Hoping to get into a social science graduate program 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 providing the average GRE scores for majors based on survey data they collect from test takers.
GRE Scores for Social Science Programs (Intended)
|Social Sciences (General)||153||151|
|Anthropology and Archaeology||155||149|
GRE Scores for Social Science Programs
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.
Score Range for Social Sciences Programs
Using a scale drawn from the limited score data in the US News & World Report’s report on graduate schools, here’s the range of average scores you could expect:
GRE Scores for Social Science Programs by 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|
|Social Sciences (General)||162-166||157-161||159-163||153-157||156-160||150-154|
|Anthropology and Archaeology||164-168||155-159||161-165||151-155||158-162||148-152|
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As you can see, there’s a pretty big distinction between, say, Economics GRE scores and Sociology GRE scores. For example, you’ll obviously be expected to have better GRE math scores for Economics (a quant heavy program) versus Political Science GRE scores in math. The Social Sciences truly span a wide swath of concentrations, and consequently you’ll need to be aware of your particular program.
GRE Scores for Social Science Programs: 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.
|Social Sciences (Overall)||153||158||164|
|Other Social Sciences||152||153||163|
|Social Sciences (Overall)||151||152||159|
|Other Social Sciences||149||150||157|
What Can We Take Away from Social Science Programs’ Average GRE Scores?
As you can see, the average GRE scores for Social Science programs vary widely by subfield. Here are a few key takeaways from the above data:
- Economics students had the highest combinedGRE scores in the Social Sciences, with average scores of 154 (Verbal) and 160 (Quant); for top ten programs, students’ ranges were around 163-167 (Verbal) and 166-170 (Quant).
- Psychology students had the lowest GRE scores in this field, with average scores of 152 (Verbal) and 149 (Quant); for top ten programs, students’ ranges were around 161-165 (Verbal) and 155-159 (Quant).
- If you’re applying to a top ten program in any field, aim for a GRE score of around nine points above average Verbal scores and six points above average Quant scores for your subfield.
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