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Readers Respond: Does A Good Score Even Matter?

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can i get into an MPH Program with this?

I took the revised GRE in October and got 154 in verbal and 158 in Quant. However, i had a 4.0 in Analytical Writing. I don't know if this low score will affect my chances of getting into an MPH program (undergrad gpa-3.46/4.00). ANSWER: Well, your scores are in the 64th and 79th percentiles respectively, so I wouldn't consider your score to be "low" and I would think your prospects are high especially if your undergrad GPA is in the 3.5 - 4.0 range. Hopefully, your 4.0 classes were in the public health domain. That would certainly help your chances. To know for sure, though, you'll need to check with an admissions counselor working at the school in which you're interested in applying.
—Guest african


I just got my scores on the new GRE: 160 Verbal and 144 Quant. I didn't study as much of the math and essay as I probably should have and I am trying to get into a good education grad program in Arizona. I do not have much of a back ground in the field I have a Community Studies BA and do non profit work now. I'm not sure what my score means or if it matters, but I hope not... ANSWER: A 160 on the new Verbal is equivalent to about a 600-610 on the old GRE (86th percentile). You did well! The 144 on the Quantitative is about a 500-520, or the 26th percentile. You didn't score as well on the math portion. Check to see if the graduate program you're pursuing has a minimum math score. If it does, you'll more than likely need to retake it. Your GRE score definitely matters! Your admittance into your school of choice could depend on it!
—Guest Yesenia

Worrying GRE grades

I have recently taken the GRE and was very shocked (in a bad way) by the results (Verbal:140; Quantitative:156; AW: 3.5). The reason I am shocked is because I was a stellar student in University. I have two Bachelors degrees (one in Physics and one in Electrical Engineering) and graduated with an overall GPA of 3.99, have a publication, and won numerous awards and scholarships for my academic performance at my (american) university. I was expecting to score much higher on the GRE's. My question is, if I am applying for a Ph.D at some of the top 10 universities, will my "not so hot" GRE scores put me at a disadvantage, even though I have a stupendous academic record? (Btw, my intended program of study in graduate school is Electrical Engineering) ANSWER: Your academic integrity will outweigh your GRE score, BUT I would recommend a retake with some extensive prep. The GRE doesn't measure how smart you are, nor does it measure what you can actually achieve in real life. It measures how well you can take the GRE. Silly, huh? That's how it is, though. Your best bet is to prep for the unique questions the GRE offers. No other test is quite like it. It takes some practice to get good at answering those types of questions, since most people never experience anything quite like it in their undergraduate work. Hope this helps!
—Guest John

Revised GRE score!!

Hi. My name is Tarun and I took the Revised GRE earlier today and scored 300 in all. (150 verbal and 150 quant) I am going to take up toefl next month ,and am looking at applying to universities in Canada for a masters in psychology.. Can you let me know f the scores are good enough to ensure admission given that my overall cgpa is 3.7 and that i have 5 yrs work experience too. ANSWER: Hi Tarun! Your scores put you in the 48th percentile for Verbal and the 53rd for Quantitative. You need to determine the scores for the universities you're interested in applying to, first. If the accepted students into the masters degree program in which you're interested are averaging near your scores, then you're probably good! Check with the admissions counselors to see. I can't advise you further without knowing your specific schools! Best of luck to you. Cherrio!!
—Guest Tarun Mukherjee


My verbal is 147, quant is 151, in the revised GRE . what are my chances of getting an admission into a PhD programme in biological sciences at canadian universities (Mc.Gill, MUN, Univ of Sask) ANSWER: Your Verbal score puts you in the 36th percentile (which is pretty low) and your Quantitative score puts you in the 56th percentile, which is just above average. I'd suggest a retake to get that Verbal score up quite a bit. If English is your second language, you may ALSO need to take the TOEFL or TOEIC to showcase English proficiency. Make sure you prep really well for that Verbal section. Spend a few months mastering it, then retake the GRE and apply to your schools of choice. Best of luck to you!
—Guest Roopa

LSU? LAtech? UNO?

