What Are Good GRE Scores? (Infographic)

When it comes to prepping for the GRE, the most important thing to keep in mind is your target GRE score. The entire point of studying for this brutal exam is to get a score that qualifies you for admission into your desired graduate program. Knowing your goal before you start your prep will help you focus your efforts on the aspects of the test that are most difficult for you.

GRE Scores Infographic

Identify your own target GRE score with the help of our GRE Scores Infographic!
Just scroll to your discipline to see the average, good, and great GRE scores for programs in your field of study. 🙂

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GRE Scores Overview

So what do GRE scores look like for different programs? Take a look at the tables to get a closer look!

As you read, remember that a “good” score is different for everyone and it varies significantly by program.

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For example, applicants admitted to the top 10 engineering programs last year had an average GRE math score of 166. But applicants admitted to the top 10 education programs had an average verbal score of about 160.

Mean Score
Good Score
Great Score
Life Sciences (overall)151153158
Health and Mental Sciences150152159
Sciences (Overall)151153160
Computer Science147149156
Earth Science154156163
Mathematical Sciences153155162
Natural Sciences/Other150152159
Social Sciences (Overall)153153162
Political Science156158165
Other Social Sciences150152159
Arts and Humanities (Overall)157159166
Art History and Theory156158165
Arts Performance153155162
Foreign Languages156158165
Other Arts and Humanities157159166

Mean Score
Good Score
Great Score
Life Sciences (overall)151153158
Health and Mental Sciences149151156
Sciences (Overall)158160165
Computer Science156158163
Earth Science155157162
Mathematical Sciences163165170
Natural Sciences/Other163165170
Social Sciences (Overall)151153158
Political Science152154159
Other Social Sciences148150155
Arts and Humanities (Overall)150152157
Art History and Theory150152157
Arts Performance151153158
Foreign Languages151153158
Other Arts and Humanities152154159

Determining Your GRE Goal Score

It’s important to keep in mind that a good GRE score is different for everyone. For one thing, your GRE score is only a small piece of your application. If the rest of your resume is stellar, then your GRE score might just be a small factor that gets your application past the first reviewer.

Different academic disciplines and sub-disciplines have different GRE requirements (an engineering program is going to require a higher math score than a philosophy program), so it’s important to take into account the average GRE scores for programs within your specific discipline.

In addition, different universities have different GRE score requirements, so it’s important to identify your target schools before prepping for the GRE. If you’re aiming for a top university, then you might need to study your way to an exceptionally high score.

You can call or email your admissions departments to ask for the average GRE scores of their most recently admitted class. You might also want to speak with an admissions officer about their specific admissions requirements. Some schools will even put you in contact with former and current students, who can give you a better idea of the types of students that the program is looking for (GRE scores, educational background, work experience, future goals, etc.)

Prep with Your Target GRE Score in Mind

Once you’ve determined your target schools, and assessed the range of GRE scores that your program prefers, identify your goal GRE score.

If you’re more familiar with the old version of the GRE, check out some GRE score conversions to get a feel for how scores on the new GRE match up with the old test.

Your goal score should be higher than the average GRE score for your program. Ideally you should aim to score around the seventy-fifth percentile mark. There are two main reasons for this:

  • First, you want to give yourself some wiggle room in case you can’t quite reach your goal score. If you fall a bit short, then you can decide whether or not it’s worth retaking the GRE. Admitted students with below-average GRE scores usually have an incredible application to make up for this deficit – impressive work/research experience, a compelling story, a strong college GPA, etc. Always consider your application as a whole when determining whether your GRE score is good enough.
  • Second, you want to improve your odds of acceptance by impressing the admissions committee with a higher-than-expected GRE score. If the average Math score for your program is 153, and you score a 158, then you automatically have a leg up on the competition. Admissions committees like to see that students can excel at standardized tests, in addition to having excellent, well-rounded applications.

GRE Scores and Admissions

Here’s the most important takeaway: the GRE is a tough exam that’s meant to separate strong applicants from the rest of the pack. Succeeding on the GRE is a matter of determining what score you need in order to make sure that your application is noticed and considered by your target programs.

There’s no one-size-fits-all “good GRE score.” But, with some research (and the help of our handy GRE Scores Infographic), you can figure out your own personal target score, and focus your prep with that goal in mind.

Have more questions about GRE Scoring? Need help reaching your target score? Let us know! We can help determine whether Magoosh GRE Prep is the right fit for you.
Happy Studying!

PS. Are you also studying for the TOEFL? Be sure to check out our TOEFL Scores Infographic on our TOEFL blog.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October, 2014 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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90 Responses to What Are Good GRE Scores? (Infographic)

  1. Tony November 2, 2017 at 11:41 am #

    Thank you for this graphic! Is the data based on top 10 schools, or all schools? Can you share more detail on the sources for the numbers? I see that you based the Ed and Engineering on US News figures, but what about the other programs? Thanks!

