What is a Good Score on the New GRE?

This is what I always wanted to see on my tests!

When it comes to tests – or really grades in general – I am a perfectionist. Back in high school, even though a 91 and a 99 both counted as an A, and both benefited my GPA  by the same amount, a 99 or even a 100 was just so much prettier. Every question I missed on a test was one that I could have gotten right. And if we were ever told just our grade, without a chance to look over the tests, I was the one who would angst over which questions I might have missed.

Yeah, not healthy, I know. And I got over it somewhat in college. I still worked my hardest and fought for those good grades, but with the increased difficulty of coursework as I got to my junior and senior years I focused more on comprehension of the material than on the actual numerical grade.

But now, as I’m studying and preparing for the GRE, I find those old attitudes creeping back. While I didn’t get a perfect score on my SAT, I did well. And I knew I did well, from the moment I looked at my score report, because I knew the average scores and where mine fell on the spectrum. But with the shiny brand-new scoring system I’m facing, I find myself wondering – what exactly constitutes a good score on the revised GRE? What’s the expected average score on the new GRE? And more importantly, what score do I need to get into the graduate program I want?  To answer these questions, it behooves both me and you to take a closer look at this crazy new scoring system, and what the key differences are.

How is the new GRE scored?

  • The essays – still scored on the old 0-6 scale,
  • Math – out of 170 instead of 800
  • Verbal – out of 170 instead of 800

The math and verbal sections are each scored on a range from 130 to 170, for a total out of 340, which (if my math is right) adds up to 81 possible total scores, in increments of one point each. So, split the difference, and an “average” score on each section would be somewhere around 150 to 155. But that’s only getting about half the questions right, and that definitely isn’t what I want to do. Looking at just the base percentages, anything over 160 on a given section would be decent, and anything over 165 would be pretty close to excellent. Unfortunately, this is all just speculation at this point, since no one has taken the test yet – so there’s no pool of data to work from.

So, why the change?

Well, ETS wanted scores that were obviously different from SAT scores, unlike the old 800-point scale, and one that didn’t overlap any of the numbers, so there wouldn’t be any confusion. If each section on the new GRE was out of 220, for example, but I took the old GRE and got a 220 on verbal, well… you get the picture. Way too much room for confusion in comparing scores. They also wanted colleges to have an easier time comparing students’ performances on the exams. If I got a 720 on the old GRE and you got a 730, that looks like a significant difference, even though it’s only one incremental score apart. But now, if I score a 324 and you score a 325, still one incremental score apart, it looks much closer.

So, obviously, colleges won’t have minimum or average scores for the new GRE yet, but you can still get a rough idea by looking at what they have posted on the old GRE scale. Here’s a rough equation you can use to figure out the approximately equivalent score for a section on the new scale:

  • (Old score (out of 800) + 1750) /15

So, a 560 on the old scale would be about a 154 on the new scale. Keep in mind, this is just an estimate!

You can usually find minimum requirements on the web page for the actual graduate program, and information about the average score for the program or school on the college’s main website. Unfortunately for me, the Rice Linguistics department doesn’t have a minimum or recommended score, but after checking out their averages I have a much better idea of what kind of scores I want to get.

Oh, and one big thing to remember about scores on the new GRE! If you take the revised GRE in August or September, you shouldn’t expect to receive your scores until November at the earliest. After that, scores should be out within 2-4 weeks like before. So if you’re rushing to meet a deadline, keep that in mind!

EDIT: After hearing from students who’ve had the chance to take the revised GRE, it appears that you are provided with a rough estimate of your score – based on the old 800-point scoring system – immediately after you finish the test.

UPDATE: We are addressing all of your questions as best we can in a series of posts, the first of which can be found here.


UPDATE: If you want to know how your revised GRE scores relate to the old 800-point scale, you can find the tables released by ETS here.



FURTHER UPDATE:  If you want to know whether specific scores are good enough for a program you are interested in, we recommend you contact the program.  Graduate programs have a great deal of respect for applicants who contact them during the admissions process.  If you are unable to contact them by phone, try contacting the school via email or their social media page.

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278 Responses to What is a Good Score on the New GRE?

  1. karishma says:

    by saying that scores will not be received until mid November are you saying that after taking the new gre i will not know how much i have scored on it until mid November?? In the old pattern one could see the score on the computer screen right after finishing the test … is this changing for the new gre ..at least for those who will take the test in august -September??? or will the score flash on the computer screen in real time ..as soon as i complete my test??

  2. Rachel says:

    Yes, this is changing for those who take the test in August and September. Because ETS, the organization that issues the GRE, will not have a pool of scores to work from in calculating grades, you won’t be able to see your score right after you take the test, and won’t receive your score report until mid-November. You will receive an estimated range of scores based on the old scoring system, but not an exact score. After that, though, it’ll go back to pretty much the way it was as far as when you receive your scores.

  3. Leanna says:

    I just took the revised GRE and it WILL give you a general score range for how you did based on the old scoring system at the end of your test. It’s a 50-point range (ie: 750-800) intended to give you an idea of how well you did so you’re not waiting for 3 months wondering if you definitely should or shouldn’t retake it.

  4. Ashlee says:

    If that’s the case (not receiving the score right away), how will I know if I need to retake the exam? I won’t have much time to reschedule from November to the due dates on December 1st….that’s stressful.

    • Rachel says:

      @Ashlee – You will receive an estimated range of scores – based on the old 800-point scoring system – immediately after you finish the test. Also, if you wait to take the test until October, you will receive your scores within two to three weeks, as with the old GRE.

  5. goutha says:

    how much score required 4 schlorship

    • Rachel says:

      @Goutha – The required score for scholarships depends a lot on the particular school and/or scholarship you’re applying for. I’d recommend checking the website for the scholarship you’re interested in applying for.

  6. mihir says:

    if i take up my gre in sept then is it possible for me to apply for this spring??

    • Rachel says:

      @Mihir – That depends on the deadlines for the program you’re applying for. I’d recommend checking with the school you want to apply for and finding out when they require GRE scores for applications for the Spring semester.

  7. ram says:

    what would be a good score in verbal for the new pattern of GRE?

    • Rachel says:

      @Ram – Well, without knowing the average percentiles, it’s still pretty difficult to know exactly what will be considered “good.” Based on the range of possible scores, any score over a 160 represents a pretty solid understanding of that section.

  8. Steven says:

    i just took the new revised GRE on Monday, and while I knew I wouldn’t see my score until November, I was pleasantly surprised that they did give me a 100 point range (based on the OLD scoring system (200-800)) indicating how I had done on each section… 100 points seems huge, but as it reports in 10 point increments, and the new system is on one point increments, i did find this perk to be a bit helpful.

    • Rachel says:

      @Steven – That’s good to hear! Early reports from ETS and students who’d taken it were inconclusive as to whether or not scores were displayed. I’m glad to hear they’re giving feedback. Keep in mind, at this point it’s still just an estimated range!

  9. jennifers says:

    I just took the new GRE. They gave me really high score ranges that I think are probably not correct (ie 710 to 800 for verbal). I’m a scientist, and I didn’t study for the verbal portion at all. Has anyone else had the system give them really high score ranges which seem improbable?/??

  10. Greatchief says:

    I just took the new gre and got

    700-800 Quantitative
    560-660 Verbal

    That seems like a very wide range, and to have to wait a month to get the actual score is very frustrating. Do you know if the actual score tends to fall in the middle? Or is pulled upward or downward? I am worried because if its downward i may have to take it again.

    • Rachel says:

      @jennifers and Greatchief – The range that is displayed after you take the test is intended as a rough estimate of how you did, based on a comparison with the previous GRE and using that scoring system. We won’t really know how those scores relate to the actual scores until ETS releases the percentages and scores in mid-November. And remember, while 700-800 may seem like a wide range, it’s really only 11 different scores in increments of 10, like 160-170 on the new system.

  11. Aravindhan says:

    Sir I had taken my new version GRE on sep and I got scores verbal 290-380 and math 390-490.I am a Agriculture student I want to know is it a gooa or average score for me or not.

    • Rachel says:

      @Aravindhan – Are those the estimated scores you received directly after taking the test? If so, they each indicate a range of scores out of a possible 800. Your math would then be slightly above the middle of the possible range, and your verbal would be slightly below.

  12. B. J. Parker says:

    I’m just adding my voice to the chorus above. I took the new GRE several weeks ago and received an approximation instantly. My score, however, was somewhere within a 100 point range. Also, I either prepared really well this go around, got lucky, or fit really well with the new testing components, because my score increased substantially.

  13. Rocker says:

    I wrote my gre exam and got 350-400 in verbal and 700-800 in quant.
    Do ETS evaluate the scores of the people who write their exam in august or sept considering percentile score ??

    • Rachel says:

      @Rocker – When you receive your official score in mid-November, it will take into account the percentile range of everyone who took the test in August and September. The estimated score you received right after you took the test is based on percentile ratings from the previous GRE – hence why it’s an estimate. Until the first official scores are released, we won’t know how the estimate will compare to the official scores.

  14. Greatchief says:

    But when they give a 100 point range, does anyone know where the actual score in the old system would fall? Toward the upper bound or the lower bound? say you got 680-780 on the math section. does it mean that your actual score is 730?

    • Rachel says:

      @Greatchief – Unfortunately as of now we don’t have any data to compare the range of scores to. Once the official scores are released in mid-November, they will give us a much better picture of how to interpret these initial estimated ranges.

  15. Nancy says:

    I just took the revised GRE hours ago and am also having a hard time understanding the new scale. The scores were given immediately (v340-440 and q350-450)…I left really bummed about the math.

    • Rachel says:

      @Nancy – Keep in mind, those initial scores are only an estimated range, and are given on the old 800-point scale. Without any official scores yet released, we have yet to see how those ranges will reflect your actual score.

  16. Danielle says:


    I took the revised GRE yesterday and also received a 100-point range for each section: 700-800 on the math and 780 to 880 on the verbal. I’m glad that they give some estimate right away.

  17. annabelle says:

    I just got back from taking the new GRE, with estimated scores of 750-800 (verbal) and 700-800 (math). Is there any sense of how accurate these estimates are? I expected a full score on the verbal section, but I haven’t taken math literally since high school and was struggling on questions that I know would once have been easy for me — the 700-800 range seems way too high. Thoughts?

    • Rachel says:

      @Annabelle – Several other commenters have also observed that their range seemed higher than they expected. Unfortunately, we won’t have data and percentages to compare the ranges to until the official scores are released in mid-November.

