% scholarship in top 15 universities for development studies.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 13, 2016 at 5:03 pm #

      It’s hard to get into specific GRE sores for scholarships, because Ivy League and top school scholarships weight a lot of different factors, and not just GRE scores. With your profile, to have a shot at these schools and a shot at scholarships, you’ll want at least a 300 combined on the GRE, with 150 or more in both Verbal and Quants. The higher you get above these benchmarks and the better your AWA score is, the better chance you have at both acceptance and a full scholarship or something close to a full scholarship.

  15. Alice September 8, 2016 at 8:42 am #

    I scored 144-v 164-q and I want to apply to msc econ. One of the schools i am interested in says they want a minimum score of v-150 q-155 is this minimum a must. Will my verbal score be an issue?
    Thank you

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 8, 2016 at 11:51 am #

      Hi Alice,

      Yes, if you scored a 144 and they require a 150 minimum, you are below that threshold and will have to improve the score to gain admission. I know this is frustrating, but getting admission is about playing by the school’s rules. With a stellar quant score, this means you can focus on some verbal improvement and make it where you want to be! Good luck. 🙂

  16. nilesh August 30, 2016 at 1:01 am #

    Sir,i tried to reach many counselors, many forum still nobody is able to clear idea to me.
    First attempt gre ,154-q,148-v,3-awa
    Second attempt , 163-q,148-v,2.5 – awa.
    Do i have chance for ms with this score,should i prepare for toefl or giveup

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 31, 2016 at 8:34 am #

      Hi Nilesh,

      I’m afraid I can’t give you a straight answer either! This is because every school and every person is different, and it’s hard to tell exactly what is a good score for a given program or institution. The best thing that you can do is contact your target schools to ask them. They are the only ones who can give you good information about average scores and how important the GRE score will be in the general application. But, even if your scores are lower than their average scores, that doesn’t mean you should give up! Your math score is very strong, and if you are applying to MS programs, the verbal score might not count as much. Also remember that schools are looking at your whole application–work experience, essays, recommendations, academic performance, etc–and there are plenty of ways to make up for a weaker verbal/AWA score. Once you contact your schools, you should have a better idea of how to proceed! 🙂

    • Abhiheet September 9, 2016 at 2:51 pm #

      Sir, I have gre score of 316 (v-153, q-163, awa- 3), i am willing to apply for phd in astronomy in US. my phy gre is 920. i have gpa if 6.5/8, and i am from india’s premier institute iisc. i have good amount of research experience but don’t have any publication. do i have a fair chance of getting into top 50 colleges? please suggest me some colleges based on my profile. thanks in advance.

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 11, 2016 at 6:48 pm #

        Hi Abhiheet,

        As we’ve mentioned in other responses, we at Magoosh don’t have as much expertise in grad school admissions as we do in test prep itself. So, unfortunately, we can’t give much insight in terms of your question. I would recommend exploring forums such as The Grad Cafe or further researching the top 50 schools to better understand student profiles.

  17. Angie August 23, 2016 at 4:14 am #


    I know this might not be the right place to ask, but it’s worth the tr! I’m very worried about the GRE overall, but especially about the Quant part. I’m aiming at PhD programs in Comparative Literature and I was wondering how much attention they usually give to those sections.

    So far I’ve studied in France and have not done math since junior high – and was bad at it anyway… Thanks!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 23, 2016 at 11:55 am #

      Hi Angie,

      The answer varies across programs, but I know that many programs that definitely do not need math skills to a high level (like comparative literature, I would say!) do not care much or only want to minimum level of quant on the GRE. You should see what the programs you like are asking for, and if they don’t specify, ask! 🙂 You might find that they don’t even look at the quant part at all!

  18. Krystal W. August 19, 2016 at 2:40 pm #

    HELLO! I’m sure you’ve answered this question for a few others but I figured I would give it a shot for my own personal scores. So I took the GREs today and got a Q-148 and V-150. Of course I’m waiting for my AW scores to come in…I’m applying to Public Health programs some time next year and I just wanna know how long I should wait before retaking the exam. I feel like my scores are barely average. I took this test just to see what I am without really doing a lot of studying.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 20, 2016 at 2:30 pm #

      Ah, the test run! Sometimes taking the GRE with little study is one of the best ways to figure out your baseline performance and kick off your real GRE prep. I will say that Q148 and V150 aren’t bad for taking the test with little study.

      How long you wait for a retake depends– of course— on how long you need to study. To work this out, research the GRE requirements of programs you want to apply for. Public Health grad programs have varying GRE requirements, so it’s best to check with specific schools. If you just need to boost your scores by a few points, a month of study ought to do it. If you need to improve by more than five and perhaps 10+ points in Q and V, then a longer study plan– perhaps 3 months or more– may be a better approach. To get an feel for both long and short term study plans, check out Magoosh GRE’s Study Plans page.