  2. Keziah B. May 3, 2017 at 11:11 am #


    I am curious if my GRE scores shows I am heading on the right direction. I am currently almost done with the GRE Magoosh 90-day beginner study plan. I am on Week 10, day 6. I have taken Magoosh Gre Practice exams earlier in the study plan. On September 16, 2016 I scored Verbal: 139 and Math: 150. On November 5, 2016 I scored Verbal: 136 and Math: 149. On December 11, 2016 I scored Verbal: 146 and Math: 153. I took a Manhattan Prep GRE Practice exam just recently in Week 8 of the study plan and I scored Verbal: 152 and Math: 155. Am I on the right path? Because my goal for the GRE is to score a total of 323. But I been scoring lower than that. Can I please have some advice?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 4, 2017 at 6:07 am #

      Hi Keziah,

      It looks like you are on the right path, but you’re right that you have a little way to go. You need to start ruthlessly analyzing your errors and addressing your weakest points. That will be the most important way to see more gains. If you are currently a premium student, please email the team at help@magoosh.com to get more detailed help! 🙂

      • Keziah B. May 4, 2017 at 10:02 am #

        Okay, thank you. I will do that.

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 5, 2017 at 2:44 am #

          You’re very welcome 🙂 Glad to have helped!

  3. Kunal February 25, 2017 at 8:38 am #

    I’m looking for PhD in Electrical Engineering or Energy Engineering from USA.

    GRE- 319

    UG- BE Electrical Engineering
    60% (4 years’ average)
    69% (final year’s average/ mentioned on degree certificates)
    5 Backlogs

    PG- M. Tech- Energy Technology
    8.58 CGPA

    3 Research Papers
    (1 International Journal Paper Publication and 2 Research Paper Publications at IEEE International Conference)

    Internships and Work experience
    1 Year internship at Energy Service Company
    Intern for 11 Energy Audits done by PCRA (Govt. of India)
    1 Year work experience as Assistant Engineer at State Electricity Transmission Company

    I hope based on this information you’ll suggest the university. ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 25, 2017 at 9:03 pm #

      Hi Kunal,

      Sounds like you have a good profile! Unfortunately, we 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. I would recommend that you refer to forums like The Grad Cafe or utilize admission consulting services, such as Stacy Blackman Consulting. They will be able to provide you with more targeted help. Best of luck! 😀

  4. Ankit November 23, 2016 at 5:06 am #

    I gave my GRE 2 days before. I scored 317..(150 verbal and 167 in quant)..My specialization is in Electrical/Electronics engg…I don’t have a strong SOP/LOR and work experience, so not going to help…Can u please recommend me some good univ for electrical/elecronics engg course falling in my score range???? Also, suggest an option of re-taking GRE??

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 23, 2016 at 7:41 am #

      Hi Ankit,

      Unfortunately, we 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. I would recommend utilizing some grad school forums, such as The Grad Cafe. With regard to retaking the exam, if you have some flexibility to retake the exam, I would recommend that you utilize a test prep resource (whether Magoosh or another test prep) to give your studies better structure.

  5. aditya November 21, 2016 at 7:19 am #

    I gave my GRE today Q-150 and V-147 AWA -??? I am from the medical stream, applying for Masters in Public Health. TOEFL-102 and GPA – 3.6/4 shall I apply or should I take the exam again? Please need help.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 22, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

      Hi Aditya,

      I recommend that you confirm whether your current scores are within the range of accepted students for your target programs. This will give you a good idea about whether you should retake the exam. You can contact the admissions office for your target programs for this information and other admissions-related questions.

    • Anup December 8, 2016 at 9:33 am #

      i scored 144v & 152q today.Depressed. should i try again or mayi get a decent kind of university ? I am a mbbs student having 5 years eexperience. I have applied for MPH master in public health, waiting for my awa score. please reply .

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 8, 2016 at 11:40 am #

        Hi Anup,

        Please do not feel discouraged. But, I understand how it can be frustrating when your hard work doesn’t necessarily translate to your target score. If you have flexibility in your timeline and if you want a higher score, I would recommend retaking the exam. Take a look at your current approach and see whether you could adjust and improve anything. For example, did you utilize any study prep resources? Were you learning vocab or merely memorizing?

        It’s hard to say which programs you would get accepted into, given that the score is just one part of your application. I would recommend contacting target programs to confirm that your scores are within range. This will give you a general idea whether your competitive. The rest of your application will also contribute to your acceptance.

        Keep your head up Anup! You can do this! 🙂

  6. Satheeshkumar Subbarajulu jeeva October 31, 2016 at 10:35 am #

    hai friends i took my GRE 2 days before for the first time, i got 291(v-139,Q-152) i have BE mechanical engg with (8.92/10). 3 years of work exp, i am trying for MS industrial Engg,whether i will get seats in top 25 universities or i have to retake the exam.

    Kindly varies advices required at this stage.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 31, 2016 at 11:17 am #

      Your good work experience and excellent undergraduate grades give you at least some chance of getting into a top 25 school, but your chances aren’t that good in light of your GRE score. It’s especially important to get a math score of at least 155 and ideally above 160 if you want to get into a top 25 engineering program. Although Verbal scores aren’t as important for engineering, boosting your Verbal above 140 would also help you have a better shot at top schools.

