GRE test score percentiles determine how well or worse you did in the test as compared to other students who took the test. Each GRE test score corresponds to a particular percentile. It essentially tells you the percentage of students who score below you. In this article, we will share the most recent verbal and quant score percentiles for 2020-2021 (this data was taken from ETS’s website). With the help of this data, you can determine which percentile you should aim for. Without further ado, let’s get going.

Verbal/Quant Score Percentiles for 2020-2021

170 99 96
169 99 94
168 98 91
167 98 89
166 97 86
165 96 84
164 94 81
163 92 79
162 90 76
161 88 74
160 85 70
159 82 67
158 79 64
157 75 61
156 72 57
155 67 54
154 63 50
153 59 46
152 53 43
151 49 39
150 44 35
149 39 32
148 35 28
147 31 25
146 28 21
145 25 18
144 22 15
143 19 13
142 16 11
141 14 9
140 12 7
139 10 6
138 8 4
137 7 3
136 5 2
135 4 2
134 3 1
133 2 1
132 2 1
131 1

AWA GRE Percentiles 2020-2021

SCORE PERCENTILE
6.0 99
5.5 98
5.0 91
4.5 80
4.0 54
3.5 37
3.0 13
2.5 5
2.0 1
1.5 0
1.0 0
0.5 0
0.0 0

 

Which Percentile Should Test Takers Aim For?

Now that you have seen the table, you’ll probably be thinking to yourself how these percentiles will minimize/maximize my chances of admission. What is the ideal percentile, and what should I aim at? While there is no definite answer, a percentile your dream school wants to see is ideal for you. Keeping that in mind, it is important to understand that multiple factors are involved in the admission process. A great GRE percentile alone does not guarantee admission. Although, it highly increases your chances.

Our recommendation would be to check where you stand based on the percentiles mentioned in the table and then explore forums where students share their experiences. While looking at the table, ignore the bottom half percentiles. It is generally understood that a score below 50 is bad as it automatically puts you in the bottom half and is not accepted.

Requirements of Your Ideal School/Program

I am hoping that you have a clear understanding of the program you wish to get admitted it. It’s time to check the percentile requirements of your discipline for each school. Different schools can have different criteria, even for the same degree. Make sure you look at the top schools and note down their requirements. This is the percentile you should aim at achieving.

I hope you found this post helpful. If you have any other questions, leave them down in the comments section below, and I will get back to you.



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