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UC Berkeley GRE Scores

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This post was updated in May 2018 to reflect the latest information.

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:

ProgramAverage VerbalAverage Quantitative
Engineering - Master's157*166
Engineering - PhD159*166
Education - Master's156*152*
Education - PhD/EdD158155

*US News & World Report has not provided updated information for these scores; however, we have included these as the last listed scores for this program.
For Engineering, the Verbal scores are in the 75th and 82nd percentiles and the Quantitative scores are in the 89th and 91st. For Education the percentile ranks are 72nd/75th and 47th/55th, respectively.
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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. 🙂

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences1156-160159-163
Computer Science1149-153161-165
Earth Sciences2157-161160-164
Fine Arts27156-160153-157
Political Science4159-163154-158
Public Administration6154-158151-155
Social Work3151-155146-150

Resources to get the GRE scores you’ll need

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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 7 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 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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