  7. Fatima October 23, 2016 at 1:26 am #


    I am from Bangladesh. I have completed my Bachelors in Pharmacy with cGPA 3.99/4.00 and Masters in Pharmacy with CGPA 4.00/4.00 from Bangladesh. I also have a Masters degree from University of Glasgow (passed with Merit). Currently I work as a lecturer. I have two publications and am actively involved in research in pharmacology.
    I found Magoosh apps very helpful and Vocabulary Wednesday videos by Chris!!. I did not get much time to prepare for GRE which I took a week back. I got 153 in Verbal and 155 in Quantitative. I still haven’t gotten by my AW score.
    I will take toefl next week.
    I heard it is difficult to get funding for International Student with low GRE score.
    My interest life in the area of biological sciences, mainly pharmacology and cancer biology.
    Could you please tell me whether my GPA and GRE score (308) is sufficient to get funding at a good school? I would be really happy if you could suggest me some universities where I can apply.

    Kind regards,


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 23, 2016 at 7:30 am #

      Hi Fatima,

      As you may have read on our other posts, we unfortunately do not provide admissions counseling services and focus primarily on test preparation services. As such, it may be better to confirm with admissions resources (such as the The Grad Cafe) with regard to this question. I hope this helps a little.

  8. Daniel Smith October 14, 2016 at 6:54 pm #


    I have a 168 V, 162 Q, and a 4.0 AWA.

    Do you think this is good enough for a top life science program such as Princeton? I scored 166 and 169 on the ETS on practice GREs for the quantitative (but between 162 and 165 for the verbal) so it seems I over-performed on the verbal and under-performed on the quant section.

    Do you think it would be worth a retake (the quantitative, in particular, for schools such as Princeton or U Chicago)? Or, do you think that the scores are sufficient to avoid rejection?


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 15, 2016 at 12:27 pm #

      Hi Daniel,

      Unfortunately, this is a difficult question to answer, and our expertise is in test prep, not admissions! There’s no such thing as ‘overperforming’ in a section, and your math score is very strong! If your scores are close to the average scores for your target program (and I imagine that they are), then this is probably fine! Remember that scores are average, so there will be plenty of people who score less than that and are still admitted. If these are slightly lower than the average scores, then a strong application will definitely make up for it! I recommend that you do some research or even contact the schools to ask them before committing to another test!

  9. Corri September 26, 2016 at 1:59 pm #


    I have a Q- 153, V- 158 A- 5.0.

    I’m planning to retake, but I’m not able to find info on the normal PhD GRE scores for the sociology programs/ education programs at UMASS Amherst, and UCONN which I want to apply to.

    Any ideas on what is normal for accepted applicants for PhDs there?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 28, 2016 at 8:02 pm #

      Hi Corri,

      I wish I could be of more help, but we don’t have any resources for those particular schools on our website! My recommendation is to check out the US News and World Report site, which often lists average GRE scores even if the school website doesn’t. The other option is to contact the schools directly–I’m sure that they can send you the best information. I hope that helps! 🙂

  10. shruti September 6, 2016 at 4:37 am #

    Hi, Im utterly frustarted with the GRE. Even after 2 attempts, I have gotten a score of 310(160-Q,150-V) and am unable to guage the results for an MS in Biomedical Engineering in one of the good universities(aim: Unn Michigan Ann Arbor, UC San Diego,etc)Please help!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 9, 2016 at 3:20 pm #

      Hi Shruti,

      I’m sorry to hear that you are so frustrated with your studies! You can check out this post for some information on average GRE scores for engineering programs, but they do not specifically mention biomedical engineering. Many schools list average GRE scores on their program website, so if you do a little investigating you might have some luck there. You can also check out the US News and World Report site, which often includes information such as average GRE scores for different programs and schools.

      And if you are serious about raising for your scores, I encourage you to consider Magoosh! On average, our students improve their GRE score by 8 points, and many students improve much more than that! We provide a comprehensive program with lesson videos, practice problems and tests, and support from our staff of test prep experts. You can try us for free for 7 days to see if you like our approach 🙂

  11. Vishakha August 22, 2016 at 9:24 am #

    Does this mean that if you ideally score in the great score range your chances of getting into the top colleges are more? or is this just a record or students scores who have taken the test? well a 150-150 score being good is quiet encouraging for intending to do a business major- ideally MBA – hope i am reading it correctlly

    but i stil have about 2 mnths to go to give my test i scored 298 in my practise test which i took before i started studying and i hope to push it to atleast 310-15 if not more/ less

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 23, 2016 at 9:13 pm #

      Hi Vishakha,

      Yes–the ‘great’ scores are the ones that higher-ranked schools generally look for. That is, the average score of students in top universities in each field will fall in the ‘great’ range. For more specific information and to get a good idea of your target score, I recommend visiting the websites of a few universities that you are interested in to see what their average score is 🙂

      Good luck with the rest of your studies!

  12. Mustafa Kamal August 8, 2016 at 9:10 pm #

    Dear Sir,

    Firstly, I am seeking admission in PHD mathematics on scholarship basis. I want you to suggest me the way I should make a study plan as I am very weak in English. I am not worry about math portion but the main problem is the verbal section and I don’t have much words in my memory. I am ready for 3-4 month work plan. What do you suggest.

    Secondly, do you have information about graduate studies requirements related to my subject as for as verbal and quantitative are concern.

    Thanks in advance for your kind response.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 13, 2016 at 10:02 pm #

      Magoosh actually offers a 90-day Verbal focused GRE study plan. This plan is designed to be used with a subscription to Magoosh GRE Premium. If you don’t want to use our GRE Premium service, you may be able to modify the plan on your own, using other materials for a verbal focused plan of your own design. But if you do decide to follow the plan exactly as described, we would of course love to work with you.