  18. Chase says:

    Just took it, got a range of 760-860 for Qual and 850-950 for Quant. Considering the entire range for Quant is greater than 800, something is obviously up with these estimates.

  19. Soumya says:

    hi everyone, I took my revised gre yesterday and got a 750-800 range for quant and 450-550 in verbal..I am a bit worried about my scores in verbal.. Does anyone know what would be the approx score I could receive for verbal according to the new scale??

  20. biochem says:

    just a quick question, i am taking the revised gre on November 15th, and i am wondering if i will be getting an estimate score with the new scale like 130-170 or with the old one 200-800..

    • Rachel says:

      @biochem – You will receive the estimated score on the 200-800 range. This is going to be the format for any tests taken through the end of November. Starting in December, you will receive your actual score on the 130-170 range immediately after taking the test – much like you did on the old GRE.

  21. Dracula says:

    Is there a possibility that my actual score (if computed on the erstwhile scale of 1600) may fall below the lower bound score also. I mean i got 1010-1210. cud my score be below 1010 also? m confused.

  22. Walter says:

    I just took the new GRE today (9/22) and it estimated my verbal at 750-800 and my math at 750-800. I thus wonder whether that is the best one can get as an estimate, or whether anyone out there has gotten an estimate that was higher. I saw one commenter said: “Just took it, got a range of 760-860 for Qual and 850-950 for Quant. Considering the entire range for Quant is greater than 800, something is obviously up with these estimates.” and I have to ask if anyone else has seen anything like this, because it makes no sense to me. Can anyone get a better score estimate than 750-800 on either section?

    • Rachel says:

      @Walter – It does seem like whatever system they’re using for calculating the ranges is a bit off as far as the upper range goes. From what I could gather from ETS, the range is only supposed to be between 200 and 800. Every new system has its bugs, though! And again, we won’t really know how these ranges reflect the actual scores until the scores are released in November.

  23. Julianna says:

    I sat the GRE today. My score ranges were: 450-550V & 450-550 Q. I am applying for PhD – Public Health. Would my GRE scores negatively affect my chances at being accepted?

    • Rachel says:

      @Julianna – For grad schools, beyond those that have a minimum score requirement, your GRE score is only one aspect of your application. A low GRE score can be compensated for by an excellent GPA, extracurricular activities, research work, or other elements of the application. By the same token, a high GRE score doesn’t mean much if it’s not accompanied by a good application. Keep that in mind, and you should be fine!

  24. Walter says:

    @Rachel – I agree, the ranges are definitely questionable at this point, especially since I am reasonably certain I got at least a couple wrong on each section. I was expecting my verbal to be a bit lower, since I was a math major, but I’m also wondering if anyone has seen a higher quantitative range quoted. The attestations of such that I have seen thus far are suspect to say the least. Specifically I wonder if anyone is seeing a quantitative range of, say, 780-800, or if the 50 point top range the best anyone can get until the official scores are released in mid-November. My understanding right now is that it probably is, but I am always on the lookout for contradictory evidence.

  25. Brian says:

    I took mine on 9/14 and I got Q:700-800 V: 500-600. Like everyone else I’m worried its overestimated.
    I’m pretty sure the top you can get is 750-800 because that’s the highest score you could earn in powerprep.

  26. Tdjabos says:

    I just took my test (GRE) today 09/26/2011 and I got this range verbal 260-360 ; math 490-590. I am very confused right now. what does that range mean????? Is there anybody who knows the interpretation?

  27. Shivang says:

    Today i gave revised gre test and i got the following score,
    Verbal: 290-390
    Quant: 580-680
    I am unable to predict whether my final score came in november will lead to down or in upward and how my overall score is calculated from this above range and how final score is predict that came in November from this present score range and should i retake for the test or this score is suffient for getting admsn in phd program?
    pls tell about how to look the score and about retake of test?

  28. Crazy Apache says:

    My estimated score today (September 27) was 580-680 verbal and 590-690 quantitative. This is in line with my practice tests (actually verbal is a little lower and quantitative a little higer, but nothing out of the ordinary).

    I am anxious to see what that translates to in the new scale and what the percentiles are.

  29. AzeemAkram says:

    this is AzeemAkram, i have taken Gre on 27th september and the score will be shown in range both verbal and quants and i got verbal range: 240-340 and quants range: 480-580 so could you tell me what is my score according to new pattern……..

  30. iSeeR says:

    took the new gre yesterday…got a score of
    maths 750-800
    verbal 610-710
    feeling confused as to how i scored dis high in verbal..something fishy
    In powerprep, just before gre i got only half of the verbal correct and that would be definitely below 600

    • admin says:

      @iSeeR did you finish the verbal section in the powerprep? On the actual test did you attempt them all, skip, or leave any blank toward the end?

  31. AlexanderS. says:

    Got the following estimate range today: Verbal 570-670, Math 660-760.
    It might be a brand new test, but I don’t think estimating your score based only on the people who took it in August-September is a good idea. The more people take it, the bigger possibility for the average score to drop, so I assume those who take the new GRE later will have an advantage.

  32. Arvind1611 says:

    I took the revised GRE today and have received a score range of 360-460 in the Verbal and 680-780 in Quant section. I scored almost the mean of these scores in my GREPrep Mock Test(PowerPrep II). It seems quiet difficult to intuitively translate these scores to what it might be on the new scale. What I am more bothered about, seeing the discrepancy’s above, is how are college’s going to evaluate the application packet, for students taking the revised GRE?

    University shortlisting has become a tougher job to do before receiving the actual scores. What I’ve inferred from the 10 days of research and preparation I’ve done for taking the GRE and getting scholarship is that, to get a scholarship you need to apply as early as possible (around second/third week of October). Moreover how are the Universities going to decide, who’s to get the scholarship and/or admission, without the actual scores? Any ideas? Is anyone applying to the Universities before receiving the official scores?

  33. LGF says:

    Took revised GRE on 9/30. Studied like crazy because I’ve been out of school so long. Got 750-800 “unofficial” score for both verbal and quant, which is the same as when I took the powerprep practice. I felt solid going in, but never dreamed i’d have hit the top bracket… and seeing similar stories above has me worried.

    It seems to me that if the old scoring was weighed and adjusted question-by-question, and this one “adapts” only by section and weighs some as hard questions or not, how on earth would there be any reliable correlation? And many of the questions on the real thing seemed off-the-charts harder than what was in any of the 3 books (revised) I used. 6 weeks to find out…

  34. bharathi says:

    i took the gre 9/9. my verbal scores were510 – 540 quant scores were 660 – 690… are my scores good? wot is it approximately in the new scoring pattern?

  35. GFF says:

    Those claiming they received estimates >800 are, frankly, not reliable. The GRE estimates have an upper bound of 750-800, and assume that you are getting approximately 90% of the questions correct on both the math and verbal sections. Your final percentile will depend on both your score, and the scores of others, but ETS is reasonably confident that those getting 90% of the questions right are in the top 1% of verbal and the top 15% of quantitative (this estimate is possible because ETS tests the exam questions beforehand, both on takers of the old GRE with experimental questions and on trial groups recruited specifically to normalize the new exam – it assumes the population will perform approximately as well as the mean of the trial groups, plus or minus two standard deviations).

    While it is plausible that the ETS software malfunctioned and reported ranges with values >800, this is highly unlikely (it is almost certainly the case that the software engineers top coded the score estimate integer at 800; if somehow the function threw a value larger it would either generate an error or report 800 or both, reporting 800 to the user and an error internally). More likely the test taker is misreporting his estimate, intentionally or otherwise.

    So, if you scored in the 750-800 point range, DO NOT WORRY. It is highly probably that you are clustered around the mean value of this range, eg 775 in both, which is a very good score. Only a handful of us will score closer to the extremes, and fewer than 4 in 100 should score outside the estimate (assuming they’re using 2 SD’s).

  36. GFF says:

    Sorry, I meant 4 in one THOUSAND.

  37. CR says:

    Like others on here, worried about an inflated estimate range. 750-800 on both verbal and quantitative. Also, like some others, scoring well on one side might seem plausible, but on both? I’m another who hasn’t taken math since high school and though I did do some math review, pretty sure I didn’t come close to acing the math. The verbal part, however, didn’t seem all that hard. I hope this doesn’t sound wrong, but I hope to see more people posting estimated score ranges that are more in the mid range – a lot of people on here are getting estimates that put them in the 99th percentile pretty much which is basically impossible given how the percentile system works unless everyone aced the exam.

  38. Coco says:

    How did you come up with the equation to equate old and new scores? Did you just work backwords to get from 170 to 800? A 750 would be a 167 under your scheme, which seems artificially high.

  39. Bennett says:

    Add me to the list of those who scored 750-800 in both categories. And, like many of the people above, I have my doubts about accuracy. While I wasn’t entirely surprised (although certainly pleased) to do so well in verbal, I also have not taken math since high school and would be frankly shocked if my actual score were scaled this high.

  40. Farzana says:

    I took GRE in Oct 11. Scored in Quant-750-800, Verbal-410-510. I cancelled my GRE registration in June as I expected to score above 600 in Verbal. I thought I would be able to do it better in Revised GRE. Now I found my scores much below my expectation. Surprisingly, I just tested myself at home with the old powerprep ( Just for assessing my verbal quality out of frustration) and got 650. That means I am compatible better with old system and still not qualified with new. I am watching many people here scoring quite brilliant in Verbal 750-800. I find difficulties with Reading Comprehension. I am non-English speaking. Would you please suggest what should I do to bring up my Verbal scores? I also get confused frequently with seemingly plausible options in Sentence equivalence and other fill in the gaps. I am with EEE background and currently, willing to apply for Ph.D. I hope to take the Revised GRE again in December, Please suggest me how to improve my verbal for around 700 scores.

    • admin says:


      This is coming from one of our GRE verbal teachers……..

      1) Vocabulary flash cards. Even if the new GRE isn’t as vocab-based, it still requires you to know some language to really understand the passages and text completion questions.
      2) Improve your reading speed by going faster than you think you can. This will slow your comprehension at first, but in the long run, it will really help your speed.
      3) Focus on directionals and dividers in text completion.

      For example:

      HOWEVER means a contrast.

      If the sentence reads:

      Jason was the king of the cycling team and ate plenty of ice cream, HOWEVER, he was rather clumsy and often preferred ____________.

