MIT GRE Scores

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Applying to MIT? 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 pile, MIT GRE scores are going to range from insane to ears-bleeding-as-your-brain-rockets-from-the-stratosphere high.

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?

Average GRE scores for MIT Engineering

Applying to Engineering programs at MIT? Here’s the US News & World Report data on their scores:

ProgramAverage VerbalAverage Quantitative
Engineering - Master's160164
Engineering - PhD162167
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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 150 in Verbal and a 154 in Quant aren’t going to do very much to get you into your dream school.

Bottom line? MIT admits engineering students in the 90+ percentiles in Quant. And, unlike some other Engineering programs, their students also achieve high scores–think 86th-90th percentile–in Verbal. So you can see that an average score, particularly in Quant, would put you at a major disadvantage on your application.


Estimating MIT GRE Scores in Other Disciplines

If US News & World Report only provides Engineering and Education GRE scores, how do we know what MIT GRE scores are for other programs? Based on those two programs’ rankings and given scores, Magoosh is actually able to estimate GRE ranges for MIT’s other programs.

Below is an estimated range of scores you could expect from MIT’s ranked programs.

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences1162-166160-164
Computer Science1158-162165-169
Earth Sciences2163-167160-164
Political Science7166-170159-163

Resources to Get the GRE Scores You’ll Need

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


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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    Chris Swimmer is an analyst at Magoosh who divides his time between marketing and research projects and helping folks out with their math hang ups while studying for the GRE and the GMAT. Follow him on Google+! And you can follow him @chrisrswimmer on Twitter.