  13. Jeremiah July 28, 2016 at 10:42 am #

    Hi Rita,

    I’m curious as to how you came up with these estimates. Were you able to contact ETS to obtain the data? Is this based on surveys?


  14. Gaurav July 19, 2016 at 7:58 am #

    First I want to thank you Team Magoosh for your study material through which I was able to get the decent GRE score of 323. Now I need your help to analyse my AWA score which is quite low only 3.5. I am not sure whether this will affect my chances to get admission in top computer science university. I am from Engineering background and Not native English speaker.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 20, 2016 at 5:20 am #

      Hi Gaurav,

      Firstly, on behalf of the entire team at Magoosh, you’re very welcome! It’s awesome hear that our resources helped you out over the course of your GRE prep ? Secondly, congrats on taking the exam and on your scores!

      Now, you’ve asked a challenging question and unfortunately, I don’t have a clear-cut answer for you. However, you should know that according to the data released by ETS, your AWA score is slightly above the average of 3.1 for students who intended to apply for acceptance into computer science graduate programs. Based on that information, your AWA score should not be the determining factor in your admissions decision. However, it’s important to remember that requires vary by program and that all programs take more into consideration than just your GRE scores. You’ll want to make sure that all parts of your application, especially your statement of purpose, are in top shape.

      So, I’d recommend researching the programs you’re interested in to see if they provide more specific details about GRE scores and other application requirements. Go through US News, check out the programs’ websites, and explore forums for more specific advice. There are always people willing to help there ? And if you still have questions, don’t be afraid to reach out to admissions committees, professors, and/or current students.

      I hope this helps!

  15. Lacy Dee July 18, 2016 at 4:45 pm #

    Hi.. I am trying to get into a good school for an MBA. I had 159Q and 158V and I really don’t plan to take another GRE. Any suggestions which good MBA schools will accept the result and also considering I had a really good first degree result? Thanks

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 21, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

      159Q and 158V won’t guarantee you admission into all of the top schools for MBAs. But you still have a decent chance of getting into a lot of them. Offhand, these scores would probably give you a good shot at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler School of business, or at Duke or Vanderbilt. I base my recommendations on those schools’ historical average GRE scores for their MBA, though. Be sure to check with individual schools to see how good of a chance you currently have with your scores.

  16. siddharth July 7, 2016 at 9:59 am #

    Sir / Madam

    I am giving my gre within a month and my scores are around 320-325. I wish to improve my scores in verbal . In quants i usually obtain about 166-168 and the marks have been mainly lost due to some silly errors. could you guide me so that my verbal scores end up above 160. I have completed text completion and sentence equivalence entirely from magoosh and I have completed 125 questions of RC. with a month to go for gre i would like to improve me verbal score which usually is around 150-160.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 13, 2016 at 4:58 am #

      Hi Siddharth 🙂

      As we mention throughout our blog, to really improve your verbal score, it’s essential to read, read, read as much as possible! This will improve your knowledge of vocabulary in context, your ability to process complex sentences, and your reading comprehension skills in general. Make flashcards of key words you don’t know. We recommend reading at least 30 minutes to an hour a day, in addition to the time you spend focused on specific sections of the GRE. As you read, you’ll want to practice focused, active reading.

      To really improve, you’ll need to read GRE-level material. I recommend checking out sources like The New York Times and Art & Letters Daily regularly and reading articles on topics you would normally not choose to read. This will help you to feel comfortable with topics and vocabulary you normally don’t encounter. 😀

      In addition to reading GRE-level material frequently, I’d suggest you begin mastering the words from our GRE Vocabulary Flashcards. Our flashcards contain 1,000 of the most useful GRE words, and knowing high-frequency GRE words can definitely help, which is why we made the flashcards, after all! 😀 We typically recommend learning 10-15 new words a day.

      Now, let’s focus on strategies specific to the exam. Here are four very relevant articles you should go through carefully. In addition to reading about the strategies, work to apply these methods as you continue going through practice questions 🙂

      * Improving GRE Verbal
      * Improving GRE Reading Comprehension
      * Reading Comprehension Strategy (Below the article, you’ll find many links to posts for more strategies and practice!)
      * Text Completion Questions (This post has strategies and also links to numerous blog posts)

      I hope these resources help! Happy studying 😀

  17. siddharth July 7, 2016 at 9:53 am #

    Sir/ Madam
    Can you guide me regarding the colleges to be sent to the ETS software after Gre test.
    I am expecting a score between 320-330 and I have a cgpa of 9.4/10. I am mechanical engineering student and I have interest in the field of renewable energy.

    Any help will be appreciated. Thank you

  18. Phoenix H May 30, 2016 at 4:14 am #

    Hi! I just took my GRE today- first time and so far I got 161V and 168Q… I am not a native English speaker but still want to apply for the top 10 universities’ PhD program in political science.Of course I don’t think my verbal is high enough. But do you think that it will be enough if I take it again and get a verbal score no less than 163? (or 165? – 163 is easily achievable because I was taking my test today under the influence of a heavy cold with stuffy nose and a dizzy head) Also, about AWA, I don’t know my score yet, but do you think 4.5 is enough? (maybe 5?)

