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GRE Scores May be Down, but Competition is UP!

Our mantra at “It’s Not GREek” is “The score you want is the score that will get you into your graduate school of choice.” Though every student has different goals and ambitions, this means that you do not need to get a perfect score on the GRE to get into a good graduate program; you do, however, generally need to score above average to have a chance at being admitted to your program of choice. This self-evident, sagacious wisdom has come under scrutiny recently as the average GRE score for American test-takers has dropped to, well, below average. The Educational Testing Service (ETS), which administers the GRE, recently released data outlining the average scores of domestic and international test takers.

*Source: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/02/21/ets-releases-data-gre-averages-country


It is apparent that a truly significant number of undergraduate students and undergraduate degree holders in the United States are considering applying to graduate school; as Bachelor’s degrees are now the workplace standard rather than the exception, people are seeking to stand out from the crowd by pursuing advanced degrees.  The most important consequence of this is, though the average GRE score is down, competition for admission into graduate school is up.

The sheer volume of potential applicants is staggering; simply put, there are not enough spots available for the number of interested or potential graduate school applicants. This is true without even mentioning the challenge competing for spots at prestigious universities with well qualified international students poses to prospective American graduate students. Given the new GRE average score for US test takers, suffice it to say, it is no longer enough to score ‘above average’ on the GRE.

It might be tempting to look at these scores and breathe a sigh of relief, thinking, “Well, look … my score is above average.” Well, suck in that sigh and let out a groan, because the admission standards for prestigious universities have not been lowered to accommodate the drop in GRE scores for the average American test taker. Quite the opposite, in fact; competition for a spot in an excellent graduate program has never been fiercer (as evidenced by the exponential growth of potential applicants).

The simple fact of the matter is ‘above average’ no longer means what it used to; at least when it comes to the GRE. With nearly 320,000 annual GRE test takers in the United States, averages may be down but competition is UP! 


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Good Scores on the New GRE for Engineering Programs

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

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

Top 51-100:
Quantitative Score Range for Admitted Students: 156 – 160
Verbal Score Range for Admitted Students: 149 – 152
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Good New GRE Scores for Education Graduate Programs

Wondering what a good score on the new GRE is for graduate programs in education?  US News & World Report recently released their 2013 rankings for several graduate programs.  Below, we discuss the average GRE scores for students accepted to education graduate schools this year, as well as some other important factors to consider.


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“It’s Not GREek!” Asks Graduate Schools: What’s a Good Score on the New GRE?

In the upcoming months, “It’s Not GREek!” will be interviewing graduate school admissions officers and individual departments to find out what is a good score on the new GRE.  This week, we spoke with the Admissions Coordinator of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Texas-Austin.

Average GRE scores of applicants admitted to the program:

Old GRE:     570 (verbal)      780 (math)      4.0 (writing)
New GRE:   155* (verbal)    165* (math)
* preliminary estimates
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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. Continue reading “What is a Good Score on the New GRE?” »