What is the Average Score in GRE

What is the importance of the GRE average score?

Most of the leading countries of the world demand you to take the GRE to prove your aptitude if you desire to join their academic programs. Thousands of candidates take this test throughout the year. One of the leading test taking organizations, ETS (Educational Testing Service) conducts this exam and manages hundreds of test centers all around the world through its subsidiaries like the Prometric services and the Sylvan Learning Center.

The average score on this test roughly indicates the overall standard of the candidates appearing for the exam. It tells the universities where to set their cut offs for the admissions of candidates. Every university has a separate understanding and expectation about a good score from the GRE. The top universities in the US and the UK may have their cut offs set for the 90th percentile but there may be a number of graduate schools who are ready to admit students with 50th percentile also. That means, even with an average score on the test, a candidate may get admission to some of the universities.

For students aspiring to join foreign universities it is also important to find out the national average score for GRE. This score is considered by the universities to set the minimum score expectations from the candidates as per their nationality. This score for a particular country is calculated by averaging the scores attained by the candidates of that country. It is especially useful for the universities as they may have certain policies governing the number of candidates to be admitted from a certain region of the world. For example the qualifying national average score set by the University of Texas at Austin is 30 with a score of 400 at GRE verbal section.

How to attain beyond the average score?

So far we have seen the importance of the average score and the national average score in GRE. Let us now see some of the steps required to score above average. Here are some of the guidelines to be followed:

* Find out the expectations of the universities you wish to join. Also look for the national average score. Your aim should be to anyhow cross this mark.

* Look for the  score applicable for your specific field of study. It is different for different subjects. For example if you are applying for the graduation in English literature then your score in the verbal section is more important than in the quantitative section for these universities. All such information can be found online and in case you are unable to get it then you can simply call these universities and find out.

* Top universities will always have a very high cut off percentage. So if you aim to join one such university then your goal should be way above the median score. For example most of the top universities look for scores above 90th percentile.

* While selecting the universities always have multiple options with varying expectations from the universities. You should have a couple of universities to fall back upon should you get a score lesser than that expected.

* Get hold of adequate study materials and if possible join an online course or an institute for preparation. Learn all the concepts in as much detail as you can.

* Learn the entire test taking strategies as you want to give in your best to the attempt. Learn all the time saving techniques as you must attempt all the questions. The test does not have a negative marking scheme. Therefore never leave any answer blank.

* Take as many practice tests as you can. Mock tests are the best way to prepare for a standardized test.

* Every time you take the sample test, evaluate your performance and take extra pains to overcome your weaker areas.

* Always have the average score as a bottom line while you prepare.


An insight into the scores calculation procedure and the average score on the test is helpful for you to plan your attempt. The average score differs for different universities as well as for admissions to different fields of studies. Once you find out the expectations of the universities of your choice, you can set your target and study accordingly. If you are an international student that means if you are a foreign national, then a study of the national average score can also be helpful in setting the minimum goal at GRE.

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