Sunday, July 14, 2013

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Hoping to get into a social science graduate program and looking for what GRE score you’ll be expected to have to get into your dream school? Here’s the info from ETS chart providing the average GRE scores for majors based on survey data they collect from test takers.


ProgramVerbalMathAWA
Social Sciences1531504.0
Anthropology and Archaeology1561494.1
Economics1541594.0
Political Science1561514.2
Psychology1521484.0
Sociology1521484.0
Other1501473.8


The scores above are intended majors. What does “intended” major mean? It simply means that that these are the average scores of people planning on applying to graduate school in a specific major.

Score range for Social Sciences Programs

Using a scale drawn from the limited score data in the US News & World Report’s report on graduate schools, here’s the range of average scores you could expect:
Top 10 #11-50 #51-100 
 VerbalMathVerbalMathVerbalMath
Social Sciences160-164153-157156-160151-155154-158149-153
Anthropology and Archaeology163-167152-156159-163150-154157-161148-152
Economics161-165162-166157-161160-164155-159158-162
Political Science163-167154-158159-163152-156157-161150-154
Psychology159-163151-155155-159149-153153-157147-151
Sociology159-163151-155155-159149-153153-157147-151
Other157-161150-154153-157148-152151-155146-150

As you can see, there’s a pretty big distinction between say Economics GRE scores and Sociology GRE scores. For example, you’ll obviously be expected to have better GRE math scores for Economics (a quant heavy program) versus Political Science GRE scores in math. The Social Sciences truly span a wide swath of concentrations, and consequently you’ll need to be aware of your particular program.
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