GRE Score Chart: Percentiles, Validity & GRE Total Score

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Rahul Singha

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Updated on Feb 24, 2029 15:24

Are you aiming to score 320+ in the GRE?  Do you want to know the exact score required to enrol in a top-notch university?

 

Well, the GRE score matters! The GRE score chart shows that every section has a different score range. However, the average GRE score must be 310 to grab a seat in a well-known university. It is a part of the admission process and a way to filter out the students with lower scores. By appearing for the GRE, you open the doors to making yourself eligible for scholarships, which are granted according to your GRE score chart. The GRE scores become one aspect of judging your abilities and paving the way for admission into the desired university.

 

Moreover, the GRE scores become available within 10-15 days of taking the exam. So, let us delve deep into the GRE score chart, conversions and admission criteria of different colleges and courses after taking the exam.

 

GRE-SCORE-CHART

 

Table Of Content
  1. Section-Wise GRE Score Range

  2. Good GRE Score Chart

  3. GRE Raw Score Conversion Chart and GRE Score Scale

  4. Average GRE Score for Top Universities

  5. GRE Cutoff for Specific Programs

  6. GRE Score Percentiles

  7. GRE Score Validity

  8. Sample GRE Score Card

  9. FAQs

 

Section-Wise GRE Score Range

Now that you are here to check out the GRE score chart. Before discussing the good and bad GRE scores, let us know about the GRE score range

Section

GRE Score Range 

Increment 

GRE Quantitative Reasoning 

130-170

1 point 

GRE Verbal Reasoning 

130-170

1 point 

GRE Analytical Writing

0-6 

0.5 points

The table shows that the minimum GRE score is 130, and the maximum is 170 in every section. Your score entirely depends upon the GRE Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. So, the GRE score ranges from 260 being the lowest and 340 being the highest.

 

Good GRE Score Chart

Well, now you know the GRE score range and want to learn about the scores that can get you admission into your dream university.

 

Every college is different; according to that, they have different eligibility criteria and required scores. You need to check the university website and the score acceptable for a particular course.

 

Here is a GRE score chart of good and bad scores for every section

GRE Scoring 

Verbal Reasoning 

Quantitative Reasoning 

Analytical Writing 

Best GRE Score 

163-170

165-170

5.0-6.0

Competitive GRE Score 

158-162

159-164

4.5

Good GRE Score 

152-158

153-158

4.0

Below Average GRE Score 

151 or below 

152 or below 

3.5 or below

The table below shows the subject-wise GRE scores to help you understand the GRE score chart

    Subject

Verbal Range

Quant Range

Writing Range

English

160-164

151-155

4.2

History

159-163

150-154

4.1

Psychology

155-159

151-155

3.9

Mathematics

156-160

168-170

3.8

Sociology

155-159

151-155

3.8

Economics

157-161

162-166

3.8

Chemistry

156-160

163-167

3.7

GRE Raw Score Conversion Chart and GRE Score Scale

The table below represents the GRE raw score conversion chart, which shows the number of questions students get during the GRE. First, you obtain the raw score; later, the GRE score chart is converted to a scaled score.

 

GRE Score Conversion Scale for Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning Section

GRE Verbal Reasoning scaled score

(GRE Score Scale)

GRE raw score of the candidate

GRE Quantitative Reasoning scaled score

(GRE Score Scale)

170

40

170

169

39

169

168

38

168

167

37

167

166

36

166

165

35

165

164

34

164

163

33

163

162

32

162

161

31

161

160

30

160

159

29

159

158

28

158

157

27

157

156

26

156

155

25

155

154

24

154

153

23

153

152

22

152

151

21

151

150

20

150

149

19

149

148

18

148

147

17

147

146

16

146

145

15

145

144

14

144

143

13

143

142

12

142

141

11

141

140

10

140

139

9

139

138

8

138

137

7

137

136

6

136

135

5

135

134

4

134

133

3

133

132

2

132

131

1

131

130

0

130

GRE Score Conversion Scale for Analytical Writing Section

Scores 6 and 5.5

Powerful insights, in-depth analysis of ideas; develops and supports the points with logical reasoning and examples; well-focused and well-organized; skillfully constructs sentence and precise vocabulary to explain the meaning; demonstrates superior facility with sentence structure and language usage, with minor errors that do not change the meaning of the sentence.

Scores 5 and 4.5

Provide thoughtful analysis of complicated ideas; develop and support the point with logical reasons with the help of examples; use different sentences and vocabulary to discuss the meaning clearly; good control of sentence and language usage. But may have some errors that do not change the essence of the sentence.

Scores 4 and 3.5

Provide decent analysis of ideas; develop and support the statements with relevant reasons; organise; share meaning with clarity; give a satisfactory level of sentence structure and vocabulary but may contain some errors that affect clarity.

