Average GRE Score
What is the significance of average GRE score?
Your first and foremost thought when you get to see your GRE test score would be “Will my score help me to reach the school of my dreams?” We will tell you all that you need to know to lose the fear, all about what the average score is and how much you should score to reach your dream school.
As you already know, in the GRE test, students are evaluated for their verbal, analytical and quantitative skills. You might also know that there is a change in the test pattern. Since the test score scale is being revised, there is no point comparing it against the existing score. The revised version of GRE evaluates students for verbal skills on the scale of 130 – 170 as opposed to the previous scale of 200 – 800, the all new GRE has also changed the score scale for quantitative reasoning to a 130 – 170 as opposed to the previous scale of 200 – 800 giving you a realistic comparative scale as opposed to an exaggerated score scale that existed previously.
Percentile and Performance – How they matter to you
If you want to secure yourself a place in good schools, you need to have more competitive score and should have a better percentile. What is a percentile and how good should you score to say it is a good percentile? Let’s discuss it now. Percentile is a quantitative measure of how many students have scored lesser than you. If your percentile is 80th percentile, it means that you have scored better than 80% of the students that appeared for the test. Your score could be a quantitative measure, but a percentile exactly compares yourself against the other students that appear for the test and literally proves how good you are.
If you wish to beat the other students at the test, you must first aim to score more than the average score. Now what is a minimum score? If you think it is the 50th percentile score, you are 100% wrong! What is it then? It may differ every year according to the performance of all the students that appeared for GRE that year. A 75th percentile could be an average score this year, but could change the next. If you scored to get an 80th percentile this year, the percentile could change higher or lower next year depending on the performance of the students.
In general, a 50th percentile or less is considered a very poor score. 90th percentile or more is considered a good score. If you want to get into the best school, you may be required to get more than 90th percentile in addition to a consistent grade in your academics. You must remember that only a GRE score is never sufficient; but it is a good score that will help you to reach the level you wanted.
Universities and their Average GRE Score
Schools have their own average score. The average cut-off for some best schools maybe as high as 85 – 90th percentile. The schools do not have any specific minimum requirement for taking a student. You will be compared and selected based on the performance of the students in the year which you apply for higher studies. There are even a few top universities that have cut-off scores only above which the applications will be considered. You must make sure you get the details of all the universities that you want to apply. Some schools may not publish their score requirement. In that case, you should write to them and find out what their entry requirement is before actually appearing for the test. If the minimum requirement of a school is 90th percentile, it should not in any way hinder your preparation and never keep 90th percentile as your aim just to score the bare minimum requirement for getting to the school. Your objective should be to give your best in the test, not necessarily producing an average score for the school of your choice.
One word of advice here, if you are planning to do your majors in English, you should prepare well for verbal reasoning section and not worry too much about the quantitative reasoning section. In this case, a good verbal score should be sufficient, not the total score. The schools that you apply to will also consider only your verbal reasoning score, ignoring your quantitative score. It is always essential that you prepare for the test in accordance with where you want to land up studying.
Every school will have their own method of choosing the score. If you have appeared for GRE test more than just once, your score should be consistent not differing too much. Some schools pick the average of the scores that you have acquired, some schools pick the best of the many scores you have gotten. However, schools will not consider the best score if you have consistently performed very poorly in the previous tests, even if your latest score is very good. The schools look for consistency and it is a great deal for them and will not consider if your scores are varying exponentially in the tests. It is essential that for every test that you appear, you put in your hard work and practice and deliver your best.
What if I score too low?
If you think your score is going to be too low and not what you expected, it is wise that you cancel the score. Remember that you can’t choose to cancel just the score of one section and retain those of the others. You have to cancel all the sections’ scores. The good news is that this way, the low performance test score will be not informed to the schools and there will be no record of the test event in the database registry. Bad news is that your test fee will not be refunded. In case, at a later date that is before 60 days of your test date, you think that you want your GRE score to be re-instated, you could pay an additional fee of $30 and send a request to GRE services and get them.
Whatever it might be, you have no reason to not prepare well for the test. Average or not average, your GRE score should help you reach the school of your dreams. Practice, practice and practice hard. You are sure to win.