“I have a low GRE score; can I still get admitted to a master’s program?” This is a common question among students who got low GRE scores (less than 1,000).
But GRE score of 1,000 (like 295 in the Revised GRE) doesn’t mean it’s low. But if a student was expecting to score 1,300 in GRE and ended up getting 1,130, then it’s considered a low GRE score.
Along with questions concerning their low GRE scores, here are some other common questions I came across with:
- Low GRE, high GPA admissions
- Low GPA and low GRE score admission to graduate school
- High GRE and low GPA admission to M.S.
Low GRE Score Universities
I have stated so many times in previous articles that graduate school admission committees consider various factors when evaluating applications.
GRE scores are not the only factor that will get a student admission into a grad school. However, to help you in your university search, I wrote the post, low GRE score universities.
This article can help students to have some idea on what kind of schools they can try to get admission at despite having low GRE scores.
However, it’s important for every student to first ask and know, “What is a low GRE score? How come you are able to consider that your GRE scores are low? What are you comparing against to conclude that your GRE scores are below average?”
Low GRE Test Scores Admission
To help students understand that GRE scores are not the only factor that will be considered for graduate school admission, I searched for different schools with low GRE score admission requirements to highlight the fact I’m trying to say here.
University of Delaware
If I have low GRE scores can I still be admitted? Admissions decisions are based on the the applicant’s full spectrum of credentials.
This includes standardized test scores, as well as previous academic performance, rigor of previous academic programs and institutions, recommendations, career and volunteer experience, and commitment to one’s chosen field.
We have found that at the master’s level, undergraduate grades are the best predictors of graduate academic success.
You can check the statistics page to find out the average GRE score for recently admitted classes. Obviously, some students scored higher than the average and some scored lower than the average.
Some applicants may be advised to retake the GREs to improve their score and their chances of admission.
University of Washington
What if my GRE scores are low?
All aspects of your application are considered. For instance, high GPA or superior letters of recommendation, excellent statement of purpose, etc., could possibly outweigh low GRE scores.
Penn State University – Average GRE Scores
What are the average GRE scores of the students admitted?
GRE scores are but only one of a number of factors the faculty considers in determining admission to the Graduate Program in Philosophy at Penn State.
Other factors such as undergraduate junior-senior GPA, experience in Philosophy, faculty recommendations, the writing sample, and the personal statement often carry more weight with the faculty or admission committee.
However, in order to compete for many college and university level fellowships (as opposed to the standard departmental fellowship), a combined quantitative and verbal GRE score of 1,250 or higher is the norm.
Such scores, however, are not an stringent requirement. In fact, there are prestigious university fellowships that do not give much weight to the GRE score at all.
East Carolina University – Low GRE Score
What GPA and GRE scores must I have to be admitted?
We normally tell students they should be in the B+ range to be competitive. The admission process incorporates 1) overall GPA; 2) prerequisite GPA; and 3) GRE score.
Each of these areas is weighted equally. Thereby, the applicant could remain in the competitive range even if the candidate is low in one area, e.g., overall GPA and up in the other two areas.
NJIT – Average GRE Scores
In general, we look for GRE scores of over 1,600, involving scores of 1,200 in the quantitative and analytical sections combined. A good exam score, of course, is not the only criterion for getting admissions.
Low GRE Scores
From the FQA about Low GRE Scores, it’s very clear that universities look for GPA, GRE scores, strong letter of recommendation, and statement of purpose.
If you have a low GRE score, all I can say is that you get other documents that are considered to be of high value. You can include all your extra curricular activities, which, among others, will help to compensate for a low GRE score.
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