What Is A Good Score On The GRE?

A lot of exam-takers are often confused about what constitutes a good GRE score. Before considering a high score range, it is always advisable to check the requirements or minimum score criteria at the schools that you are applying for. The GRE test is scored on a 130-170 scale in each section. A total of 330+ can be considered as a high score. As for an average student, a score around 310 can be high.

As per ETS, the creators of the GRE, the average quantitative score of a candidate is around 151.3 worldwide. The average verbal score of a test taker is about 150.8 worldwide. So, the world average for the composite GRE score is around 302.1.

So, if you have scored above 302, you are better than half the candidates worldwide. But, considering the standard deviations, a score somewhere around 320 is a safe score for getting into a good school. A score of 320 corresponds to a nearly 80 percentile which means that you scored better than the 80 percent of the GRE candidates worldwide.

In verbal, a score of 163 to 170, in quantitative, a score of 165 to 170, and in writing, a score of 5 to 6 will put you in the top 10% of test-takers everywhere. Similarly, a score of 158 to 162 in verbal, 159 to 164 in quantitative and 4.5 in writing will put you in the top 25% of all candidates.

One thing to keep in mind, is that apart from GRE score, other factors for your undergraduate GPA, such as letters of recommendation, research, and personal essays also affect your school application. So, if you have all these in place, it will help you get accepted in your dream school.