Average GRE Scores

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GRE Test Score Averages

GRE score information from the ETS (Educational Testing Service) was released in 2015 for individuals who took the exam between August 1, 2011 and June 30, 2014. Listed below is the overall average score for each exam section. Averages according to test takers' intended graduate major are also included:

Intended Field of Study Verbal Reasoning Quantitative Reasoning Analytical Writing
Life Sciences 151 151 3.8
Physical Sciences 152 158 3.5
Engineering 150 159 3.4
Social Sciences 153 150 3.9
Arts & Humanities 157 150 4.1
Education 151 149 3.8
Business 150 153 3.6
Overall 150 152 3.6

The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections are both scored on a scale of 130-170 points, while the Analytical Writing section receives a score of 0-6 points.

GRE Percentiles

In addition to average scores, it might help to understand where you fall in terms of your percentile, which is based on the performance of all test takers. The data provided by ETS can be used to compare how you did in the overall scheme.

Verbal Reasoning Score RangesQuantitative Reasoning Score RangesAnalytical Writing Score Ranges
Lower than 25th percentile144 and below145 and below3.0 and below
25th-75th percentileScores ranged from 145-157146-1593.5-4.0
Above the 75th percentile158-170160-1704.5-6.0

Score Reporting

An immediate readout of your verbal and quantitative scores will be available once you finish the computer-based version of the GRE. You will have the option of canceling your scores if you feel you didn't perform well enough to gain admission to your graduate program of choice.

If you decide to accept your test results, your official score report will be available around two weeks later. In addition to results for the Analytical Writing section, this report will contain percentile information for each portion of the test.

Test Prep Resources

Study.com has a GRE Practice & Study Guide course that can help you prepare for the exam or improve test results on your second attempt. The study guide contains video lessons and practice quizzes that cover exam content and give you an idea of what to expect on test day. Topics of study include:

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