  19. Kei August 17, 2016 at 4:17 am #

    Hi there,

    I wrote my GRE today. I scored 314 (V: 156, Q:158). However I am very disappointed with my Quant score. I have an engineering background and want to pursue MS in mechanical engineering. Though I expected around 160 in verbal I am ok with my socre. I had a lot of help from Magoosh blogs about how to approach verbal section.

    But I cannot stop the urge to retake GRE to improve Quant score. I used to score around 164-165 during my mock tests. But on the exam day I got nervous and missed about 2-3 questions in Quant section. Shall I retake my GRE or is my score fair ? Please suggest ?

    I have published a research paper of my undergrad thesis, and my CGPA is 3.44/4

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 21, 2016 at 9:22 am #

      Hi Kei,

      The decision about whether to re-take is one that only you can make based on your circumstances and which schools you want to attend. I know it’s not an easy decision, but we do have some resources that can help you out!

      GRE Scores for Engineering Programs: https://magoosh.com/gre/2013/gre-scores-for-engineering-programs/
      Should I Retake the GRE? flowchart: https://magoosh.com/gre/2011/should-i-retake-the-gre/

      I hope those help! You can also contact the admissions departments at the universities you want to attend. They can give you more information on what they are expecting from applicants 🙂

  20. abdul August 13, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

    Can you tell me the GPA on a 4.0 scale for 5.9 cgpa..????

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 13, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

      CGPA to GPA conversion can be a little tricky. As you may have already discovered, the conversion scales you’ll find online don’t always give the same results.

      The best breakdown I’ve seen of CGPA and GPA equivalencies is this post in the GMAT Club forums. It would place your CGPA 5.9 at around 3.5 on the GPA scale… with some caveats. I recommend reading through the whole post. It’s quite helpful!

  21. Beka Zurabishvil August 7, 2016 at 8:05 am #

    Hello everyone.
    I took GRE test today and scored 146 in verbal and 170 in quantitative… Analytical Writing scores will be known several weeks later.
    I plan to send application in top USA and Europe universities for PhD Economics program. What do you think about my chances of enrollment?
    Thanks in advance

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 7, 2016 at 1:20 pm #

      Hi Beka,

      It is hard to make a blanket statement for all those universities, but your quant score should surely help! You should research whether they have explicit verbal requirements or not–some schools will and some will not. If you think you can improve on your verbal score, it might be very useful to retake the GRE trying to raise your verbal a little. In my experience, economics programs want at least slightly above average verbal abilities since there is some degree of written communication expected.

      My best advice is to see the AWA outcome and figure out if you are or are not going to be able to retake. If not, focus on showcasing your verbal strength skills with your essays and statements of purpose. Good luck! 🙂

      • Beka Zurabishvil August 8, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

        Thanks a lot! I also would like to know if the GRE scores are evaluated as combined or on average For example, in my case, its 316 (146+170) and 158 (146+170)/2. I often see the posts how students are excited about their 315+ GRE score.

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 8, 2016 at 9:28 pm #

          Hi Beka,

          Combined GRE scores are the scores added together. That is: verbal score + quant score = combined score. So a student that gets a 155 in verbal and a 160 in quant will have a combined score of 155+160=315.

          • Beka Zurabishvil August 14, 2016 at 3:12 am #

            Yeah, and my question is how good the combined score of 315 is.

            • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
              Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 14, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

              Hi Beka,

              A 315 is certainly a strong score, but how good it is depends on where you are trying to apply. The score only really matters when it is compared against other scores and candidates applying. You should check out what the average score is for the universities you want to attend. Many of them have this information available online and it can help you decide if your score is enough! 🙂

  22. Chinmayee July 27, 2016 at 8:43 am #

    I scored a Q-166 and V-161 total:327 on my GRE but my AWA score is just 4.0/6 ….I am quite concerned about by AWA scores hampering my admissions.Any advice that you can please give?
    I have quite a good profile otherwise especially academics(1st rank) and extra curriculars!!(more than enough)

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 29, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

      Hi Chinmayee,

      First of all, congratulations on the amazing GRE score!This really depends on the school and program that you are interested in! If you are entering a quant-heavy field, then a low AWA score likely won’t matter. If you want to enter a creative writing program, on the other hand, it might be more important! I suggest that you contact the admissions department of the programs you will apply to and ask them how important the AWA score is in their admissions decision. Chances are that with such a strong academic and extracurricular background with your amazing scores, the AWA score won’t be that important!

