UC Berkeley GRE Scores

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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

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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:

ProgramAverage VerbalAverage Quantitative
Engineering - Master's157166
Engineering - PhD159167
Education - Master's156152
Education - PhD/EdD157152

  
For Engineering, the Verbal scores are in the 76th and 83rd percentiles and the Quantitative scores are in the 89th and 90th. For Education the percentile ranks are 73rd/76th and 45th, 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.

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences1162-166160-164
Chemistry2162-166164-168
Computer Science1157-161164-168
Earth Sciences2163-167161-165
Economics1163-167166-170
English1166-170155-159
Fine Arts15160-164154-158
History4165-169155-159
Mathematics2162-166169-170
Physics3165-169168-170
Political Science4166-170158-162
Psychology1161-165155-159
Public Administration3162-166156-160
Social Work3157-161150-154
Sociology1162-166155-159

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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