What is the Concept of Average GRE, TOEFL Scores for Graduate Schools?

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Average GRE and TOEFL Scores of US Graduate SchoolsThe first thing any student who is planning on applying to US Graduate schools asks someone is

What score should I get in GRE ?

What is a best GRE score to scholarship ?

What is the best score for TOEFL to get admission ?

similar questions all talking about best score. No one really talks about average scores or asks about average scores.

What are average GRE , TOEFL Scores ?

Typically, Graduate schools or Stat department at US Schools (Not every school), publish the average scores of GRE and TOEL of admitted applicants into grad school.  If you go to the Graduate school website and search for the scores, you will get an idea. They would list the average scores dating back to few years some times.   Also, if you go to the academic department website, they would also list the average scores for that particular major.

For instance, check the Average Scores of MIT  Graduate School

Sometimes, schools list a range of scores of accepted students. In fact, the range gives you the minimum and maximum of scores  of their accepted students

For instance, at Harvard Business school, they say “50% of the Class of 2009 scored between 700 and 740 on the GMAT.” This is just a hint for you.

Why is it Important to look at Average GRE and TOEFL scores ?

It is very important to look at these averages scores because it gives you a baseline for you to judge if you should apply to that school or not.  It is like the minimum score that you should have to apply to a particular school.  If you have less than the average scores they list, you may have to have stronger academic percentage or grades to offset the score.  It is not guaranteed that you will get admission if you have the average score, but it just make sure you possess the minimum skills they require.  As you know your admission decision depends on many factors and not just your score. For instance, check the article: What do you need to get Scholarship for MS in US for info on variety of factors they would look at for similar decision.

The overall key thing to takeaway is to be realistic and apply to schools where the average scores of their accepted students fall in your score range, if you have less scores, you need to have other parts of the application to be strong to offset the shortfall.

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Comments ( 7 )

  1. Shweta

    HI

    I WANT TO PURSUE PHD FROM US IN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING .I HAVE TEACHING EXPERIENCE OF EIGHT YEARS AND GOOD GPA IN MTECH.
    MY QUESTION IS DO I NEED TO TAKE GRE FOR GETTING A GOOD UNIVERSITY AND WILL I GET FUNDING FROM THE UNIVERSITY
    PLEASE GUIDE

  2. Muhammad Faizan Tahir

    Hi,i recently did electrical engineering from Pakistan. I got 1120 marks in GRE and my cgpa is 3.3.Is there any chance of getting any scholarship in any university.

  3. rahul

    hii i just want to know abt semister fees.i heared that we can earn thru parttime jobs for sem fee.is it true in present conditions in us.plz plz clear my doubts…

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Rahul, Every school is different and amount of money you can earn varies by school. If you get into good school and get in-state tuition with an on campus job, you may be able to pay the semester fee.

  4. vishwajit

    Hi kumar i need help i am planning to persue my MS in us .i am planning to give GRE (NEW)but my frinz are suggesting me that dont go for ms now as the impact of recession on us is still there.students are not getting jobs after MS.As i am planning to go there through educational loan wats ur opinion.is it the right time to give gre and for ms.Will us economy will have chances for change

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