Good Scores on the New GRE for Engineering Programs

Interested in going to graduate school in engineering? Wondering what a good score on the new GRE is for graduate programs in engineering? “It’s Not GREek!” breaks down the new GRE score ranges for US News & World Report’s top 150 graduate programs in engineering.

Top 50:
Quantitative Score Range for Admitted Students: 159 – 166
Verbal Score Range for Admitted students: 154-160

Top 51-100:
Quantitative Score Range for Admitted Students: 156 – 160
Verbal Score Range for Admitted Students: 149 – 152

Top 101 – 150:
Quantitative Score Range for Admitted Students: 155 – 159
Verbal Score Range for Admitted Students: 150 – 153
Want to continue studying engineering in graduate school? You better know your math!!
Getting a high quantitative score on the new GRE is extremely important.  It’s nearly impossible to be admitted to any graduate programs in engineering without a quantitative score of at least 155.  For top 50 programs, you should be aiming for a 161 or higher.  Several graduate engineering programs in the top 50 boasted average new GRE scores of 170 on the quantitative section for admitted students.  That means the average student who came into the program had a perfect score on the quantitative section!!

So, does that mean I can ignore the verbal score?
In short, no.  Many engineering graduate programs stress that while they’re looking for very high quantitative scores, they are also seeking out well-rounded applicants with the ability to communicate.  Candidates with low verbal scores will not be appealing to engineering graduate schools, no matter how high their quantitative score is.  Several of the engineering programs at University of California-Berkley, for instance, say candidates who are applying should have both verbal and quantitative scores above the 85th percentile.  On average, the top 50 graduate schools were looking for verbal scores at or above the 70th percentile.  Ideally, you should be aiming for a verbal score no more than five points lower than your quantitative score.

Are you applying for a master’s program?
If so, you may be in luck! Verbal scores for candidates admitted to the master’s programs at engineering schools tended to be a little lower than the scores for candidates admitted to doctoral programs, however, a high quantitative score is still required for both types of programs.

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Come back soon for more information about the scores you need on the new GRE to get admitted to the graduate programs of your choice.