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 2, 2016 at 3:28 am #

      Hi Pheonix,

      Firstly, congrats on a truly excellent quant score! Your verbal score is also quite good, putting you in about the 87th percentile. That said, like we’ve mentioned in other comments, we don’t have as much experience in admissions as we do in test prep. Your scores are only one factor that universities take into consideration when evaluating your application. I’d recommend contacting the programs you’re interested in or checking their websites to see if they can provide you with more information about average scores and what they are looking for in PhD applicants 🙂

      I hope this helps, at least a little.

      • Phoenix H June 2, 2016 at 6:06 am #

        Oh thank you for replying and the kind advice!

        I think next I’ll focus on improving my verbal to over 165 and guarantee at least 4.5 for AW. 🙂 BTW, I practiced on many of your apps and I really like them! (the GRE vocabulary and the vocabulary builder) It is a really nice way to kill time when I am on the train/subway to school and back to home. Sad thing is I already know most of the words. Wish there were more words. 😛
        Anyways, many thanks!

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 2, 2016 at 7:22 am #

          Hi Pheonix!

          You’re very welcome 😀 Your plan sounds good to me! It’s also awesome to hear that you’ve enjoyed using our apps, and great job learning all of those words! In addition to using our apps, don’t forget that reading is key to developing a strong vocabulary. I recommend checking out our “Article of the Month” series of GRE-level articles for some good reading practice. In addition to a link to the original article, on each post you’ll find a brief commentary on the article as well as good vocab to know 🙂

          Happy studying! 😀

          • Phoenix H June 8, 2016 at 2:28 am #

            Thank you for the kind advice! I’ve already started reading the Atlantic on a daily basis! Btw I got the official GRE score today. It’s v161, q168 and aw4.5… It’s the first time I’ve taken it and I can definitely score higher next time I take it, if I re-take it. The question is… Do I need to? I’ve asked three friends/my seniors who are already enrolled in PhD programs at top 10 universities and the feedback is a bit confusing because they say my score is decent enough given I’m not a native English speaker and have never lived/or studied in an English speaking country… So basically I was wondering that generally speaking if there is a difference in the standard of a good score for students from non-English speaking countries, or do all the applicants considered without regard to language background? I checked several universities’ website, Princeton Harvard etc there seems not to be instructions of such kind. I’m applying for PhD program in political science and I’m sure if I’m American my score is not high enough..but the fee for GRE test registration is not so cheap either..so I’m a bit struggled..
            I understand you guys are more focused on the test rather than admission policy so apologies for my a bit irrelevant inquiry…
            Love your apps and website btw!

            • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
              Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 16, 2016 at 10:05 am #

              Hi Phoenix,

              Good question! 🙂

              So your score, first of all, is strong. Strong for a native or non-native speaker, so well done! You will have to ask universities specifically about how they treat score requirements for non-native students. In my experience, it is not usually stated on the website, but when the admissions committee meets, they recognize your language status alongside qualifications and test scores.

              The most important question, honestly, is this: Do you think you can improve on this score if you set out to do it? Sometimes students say they don’t think the can do better than a given score, and that’s fine. It’s actually really important to know that about yourself so you don’t spend time and money when this score is what you have and can realistically get. I’m not implying you can’t do better, but it is important for you to think about as you make this decision.

              Not knowing what type of PhD you want and the basic score averages for that area, it is hard to offer much more guidance, but the fact that you are looking for information and asking good questions means you probably have a lot of that already at your disposal. The short answer, here, is that you may want to retake the test, but you are also in a strong position to not need to. The proposal, writing samples, and letters of reference are all highly important alongside the GRE score. In many cases, the GRE score is used simply as a threshold check for a PhD program and not considered very carefully, but again, this varies across programs.

              Best of luck, Phoenix! 🙂

  19. Farnaz March 18, 2016 at 3:54 am #

    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 18, 2016 at 6:33 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 by Program Majors
      GRE Scores Infographic

      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 this helps at least a little 🙂

  20. Kruti Walinjkar February 13, 2016 at 3:18 am #

    I find Magoosh very useful. 🙂
    I am giving my GRE 2 weeks from now. I’ve been preparing for a while now. My verbal score comes in the range of 150-155 and quants 160-164. In the ETS powerprep test i got V150 & Q164.
    How can I improve my scores, especially my verbal scores in these two weeks? Also, can you suggest colleges that I should aim for and apply to? I’m aiming for MS in electrical engineering.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 15, 2016 at 3:21 am #

      Hi Kruti,

      It’s great to hear that our GRE prep materials are helping you out 😀

      With hard work, you can definitely improve your scores in the next two weeks before your exam. In terms of the verbal section, it’s key to remember that the current GRE focuses more on context than on knowing the definitions of a bunch of vocabulary words.

      For this reason, I recommend that you read as much as possible as you continue preparing for the GRE. Even half an hour a day can help in these last two weeks! On the other hand, if you have more time, try to shoot for at least an hour a day. Reading will help your knowledge of vocabulary in context. You’ll also improve your ability to synthesize information and your reading speed. And you’ll be able to practice reading actively while alleviating some of the pressure of practice questions 🙂

      To really improve, you’ll need to read GRE-level material. For some suggestions, check out our “GRE Article of the Month”, which we post to help sift students through the plethora of excellent (and not-so-excellent) articles out there to find GRE-appropriate reading material.