      You now know that the two parts of the sentence contrast. The first half mentions cycling, and the second mentions clumsiness. The first mentions ice cream, so the second word will refer to something contrasting with that. It could be salty food, healthy food, hard food or liquid, but whatever it is will be DIFFERENT from ice cream.

      Directionals get more and more complicated. Practice finding them, then assessing what they mean.

      4) Get an English book to read. Merely reading is the best way to build your language reading skills.

      5) Remember to read passages as INTRO, BODY, CONCLUSION. The different parts of the paragraph represent different ideas, so use that to your advantage in answering the questions.

  41. AC says:

    can you estimate my actual score: 750-800(Q), 350-450(V)

    • admin says:


      It’s not possible at this time to know any more than what they are providing in terms of a range. It is frustrating, but until they have enough data they will not give an actual score. Certainly if you scored between 750-800 you must have missed only a few problems. They will look at the problems you missed and determine how many others missed it – if there is ambiguity in the problem statements, etc before deciding to keep or eliminate it to get the final score.

  42. nitesh goli says:

    what is the moderate score of the new pattern of gre…… for verbal as well as quantitative

    • admin says:


      Assuming you mean “median score” not moderate then the answer is unfortunately – nobody but ETS knows. Until a large enough sample of test takers are there they will not release this information. However, if you extrapolated what the median of the old GRE was to this scoring scale it would probably be similar to that is our guess.

  43. Farzana says:

    Thank you very much for suggestions specially with reading speed. I will try to follow it.

  44. YJL says:

    Just to give the “to-be” test takers what to expect – when I finished taking the GRE and signed out, it gave me the score, but it looked to be in the old format, because it was way out of the number range that they said the Revised GRE was going to be…

    So, it’s a waiting game for us…it’s been driving me insane myself – I’ve been waiting since mid-September! :C

    Good luck to everyone, in taking the test, passing it and surviving the wait. ^ – ^

  45. Mike says:

    Just took the GRE. Got a 750-800 in both Quant and Verbal. Barely studied at all, and just assumed I was a savant.

    I’m concerned now about my score, since some people are expressing confusing about theirs.

  46. Robin says:

    Hey everyone- I just got out of the GRE about an hour and a half ago, and I got a 620-720 on the Quantitative and 690-790 on the Verbal. Like everyone else, I was a little pleasantly surprised and am sincerely hoping that 1) they’ll take into account that we were taking it within the first few months of the test when considering the percentile rankings, and 2) that the actual scores don’t end up lower than the predicted scores. I’m applying to masters programs in psychology, so the GRE scores won’t mean a whole lot in the long run, but it would be awful to be penalized in some way for taking the test in its early stages, since it’s a proven phenomenon that scores are lower for the first year or two after the test changes.

  47. Robin says:

    Also, does anyone know if the section that doesn’t count toward your score is always last on the test? I had an extra math section as my last section, and I was so tired by that point that I can’t have done too well, but my overall score was still good… Crossing my fingers that the last one didn’t count!

  48. AAA says:

    Took revised GRE today and now i am little depressed:
    Q : 730 – 800
    V : 390-490
    Dont know how i sucked at verbal. I want to go to top engineering school but i dont think this score can take me. Any ideas ?

  49. Coco says:

    Once again: how did you come up with the equation to equate old and new scores? Did you just work backwords to get from 170 to 800? A 750 would be a 167 under your scheme, which seems artificially high.

    Everyone else’s questions and comments were addressed. Is this because you are not sure of the answer? Please respond.

  50. hrithika says:

    i wrote gre in new pattern my expected score was verbal 290-390 and quant 620-720 wat will be my score for 340 please reply for it

  51. jjjGR says:

    would someone be so kind to provide information on GRE studying material.

  52. Fede says:

    Tested in mid-Sept. Got 750-800 Q and 480-580 V.In line with my expectations and my previous GRE test (a bit higher V)…we’ll soon know what’s the conversion!

  53. Prasad says:

    Hi Guys,

    I gave my GRE in May “11 before the revised pattern came into force in Aug”11 and received 700 in Quant and 470 in verbal..I logged into my GRE account and ets has given me estimated scaled scores as per the new pattern…For verbal, as per revised pattern, I score 151 and Quant 155..Hope this will give you some idea to compare scores of the old & revised patterns..

  54. Coco says:

    I’m done with this site. If you want to attract a loyal readership, try to be respectful and to not indiscriminately ignore posts. Your information is also questionable. Try some actual research next time. Good day.

    • admin says:

      Sorry – we are actually not trying to ignore anyone just struggling to keep up with things. We may not have answered if we are not sure of the answer or because we missed it. There have been a lot of questions that we simply don’t have any more information than what has been provided by ETS. We understand the scores have finally been posted – hopefully that provides more clarity to everyone. We wish you luck and sorry for your frustration.

  55. Buzz says:

    go check your scores…mine just posted

  56. viet says:

    I got the result today: Verbal 147 , Q 159 (it fits the range after the test: 380<V<480, 730<Q<800). Does it make sense for you?

  57. Kate says:

    I found that the scores did not translate well. The verbal score range that I received at the end of my test was 710-800, it was 590-690 for quantitative. Thus, I would have been between a 1300 and a 1490 according to the old scoring. My scores on the new GRE were a 165 V and 150 Q, which translates to a 690 V and about a 500 Q. Thus, the my score of 1190 translated back to the old scale is drastically different than the 1300-1490 range that I was given at the end of the test. I wish that I had taken it before August!!!

  58. Aditya says:

    Hi, I just got my general GRE scores online in my GRE aacount. When I took my test, the computer screen showed my estimated verbal score:320-420 and estimated quantitative: 590-690. But my general scores are 144 for verbal and 151 for quantitative(not a great difference). I do not understand how come my quantitative scores are so low compared to the estimated ones. Because i thought that 150(for new scoring) = 500(for old). Clearly, if i scored between 590-690, I would expect my scores to be about 640, which is about 160 i think. I am really frustrated and disappointed. Please help me understand this. Replies would be greatly appreciated.

  59. Adam says:

    Kate, I had the same ranges as you. What are your percentiles?

  60. priyanka says:

    I got 143 in verbal and 156 in quants.
    Please let me know with this score in which colleges I can apply and with these scores can I get the scholarship?

  61. Shalabh says:

    Got my new pattern GRE score today, 159(84 percentile) on verbal for a range of 590-690 and 169(98 percentile) in quant for a range of 750-800….i’m interested in knowing if anyone has scored 170/170 in quant…..as 800/800 was a very common score for quant in the older pattern….

  62. Sho says:

    Hey! I haven’t gotten my scores back yet (Get them in a couple of weeks), but like several people have mentioned, I was surprised at how high my scores were. (740-800 V, 700-800 Q). I studied for a week and haven’t done math for quite a while.

    It looks like people are getting scores basically in accordance with their predicted scores (If you look at the translation on the link Fede posted) – they are just jarring because the scale is significantly smaller.

    Anyways, the reason I’m posting is because several of the people who were surprised at their high scores mentioned being surprised at how well they did on the math, and I think that’s what’s tripping people up. A 760 on the Math is/was only in the 86th percentile. A 780 is/was only the 88th percentile. Both of those scores are the 99th percentile in English.

    What I’m trying to say is, a math score bigger than 700 was never a big deal (69th percentile)…So if you got 7-800 on both V and Q, you did an excellent job on V, but your Q is less certain.

    I think this is weird for people because on the SATs, a 700 in math put you in a much higher percentile (http://www2.acs.ncsu.edu/upa/admissions/sat/advhandbook_table1.htm) – around the 90th percentile.

    I got a 660 on my SAT math and was shocked to be predicted a “better score” on my GRE. Well, if you look at percentages, I didn’t.

    Anyways, I haven’t studied the whole system, and would welcome a proper analysis, but that’s what hit me.

  63. shravan says:

    My scores got converted as
    V: 610-710 -> 161/170 – 89%ile
    Q: 650-750 -> 169/170 -98%ile. A few ,i know managed a 170 even.
    Essay: 4/6….42%ile …..got screwed there..is my essay score? enough for engineering ms?
    And does anyone know what is the verbal equivalent of 89% in old pattern?

  64. emblem says:

    Got my score today as well.

    For quant, I got a predicted 700-800 but the new score is 156

    For verbal I can’t remember but I think it was 460-560 and I got a 151 in the new scoring.

  65. A says:

    My estimates were 700-800 for Verbal and 730-800 for math. I was really happy when I got those, but just got the score on the new scale today, and it’s 164 verbal (94th%ile) and 159 math (82nd%ile). I used the conversion chart to see what my score looks like on the old scale, and it’s 650 verbal and 750 math. I’m not sure what to make of these scores, or if they are even any good or not.

  66. Aniket137 says:

    I got my Gre Revised Scores online which are 142 in verbal for range of 300-400 and 150 in quants for range of 580-680. Please help me interpret these score as per old GRE format. And please tell me if these scores are good/ bad to get me admission in decent university.

  67. Shubham says:

    Hi all.
    I got my scores. Please help me understand them and which all colleges I can apply.

    Verbal – 146 and Quant – 158.
    Replies would be very helpful. Please also tell me if I should give the test again

  68. Kajal says:

    Hello friends, how did you get to know your scores? Did you get an email from ETS? I couldn’t find anything on ETS website. I gave mine on 15th Sept and have been frustratingly final scores 🙁 My score range was 580-680 verbal and 750-800 quantitative. Does any body have any idea on how my scores would get converted to the new scale? Mail me back at k.j7358@gmail.com

  69. Pramod says:

    I got my new GRE score.

    Verbal 155 (69 %ile) Estimated score on old pattern 530-630.
    Quant 165 (93 % ile) Estimated score on old pattern 750-800.

  70. jdh128 says:

    Just got my scores.
    V: 740-800 -> 166/170 – 97th percentile
    Q: 750-800 -> 162/170 – 87th percentile

  71. ss1990 says:

    my scores were as follows
    V(610-710) finally 160
    Q(750-800) finally 170
    essay 4/6 which i feel is not up to the mark. essay evaluation seems to have become more scrupulous. haven’t heard of anyone getting a 5 or more than that.

  72. mp1189 says:

    V: 151 Estimated (420-520)
    Q: 159 Estimated (750-800)

    They seem to look avg to me but any insight would be awesome!

