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need some perspective on how gre scores compare

estargrl88estargrl88 Registered User Posts: 529 Member
edited February 2010 in GRE Prep
Hi, I just took the GRE, but I realized that I have really no idea what is considered a high score vs. low like I did when I took the SAT. Since the quantitative section went quite awfully in comparison with any practice tests I did, I suspect that it's not so good, but anyway...
verbal: 590
quantitative: 520.
I'm guessing that for a grad school program in history or english that wouldn't be too bad?
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Replies to: need some perspective on how gre scores compare

  • sarbruissarbruis Registered User Posts: 290 Junior Member
    Graduate Record Examination - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Those are the percentile scores. What kind of score you need is based on how competitive the programs you're applying to are.

    Your verbal score is tolerable (~84%), but your quant is abysmal and you could probably bring it up fairly easily with lots of practice. For good English/History PhD programs, the verbal scores are going to be pretty high (probably 650-700 minimum). You're probably going to want to take it again unless you're not applying to competitive programs.
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