I have a CPGPA of 3.18/4.0, A's in my major subjects, GRE score 158 v, 156 Q, 4.5 essay. I'm planning to apply in the LSU, LATech, & University of New Orleans. Can you comment on my chances on being selected in these universities in the MSEE (masters electrical engineering) program? Thanks! ANSWER: That Quantitative score is pretty good! 74th percentile is no joke. Congratulations! Likewise, the Verbal score puts you in the 79th percentile, which is excellent! With your GPA and scores, you should have no problem at all. Definitely check with the graduate advisor for your intended program, though, as each may have minimum GRE scores required. I know that LSU does in certain programs, for instance. Good luck to you!
—Guest Usman


I GOT V-154,Q-153 on the new GRE. I am a CFA, What are my chances at wharton? ANSWER: Your Verbal score puts you in the 64th percentile (about a 510 - 520 on the prior GRE), and your Quantitative score puts you in the 65th percentile (about a 680 on the prior GRE). Wharton is one of the top business schools in the WORLD, so despite your CFA status, your scores would probably not get you there unless your academic record and life skills make up for a bit of the difference. Have you taken the GMAT? I'd recommend it!
—Guest IKON

GRE and NC State University

Hello, I have juts taken my GRE and received 150 (Verbal) and 154 (Quantitative). My native language is Russian, but, since I have a green card, I am not applying as an international student. I am aiming for North Carolina State University for MS Psychology. What are my chances? Thanks for your time, Alenka ANSWER: Hi Alenka! A Revised GRE Verbal of 150 is about a 450 in the prior scoring scale (48th percentile), and a 154 Quant is about a 690 in the old format. (67th percentile). I don't see a published average for the scores they accept online, but they do have contact info: http://psychology.chass.ncsu.edu/contact.php. If I were you, I'd contact the NCSU's Graduate Psychology program and ask if they have published average GRE scores. If they don't, then great! They probably put less weight on GRE scores than other programs might. If they do, then compare your scores to those accepted to students to see if you are a good fit. Remember, though - GRE scores are just one of the facets the school will check out when you're applying. GPA, community service, extracurriculars and previous classes all contribute! Good luck!
—Guest Alenka

Suggest a University?

I have new GRE scores of 151 Verbal and 152 Quantitative. Can you please suggest US universities for a masters in BIO MEDICAL ENGINEERING? ANSWER: Those scores put you in approximately the 50th percentile. The best thing to do is to contact some universities you're interested in (I'm not sure which part of the country you're interested in) and see the GRE scores for incoming students. If yours are close to the school's percentiles, then take a chance and apply. Stay away from schools whose incoming students' scores are much higher than yours. You'll waste your time and money applying!
—Guest abhishek

GRE for foreigners

I took the new GRE test and got a 152 in verbal and 159 in quantitative reasoning, which should correspond to 490 and 750 points in the old scale, respectively. I am going to apply for a Masters in Europe (the program is called Erasmus and involves several Universities) and the GRE is not required, they only recommend you to send it with your curriculum. My question is: is it worth it to send them these scores? I know I did very badly on the verbal reasoning, but quantitative was much better. Besides, I am not an English native speaker and I got good grades on my TOEFL test (and this one is required for the application). So, I should only send them my GRE scores if they would help me out. What should I do? ANSWER: If I were you, I'd send them. Even though the Verbal score is only in the 56th percentile, that 750 is in the 99th, and you'll definitely want to showcase your Quantitative talents! Besides, they will take your English as a second language into consideration, and scoring in the 50th percentile for Verbal is actually pretty good considering this isn't your first language. Send the scores!
—Guest LL