  73. tml says:

    Just got scores also wrote on Sept 6th:
    V: 164 (94%) range they gave me was 680-780
    Q: 168 (96%) range they gave me was 750-800
    A: 5.5 (96%)

    interseting.. though im thinking that 168 would’ve been an 800 in the old score cause it’s 96%..?? but it’s 2 pts off the new score

  74. cephas says:

    sir i have scored 137 in verbal and 137 in quants and 2.0 in awa so is dat a gud score r should i write again

  75. Ashley says:

    V: 630-730 : 159 (84%) old percentile range (90%-99%)
    Q: 670-770: 154 (67%) old percentile range (65%-87%)

    This seems ridiculous to me… the lowest score i could have gotten on the old test in verbal was 630, and that is 90%.. and i’m in the 84%??? how is this possible.. i feel like i got played.

  76. G says:

    My score is 133 and 137 ,2.0 in awa .. so is that good ? will i get into any good univeristy ? i have work experience also ..

  77. Rish says:

    Got my scores:

    151 V (51%)
    159 Q (82%)
    A: 4 (48%)

    Not sure what to make of these scores as good/bad 🙁

  78. Rish says:

    Just to note from one of the posts above:

    a 151 in V is 51%-ile ; but a 155 is 69%-ile???

  79. connie says:

    i got my scores online as well, 161 verbal, 151 quant. the projected scores that i received when i finished the test didn’t match up with my actual score for the verbal, the range they gave me was 650-750 but my actual score converts to a 620 according to the GRE scoring guide linked above. I’m a little disappointed. I want to get my masters in public history so my quantitative won’t really matter. I’m still confused as to how they actually scored this. If 140 is the base does that mean you can get every single question wrong and still get a 140? There is only a 30 point range from lowest possible score to highest but there are definitely more than 30 questions on the test, so how do they weigh it, how much is each question worth? i’m so confused. Can anyone explain it?

  80. Will says:

    Hello all! My name is Will, and I’m new to the blogging team at Test Masters. We are reading all of your comments and questions, and we are working on answering as many of them as we can, especially questions pertaining to admissions and whether to retake the revised GRE. For now, allow me to refer you to the first in a series of posts on these questions here: http://www.newgre.org/gre-2011/clarity-scoring-gre/

    This is a brief overview on comparing old GRE scores to new GRE scores. Look for a future post concerning how schools view the new GRE soon. In the meantime, thank you so much for your patience!

  81. Siddharth says:

    Hai. I have taken my GRE on 27th sep, 2011. I got my scores as Verbal 147(36th percentile), quants 170(99th percentile) & AW 4.0(48th percentile). I wish to know how good my scores are for applying to MS in USA. I wish to do Masters in Control systems. Can you tell me in what universities i would fit in…? My wishlist is Penn state, Texas @ Austin, Texas A&M(College station), Ohio state, univ of wisconsin-madison, NCSU, UCSB, Arizona state, univ of washington…. Pls..

  82. Adri says:

    I got a 147 on my Verbal and a 144 on my Quantitative. And I got a 4.5 on my Analytical Writing which seems pretty good. I’m trying to decide if I need to re-take, but I’m so bad with standardized testing. I know that the Verbal and Quantitative could be higher, but I kicked butt on the Analytical Writing. What do you think?

  83. Damon Fogley says:

    Got my scores back
    147 V
    146 Q
    A 3.5

    I am just trying to go to a mediocre university either texas state university in san marcos or UTSA in san antonio. Anyone have a clue of whether I will get in or not? I am also very confused about all of this.

  84. Mike says:

    Took the test in August and just got my scores. The final guesstimate the computer gave me was 680-780 for Verbal and 670-770 for Quantitative (old scores). My verbal was good but my quantitative was much lower, like a comparable 100 points lower. I thought I would not have to take the test again so I didn’t but now it looks like I might have to but only in time to apply for the fall 2013 semester. Seriously?

  85. lizy says:

    I got a 146 on my Verbal and a 160 on my Quantitative. And I got a 4. on my Analytical Writing.Can I get admission into good universities. Please name few universities

  86. Brian says:

    Hello, I’m a biology major from Cal. State Long Beach. I just wanted to provide my scores and background so others can compare.
    My initial scores were
    -Q:700-800 – V: 500-600.
    I ended up getting
    -Q: 157 (77%) – V: 155 (69%) – AW: 4 (48%)
    Good luck everyone!

  87. Tiffany says:

    I feel a like like Ashley. However, her and I had the same estimate for verbal yet have different scores… I guess she scored higher in the range, but either way we should be at at least 90-percent, right?

    V: 630-730 : 155 (69%)
    Q: 610-710: 153 (65%)

  88. Jamie says:

    so i just viewed my scored online and:

    144 on verbal (% below: 26)
    150 on quant. (% below: 53)
    3 on AW (% below: 11)

    are these scored as horrible as i think they are? other comments mention similar scores but their %tiles are significantly higher… any advice?


  89. Cathrin says:

    Well I agree with your equation for translating scores on the new system to the old system. Based on your equation:

    (Old score (out of 800) + 1750) /15, my score translated back into the old system is 635 in the Verbal, which matches the estimate I received after taking the revised test (600-700); HOWEVER, the ETS guide estimated my score at 590 based on the old system!!! 🙁 How does this even make sense?? When I called them they said the new system is not translatable, or rather, not meant to be translated to the old system, but then why would their guide even include an old system comparative that seems so off??!! I’m no math whiz and I figured out the same scoring equation as you did, and came up with the same estimate: 635 on the Verbal.. I don’t understand their guide at all, so my question is… Can someone who tested in the 84% in Verbal on the old GRE received? This would really help me gauge where my score is, since grad schools all tell me they seek new students whose score averaged somewhere in the 500’s in the Verbal.

  90. Cathrin says:

    Ooops I made a typo… Can someone please share what they scored on the old GRE scale, who tested in the 84% in Verbal??

  91. Will says:

    Hello again!

    It is difficult to answer questions concerning graduate admissions for a number of reasons:

    1) No two schools/programs are the same. The only hard and fast rule about revised GRE scores right now is that the higher the score, the better. Beyond that, it really depends on what you want to apply to. For example, a department of Engineering will probably be looking for higher quantitative reasoning scores, while a department of English at the same university might place more weight on verbal reasoning scores. Also, some departments place more emphasis on GRE scores than others. This makes it hard to give an across the board answer to what scores are required to be accepted into different schools.

    2) The revised GRE is just as new to universities and departments as it is to you and me. In fact, they are dealing with many of the very same questions that we are, only from the other side of the admissions process. In other words, they are still trying to figure out how to evaluate your revised GRE scores, just like you are. Also, as long as schools are still receiving applicants who have only taken the old GRE as well as applicants who have only taken the new GRE, they will probably be more dependent on percentile rankings to compare the two scales. I suppose this could be considered a second rule: the better you score in comparison to others, the better your score will look.

    Ultimately, the best answer we can give to those questions right now is simply to recommend that you give the university and department(s) you’re interested in a call and ask them. We are also in the process of gathering information at present, which we will relay to you as we get it. Thank you all for your interest in our blog!

  92. Shirley says:

    I found this excellent scaled comparison chart via ETS

  93. chewster says:

    Actual score (Revised GRE):
    Verbal: 159 (84%)
    Quantitative: 159 (82%)
    Writing: 4.5 (72%)

    Preliminary scores right after taking the test:
    Verbal: 610-710
    Quantitative: 720-800

  94. Alex says:

    I have just received my GRE scores today, it was confusing for me at the beginning until I downloaded the concordance_information file from the GRE website! My scores are not unfortunately that good at all, I got V 06%ile, Q 04%ile, I did fairly good in the writing and scored 4.0, 48%! Hopefully admissions would consider I am an international student who has been to public schools in Egypt, not to mention the horrible and the worst test taker experience I had in the testing center, as they did not accept my national ID and asked for a passport which I didn’t have, I had to run all the way to the American Embassy and they issued me an ID, as I am a State Alumnus, my test was postponed for 4 hours and I was so stressted! “Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.” Albert Einstein

  95. Geetha Menon says:

    Took exam on 6th September for the revised GRE.

    Please let me know what to make out of the following:
    V150 48
    Q 143 22
    Essay 3.00 11

    Is it good enough for graduate studies in Psychology? I am a student with Learning Disability. Thanks for your quick response.

  96. wim says:

    @Cathrin– I don’t know if this helps but I scored 86% in Verbal reasoning and got a 160.

    I found the scores to be somewhat surprise as it seems most everyone did.
    Verbal Reasoning: predicted range 600-700, actual score 160 (86%)
    Quantitative Reasoning: predicted range 690-790, actual score 155 (69%)
    Analytical Writing: 3.5 (29%)

    Either way I still don’t plan on taking it again.

  97. Xandra says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! When I got done taking it my estimated score was 900-1200 total. Using your formula I got a 1180 on the old scoring system, well above my grad college requirements! Thanks!

  98. Kristian says:

    Verbal – 156 (72%)
    Math – 154 (67%)
    Writing – 4 (48%)

    I’m a Marine Biology (BS) from UT Austin. Personally, I was quite shocked at how low my scores/percentiles were seeing as how I studied pretty thoroughly for this test. Then again I don’t consider myself to be that good of a standardized test taker. Although based on the scores that everybody else got it doesn’t seem that I did too terrible. I feel that the percentiles are skewed since so few people have taken the revised test compared to the old general test. Overall I’m pretty pissed though. I don’t feel that the book I used (Princeton Review) was very helpful in the least. Hardly any of the 400+ vocab words I memorized were on the test and the math was considerably harder than the practice tests I took. I also felt that the Writing topics were poorly written and were more of a test on how well you could bs about a purely hypothetical topic rather than giving you something actually relevant or thought-provoking. Anyway, it feels good to vent and hopefully my scores will be good enough to get into a decent program.

  99. Will says:

    @Geetha Menon

    It really depends upon what graduate program(s) and school(s) you would like to apply for. I would recommend that you give the schools you are interested in a phone call and ask them what their requirements are and what they are looking for in applicants. No two schools are exactly the same.

  100. Ksenia says:

    How come nobody seems to care about the writing section and its score? Everyone is about Q. and V. I am a terrible writer and mostly worry about the analytical writing section. Would it matter if I scored high on both V and Q and bombed the writing? thanks Ksenia

  101. sukanth says:

    1.gonna take revised gre in jan -11- 2012 what score would be better for masters in computer science with scholarship

    2. had already taken IELTS and got 6.5 band do i need to even take tofel for an admission or IELTS is enough

    3. i wanted to join for this august intake is it possible ? will time be enough for me to get through the process (i.e) receiving score and applying visa etc….


