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GRE and TOEFL Scores For Top US Universities

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Sayantani Barman

Study Abroad Expert | Updated On -Jun 10, 2021

For admission to graduate and doctoral courses abroad, the two most important exams are GRE and TOEFL. ETS is the conducting authority for both and in the top Universities of the US, qualifying GRE and TOEFL scores are required. 

As the US is now one of the most preferred study destinations among the students across the world, here we are presenting the TOEFL and GRE score requirements for the globally top US universities. 

Why Take GRE Or TOEFL?

The importance of GRE and TOEFL is mentioned above and both are necessary in case a candidate wants entry in any university in a foreign country. US universities are known for the top-class and career-oriented studies and by appearing and securing the required score in GRE and TOEFL candidates need to prove that they are eligible for taking part in those universities. GRE and TOEFL score requirements for top US universities are a bit high but these are not impossible to meet. Aspirants need to prepare according to the university and program requirements to make their place there. 

GRE and TOEFL Requirements for the globally top US universities

Below we have listed the top US universities which rank in the QS list of top 100 universities of the world. Check the table to know the TOEFL and GRE score requirements in these universities. 

QS ranking Name of the University Required TOEFL score Required GRE score
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 90 310
2 Stanford University Varies between 90-100 For Verbal 158-166, and 157-168 for Quantitative
3 Harvard University 100 but105-109 for most of the doctoral courses Varies between 292-316
4 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Depends on the academic record Depends on the selected program
9 University of Chicago 104 and 26 in each section 320
12 Princeton University 100 324
16 University of Pennsylvania 100 300
17 Cornell University 100 320
18 Yale University 100 320 (160 in each)
19 Columbia University 100 Minimum 91%
21 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor At least 100 70% in verbal, 90% in quantitative, and 40% in analytical writing
25 Johns Hopkins University 100 62% or above or minimum 153 in Verbal and 84% or above or 160 in Quantitative
29 Northwestern University 104 minimum for the graduate courses 154 in verbal and 161 in quantitative
30 University of California, Berkeley (UCB) 90-100
80 for the undergraduate courses
90% of quantitative and 75% score in verbal
35 New York University (NYU) 100 Depends on the program
36 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 88-100 Depends on the program
42 Duke University 105 or up Around 325
51 Carnegie Mellon University 102 153 in Verbal and 163 in Quantitative
54 University of California, San Diego (UCSD) 85-100 300-320
60 Brown University 100 minimum Minimum 160 in each section
65 University of Wisconsin-Madison 100 Not less than 310
71 University of Texas at Austin Minimum 79 Depends on the selected program
72 University of Washington Around 90 165 in verbal, not less than 151 in quantitative and 20 in analytical
80 Georgia Institute of Technology Minimum 90 Minimum 153 in Verbal and 155 in Quantitative
82 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 79-102 Depends on the program
89 Rice University 100 minimum Minimum 156 in verbal and 166 in quantitative
95 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 100 or higher Minimum 50% in verbal and quantitative

These are the average and minimum scores for the programs and these scores may vary accordion to the programs. You can check the official website of the universities to find out the specific programs and specific TOEFL and GRE requirements. 

Who Accepts TOEFL? 

TOEFL is a globally accepted language proficiency exam and TOEFL is conducted in 130 countries across the world. The purpose of this exam is to check how good the aspirants are in English. As study aboard means study in foreign countries and the best study destinations across the world are 

  • US
  • UK
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Germany
  • New Zealand
  • Netherlands

In all these countries, English is the medium of communication and the students who are willing to study aboard are mostly from non-English speaking countries. TOEFL aims at checking English reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills of the candidates to make sure that they will face not any issue in understanding or communicating in English in their study destination. 

TOEFL is mandatory for any program or any level of study (undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral) in the countries mentioned above. TOEFL is conducted as TOEFL IBT and TOEFL PBT; however, in most of the countries, TOEFL IBT is conducted in the exam centers. TOEFL PBT is only for the countries or areas where the internet is not available. 

Top universities of the US often ask for a minimum overall score in TOEFL. In the US, there are a few universities that ask sectional cut off in TOEFL. In that case, the candidates need to meet the sectional requirements too. 

Who Accepts GRE?

GRE is exclusively designed for graduate or doctoral degree seekers in any discipline. Above 1200 business schools and graduate schools of various disciplines accepts GRE scores. 94 countries across the world accept GRE scores for higher studies and the US is included in it. 

GRE is also conducted as a Computer-based test and Paper-based test. This test is designed to check candidates’ knowledge and efficiency in the specific filed before permitting them in higher studies. Candidates willing to take the GRE test can apply for GRE general test or GRE Subject Test.

3 main areas of the GRE general test are:

  • Analytical Writing
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning

For any graduate or profession-oriented courses in the TOP US universities, the qualifying score in GRE is needed. 

GRE subject test, on the other hand, checks the knowledge of the candidate on a specific subject. Following are subjects of this test:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.