Ideal GRE Score for Getting the Fulbright

Posted by on June 20, 2018 in Fulbright FAQ's | 35 comments

Applying or have applied for Fulbright Scholarship? Not sure what's the desired GRE score?

The Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE General exam are scored from 130–170 in one-point increments. The Analytical Writing section (also known as AWA) GRE is scored from 0 and 6 in half-point increments. Let's take a look at the ideal scores on the GRE for the Fulbright program.


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    I have completed my m.phil in Biotechnology.. please tell me the maximum score I should achieve for admission in Ph.D. in biological sciences program.. and the total cost of preparation for full bright…

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      160+ Quant and 155+ verbal, 4.5+ in AWA. Cost of taking the GRE is 205 USD

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    I am doing computer engineering currently i am in 7th semester. Kindly tell me the score I should secure in GRE for fullbright scholarship. and also the books from which I should prepare.. I will be very thankful to you.

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    I have done MS in teaching English to students of other languages (TESOL). I want to apply for phd degree program of fullbright. What should be my marks in quant and verbal?

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    I want to apply for a Masters in Public Policy. What should be the minimum score I should have in all three components to have a chance at the more competitive programs?

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      160+ Verbal, 155+ Quant and 5.0+ AWA

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    Does any requirement AW scores for fullbright scholarship PHD Electronic engineering?

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    Hi Talha, I am a lawyer, and i want to pursue an LLM degree through fulbright. I had a 154 in English and 146 in Math for GRE. I know that my score isnt ideal, i wanted to know how important is my math score for an LLM?

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      Hello – Math score is not at all important for you. In your case, you have a pretty safe score.

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    Hi Talha

    I’ve recently been selected as a Fulbright semi-finalist. I would like to pursue a PhD in Public Health. What scores do I need on the GRE?

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      Hello – 310+ will be fine. 155+ in each section

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    I have done MBA finance and have more than 05 years experience in the energy sector and want to pursue a master in Energy and Climate Policy related discipline through Fulbright from the top ranking university of America. I need you humble suggestion that after almost 07 years of gap in my last obtained degree would it be advisable to go for GRE and apply for Fulbright Scholarship 2021. If yes how much score I need to score in GRE?

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      Fulbright does send 30-35% people with over 5 years of experience. In your case, given your discipline, you would need around 310 on the GRE. I would highly encourage you to apply as this is one of the preferential areas of Fulbright program.

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    Dear Talha, I am a dentist and I did my Masters in Oral Biology from University of London. I have 4 publications and almost 5 years of experience of teaching this subject in dental colleges.
    I want to do a PhD in Oral Biology for the sake of advancement in dental research and improvement in teaching methodology.
    What are my chances for Fulbright?
    Secondly what scores do I need in GRE?

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      Hello Danial. Your chances are very very high. Your profile is very strong. Anything above 310 is a fine GRE score.

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    Hi Talha!

    I am Muhammad Khawar Ali, a civil engineer by profession. I have 2 publications (not in very reputable journals) and 3.83 CGPA in BSc Civil Engineering. I have graduated from UET Taxila. My professional work experience is 4+ years and I have worked on a variety of positions including site engineer, research associate, construction management associate and junior construction manager. Currently I am serving as assistant engineer in LG&CD Punjab where I am overall incharge of three infrastructure projects (two ten-storey buildings and one road project). My GRE score is 322 (155V, 167Q, 3.5 AW) and in TOEFL, I scored 102/120. Now I am preparing for IELTS and hopefully I’ll be able to score 7.5-8.0 bands overall.

    I want to pursue a master’s degree in construction management from a medium to high ranking US university on full-funding. Can you please assess my profile and suggest me some good universities to go? Thank you.

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      Hi Khawar – So for an exact program selection, you ll have to contact my team in Lahore. Contact Bilal there. He can be reached at 0331-4513196. If you just need a rough idea, in my view you can apply to 10-25 ranked programs in U.S. preferably state programs. Thanks

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        I am talking about fully-funded admission with the profile I have mentioned above.

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          Very hard to get any significant funding for MS programs. Max some TAship initially and then maybe some RAship once you go there.

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            Really? Is it that hard? I have seen a few students getting into US unis (e.g. Auburn University) on TA-ship without any publications or professional work experience. I have work experience, research experience, good GRE and TOEFL score, and still my chances are low. How come?

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            I thought that I have a good profile for TA-ship since I know a few people who are studying on full-funding without any publication or work experience at all.

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            Should I keep my hopes high? I don’t think my profile is that bad for full scholarshsip. Or is it?

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            Profile isn’t bad – just that funding for MS is very rare. Program selection will be the key for you. Applying to the right program that gives funding to students in your field and to such profile will be of utmost importance. So focus on program selection!

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    Hi Talha, I have a bachelor’s in Electronics and am currently pursuing a 1.5 year B.ed diploma. I want to apply for graduate programs in education. My GRE score is 159 Q 167 V and 3.5 AW. Do you think my essay score is enough for me to apply for the Fulbright? Thanks!

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      Hi Dania – AWA score is not important for GRE admissions. You have a great GRE score and should definitely feel confident.

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        Ok Sir. I’ll take help from Brightlink Prep in future regarding the program selection and for that I will contact you very soon. I should mention it here that I am not just interested in one program (e.g. construction management) but other civil engineering programs (e.g. structural engineering) as well. One of your academy members Mudabbar-un-Noor got into UT Austin, perhaps in UT’s master in civil engineering program (majors in structural engineering, not sure about it) although his work experience was just two to three years. But I acknowledge that he had an impressive GRE score too. So I was optimistic about getting TA-ship.

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      Thank you so much for your reply. I feel much more confident in applying now.

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    I am doing bs honor business accounting and finance and I want to do MBA in human resource management. What score I require for full bright scholarship. In lums as well as in abroad. How to start the preparation as well

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      For LUMS anything above 315 is competitive but for FB it should be above 320

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    I am doing BSc (hons) Agriculture with major plant breeding and genetic, recently enrolled in 7th semester. My CGPA is 3.72 , no publications . In my degree I’ll have only one internship which ‘ll be in 8th semester. I want to ask about what GRE score ‘ll be enough for me if I want to get admission in MS bioinformatics and machine learning or Biometry and with this profile ,what are the chances of being selected for Fulbright if I score 310+.

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      310+ is an ideal score. Above that chances will be really good.

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