What is a good GRE score for Harvard University?
Each year thousands of applicants from around the world, and hundreds from Pakistan dream to go to Harvard. A very frequent question that I get asked by many of these applicants is that what role does the GRE play in getting an admission. Harvard being very competitive does not rely on any single criterion for admissions – infact it looks at a lot of factors ranging from your personal statement to your interviews and your letters of recommendation. However the GRE is definitely one of the most important factors that decide your fate.
So what are the average GRE scores?
Unfortunately the average GRE score requirement varies from school to school within Harvard. For instance, Harvard Graduate School of Education accepted PhD candidates with an average of 158 (Quantitative) and 163 (verbal). On the other hand for the engineering school, the Quant scores were at 163 while verbal scores stood at 160. So broadly speaking you cannot aim for one specific score since it varies a great deal between disciplines and also depends on other broader criterion. A graduate program in English would obviously require a 90th percentile or so verbal score.
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Needless to mention, Harvard is intensely competitive so which ever discipline you are targeting aim from an above 85 percentile score. Moreover anomalies are always there – for instance last year someone I know personally got into Harvard business with a GRE score of 159 Q and 154 V. Now why did this happened? It is simple, he had more than 7 years of professional experience with over 4 publications of marketing in reputed international journals. So the key is not to fret a lot over the GRE scores given that you are a well rounded candidate – however if you lack in other areas then GRE can be a savior.