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:
|Program||Average Verbal||Average Quantitative|
|Engineering - Master's||162||167|
|Engineering - PhD||161||167|
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 Math or Verbal isn’t going to do very much to get you into your dream school. For example, according US News & World Report, MIT admits engineering students at the 90th percentile 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. 🙂
|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), 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|
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 :).