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:
|Program||Estimated Verbal||Estimated Quantitative|
|Engineering - Master's||154||165|
|Engineering - PhD||154||166|
|Education - Master's||151||148|
|Education - PhD||156||158|
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. 🙂
|Program||US News Rank||Estimated Verbal Range||Estimated Quantitative Range|
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|
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! 🙂