Aiming for a science program, like Computer Science or Chemistry, and looking for what GRE score you’ll be expected to have to get into your dream school? Here’s the info from ETS chart that tells us the average GRE scores for science programs’ applicants based on survey data they collect from test takers.
GRE Scores for Science Programs (Intended Applicants)
|Physical Sciences (General)||151||158|
|Earth, Atmospheric, and Marine Sciences||154||155|
|Physics and Astronomy||156||162|
The scores above are intended majors. What does “intended” major mean? It simply means that that these are the average scores of people planning on applying to graduate school in a specific major.
Finding a Real Score Range for Physical Sciences Programs
Using a scale drawn from the limited score data in the US News & World Report’s report on graduate schools, here’s a range of scores you could expect:
GRE Scores for Science Programs by Program Rank
|Specialty||Program Rank #1-10, Verbal||Program Rank #1-10, Quantitative||Program Rank #11-50, Verbal||Program Rank #11-50 Quantitative||Program Rank #51-100, Verbal||Program Rank #51-100, Quantitative|
|Physical Sciences (General)||160-164||165-169||157-161||161-165||154-158||158-162|
|Earth, Atmospheric, and Marine Sciences||163-167||160-164||160-164||156-160||157-161||153-157|
|Physics and Astronomy||164-168||168-170||161-165||164-168||158-162||161-165|
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GRE Scores: 50th/70th/90th Percentiles
You can learn more about percentiles in this score percentiles post, but for quick reference, 50th percentile scores are average, 70th percentile is considered good, and 90th percentile is considered great.
|Physical Sciences (Overall)||151||156||162|
|Earth, Atmospheric, and Marine Sciences||154||159||165|
|Physics and Astronomy||156||160||166|
|Physical Sciences (Overall)||158||160||167|
|Earth, Atmospheric, and Marine Sciences||155||155||162|
|Physics and Astronomy||162||163||170|
What Can We Take Away from Science Programs’ Average GRE Scores?
While getting into a top science program can be tricky, a GRE score of 160 or higher in both Verbal and Quant will make you a competitive candidate in many top 100 programs. However, this varies highly by specialty and program rank, so be sure to check yours above!
Remember that you will be applying to a hard science program, so applying to graduate school is anything but easy; this is just a “good-enough” approach that should put you in a decent position to create the appropriate study goals. So if you’re interested in a PhD in Physics from MIT, or a Master’s in Computer Science from NYU, then this is a good place to start.