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Must know- A good GRE Score Range

Must know- A good GRE Score Range

GRE, i.e., Graduate Record Examinations, is conducted by Educational Testing Service. This test is supported across 160 countries, and students willing to get into business or law school may appear for GRE.  

In GRE, there are three sections; Analytical Writing Assessment, Quantitative Reasoning, and Verbal Reasoning.

In GRE, all three sections are given scores differently, as in verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning is scored between 130 and 170 with 1 point increment, whereas analytical writing is scored between 0 to 6 with 0.5 point increments. The highest score that one can achieve is 360 and 6, respectively. 

Also, if you wish to score on the higher side, do note that you will be able to revisit questions in GRE.

Average GRE score

So in order to arrive at a score that you can label as good. First, we need to have a look at the score range that, on average, is the score by a maximum number of students. Obviously, a score higher than that would be called as good, as you have scored better than the rest. The average GRE score for Quantitative reasoning is 153.66, Verbal reasoning is 150.37, and Analytical writing is 3.60. Thus, the total score will be 303. 

Once you appear for the test, its result also conveys regarding what percentile your score falls into. It can aid you in understanding that as compared to others, how have you performed. So let us calculate the percentile of average scores. 

This means that, on average, participants score better than 45 out of every 100  test-taker in the section on Verbal reasoning. And for the section on quantitative reasoning, they score better than 48 out of 100 test-takers. However, the 45th and 48thpercentile is considered an average score and does not fall into the category of an excellent one. It will not be a good score because in highly competitive programs average score for the Grad schools hover above 303.

To get into good Grad schools, a 75th percentile can be considered a good GRE score as a general norm. In contrast, it would be excellent to get the 90th percentile.

Thus, just to put that in perspective, an average score would be anywhere around 300. A good score would hover beyond 318, whereas a score of 329 would be an excellent one. However, be wary of scoring below 292 as it would be below average. 

However, the above scores are calculated based on averages. In case you are aiming for exceptional schools, the scores may differ and go to the higher end. For instance, for the incoming batch of 2022, the Average score for Harvard was 326. So, to get into Harvard, a good score would be 326 or above. 

Now that you have an estimate of a good score based on averages, it will be helpful for you to aim and prepare likewise. However, suppose you wish to make your aim more precise and get a good score to aim for. In that case, you should take into consideration the average score at your target institution.  

For instance, say the average score for Oxford business school, class of 2022, is 329. So, accordingly, if you aim to score more than the average that your target institute considers. This way, it increases your chances of getting into the B-school. 


320+ in GRE is the threshold score for many prestigious universities, and for many aspirants, it's the gateway to their dream schools. To get into a good school, the required score for each section would be around 160 in each section. This will fetch you a percentile score of above 75 which can be considered reasonable. The more you exceed your scores, the better it will be. Try to reach around the 90 Percentile score, which is an excellent one. That is all in this blog. I hope it will help. 

Also, you may like to take a look at the list of vocabulary words that we have compiled to help you in your GRE test. (Add the link to the mentioned blog).

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