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What’s a good GRE score?

What’s a good GRE score? When considering your GRE score goal (in 2017’s competitive admissions cycle), it’s always wise to look at the requirements or minimums (if any) at the schools to which you’re applying. For starters, though, here is what you need to know about your GRE score:

The GRE is scored on a 130-170 scale in each section. You’ll receive both a GRE Verbal score and on GRE Quantitative score. Because there are so few possible scores – only 41 – that you can get on the GRE, answering just one more question correctly could be enough to turn an average score into a great score.

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BEST SCORES
BETTER SCORES

Competitive Scores

These scores will put you in a highly competitive place in admissions (top 25% of all test takers)

VERBAL: 158 – 162

QUANTITATIVE: 159-164

WRITING: 4.5

GOOD SCORES

Good Enough Scores

These scores put you ahead of the pack (50%+), but won’t be as advantageous when applying to highly competitive programs

VERBAL: 152-158

QUANTITATIVE: 153-158

WRITING: 4.0

BELOW AVERAGE SCORES

Below Average Scores

These scores may be enough to get into a wide variety of graduate programs, but will be below average compared to the testing population

VERBAL: 151 or below

QUANTITATIVE: 152 or below

WRITING: 3.5 or below

Many factors affect your graduate school or business school application, and each will help decide whether you’re admitted or rejected. Your GRE score is just one part of your candidacy. Your undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, research, and personal essays will all contribute to your acceptance into your dream school.

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