      For tips on how you can take advantage of reading these types of sources, I recommend this post: Vocabulary in Context 🙂

      Additionally, for short term improvement, high-frequency word lists are also helpful! You’ll want to master the 1000 words in Magoosh’s GRE vocabulary flashcards. It’s important to realize that memorizing vocabulary is no replacement for reading, but learning high-frequency GRE words can help as well, especially in the short term. You want to do both!

      Finally, we have blog posts geared towards fine-tuning reading comprehension (RC). A great place to review fundamental RC strategies is our Introduction to RC.

      Regarding the Quant Section, once you know all the basics very well–and with your current scores, it looks like you do 🙂 –then you have to get good at problem-solving strategy. In any math problem, there are often several things that mathematically we could do, and it’s important to discern what would be the most efficient, the most elegant, solution. Focusing on that will help with speed. We talk a great deal about this in the articles on the blog. Here is a blog you may find helpful: “How to do GRE Math Faster”.

      We also have some tips specifically on how to take advantage of the last couple of weeks before your exam. Overall, you will want to go through practice problems, focus on your weaknesses, and get the right amount of rest. Here are the blog posts:

      Last Minute GRE Tips
      What to do 2 Weeks Before the GRE

      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

      This website is also a great place to start your research: Best Grad Schools

      I hope this helps! Good luck on your upcoming exam 😀

      • Kruti Walinjkar February 15, 2016 at 5:42 am #

        That was so useful. Thanks a lot guys 🙂

  21. Cassie February 10, 2016 at 7:02 am #

    Can you explain the “predicted score” section of the dashboard a little more? If my predicted score is the score I’m shooting for even after just 50-60 problems are those percentages/scores in relation to the entire test or in relation to other students who got those scores and were at the same progress point as I am at this point.

    I think I’m still going to study more to raise it even more, but I can’t figure out if it means I’m on track or if it means I’m ready to test.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 11, 2016 at 5:35 am #

      Hi Cassie,

      Sure! Our predicted score on the dashboard is based on your performance, our underlying statistical analysis of student performance on those questions, and continued adjustment of the algorithm. A score after just 50-60 problems shows, based on that practice only, how you perform according to this correspondence. It will be more reliable and accurate as you complete more practice, but if you are already in a range you want, that is a great start! Consider whether the difficulty level of those questions has been on the easier side, and definitely keep pushing yourself to improve. 🙂

      The best way to see if you are really ready to take a mock test is to capture a full score in the context of that long of a sitting. But good work so far! 🙂

  22. Ramadas January 18, 2016 at 3:44 am #

    Jan 2016:
    My son’s GRE score is 304 (Quant 156, Verbal 146). He has 4.5/5 in CGPA. TOEFL score is 96.
    Recommend me the best universities in US for these scores.
    Especially what is the deadline for applications for Summer 2016 Fall 2016

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 8, 2016 at 9:18 am #

      Hi Ramadas,

      Your son seems to have a strong academic base! We are not admissions experts, but I’ll do what I can to help get you started! 🙂

      It is hard to make recommendations for him because I don’t know the details for every university, I don’t know what his field of study is, and deadlines and scores are very specific to every university. I would start by looking at this ETS document to see what kind of scores are common across different fields of study. Once he identifies some schools he is interested in, you can find exact GRE requirements for each program and the application deadlines (they will all be slightly different). You might also want to get the services of an admissions professional (we have a partnership with Accepted, but there are others, too!) and they can really help you through this process. 🙂

  23. Tyler December 20, 2015 at 9:31 pm #


    I just wrote and received my official scores back. I got a 163 verbal, 149 QR, and 5 analytical writing. I am applying for Philosophy PhD programs and wondering if my math score is going to bring me down?

  24. Jamie October 10, 2015 at 12:06 pm #


    I took the GRE for my first master’s program in 2012. I didn’t study at all and got a 152 Verbal and 153 Quantitative. I am now applying for PhD programs in Social Work and Sociology. I am VERY busy, working a full time and part time job, with lots of other commitments. I am wanting to take the GRE again in 1 month (in time to submit my scores at my target schools), but I just haven’t been able to devote the time to studying that I had hoped. My scores the first time around were decent–about average for the schools I’m applying to. Should I study and re-take the test or just submit my current scores?

    Any help would be great! Thanks!

    • Dani Lichliter
      Dani Lichliter October 12, 2015 at 10:28 am #

      Hi Jamie,

      Thanks for reaching out even though you are super busy! 🙂 Since you are a premium member, I went ahead and forwarded on your question to our team of remote tutors. Someone from that team will reach out to you via email.

      Best of luck!

  25. Travis September 10, 2015 at 5:04 pm #

    hey Magoosh – Thanks a lot for helping me prepare for my GRE. Just took it. Did a lot better than I expected. As a result of your service, I know my baseline, and know where to focus next.

    • Jessica Wan
      Jessica Wan September 11, 2015 at 9:54 am #

      Hi Travis,

      Congratulations! That’s great to hear. 🙂


  26. Haiqing Xu August 19, 2015 at 11:22 am #

    Hi Magoosh GRE team,
    I am an international student aiming PHD program of engineering in TOP 10 university. My gre score is 330 (160V and 170Q) and 3.5 for writing. Do you think I should re-take the exam?