  102. Geetha Menon says:

    Dear Will,

    Thank you for your reply. Will do as advised.
    Best regards,

  103. Will says:


    It really depends on the school. My sense is that most schools are not weighing the analytical writing section as highly as the Verbal and Quantitative, but again, every school is different. My advice is to check with the school(s) you want to apply for.

  104. Will says:


    The answers to your first two questions depend upon what schools you want to apply for. Check with the admissions offices of those schools to find out their admissions policies as well as their scholarship policies. As far as your third question is concerned, if you are taking the computer-based test, you should receive your scores 10-15 days after you take the test. I don’t know the answer to how long the process of applying for a visa would take, but that may be something that you could ask the school(s) you want to apply for. Hope this helps!

  105. cathy says:

    I don’t really understand the scores at all. When at the testing center, the computer given me an estimate of 680 to 780 for a section but I only got 155 on my report. If the formula here is right, I should have way more than 155…

  106. Will says:


    ETS has released a table that is a more accurate portrayal of the old vs. new scores that can be found here:

    The formula above was created before ETS released these tables.

  107. Piyush says:

    I got 148 on verbal and 162 on quant. What will be the equivalent score in old system.

  108. Will says:


    You can find that information from the tables released by ETS here: http://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/concordance_information.pdf

    They use percentile rankings to compare the old scores with the new scores. According to the tables, 148 on verbal is 40th percentile (which is roughly equivalent to a 420) and 162 on quantitative is between 86th and 88th percentile (which is roughly equivalent to 770-780). Hope that helps!

  109. Ashley says:

    So i just talked to ETS.
    They said that the percentile rank you see WILL be changing as more and more people take the test, but they WILL NOT notify the schools that you are applying to. So say, if in a month your % rank is closer to what was predicted at the test center, you can’t prove that to the schools and they will never know.
    So basically anyone who took the new test in the first couple months is just going to look like they did worse on the test then they actually did, making them less competitive than they should be, and possibly screwing them out of a spot in grad school.
    Thanks ETS…..

  110. Kristin says:

    I took the test on 11/10 and received my score instantly on the computer: 166 Verbal (yay!) and 150 Math (boo). I was quite surprised when my score popped up at the end of the exam, as I thought testers would be given only a range through November…

  111. Jacob says:

    When I took the new GRE I got estimated ranges of 630-730 for verbal and 750-800 for quantitative. My actual scores on the new scale were 160 (verbal) and 159 (quantitative). I thought it was interesting that my scores didn’t even stay the same relative to each other. I guess more people taking the new GRE are scoring better on math than in verbal which might have skewed the scores relative to each other? I’m not sure, but I found it odd.

  112. SRINIVAS says:

    Hi Sir,

    My GRE scores are 137 in Verbal and 150 in Quantitative. Is it a good score?? How much I need for MS in Biochem in State Univ. How much is the score req for phd??

  113. gon says:

    After I took the test, the computer screen said verbal 380-480 and math 700-800 but now that i have the scores, it says 148 verbal (corresponds to 420) and 158 math (corresponds to 580). Verbal section is accurate but quantitve score is out of the range given to me. How is that possible?

  114. Kristian says:

    @Ashley well I guess that explains why they gave us a 50% discount for being the first people to take the new exam. Although I would think that the grad school admissions people would be aware of this new exam and will therefore put more weight on someone’s actual score than the percentile rank (hopefully). Good luck

  115. Rachelle says:

    @ all people asking if their scores are good.

    If you scored in the 140’s or in the lower 50 percentile you should take the test again. Also if you are not capable of researching your scores on the grad school exam so that you understand them, how well do you think you will do in grad school when you get there?

  116. Kevin says:

    My 750-800 Q 750-800V scores were converted to 170Q 170V, but my AWA was really low: 3.0

  117. Tessa says:

    I took the new GRE in September…I was hopeful about the score ranges flashed at the end of the test, with the optimism that my score was probably in the middle or better of the range shown (I don’t know why I assumed that!). Turned out my actual score was on the low end of the range shown, so don’t get your hopes up!! Flashed on the screen: Q 460-560 (21%to 40%), and I ended up in the 26% (math is not my friend!). Verbal 600-700 (85%-97%), and I ended up in the 86%. Anyhow, just a warning…prepare yourself to receive the lowest percentile rank shown at the end of the test!

  118. dilon says:

    My score estimate was

    V 650-750
    Q 680-780

    What I actually got:

    V 161 (620) 89%
    Q 155 (710) 69%

    I got 620 in Verbal,whereas the predicted one was 650-750 . How ?

    I’ll be applying to Bio-medical sciences(immunology) , so it would be of great help if someone could shade some light on how my quant score would have an impact. And based on my score ,what are the colleges I should apply ?

  119. bdpari says:

    my quant was 162..verbal was 151 and awa was 3..which grad school should i target

  120. clareh says:

    My scores were
    V: 156
    Q: 148
    AW; 5.0

    what grad schools would this put me in the range to consider/target

  121. kirkgolf says:

    Why are they now giving estimate scores according to the new scale? Before, they gave you a range based on the old scale, but now they’re giving a specific estimated score on the new scale.

    My estimated scores on test day were

    V: 161
    Q: ~153 (i forget)

    It seems that the ranges they were giving before were pretty wide – I wonder how much variance there could be from these new estimated scores. Anyone have any ideas?

  122. bishnu says:

    Dear Sir or Madam,
    I have got 138 in verbal, 146 in quqntitative and 2.0 in analytical writing. can i apply for universities? If ,yes ,please tell me the name of Universities in which i can apply or suggest further. thanks!

  123. pavan says:

    Im gng to attend gre in the month of December. Iam a student with biology background (pharmacy). Iam very poor in the quant section, so im feeling nervous about the score. Could you please tell me the good score and average scores for the new revised gre and what is the least scores for our pharmacy students. Please give me the suggestions to improve my scores.

  124. JCH says:

    Verbal = 158
    Quantitative = 149
    Writing = 4.5

    What schools would accept me?

  125. JCH says:

    Okay, now I’m concerned. If the percentile ranks will change as the more people take the test, why wouldn’t those percentiles be reported to the universities?

  126. Alex says:

    So wait… do schools look at the percentile or the actual score? Because as mentioned it seems like it might vary depending on when you took it. For SATs they just look at the actual scores, but I’m assuming that the first people who took the new version always score lower.

  127. Vishal says:

    Hi Bishu plz contact me or just mail me.. I will give you details..

  128. Will says:

    @Everyone commenting

    Thanks for all of the questions and comments! I apologize that I have not been able to respond for awhile, but I will make every effort to answer as many of your questions in a helpful manner as I can. Again, thanks for all of your questions and comments!


  129. Will says:

    @dilon, bdpari, clareh, bishnu, pavan, JCH

    Sorry for the lateness of this response. Because each school and department is unique in the way they handle the GRE, it is difficult to start with only a GRE score and end up with a list of good schools to apply for. The fact that schools take into consideration other things besides the GRE and that schools are still getting used to the revised GRE like the rest of us make it especially tricky to categorize or rank graduate schools/departments based on GRE score needed to get into them. I’ve written more about this here:
    http://www.newgre.org/gre-2011/revised-gre-admissions/ , and I would refer you to that article for additional information.

  130. Will says:


    I’m interested to learn how accurate these new estimated scores are as well. If I find out anything, I will let y’all know.

  131. Will says:


    A basic way to prepare for the revised GRE is to take advantage of the resources offered by ETS here: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare

    Another option is to look into professional test preparation. You can find out more information about the resources and course (with a 10 point score increase guarantee) offered by Test Masters here:

  132. Aqsa says:

    hii my score estimated in new gre is 146 in verbal and 149 in quant section.do u thnk dthis score is appropriate to apply??should i apply???which all univs do i have chances???..plzz reply asap!!!..urgent

  133. Josef says:

    Interesting read, thank you.

    My biggest gripe with this GRE is that we are not given back our essays in the score report. (I’m one of those people who likes to go over an essay again after it has been marked.)

  134. Joe says:

    I took the revised GRE on 11/7/11. My ranges at the end of the test were:

    640-740 Quantitative
    580-680 Verbal

    Results at the end where:

    153 (680, 65%) Quantitative
    159 (590, 84%) Verbal
    4.5 (72%) Writing

    I feel like these scores are above average and considerable for applications. Any advice anyone?

  135. kpv says:

    what is the good score to get admission in telecommunication

  136. Will says:

    @Aqsa, Joe, kpv

    For advice on how to use your revised GRE scores in the graduate admissions process, let me refer you to this post: http://www.newgre.org/gre-2011/revised-gre-admissions/

  137. Mohammad says:

    I got
    140 verbal
    147 quant
    How can I find the percentile and the score as per the old GRE
    and is this good or bad? and is there any way I can take it again in a month or I have to wait 60 days? and how long does it take to get the writing score?

  138. Seema says:

    Dear Sir or Madam,
    I have got 137 in verbal, 153 in quqntitative and 3.0 in analytical writing. can i apply for universities? If ,yes ,please tell me the name of Universities in which i can apply or suggest further. thanks!

  139. Will says:


    You can look up your percentiles and estimated 800-point scores here: http://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/concordance_information.pdf

    Whether these scores are good or bad depends upon the program you want to apply for.

    You can find information on how often you can take the new GRE here (it depends on whether you take the computer or paper-based test):

    Information on when your scores will be available can be found here:

    Hope this helps!

  140. Will says:


    The answer to your question depends on what school you would like to apply to and what you would like to study there. My advice to you would be to decide what you would like to study and then do some research on what schools have strong programs in that area. Once you have done that, you can get into contact with those schools and find out what they are looking for in GRE scores. For some more of my thoughts on the revised GRE and graduate admissions, let me refer you to a post I wrote on the subject here:

    Hope this helps!