      • Chinmayee July 30, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

        Thank-you for your reply….
        Yes, I am planning on a MS in Electrical/ECE…..so I am guessing that AWA scores won’t be that imp as compared to Quant scores….
        Thanks again! 🙂

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 2, 2016 at 6:38 am #

          You’re very welcome! I agree that your Quant score will probably be considered more closely than your AWA score. That said, I’d also recommend contacting the schools/programs you’re applying to in order to see if they can provide you with further insight 🙂

          Good luck with the application process! 😀

          • Chinmayee August 4, 2016 at 12:20 am #

            Great! Thank-youu!

  23. ASR July 18, 2016 at 7:41 pm #

    I had scored a 340 in 2015 on my 1st attempt. Could you please help me with some stats around this: a) what percentage of test takers score 340? What percentage of attempts (1 test taker can take the test thrice, for example) score 340? b) Similar data for each of the 2 sections: what percentage of people score 170 on the QA and VA sections respectively? c) what are the numbers for only India? How many Indians have scored a 340 till date as well as only in 2015? I need this data urgently and would be immensely grateful for any help.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 21, 2016 at 4:36 am #

      Hi there! Wow, that’s quite impressive! Excellent job and congrats on your perfect score 😀

      Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find the exact information you asked about. That said, in terms of percentiles a score of 170 on the Verbal section puts you in the 99th percentile, while a score of 170 on the Quant section puts you in the 97th percentile for that section. This difference indicates that a higher percentage of students score 170 on the Quant section than on the Verbal section. You can read more about these percentiles here: https://www.ets.org/gre/percentile

      Also, you can explore more world-wide test-taking statistics here: http://www.ets.org/gre/guide

      And you may be able to find out even more statistics by contacting ETS directly: https://www.ets.org/gre/contact

      Although I wasn’t able to respond to all of your questions, I hope this helps, at least a little! 🙂

  24. PIYA R. July 13, 2016 at 7:11 am #

    I just answered GRE today and likely score is Q-149 V-153 and writing 3.5 to 4. Is this the final score or final score could be different than this. Will I get admit in tier 2 or 3 universities for MS in Mech Engg. Request your views/ guidance.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 13, 2016 at 11:26 am #

      GRE scores are averaged based on the relative difficulty of the questions you answered. SO it’s likely your !-149 and V-153 will change slightly once your official score is calculated and released. Your Quant score is somewhat low by the standards of engineering averages. Your Verbal score is good by average standing for engineering grad students, but engineering graduate programs don’t necessarily put a high value on Verbal performance.

      I’d say your Quant of 149 could be an obstacle to acceptance into some tier 2 schools,a nd possibly even some tier 3 ones. But the best way to know for sure is to contact your target schools and ask them. If 149 really is too far below average, consider a GRE retake to boost your Quant score.

  25. Vishal Singh July 10, 2016 at 6:17 am #


    I got 318(Q:164, V:154, AWA:4,5) on the GRE test and 105 on TOEFL(R:28, L:29, S:22, W:26).

    Would my low speaking score of 22 hurt my chances of getting admit for MS in CS? Do I need to retake TOEFL to improve my speaking score.

    I have shortlisted the below universities. Can you please evaluate whether the below universities are safe. moderate or ambitious choice. Please advise other universities if they are more suitable for my profile.

    1. University of Massachusetts – Amherst
    2. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
    3. North Carolina State University (Raleigh, North Carolina)
    4. University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California)
    5. Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan)
    6. University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio)
    7. University of Rochester
    8. University of Florida
    9. North Eastern University
    10. Georgia Institute of Technology

    My profile –
    GRE – 318(Q:164, V:154, AWA:4,5)
    TOEFL – 105(R:28, L:29, S:22, W:26).
    Good SOP & LORs
    12th – 88%
    10th – 79.8%
    B.Tech in Electronics & Communication – 79% (Topper’s – 83%)
    2 Summer Internships in B.Tech on Robotics & Computer Networking.
    1 Final Year Project on Quiz Buzzer using Micro-controller
    Won Coding Competition of my University 2 times and organized the Coding Competition in Final Year.
    Few other awards in extra-curricular activities.


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 12, 2016 at 10:12 am #

      Hi Vishal,

      As we’ve mentioned in other responses, we at Magoosh don’t have as much expertise in grad school admissions as we do in test prep itself. So, unfortunately, we can’t give much insight in terms of your questions. I’d recommend exploring forums such as The Grad Cafe to get a better idea of the profiles students accepted to the schools on your shortlist had. 🙂

      In terms of your TOEFL score, I’d recommend checking to make sure your score and subscores are in the required ranges for the schools you’re interested in. That will help determine if you would need to retake the exam 🙂

      I hope this helps, at least a little!