I am a stay at home mom of eight years and my brain is going to mush! Because of my spouse's work commitments we move often and I had no choice but to complete my BA at an online university. It would go a long way towards easing my complex to be accepted into a solid English literature program at a reputable school. I scored 164 verbal, but only 145 quantitative (I know!) on my first attempt. Do you think I need to improve those scores to make up for graduating from a crap school (with 3.8 gpa)? ANSWER: It depends on where you're applying whether or not you should retake the GRE. Many factors go into admissions decisions - extracurricular activities while in school, GRE scores, GPA, work ethic, application essay, etc. Your 164 Verbal puts you in the 91st percentile (awesome!), and a 3.8 is still a good GPA even if it's from an online school. However, if you're trying to get into a top 10 school, it'll take more than your Quantitative score to get in. My best advice is to contact an admissions advisor for the school in which you're interested, and see if they have a minimum GRE or mean GRE that they're looking to obtain from prospective students. If not, your GRE may be considered as just one part of the whole picture you present. =) Good luck to you!
—Guest S

Will my analytical writing score hurt me

I just received my score for the New GRE. I got 164 on verbal, 169 on quantitative, and 4.5 in analytic writing. Will my writing score hurt me? I am aiming for top-tier masters program for psychology. Should I retake the test?!?!?!? ANSWER: A 164 Verbal puts you in the 94th percentile, and a 169 Quantitative puts you in the 99th percentile for the Quantitative section (way to go!). A 4.5 on the AWA is nothing to be ashamed of! You're still above the 50th percentile by almost a full point, and chances are good that with that Quantitative score, no one will really care about that AWA. Plus, if your GPA from undergrad is pretty good and you've been involved in extracurriculars, you should have no problem whatsoever. Good luck!
—Guest Asia

GRE Score

my gre's score range is 350-450 for verbal and 700-800 for quant...m an indian undergraduate in computer science and engineering, and my cgpa is 8.0/10... i have some research and some industrial experiance, and 2 publications too....how good a chance do i stand in some of the best colleges for a phd program? if possible, list some of the colleges i shall try my luck at. ANSWER: Hi, Raunak! First of all, I'd need to see your exact scores, not the ranges. There's a big discrepancy between a 700 and an 800 on the Quantitative portion, for example. Your other qualifications looks fantastic, and I'd recommend applying to any school you'd like to attend, but I can't recommend any as I don't know what you plan to major in. Is it Computer Science?
—Guest Raunak

How is my GRE Score?

I scored 1280 (510 in Verbal and 770 in Quant). Is this score enough for a good/medium score? I majored in Electrical Engineering (GPA: 3.2 on a scale of 4) and have a work experience of 1+... What are the universities I should aim for? ANSWER: Hi there! Your scores are above average for electrical engineers (average is about a 450 Verbal and 725 Quantitative). Although your GPA could be higher, it's still good and I'm guessing your grades in your major were higher than those in your core classes.To figure out where to apply to college, contact the engineering department of the schools in which you're interested. Many have minimum GRE scores that you'll need to obtain before applying. Good luck!
—Guest Malini

GRE V520/Q750, Chances getting into UCI?

I had a low GPA when I went to UCI for undergrad, it was around 2.8 when I graduated. I took all my general ed classes at a JC with GPA of 3.4 over about 150 units at the time of transfer (started when I was 14). When I went transferred, they wiped out my old GPA and I had to start anew in electrical engineering. I had to commute an hour and a half each way for the first 2 years of it and work a job, hence the GPA. My final year I was on campus and received very improved scores and had a pretty stellar senior project. I have since been working for a local software company as a senior developer for just over 4 years now. I just took the GREs and received a 520 for verbal and 750 on quantitative, word is not out yet on the writing but I'm almost certain I nailed it. I can get good recommendations from professors at pHD programs as well as high up the chain developer/architects at Microsoft. What are my chances of getting into a UCI Masters/pHD program? ANSWER: With your work history and stellar GRE scores (that 750 is killer!), the only thing you have to worry about is that GPA. The good news is that your GPA is often not weighted as heavily as the GRE score, and recommendations play a huge part in the process. I think your chances are pretty good, to be honest. Obviously, there's only one way to find out, though. Nail the interview and highlight your work experience - make no excuses for the GPA. Every student has issues with their class load and has to figure out a way to get a good GPA anyway. Stating that you realize you could have done way better and have learned how to work smarter will go a long way toward balancing it out. Good luck!
—Guest CC
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