  141. stella says:

    I took the test on November 8th and was horrified at the estimate scores I saw at the end of the test (380-420 V, 400-500 Q). I studied and had taken 8 practice tests out of McGraw Hill’s New GRE and had done well on all 8 of them. I DO NOT recommend this book. None of the material on the practice tests was on the actual test.
    My official report reads 148V (40%) and 142Q (19%) 4AW (48%).
    I considered not applying for Grad programs this year until re-taking the test next year and hopefully doing significantly better. However, upon doing some research and contacting the programs I was interested in, I’ve decided to go ahead and apply with these pitiful scores because all of the programs have stated that GPA and letters of Rec will outweigh the GRE score. I’m assuming that this is the case for a lot of programs, although I am aware that for many programs, these scores just aren’t going to cut it. To those out there who have also received extremely low scores, my suggestion is that if everything else in your application is strong, unless the program you’re interested in has minimum score requirements, you should still apply because you just never know. Good luck 🙂

  142. Firoozeh says:


    I am Firoozeh. I have got my B.Sc. in electrical engineering. I took GRE on 22th November. I scored 131 in verbal, 160 in quantitative and 4 in writing. I got ashamed by my score in verbal and also astonished though I am not an English speaker. But can you tell me how is my score, is that really embarrassing or I have to retake the test? My GPA is 3.3 and my TOEFL score is 87 🙁 in which my situation was not good. Do I have to retake the TOEFL as I estimate I can get a higher score? Is it possible to be admitted in one of the good univ in Canada or USA? Thanks for your help.

  143. kpv says:

    if i will completed MS in USA. then is there any scope in india or not?
    i need some expert suggestion.

  144. Charan says:

    hey .. anybody can you just tell me that if i got 290 in new pattern what are the universities that i can be admitted in ?? in california ?? canada ??? texas ??? or any other place .. i need some expert knowledge .. do help me in this regard .. 😛

  145. Pooja Singh says:

    @Charan in order to know how competitive your score is, you need to tell me what your individual section scores are. More than the scores, it is the percentile that matters. You can read more from our blog at http://goo.gl/4Bw96 Leave a comment on our blog and we will be able to help you out with your query.

  146. Will says:


    Although your verbal score is only in the 1st percentile, your quantitative score is in the 84th percentile. Depending on where you apply, a school or department may weight your quantitative score more highly (especially if it is more closely related to your desired field of study). As far as your TOEFL score goes, each institution is different, but an 87 will probably meet the minimum requirements for most public universities. Here is a very handy website that will allow you to search for minimum TOEFL requirements for U.S. schools: http://www.toeflgoanywhere.org

    Hope this helps!

  147. Will says:


    To the best of my knowledge, the scope in India depends on which U.S. university you received an MS from. A master’s degree from a top school in the U.S. will have more scope than the same degree from a more average school.

    So, the short answer is yes, an MS obtained in the United States will probably have good scope in India, but the more complicated answer depends on what field the degree is in, what you plan to use it for (pursuing a doctorate or pursuing a career), and where you want to live.

    Hope this is helpful!

  148. Will says:


    You can look up the percentile rankings of your scores from each section here:

    Depending on what you would like to study and which school you would like to attend, it will make a significant difference what your individual verbal and quantitative scores are. Hope this helps!

  149. kpv says:

    plz tell me the range of fees structure

  150. anusha says:

    hyeeee i got 130 in verbal and 136 in quant..watz my score….plzzzzz tell me im very confused bout this new pattern.What will be the equivalent score in old system

  151. meena says:

    sir, I had written my GRE on 27th of october in the New pattern , and i got the scores as
    quant– 151(170)

    To which grad schools my scores are eligible, Could u pls suugest me names of schools in US?

  152. Will says:


    I’m not sure I understand your question. Are you asking about fees charged by specific universities in the U.S.?

  153. Will says:


    -a 130 in verbal comes out to the 1st percentile (roughly between 200-230)
    -a 136 in quantitative comes out to the 4th percentile (roughly between 300-320)

    You can view the charts released by ETS that give a rough estimate on how to convert between new and old GRE scores here: http://www.ets.org/gre/guide

  154. Will says:


    The answer to your question depends on a number of things. What field of study are you interested in applying for? Different programs within different colleges have different eligibility requirements. Allow me to refer you to this post for a general overview of the new GRE and admissions:


    Hope this helps!

  155. avinash says:

    hello friends, as i taken the new gre and i got my score report card and i got 273 out of 340 is it a good score ,can i apply for collages and may i know which collages will suit for my score

  156. Will says:


    Your question is difficult to answer without knowing how well you scored on each individual section and what field of study you are interested in pursuing. Different colleges and departments have different ways of measuring the revised GRE. Here is a brief overview of the new GRE and admissions:


    Hope this helps!

  157. Shagun says:

    Hi i took my gre exam on 13th december i presume my scores are from 130 to 170 range. I got 153 in quant and 147 in verbal. Howver when we convert this as per the conversion chart the scoes look abysmal. But i hav seen most of the studnets are finding it hard to clear the 300 mark. I am planning to apply for masters in electrical and computer science. I had aimed for some top univ like michigen state univ.. but the discrepency in what a good score is has left me wondering should i invest money in applying or retry after 2 months again? Oh fyi i have 3 yrs work exp in the field of my desired subject .. any words of advice. I am planning for fall 12 just fyi

  158. Pepe says:

    Took GRE on 12/17 and got 164/verbal 163/quantitative. I was surprised as I expected to do better in quantitative than verbal. I’m planning to apply to MS statistics at Stanford.

  159. Amar says:

    hi i took my test 2 months back and i got 297.143 in verbal and 154 in quant and 2.0 in AW.I am B.Arch with First Class and outstanding SOP and Portfolio of architecture.First of all is it a better score for architecture to get admission in B grade university?Like 50 -100. I have everything great just except scores so what should i do?so can i apply to B Grade universities for Architecture.

  160. MasoudF says:

    Hi all.
    I have got the scores as follows:
    163 in Quantitative, 137 in verbal and 3 in Analytical writing. I am going to apply as a phd Applicant in US in mechanical or chemical engineering,in which universities I may be accepted? I am also looking for a fund

  161. Pradeep says:

    Same with me Shagun.The night before exam was absolute mayhem but managed to score 302,I was so lost.if I take exam again after so called 60days,for 12 fall most top collages will be done.Donno if I can bet on it.Its such an embarrassing situation.

  162. Will says:

    @Shagun, Pepe, Amar, MasoudF, Pradeep

    For a basic overview on how to measure your revised GRE scores when applying for graduate school, let me refer you to a pair of articles I’ve written on the subject:


    Hope these are helpful!


  163. Tarun says:

    Hey Will.!

    I want to know that even after answering all questions correctly in Quant can I get score less than 170!


  164. Will says:


    The scores for the multiple choice sections are a combination of your raw score (how many questions you answer correctly) and a process known as “equating”, which takes into account the difficulty of the questions you are given. When you say “answering all questions correctly”, do you mean answering every question in a section, or all of the questions that you are given?

  165. LAKRAN says:

    If anybody is going to write the test by nextweek . Please share your experience.

  166. Tolulope akintayo says:

    sir, i wrote my exams on 30/01/12.i was flashed a score of 145v and 149q on d screen after the exam,is that the same score that will b sent back to my mail or reviewed.

    • Babu shaik says:

      hai..iam an software engineer…iam going to start preparation for GRE revised pattern..could you please suggest some books..?

      • Jocelyn says:


        To prepare for the new GRE, we strongly recommend you check out the courses offered by Testmasters. Testmasters GRE courses have been specifically designed for the new GRE, and contain highly specialized methods to help you achieve the highest score possible. Testmasters is so confident in their methods that they offer a 10 point score increase guarantee. If you do not want to take the Testmasters course, they also sell their course manual separately. Hope this helps and good luck on the GRE!

  167. Jon says:

    Just took the test today – 162 on quant and 165 on verbal. Some of the quant questions were surprisingly tricky. Seems they’ve moved from giving unofficial scores in the old system to just giving you your unofficial results in the new system as I got 162/165 straight away and no indication of what the scores would’ve been under the 800 system. Anyone got any clue what that equates to/whether it’s any good?



  168. William says:

    162/165=770-780/690=1440-1450 on the old scoring model, so yeah that’s pretty damn good. I don’t think there’s a grad school in the country that will not be impressed (ie yale wants a 1200)

  169. Will says:

    @Tolulope akintayo

    The scores that appeared on your screen immediately after the exam were unofficial. According to http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/scores/get/ you will be able to view your scores online between 10-15 days after you take the exam.

  170. Will says:


    You can find the table of estimated conversions from the old scoring system to the new scoring system (and vice versa) at http://www.ets.org/gre/guide

  171. ahmed says:

    i got 146 in Quent. and 136 in Verable and 2 writting >>>> is it a good score

  172. Will says:


    You can look up the percentile rankings of your scores from each section here:

    The strength of your scores depends in large part upon what programs you are interested in applying for.

  173. jinal patel says:

    my score was

    is it good or bad

  174. anny says:

    Hi everyone.. I took the new GRE and got a score of 324( verbal-154, math-170) . Is it a decent score or an excellent score? I’m an engineering student in computer science and i need to get a great score to get into my dream university for post-grad… So, please do help.. thanks in advance 🙂

  175. Jocelyn says:


    We recently spoke to the Electrical and Computing Engineering department at the University of Texas-Austin and they estimated that the average admitted student this year had a 155 in verbal and a 165 in math. You can read more about the department here:


    It sounds like you also already have some dream graduate schools in mind. I recommend contacting these departments and ask them about the average GRE scores for admitted applicants. Furthermore, you should remember that GRE scores are just one part of your application. Other factors, such as your essays, research experience, and letters of recommendation, are all very important parts of your graduate school application.

  176. jash says:

    what is above average score in new gre??
    can anyone answer?

  177. Jocelyn says:


    An above average score is anything above the 50th percentile. According to the tables released by ETS, the score for the 50th percentile on both the quantitative and verbal sections is around 150. A combined average score (quantitative and verbal) would be about 300. Therefore, any score above a 150 on each section would be above the 50th percentile for that section, which is above the average. Keep in mind, though, that each school’s requirements for the GRE scores are different. Make sure to check with the specific schools you’re interested to see if your GRE scores meet their requirements.

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  179. Sandeep says:


    My GRE score is 295…………V-144 and Q-151
    Yet to take toefl…I’ve pretty good academics with 78% aggregate in my engg.. Is my GRE score enough to get into good universities….I’m planning for Spring 2013…After seeing many websites I got to know that with this GRE score I’ll get GRADE C universities…Whats your say on my score and what are the best universities I can get with this score….

    Thank you.

    • Sandeep says:

      My stream in computer science.

    • Jocelyn says:


      There are many other factors in graduate school admissions besides your GRE score. Graduate schools also consider your professional work experience, research experience, letters of recommendation, and whether your research interests are similar to those of the faculty in the program. I recommend contacting the schools you are interested in and asking them the average GRE scores and other requirements for candidates admitted to their program.
      Hope this helps!

  180. Sandeep says:

    My stream is computer science.

  181. shriya says:

    when i will get the score if i give test in july?

