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MIT GRE Scores

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This post was updated in March 2017 to reflect the latest information on MIT GRE Scores.

I’m going to say right off the bat, you’ve got an uphill battle to fight. Consistently ranked near the top of the elite school slush pile, you can bet that GRE scores for MIT are going to range from insane to ears-bleeding-as-your-brain-rockets-from-the-stratosphere high. No biggie, right. There’s definitely a lot to consider when you apply to grad school, especially of the caliber of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but the GRE is not to be overlooked. But what score do you need? Unfortunately, it’s not exactly straightforward as we all wish it would be.

Average GRE scores for MIT Engineering

Below is the US News & World Report data on the engineering program at MIT:

ProgramAverage VerbalAverage Quantitative
Engineering - Master's160165
Engineering - PhD161167



If you’re shooting for such high ranking university like MIT or Stanford, you can be guaranteed that an average GRE score isn’t going to help you out much. That means a 151 in Verbal and a 153 in Quant aren’t going to do very much to get you into your dream school. For example, according US News & World Report, MIT admits engineering students in the 90+ percentiles in math. So you can see that an average score would put you at a major disadvantage on your application.

Estimating MIT GRE scores in other disciplines

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

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences1158-162160-164
Chemistry1158-162164-168
Computer Science1152-156162-166
Earth Sciences2159-163161-165
Economics1159-163166-170
Mathematics1158-162168-170
Physics1161-165168-170
Political Science9161-165158-162
Psychology8157-161159-163

Resources to get the GRE scores you’ll need

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

 

Methodology

Using the limited score data in the US News & World Report’s release on graduate schools (for engineering and education), we 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 we 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
Chemistry 1 #1-10 153 8 points 164-168

Of course, you could argue that this isn’t perfect, and we’d have to agree. This is just intended to give you a general idea of what you should be aiming for. 🙂


 

Notes about “What are my chances?” comments

While we’d love to give everyone some kind of hard and fast number for your chances (it’s a nerve-wracking, opaque experience, we know), we 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 we can do is tell you what is below/at/above the score range, but that information you can see for yourself above. Our 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. Also give the MIT GRE program you are interested in a call: you might be able to get more information. Of course if you have questions about methodology or how to achieve certain scores, or pretty much anything outside of “what are my chances?”, then we’d be happy to answer them in the comments :).

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