    • iartmalik September 11, 2015 at 1:19 am #

      dude.. are u human?? how can u score 330 ??
      I’m sry im not offending u.. im jus surprised wid such high score.. i wrote once and i got 289 🙂

  27. Bhavana V August 16, 2015 at 11:23 pm #

    Hi Magoosh Team,

    I gave my GRE(first attempt) on 10th Aug. I received a score of 307 – Q157, V150.
    My scores in Magoosh, Manhattan prep, ETS Powerprep mocks were all 312 – Q160, V 152.

    However I found my actual GRE much harder. Even Math. Somehow, the Magoosh math seemed less challenging compared to my actual GRE.
    This has left me utterly confused and need your advice on if I should re-take my GRE. If yes, please advice on how I can improve my score to 312+.

    I would really appreciate your help in resolving my confusion.
    Awaiting your response. Thanks is advance.


    • Shubhang September 10, 2015 at 7:05 am #

      Hey Bhavana I agree with you,my quant scores on the mock were around 160 but on the actual test it dropped to a 156, by the way i used Manhattan Prep and some free material from magoosh and i too gave my GRE on the 10th of August i got a 308(Q:156 V:152).

      I think you should work on your time management because i lost points because of improper time management even though i knew how to solve.The hardest part for me was to mark and move on i spent a lot of time on harder questions leaving out the easy ones.

      Hope this helps 🙂

  28. Karan August 5, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    Hi Rita

    I have a GRE score of 328 (Q170, V158) , however my AWA score is 3 which is very average (i.e. 15 percentile). In terms of quant and verbal score I am pretty much safe but I am worried about my AWA score. Does a low AWA score affects my chances of getting admit in good university (CMU,UPENN etc). Should I consider retaking the test?

    • iartmalik September 11, 2015 at 1:21 am #

      Hi Karan..

      I’m wondering how to score 170 in quant.. can u guide me on that note??
      last time i gave my test.. i got 289..Q(148)

      • Derek October 12, 2015 at 12:44 am #

        Chinese… O(∩_∩)O~

  29. Arshya July 29, 2015 at 9:53 am #

    Hi Magoosh team,

    I wrote my GRE today and scored 324 ( 168 in Quants 🙂 ). A huge thank you to your team for being such an incredible help. Awesome blogs and such friendly people always ready to help !Couldn’t have done it without you..:)

  30. sumit kumar July 14, 2015 at 4:28 pm #


    I have a GRE score 299 (Q 155 and V 144), AWA 3.
    I have a work experience of 5 years. Last 2 years of global experience from Switzerland where I was leading a team of 12.
    I am interested in doing MS in MIS from US.
    I would be highly obliged if you could suggest me some colleges where I can apply.

    Thanks and Regards,

  31. priyanka December 16, 2014 at 5:37 am #

    Hi ,

    I am so happy I used Magoosh for my GRE preparation. You make things so much easier to understand like they were never a problem at all!
    Brilliant videos by Chris, Brent and Mike ( I hope I got the names right !)

    I sailed through and got a decent enough score ( I just returned from the center :P) 317. But I got nervous and I am afraid I will score really low on the AWA. I am worried that it will affect my chances to enter a top engineering school. If I score 2 ( i hope not :/) , how much will it matter? and is there any way to offset it with a good TOEFL score? or that just a really amazing SOP is required now

    Once again, even though my score isn’t the best out there, I am very happy I discovered Magoosh…you guys are truly truly amazing at your job…



    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele December 16, 2014 at 11:40 am #

      Thanks so much Priyanka for the positive comments! I’ll let Mike know–I sit right next to him 🙂 (Brent is in Canada).

      And congrats on the solid score!

      Hope things going well with the AWA 🙂

      Good luck!

  32. Rashmika December 9, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

    Hi Rita & The Magoosh Team,

    Just wanted to take a moment to appreciate.. You guys do such a splendid job with the blog and I have found answers to practically all my questions here.. Also like to mention that the help offered for every question I asked also was so immensely helpful…

    This is valuable information and provides a direction to your prepping!!

    You guys rock!! 🙂

    Kudos to the entire team 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Rita Neumann
      Rita Kreig December 9, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

      Hi Rashmika!

      You are awesome!! Thank you very much for your kind words. 🙂

      I am so, so happy to hear that you’re finding the help you need on the blog. That’s our goal, and it makes my day to hear that you’re finding our content valuable as you study. 🙂

      Let us know if we can ever help with anything else!

      Rita 🙂

  33. Marie December 4, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

    I just took the GRE yesterday and got a 168 Verbal and 153 Quant (321 total). I’m extremely disappointed with my math score as I am applying to top earth science programs. I studied very diligently (~6-8 per day) for about 3 weeks on Magoosh. But I think I made the fatal error of never taking a full length practice test. I feel very discouraged at this point as my applications are due January 1st and January 5th. I am even considering waiting an entire year to apply. One issue is that I switched to science late in my undergraduate years so I do not have an extensive math background. I could possible try to retake in exactly 21 days, but that doesn’t give me much time to study and work on applications… and I’m not even sure if scores would arrive in time. Any suggestions would be so appreciated.