    • Jocelyn says:


      You will receive an unofficial score for the quantitative and verbal sections immediately after you take the test. You should receive your official score report in the mail no less than one month after taking the test.

      Hope this helps!

  182. syd says:

    HI,i scored a 318 in the revised gre.152 verbal and 166 quant.i m applying for an ms in industrial engg in ncsu ,u florida ,penn state ,Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute ,u niversity of wisconsin,madison.

    102 in toefl,above 25 in all sections.with 72% cgpa from a reputed college and 1yr work-ex.
    what do you think are my chances in these universities?

    Pl give your opinion.

    • Jocelyn says:


      Each of those schools have different criteria for applicants as well as different types of programs. Your changes for admission would also depend on what type of program you are applying to (doctoral vs. master’s, for instance), your research interests, and whether the school feels your interests would be a good fit with those of other professors in the department. Letters of recommendation, your personal statement, and your future career goals are also key factors in admissions.I would recommend contacting each department individually and asking them what type of candidate they usually admit. Contacting the departments is a great way to stand out even before you apply, as well as a wonderful way to begin connecting with the faculty at each school.

      Hope this helps!

  183. shathru says:

    Hi. First of all, thanks for sharing such good information. I want to know what must be my GRE score for doing MS in Computer Networks in Stanford/NCSU/Purdue/CMU/UCSB (in respective order of preference). I’m 2012 pass-out with B.E (ECE) degree. I have CGPA of 8.71 (out of 10). My 10th and 12th marks- 89.18% and 95%. Please let me know, what must be my GRE score (please specify the score for each section) so as to get admission in any of those colleges (If possible please suggest any other colleges too).
    Thanks, in advance.

    • Jocelyn says:


      The requirements change by program, but Stanford, for instance, recommends that applicants have GRE scores in the 90th percentile or higher. That would mean your quantitative score should be a 164 or higher and your verbal score should be a 162 or higher. Please remember, though, that GRE scores are not the only factors in admissions. Admissions committees consider many other factors, including work experience, letters of recommendation, your personal statement, career goals, and whether your research interests would be a good fit with those of the university.

      Hope this helps!!

  184. Adeola says:

    This has been really informative. Pls do you have any suggestions on how one can score at least 160 in each section of the GRE i.e Verbal and Quant. Want to apply for scholarships, for Fall 2013, major is Computer Sc. Have a very good CGPA.
    Planning to take my exam in Aug.

    • Jocelyn says:

      The best way to get a high score on the GRE is through careful, systematic preparation. I recommend checking out the GRE courses offered by Testmasters (http://www.testmasters.com/gre.html). Testmasters offers comprehensive GRE preparation specially formulated for the new GRE. Hope this helps!

  185. sujitha says:

    as i read above comments i came to know that the test takers who are taking gre in august & September will receive there scores at November-mid. they will get average scores but not original score..im going take gre in end of august,is there any possibility of going to spring admissions? can i apply to universities with that estimated score?

    • Jocelyn says:


      GRE test-takers who took their test in August 2011 had to wait until November for their scores because the test was still new. Now that the test is nearly a year old, you will receive your results much more quickly. You will receive your score estimates immediately after you take the test, and then you will receive your official score report within a month. Therefore, you should have your GRE scores in plenty of time to apply for graduate school in the spring.

      Hope this helps!

  186. VishnuVardhan says:

    I got verbal-147 ,quants-149 total-296/340. Is it a pretty good score??? plz do help me yaar!! I am confused whether to apply for spring 2013 or not…..will the score cause any problem during Visa??? i have 8.3 cgpa on aggregate…

    • Jocelyn says:


      A good score depends on the program you’re applying to. According to the current ETS concordance tables, your scores are approximately the 50th percentile for math and verbal. I would recommend contacting the programs you’re interested in and asking them about average GRE scores for candidates admitted to their program. As for the visa, you generally apply for a student visa after you have been admitted to a program. Once you have been admitted, check with the international office at your university for more information about getting a student visa. Hope this helps!

  187. Sunny Rahut J says:

    Hi Jocelyn,
    My GRE score is 300/340, in quantitave-158 and verbal-142. I am thinking to go for San Diego or San Jose state university. Do u think I ll be able to get an admit to these schools?

    • Jocelyn says:


      Whether the scores are good depends on the type of program you are applying to. I would contact the program you are interested in at San Diego or San Jose State University and ask them about the average GRE scores of admitted candidates. Also remember that there are a variety of other factors that contribute to admissions, including personal statements, prior work experience, and your research interests. Hope this helps!

  188. tarak says:

    i am taking gre test in mid july when will my scores reported….

    • Jocelyn says:


      You will get preliminary scores immediately following the exam. You should receive a score report with your official scores within one month.

  189. Shriram says:


    I just took my GRE today and got a score of 326. Quant: 167, Verbal: 159. I was expecting around 163 in verbal but you know shit happens. Considering that i have 2 years work experience in Microsoft, what are my chances in getting into colleges like Georgia Tech and CalTech.

    Please advice! 🙂

    • Jocelyn says:


      I would contact the colleges directly and asking them about the average scores for applicants admitted to their programs. They would also be able to tell you the importance of your work experience, and how they weigh other factors for admissions. Hope this helps!

  190. Divyanshu Misra says:


    10th – 80%
    12th – 86%
    B-Tech(IT) – 76%

    2 years of work experiance in a leading MNC.

    GRE score is 302 which is not so good.
    TOEFL – 95

    I have applied for:-
    1> University of Florida
    2> University of Connecticut
    3> University of North Dakota
    4> University of Texas,El Paso
    What should i do….Should i retake GRE or can i get admission with this score?
    Please suggest what to do?Waiting eagerly for your reply

    • Jocelyn says:


      Contact the programs to which you applied and ask them what the average GRE scores are for applicants admitted to their program. Explain your work experience and TOEFL scores and see if they think you have a good shot of being admitted. If not, ask them what you can do to improve your application in the future. Hope this helps!

  191. Hi says:

    I would like to know if my scores are good or bad?
    I got 136 in verbal reasoning and 135 in quantitative reasoning and 2 in analytical writing

    • Jocelyn says:

      These scores are lower than the 10th percentile in verbal and quantitative reasoning, so the scores would be considered bad. Whether scores are good and bad depends on the program to which you are applying, but graduate schools generally require students to score closer to the 50th percentile on the GRE. Hope this helps!

  192. Tycol says:


    Just looking for some reassurance really, as I’m having to apply for programmes with very strong funding packages and highly competitive applications (e.g. Yale for Film Studies/American Studies PhD).

    I received confirmation of my scores today:

    Verbal – 165 – 95th
    Quantitative – 153 – 56th
    Analytical – 5.5 – 96th

    Most of the schools I’ve been looking at don’t offer confirmation of the GRE scores I’d need or indicate that they do not have a minimum score that is set in stone. Can you advise if these scores would give me a good push in the right direction, bearing in mind the Q score? Obviously, there are no guarantees…..!

  193. subhash says:

    Is 306 with a split of 152 for verbal and 154 for quants a good score in the revised gre??

    • Jason says:

      Ideally, the GRE distribution will likely be a general bell curve in which the majority of test takers score around 150 on the verbal and quantitative reasoning sections, so a “good” score would be in the upper 50%, about 150 or above. Additionally, it’s important to keep in mind that a “good” score always depends on what score you need to get into your desired program. To be sure that your scores are competitive, you should research what kinds of scores admitted students got last year and in years before. This information is usually available on graduate programs’ websites, although you can also call their admissions offices if you can’t find an answer to one of your questions online. If you want to compare your scores with the scores of students who took the old GRE, focus on comparing the percentiles instead of the numerical scores. If you decide you want extra help preparing for the GRE, you can always study with the experts at Test Masters, of course (www.testmasters.com).

  194. Naveen says:

    My gre score is 281/340,in quanitative 144 and in verbal 137.what the score i mentioned above is received during exam.My doubt is that i have done my quans section very well,expecting more than 163,but i did’t get it.If the above score will be the official score or there will have any change,while receiving score card.

    • Jason says:

      Remember, you are free to retake the GRE if you are not satisfied with your scores. Also, just because you have prepared a lot doesn’t mean you have prepared for the right things – there are many strategies and common question types that it is necessary to study in order to do well on the GRE. If you decide you want extra help preparing for the GRE, you can always study with GRE experts at Test Masters (www.testmasters.com).

  195. sainag says:

    actually i wrote my gre on 8th august i gt the score of 154 in quant and 133 in verbal.i thought of preparing again but i prepared lot but im not satisfied with the score .according my knowlwdgei thought my quant score must be confidently above 30 marks and also in verbal im perfect any chances of mistakes in the scores

    • Jason says:

      It is highly unlikely that there was a mistake in the grading your GRE. Just because you have prepared a lot doesn’t mean you have prepared for the right things – there are many strategies and common question types that it is necessary to study in order to do well on the GRE. If you decide you want extra help preparing for the GRE, you can always study with GRE experts at Test Masters (www.testmasters.com).

  196. Marlyn says:

    I just wrote the GRE mock test, I’m guessing one that uses the scale of between 200-800. I scored between 360-460 in the Verbal Reasoning section, and between 300-400 in the Quantitative reasoning section. How good or bad are these scores? Because honestly, I have no idea.

  197. D.B says:

    I just took practice test 1 for the GRE. Got 400 on Quantitave and 420 on Verbal? Is this bad? I am planning a study schedule. How long should I wait?

    • D.B says:

      The exact numbers were 428 on Quant. and 44O on Verb. How is this calculated? It is showing this out of a bar graph of 800. Where does this measure up?

  198. Future Masters says:

    I took the GRE on August 18 and the computer displayed the scores in the new scale. I find out I had to take that test a week before so my preping was very scarce. Verbal results seemed to be in the average range; I received a score of 160. Math results were some how low for my taste, got a 148. How does that compare to the previous scale?

  199. Anit says:

    I took the GRE yesterday.I managed 169/170 in quant and 153/170 in verbal which leads to a total score of 322.I would be applying for PhD Programs in Electrical Engineering.Would my verbal score be a hindrance for the same as it is just near about or rather just above average?

    • Jason says:

      It depends on what program you are applying to. You should contact the admissions offices of your prospective graduate programs and ask them what scores they expect from applicants. Good luck!

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  201. Sakshi says:

    Hi, I took my GRE today and got 160 in quant and 155 in verbal which gives me a total score of 315. I am aiming for Masters in Analytics degree. Will my quant score be a hindrance?

