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depends on the school, depends on the subject. look at the department websites for the programs you are interested in. they'll usually tell you something.

here's an example of the GRE requirements from the nuclear engineering program at Purdue, which is definitely a top tier engineering school:

https://engineering.purdue.edu/NE/Acade ... Apply.html


* ONLY required for students seeking financial support

* Minimum GRE scores of 550 verbal, 750 quantitative and 4.5 analytical are expected

* Must have been taken within the past two years

* Purdue's Institution Code: 1631; Department Code: 1609

another good engingeering school like Florida State University which isn't as prestigious as purdue's program but still really good, has these requirements for their chemical engineering program:

http://www.eng.fsu.edu/departments/chem ... admissions

# U.S. students: an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher, and a minimum combined score of 1200 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE;

# International students: an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher, a minimum score of 1200 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE exam. In addition, students whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL exam and get a score of a t least 213;

as you can see, different schools have different cutoffs. some programs may look at your combined score, some have specific cutoffs for each of the parts of your GRE.

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A few things that might help . . .

http://www.greexplorer.com/Average-Score.html takes you to a list of profiles for various engineering programs. I don't know how accurate that is or how it accounts for different engineering programs, but it should give you an idea of where you want to aim.

The folks over at ETS also put out some general information about how test-takers intending to study in various disciplines tend to do on the GRE. It should be carefully noted that this is a comprehensive survey - it does not extend only to successful grad school applicants, but to ALL test-takers who expressed their intent to go into a specific field of study. In other words, this isn't quite the tail end of what you're shooting for, but you probably don't want to end up too far below these figures and risk your GRE being a minus for you.

To save you time, the results for engineering are 464V / 715Q, total of 1179. I believe most quality programs would like that Q score to be at least in the 740-760 range, but at the end of things it's going to be your research proposal that carries the day.

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I would aim for 800 quant so that you can miss a couple of questions and still be right up there. GRE doesn't matter that much other than for cutoffs but it is sometimes used in formulas for aid and such so its a good idea to do as well as you can. As an engineer you should have no problems hitting 780+. Its basically middle school and early high school math. Just do some practice so you can eliminate stupid mistakes that we all make because we are so reliant on calculators. Doing about 10 hours of problems brought me from a 740 to an 800 on practice tests by eliminating math errors.

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