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What’s a good GRE score?

What’s a good GRE score? When considering your GRE score goal in 2020’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.

GRE Scoring Percentiles

As provided by ETS, the creator of the GRE, possible GRE scores and their coinciding percentiles are as follows:

Scaled ScoreVerbal ReasoningQuantitative Reasoning
1709996
1699995
1689893
1679890
1669789
1659686
1649484
1639382
1629079
1618876
1608673
1598370
1588067
1577664
1567360
1556856
1546453
1536049
1525445
1515141
1504637
1494134
1483730
1473326
1462923
1452619
1442216
1431913
1421611
141149
140117
13996
13884
13763
13642
13532
13421
13321
13211
13111
13011

Score LevelsAnalytical Writing
6.099
5.598
5.092
4.581
4.057
3.539
3.015
2.57
2.02
1.51
1.01
0.51
0.01

 

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

Not sure how you’ll score on the GRE? Take a free full-length practice test for the GRE® today to see where you stand.

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.

Do you need a plan for the week before the GRE®?  We’ve got one here.

GRE/GMAT Score Comparison

While it’s impossible to perfectly equate GRE and GMAT scores, since they have different numbers of sections and their scores are reported differently, using your score on one test to predict your score on the other can help you know whether you’re prepared for the graduate programs to which you’re applying.

The GMAT is scored from 200-800, while each GRE section score falls between 130 and 170. Below is our chart of equivalent* GMAT, GRE Verbal, and GRE Quantitative score percentiles. GMAT scores were collected by GMAC between 2015 and 2018. GRE scores were collected by ETS between 2015 and 2018. 

PercentileGMAT ScoreGRE Verbal ScoreGRE Quant Score
99%800169
96-98%750 165-168 170
88-89%700161166
73%650156160
54-56%600152155
37-38%550148150
26%500145147
16%450142144
9-10%400139141
4-5%350136138
3%300135137
1%250130130
0%200

*The percentiles and coinciding scores listed above are approximate, as equivalent data on GMAT and GRE scores were unavailable. For more accurate information on each test’s scoring percentiles, visit the test-makers’ websites: GMAC and ETS.

 

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