    • admin says:

      @Sakshi – the best thing you can do is contact the school directly and ask them this question. There is no substitute – just do it. Email them, ask them on a social media page – whatever but just ask.

  202. yinita2005 says:

    Hi, I just got my general GRE scores online in my GRE aacount.and my general scores are 144 for verbal and 151 for quantitative. I would like to know if those are good scores or should i re take the test.


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  204. olajide says:

    hi, i just took the practice powerprep test with verbal 141 and quantitative 149, what advice do you have for me,should i go ahead and take the gre exams, or take my time to practice more.i want to apply for phd economics in illinois(any school).

  205. Rthp says:

    Hello my GRE is 312 quant 159 and verbal 153 essay score is 4.5, I am willing to apply for masters in computer science. And looking for scholarships. Which colleges should I apply to? My CGPA is 3.42/4 ( among top students of my college).
    Thanks a lot.

  206. Pooja says:

    I received a score of 309 – (verbal – 155; quants-154). What are the chances of getting admission for phd program in computational biology. I have a cgpa of 3.5 and 3 years of work experience

    • Calvin says:

      In order to answer that I would need to know what specific programs you are applying to, because the requirements of various programs can vary greatly. I’m sure if you call the admissions offices of your prospective graduate schools they would be happy to tell you what GRE scores they expect from successful applicants.

  207. Lenea says:

    I will graduate next fall (2013). I have not even registered or studied for the GRE. When should I begin this process, and what is considered a good score? How should I prepare for this?

    • Calvin says:

      This would depend on when you intend to begin graduate school. If you wish to begin graduate school in the Fall of 2014, then you would need to apply in the Fall of 2013, so you might consider studying for and taking the GRE in the Summer of 2013 in order to get it out of the way when you don’t have school work (unless you are taking summer classes). Some programs, of course, allow you to begin in the Spring instead of the Fall, so you would be allowed to apply during the previous Spring instead. Because the GRE doesn’t test technical knowledge in any particular field, it’s never too early to begin preparing. Just find some time when you won’t have many distractions and get started!

  208. mahesh babu says:

    i have got a score of 285 139 in verbal and 146 in quant awa 3 plz help me to know more about my score and expecting 90 in toefl do i get admission into any of the college in us. or do i need to wright gre again

  209. prasanna says:

    i received a score of 300 (140 verbal…160 quant).i am willing to do my masters in US.Is their any chance of getting admission in university of arkansas,fayteville/University of Missouri Kansas City in EE department.

    • Bill says:

      Admittance to the University of Arkansas’s Electrical Engineering graduate school is a two-part step; like most graduate admissions, UA requires students to first be admitted as graduate students by their Internal Admissions Office and then be accepted as a graduate student by their Department of Electrical Engineering. The minimum requirements for admission include a GPA of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0) and cumulative GRE score of 1100 (which you can translate to the new GRE here!)

      The University of Missouri is a little more competitive; their admission requirements include a minimum 3.5 GPA and a quantitative GRE score in the 90th percentile. Click here for more information on their EE graduate programs.

      Hope this helps!

  210. Archi says:

    hi,I have taken two times GRE this time my score is Qunt 148 and verbal 144 ,i knw its very low….. i have completed my M.D. pathology, GPA 3.8 ….. I want to pursue Ph.d in anthology and laboratory medicine… can I get admission in USA universities….. Do reply plz…

    • Calvin says:

      There are a lot of factors that go into a university’s admission decision, such as GPA, class rank, recommendations, experience in the field, and (of course) GRE scores, among other things. Each university will have its own distinct requirements for admission into their masters and doctoral programs, and those requirements are generally available on your preferred university’s admissions page. You can also call the admissions departments of the programs you’re looking at and just ask! Admissions officers are usually very friendly and willing to help prospective grad students research their programs.

      That being said, you should be proud of the work you’ve done to get the scores you have, but there is certainly still room for improvement. If GRE prep is an option, be sure to check out GRE course options here!

  211. Ankur says:

    I just took my GRE, my scores for the same are 150 in Verbal and 152 in Quant. I intend to apply for PhD in Anthropology.
    Since application deadlines starts next month, due you think I can manage with the given scores?

    • Bill says:


      The answer is: it depends! There are a lot of factors that go into a university’s admission decision, especially for a Ph. D candidate. Admission criteria includes GPA, class rank, recommendations, experience in the field, and (of course) GRE scores, among other things. Each university will have its own distinct requirements for admission into their doctoral programs, and those requirements are generally available on your preferred university’s admissions page.

      That being said, your scores are good without being outstanding. If you still feel you have time to prepare, you certainly should. If GRE prep is an option, be sure to check out GRE course options here!

  212. Rey says:

    Hi i just gave the GRE exam and it showed me a total score of 300 without the analytic writing section.
    Any idea how good is this?
    The marking scheme says Writing section is graded on a scale of 0-6
    Does this mean my maximum score can be 306???

    • Calvin says:

      The writing score is separate from your score out of 340, which is the sum of your scores on the math and verbal sections only.

      As for how good your score is, the answer is: it depends! There are a lot of factors that go into a university’s admission decision, such as GPA, class rank, recommendations, experience in the field, and (of course) GRE scores, among other things. Each university will have its own distinct requirements for admission into their masters and doctoral programs, and those requirements are generally available on your preferred university’s admissions page. You can also call the admissions departments of the programs you’re looking at and just ask! Admissions officers are usually very friendly and willing to help prospective grad students research their programs.

      That being said, you should be proud of the work you’ve done to get the scores you have, but there is certainly still room for improvement. If GRE prep is an option, be sure to check out GRE course options here!

  213. minti says:

    Hi, I ve got a gre score of 309 (V153,Q156).. How is this score ? and which possible Best universities i can get for this score (MEM : Masters in Engineering management). I have 4 years of work experience.

    • Bill says:


      First of all: congratulations! Your GRE score is very good! To give you an idea of where you stand: The University of Arizona’s average GRE score is a 310 and the University of Florida’s is a 309.

      That being said, admissions officers take a number of factors into account (including work experience) when making a decision. Other factors might include Overall GPA, GPA in your Major, Class Rank, recommendations or awards, etc.

      Your score might qualify you to get into some very good schools; however, if you are more interested in the “Best” universities than there is certainly room for improvement.

  214. Zakariyya says:

    So how hard is it to get a 230 overall on the test? University of Florida is asking for a 230 in order to get into their planning degree. thanks.

    • Calvin says:

      Different students have to put in different amounts of effort in order to get their desired scores. That said, the highest score achievable on the GRE is 340. The score range for both the quantitative and verbal reasoning sections is 130-170. This means that even if you get two 130s (the lowest possible scores), you will at least have a combined score of 260. Are you sure 230 was the cutoff? Technically it’s impossible to get below a 260, so if 230 was the cutoff everyone would get in.

  215. Srikanth says:

    Hello Sir,
    I have cleared GRE recently and got 291 with v142 and q149. I am science student completed my PG from reputed University.
    My academics ssc 84 % ,Intermediate 86 % ,Graduation 82 % and PG 92 %. I wanted to do my PhD at US. What are my chances of admission?

    • Calvin says:

      As you know, there are many factors that go into a university’s admission decision, such as GPA, class rank, recommendations, experience in the field, and (of course) GRE scores, among other things. Each university will have its own distinct requirements for admission into their masters and doctoral programs, and those requirements are generally available on your preferred university’s admissions page. You can also call the admissions departments of the programs you’re looking at and just ask! Admissions officers are usually very friendly and willing to help prospective grad students research their programs.

      That being said, you should be proud of the work you’ve done to get the scores you have, but there is certainly still room for improvement. If GRE prep is an option, be sure to check out GRE course options here!

      • Calvin says:

        Also, if you are not from the US and plan to take the TOEFL in addition to the GRE, then graduate programs may be more forgiving of lower GRE Verbal scores as long as you have a high enough TOEFL score. Otherwise, it depends on the specific programs to which you are applying. I recommend calling the admissions offices of each program to which you are applying and asking them what the average Verbal/TOEFL scores of admitted students are. If after that you still feel insecure, you can always retake the GRE. Indeed, it is usually wise to take the test twice, since most universities will consider only the highest score for each section, regardless of which test it comes from. Best of luck!

  216. Lily says:


    I just did a practice test and got Verbal-148 and Maths-154, it was my first time doing it I plan to take the GRE in the summer so I have time to revise. I just want to know, if I do the GRE multiple times, what scores will they take? Is it an average score of all tests taken or the highest score I got of all the tests? If they do take the highest score, will they take the highest score for each section or the highest score in total? for instance if I take the test the first time and get V-140,M-150 and analytical writing-4, and then I take the test a second time and get V-120, M-160 and writing-5 will they take V-140, M-160 and wirintg-5 or only the total highest score?

    • Bill says:

      Dear Lily,

      That is an excellent question! Though policy varies from school to school and department to department, the practice of most universities is to NOT “super-score” the GRE. Most universities and departments will use only your highest aggregate GRE score; if you submit multiple GRE scores, they will not use the highest score from each section, only the highest total score. That said, after reaching out to several graduate admission advisers (friends of the site!), the general consensus is that though a university can only officially use one GRE score for the purpose of admissions, and they will always use the highest total score, admission officers unofficially consider multiple GRE scores when making an admissions decision. So, using your example, an admissions officer will use your V-140, M-150 score as your official GRE score (because it is the higher of the two scores); however, if your application is being weighed against another candidate with an identical score, the admissions officer will (unofficially) consider your second GRE score.

      Hope this helps!

  217. Naveen says:

    Hello sir, i am done with my mechanical engineering ,i am very much interested in automobiles so i am planning to do pg in Germany,i just learned A1 German language, and my GRE score is
    v – 139
    q – 140
    administration in any college in Germany is fine with me ..

    do i want to take it again or its manageable..?

  218. dapo wily says:

    Hey, i scored 133 in the quantitative and 136 in the verbal and 3.0 in the analytical section..trying to get in for masters in human resource management…what am i chances of getting into the graduate program

  219. Moutakilou MUMUNI says:

    Hi! I just took my GRE on Monday and they gave me in the end a 139 score for the Verbal Reasoning and a 137 for the Quantitative Reasoning. How do you judge that score? Good or Bad? Do I have to retake them?

    • Bill says:


      As mentioned in the article, a good score on the GRE is relative to the schools to which you will apply. That said, generally speaking, a composite score of 300 is considered average, so anything below that is considered below average and anything above 300 is considered above average.

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