(Updated) Average GRE Scores: Expert Analysis


How do most people perform on the GRE? The simplest way to answer this question is to look at average GRE scores.

In this guide, we’ll go over the GRE average scores for all test-takers, the average scores by intended graduate field, and the average scores by gender, country, and ethnicity. We’ll also illuminate what these averages actually mean and how you can leverage this information for your own GRE needs.

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Complete Guide: GRE Test Format


If you’re studying for the GRE, the absolute most important thing to learn is the GRE format. No amount of math practice or vocab memorization can make up for not knowing what’s on the exam and how it’s structured. To fully maximize your score, you have to ensure that there will be no surprises on test day.

Want to know exactly how the test will present each question? Ready to learn about how to navigate the computerized test? In this article, I will lay out the format of each GRE section, explain the editing, revision, and calculator functions of the test, and give you tips on how to use this knowledge to boost your final score.

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(Updated) GRE Score Percentiles: What They Mean for You


If you want to know how you did on the GRE compared to all other test-takers, GRE percentiles are the best way to see that. In this guide we’ll go over the most current GRE score percentiles, help you figure out why your GRE percentile matters, and discuss the percentile distributions for different graduate major fields.

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What’s the Highest Possible, Maximum GRE Score?


The scoring scale for the new GRE is a little bizarre, so it can be challenging to determine the top GRE score. In this guide, I’ll go over the highest GRE score, how many people get the max GRE score, what the maximum GRE score means for you, and whether or not you need to worry about getting the highest score possible.

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Official GRE Syllabus: Exactly What’s Tested on the GRE


If you’re getting ready to take the GRE, you should first know the GRE syllabus: exactly what this test is trying to measure, what content it covers, and what kinds of questions you’ll be asked.

In this complete GRE exam syllabus, I’ll take you through the format of the three sections of the test, explain the differences between the computer and the paper versions of the GRE, and then give you detailed examples and explanations of every kind of question you’ll encounter. Finally, I offer some tips on getting started with your GRE prep.

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GRE Score Range: What Does Your Score Mean?


Not sure what your GRE score means? You’re not alone — the GRE score range is one of the least intuitive scoring scales out there. It can be hard to tell whether a 150 (or a 165 or a 138) is a high score or a low one. Luckily, we’re here to help!

In this article we’ll go over the GRE score scale for each of the three sections (Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing), discuss the general score distribution for the GRE, talk about some program-specific score distributions and averages, and finally turn to how this affects you. What score should be aiming for and how should you set a score goal based on the programs you are interested in? Continue reading “GRE Score Range: What Does Your Score Mean?”