    • arpith June 20, 2015 at 10:38 am #

      what did u decide??
      Just curious.. I took my gre on may 22nd.. I just got 289.. 😐

  34. Annika November 19, 2014 at 3:01 am #

    Dear Magoosh Team,
    for my masters program i need to show a math score above 155 and 5.5 in the analytical writting part.
    There is no scores given for the verbal part, i therefore assume the verbal score doesn’t matter.

    Since the GRE is based on section performance, my question is as follow:
    Does my performance in one of the verbal sections have an influence on the level of questions for the quantitative part?
    Thanks in advance

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele November 19, 2014 at 11:40 am #

      Hi Annika,

      You verbal performance is completely unrelated to the level of quant questions you receive. Theoretically, then, you could miss every single verbal question and still receive the exact same math sections had you answered every verbal question correctly.

      Hope that helps!

  35. sameer kaushik November 16, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    This was really useful. I have given my GRE 2 weeks back with a score of 313 ( 164 Quant and 149 Verbal). I plan to apply for MBA program. But i really want to improve my scores and want to take it above 320 at least. Though i know that i really need to improve upon my verbal scores, i am finding it difficult to make strategy for the same. Can you please help me on the this. I plan to give my GRE again in another 15 days.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele November 17, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

      Hi Sameer,

      A good place to start, if you want to better understand the GRE verbal and what it will take to get you above 155 in verbal, is the Magoosh GRE ebook:


      Since success on the GRE verbal section is heavily dependent on vocabulary, you will also want to read the Magoosh vocabulary ebook (both are free :)).


      Let me know after you’ve checked those out if you have any questions :).

  36. Neal C November 15, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    Hi Rita and Magoosh team!
    This is a great infographic. After a few months studying with your program, I took the test today and got 166V and 158Q. I’m applying to PhD programs in English, some of them considered top programs, like Harvard and Princeton. Elsewhere on your site it says that the score range for students admitted to top english PhD programs is 166-170 for verbal, and 152-156 for Quantitative. I’m thrilled that I made it just into the range for Verbal–but I’m wondering if it is necessary to spend more time studying to retake the test and try and get further up into the score range of admitted students.

    Anyway, you guys have been great. I love your program. I’m sure you get a hundred questions like this a day, haha. 🙂 So I’ll understand if there’s not time to respond! In any case, thank you!

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele November 17, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

      Hi Neal C,

      I think it really only make sense to study for a retake, if you are confident that you can get 169/170 and if you feel the rest of your application isn’t that strong. Otherwise, that extra time can be better spent burnishing your application.

      Hope that helps!

      • Neal C November 18, 2014 at 8:14 am #

        Thank you, Chris! That makes sense. 🙂

      • Neal C November 25, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

        Hey Chris! Wanted to share that, in large part thanks to your very helpful instructional videos, I just found out I got a score of 6 on the AWA section. Could not have done it without Magoosh!

        • Chris Lele
          Chris Lele December 4, 2014 at 11:55 am #

          That’s so awesome to hear! Glad Magoosh was a part of that very difficult to attain score 🙂

  37. Bebop November 2, 2014 at 6:06 am #


    These are my GRE scores: Q: 168, V: 161, AW: 4

    I am a foreigner and English is not my native language. I am applyıng to PHD programs in political science. Do you think my GRE scores are good enough for top 20 schools. I know that GRE is not the only thing that matters, it is probably not even the most important thing in your application. But do you think my GRE scores are good enough for top 20? Most schools do not publish average GRE scores of admitted applicants, so I am asking this to you. I know that my AW score is low for political science, but I am an international student so maybe that will help?

    I also have a low undergraduate GPA(I mean really low), but my masters GPA is pretty good. Are there any students like me who got into a really good school with a low undergraduate GPA? How rare is it?

    Thank you for your work, this site is really helpful.

    • Aya April 27, 2016 at 4:29 am #

      I am truly curious about how it went with you bebop. I am exactly your case. Though,I am applying for PHD this fall. Thanks !

      • Phoenix H June 8, 2016 at 2:38 am #

        Almost exactly the same situation here! I got the same score for Q and V, wanna apply for PhD programs in political science and I happen to have the same question about being a foreigner from a non-English speaking country..

        And I left a comment asking this question… :/

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 16, 2016 at 10:06 am #

          Please feel free to check out our response to your original comment, Phoenix! 🙂

  38. Kourosh November 1, 2014 at 11:25 pm #

    great tips Rita, in short, we have to reach for the stars even we don’t plan to target the top universities.

    • Rita Neumann
      Rita Kreig November 3, 2014 at 10:27 am #

      Thanks Kourosh! 🙂

      And that’s exactly right – if you’re going to spend lots of time studying for the GRE, you may as well aim for a high score and really impress your admissions committee, even if you’re not applying to a top program.

      Best of luck with your GRE prep, and thanks for reading the blog!

  39. C Sriram November 1, 2014 at 1:53 am #

    Hi Magoosh team,
    You guys are really great!My target GRE score was 325.What I achieved was 328 (Q-167 V-161).For the first time in my entire 23 year life,I have surpassed my own expectations.I entirely attribute this score to the structured knowledge delivery and plethora of GRE-like but tougher than GRE questions from Magoosh. I’m completely happy with your product.Continue this good work and let more and more students get benefited from this wonderful product.

    Good Luck.

  40. SR October 30, 2014 at 11:47 am #

    It looks like a very good information. It would help everyone to prepare with a score in mind.

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