I’ve written a lot about GRE scores for top universities lately and have gotten more than a little flack from Magoosh founder, Bhavin, for not having written up the same for his alma mater and our local university just down the street, UC Berkeley. Cal, as it’s affectionately known around here (and the world, I guess), is more than just an amazing campus in the booming and buzzing San Francisco Bay area, it’s one of the toughest schools to get into in the whole country.
Naturally there’s a lot that goes into cracking the tough nut of Berkeley admissions, and the GRE is simply one of those factors. But what score do you need to get in?
Average GRE Scores for UC Berkeley – Engineering and Education
If you’re applying to UC Berkeley Engineering or Education programs, you’re in luck: these are among the few programs that report exact GRE scores of admits to US News & World Report. Here’s the US News & World Report data on the Engineering and Education programs at UC Berkeley:
|Program||Average Verbal||Average Quantitative|
|Engineering - Master's||157||165|
|Engineering - PhD||160||166|
|Education - Master's||155||155|
|Education - PhD/EdD||157||159|
For Engineering, the Verbal scores are in the 75th and 82nd percentiles and the Quantitative scores are in the 85th and 87th. For Education, the percentile ranks are 67th/75th and 55th/69th, respectively.
Estimating UC Berkeley GRE Scores in Other Disciplines
Based on UC Berkeley’s GRE scores in Education and Engineering, combined with their program ranks, we’re able to extrapolate GRE information about other Berkeley programs! Below is an estimated range of scores you could expect from Berkeley’s ranked programs.
|Program||US News Rank||Estimated Verbal Range||Estimated Quantitative Range|
Resources to get the GRE Scores You’ll Need for UC Berkeley
Check out the following links for more help preparing for the GRE:
Notes About Comments
While I’d love to give everyone some kind of hard and fast number for your chances (it’s a nerve wracking, opaque experience, I know), I 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 I can do is tell you below/at/above the score range, but that information you can see for yourself above. My 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. Good luck! 🙂
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