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Score Breakdown

You’ll receive three scores for the GRE CAT:

  • Quantitative scaled subscore, ranging from 130 to 170.
  • Verbal scaled subscore, ranging from 130 to 170.
  • Writing Assessment scaled subscore 0 to 6.

Highest GRE Scores?
California Institute of Technology average GRE Math: 99.7 percentile

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GRE Score Distribution

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What GRE score do I need?

The importance of your GRE scores varies from graduate school to graduate school and from field to field. State schools will often have minimum GRE score requirements. More competitive programs will often put more value on the GRE score. Certain technical fields, such as Engineering, also tend to prioritize GRE scores.

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Be sure to take the time to research the schools you’re interested in and see if they have a minimum GRE score requirement. Also look at average scores for accepted applicants. In the end, the GRE score you need is the score that will get you into your dream school.

Should I Take the GRE More than Once?

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International Students

International students who are applying to a U.S. graduate school should put more emphasis on GRE prep. Graduate school admissions officers need an objective way to compare students from different backgrounds, so they are likely to focus on the GRE score over other parts of an application. In addition, graduate schools may use the GRE to assess the student’s verbal skills if he or she is a non-native English speaker.

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