Scores 3 and 2.5

Show some competence in analytical writing; the writing could be better in at least one of the following ways: limited analysis, weak organisation, weak control of sentence structure or vocabulary, with errors that result in a lack of clarity.

Scores 2 and 1.5

Flawed analytical writing: The writing is bad in at least one of the following ways: lack of analysis, lack of organisation, serious problems in sentence structure or vocabulary, and errors that completely change the meaning of a sentence.

Scores 1 and 0.5

Displays deficiencies in analytical writing sections. The writing is inaccurate in at least one of the following ways: either the content is extremely confusing or irrelevant to the assigned tasks; serious errors result in ambiguity.

Score Level 0

The analytical writing skills cannot be evaluated because the answers are not related to the assigned tasks, are the copied responses, are in a foreign language or display only unreadable script.

Average GRE Score for Top Universities

The exam helps committees choose the right candidate as per the specific university and program. Some university cut-offs are hard to find, but you can always check the average GRE scores it accepts. Here is a list of universities and the average score they accept.

University

Verbal (Average Score)

Quant (Average Score)

University of California Berkeley

155

161

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

157

162

University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign

155

163

Stanford University

158

163

Georgia Institute of Technology

155

161

Carnegie Mellon University

159

161

University of Southern California

158

163

Purdue University

158

163

University of Texas Austin

155

160

Cornell University

160

162

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

154

161

GRE Cutoff for Specific Programs

The average GRE score by the university is confusing, but the GRE score chart by the course helps you understand the requirements of a university. Furthermore, the probability is low that the score of every major is similar to the other. The list below gives a brief idea about the cut-off for different programs.

Subject

Life Sciences

Physical Sciences

Engineering

Social Sciences

Humanities and Arts

Education

Business

GRE verbal mean score

151

153

150

153

157

157

150

GRE verbal safe score

158+

162+

159+

160+

164+

164+

157+

GRE Quant mean score

151

158

159

150

149

149

152

GRE quant safe score

158+

165+

165+

158+

157+

156+

160+

GRE AWA mean score

3.8

3.8

3.6

4.0

4.2

4.2

3.7

GRE AWA safe score

3.5+

3.5+

3.5+

3.5+

3.5+

3.5+

3.5+

Note- The GRE cut-off of USA universities is generally higher than the others, so the students willing to study in the USA should aim to score high.

 

GRE Score Percentiles

The ETS explained the GRE score percentiles, which will give you an idea about how you can do better than other test takers. These GRE score percentiles will add value to the scaled scores.

 

The table below will give you the percentile score of verbal and quantitative reasoning sections:

Scaled Score 

Verbal Percentile 

Quantitative Percentile 

170

99%

96%

169

99%

95%

168

98%

93%

167

98%

90%

166

97%

89%

165

96%

86%

164

94%

84%

163

93%

82%

162

90%

79%

161

88%

76%

160

86%

73%

159

83%

70%

158

80%

67%

157

76%

64%

156

73%

60%

155

68%

56%

154

64%

53%

153

60%

49%

152

54%

45%

151

51%

41%

150

46%

37%

149

41%

34%

148

37%

30%

147

33%

26%

146

29%

23%

145

26%

19%

144

22%

16%

143

19%

13%

142

16%

11%

141

14%

9%

140

11%

7%

139

9%

6%

138

8%

4%

137

6%

3%

136

4%

2%

135

3%

2%

134

2%

1%

133

2%

1%

132

1%

1%

131

1%

1%

130

1%

1%

The table below shows the percentile GRE score chart for the analytical writing section.

Score Levels 

Writing Percentile 

6.0

99%

5.5

98%

5.0

92%

4.5

81%

4.0

57%

3.5

39%

3.0

15%

2.5

7%

2.0

2%

1.5

1%

1.0

1%

0.5

1%

0.0

1%

GRE Score Validity

Now that you know all about the GRE score chart, you must know the validity of the GRE score.

The GRE score is applicable for 5 years, and the results come out within 15 days of taking the exam.

 

Sample GRE Score Card

Well, we hope we haven’t drained you yet with this wholesome piece of information. To give your brains a little pictorial transition, given below is a sample GRE scorecard:

 

Sample GRE Score Card

 

FAQs

1. What is an acceptable GRE score?

The GRE score depends upon the university and its eligibility criteria. So, you need to know the good GRE score in that specific university. GRE scores that are more than required may also land you a scholarship if the university offers any.

 

2. How much time is enough to prepare for the GRE?

Preparing for the exam before booking the slot is essential. Moreover, you should take the last one month for revision and then go well prepared for the exam.

 

3. How can I check the GRE score?

You can check the GRE score on the ETS official website.

 

4. What is the maximum and minimum GRE score?

The maximum score is 340, and the minimum passing score is 260.

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