    • BIALA July 15, 2016 at 3:57 am #

      hi vishal can u send me ur email if i want to talk . regarding admission .my profile is also quiet same

  26. Pramodith Ballapuram June 22, 2016 at 7:21 am #

    Hey, I have a gre score of 325(167 quant,158 verbal) and an awa of 4.0.I want to have a shot a of getting into colleges of the caliber of Caltech,Berkley for a course in Computer Science.So would I need to retake the gre?I am a bit concerned that my awa score isn’t high enough.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 22, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

      Hi Pramodith,

      Good question. 🙂 The honest answer is that I don’t know. Admissions in the US especially are about a lot more than the GRE scores–you have to consider GPA, letters of reference, writing samples or SOPs, your past classes, etc. All of this together is looked at in a holistic way to determine whether you are a good candidate for the program or not. So you have to consider a few things, first:

      1. How are the rest of the pieces of your applicant profile?
      2. Do you realistically think you can improve upon that score? (If the answer is no, don’t spend your time there and focus on other parts of your application!)
      3. Have you tried looking online for other students who have gone into that program who share their stats?

      It is honestly a decision you have to come to yourself. If you have the time, money, and ability to improve on that GRE score, by all means, do it! But don’t think the GRE score is all you are. 🙂

  27. Shreya June 14, 2016 at 1:45 am #

    Sir, i recently took my gre exams and got a score of 303. 159 quant(maths) n 144 verbal . My grads cgpa is 9+. My AWA score is yet not out. Can you plz suggest me the colleges im eligible for. Am i eligible for the schools of US, specifically California?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 16, 2016 at 9:44 am #

      Hi Shreya,

      You may very well be able to get into California schools, but you have a lot of other factors to think about–the program, the requirements for each individual university, the quality of your SOP and writing samples, etc. You need to look at schools which offer the type of program you want and make a list. Once you have that list, look at each school’s requirements for entry (they are all different with different cutoffs and suggestions). Once you have that information, you can make the best and most informed decision about whether you are eligible for what you specifically want to do or not.

      Good luck! 🙂

  28. Dhiraj June 5, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Hi, this is Dhiraj.
    scored 315 in gre 150+165(v+q)
    Planning for masters in CS
    But, got awa score of 3.
    Will it damage my profile?
    Do I need to reappear for the exam?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 6, 2016 at 4:41 pm #

      This is a tricky question. A number of graduate computer science programs don’t actually have specific AWA requirements, as CS programs tend not to place too much importance on AWA. And then there are a number of CS programs that set a low cutoff for GRE AWA– usually 3. And there still are at least a few competitive programs out there that would want to see an AWA higher than 3. So you don’t necessarily need to do a GRE retake. But you should really check the requirements of your target schools before you decide whether to retake the GRE or just move forward with the score you have.

      • Dhiraj June 6, 2016 at 8:30 pm #

        Thank you sir!

  29. 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! 🙂

  30. 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! 🙂

      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! 🙂

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

    Hi … 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

  32. 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 🙂

      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..

  33. 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! 🙂

      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! 🙂

  34. 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 🙂

      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: https://magoosh.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/203445239-The-GRE-is-adaptive-so-how-is-it-scored-

      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 🙂

      • 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. 🙂

          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. 🙂

          I hope that helps! 🙂

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

    Hi sir..my 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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 – 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!!

  38. 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?

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

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

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

  42. 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?

  43. 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: 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 🙂

  44. 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.

  45. 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!

  46. 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 🙂

  47. 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.

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

  49. 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.

  50. 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?

  51. 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.

  52. 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.


  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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 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!

  56. 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: https://magoosh.com/gre/2012/what-is-a-good-gre-score/


  57. 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: https://magoosh.com/gre/2012/what-is-a-good-gre-score/


  58. 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

  59. 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!


  60. 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 🙂

  61. 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: https://magoosh.com/gre/2012/what-is-a-good-gre-score/


      • 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 🙂

  62. 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.

  63. 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!

  64. 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!!!

  65. 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 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!

  66. 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: https://magoosh.com/gre/2012/what-is-a-good-score-on-the-revised-gre/

      Hope that helps!

      • shanawaz October 13, 2017 at 7:17 am #

        I got GRE of 307(Q-160 V-147) on second attempt and I got AWA as 2.5 unfortunately and have 2 years of experience .In my first attempt I got AWA-4 but overall score was 300(Q-154 V-146).can anyone suggest how badly AWA is gonna affect my profile.should I go for revaluation given that I need to invest 60 dollars..has anyone applied for reval and got incremental score..Kindly suggest me how shall I proceed.Also can I submit both score so that they consider best score..Is that possible? Kindly help me as im breaking my head to make proper decision.

  67. 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 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: https://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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