FAQ - GPA, GRE & TOEFL
Grade Point Average

The application requests two undergraduate grade point averages, cumulative and in my major. Do I need to calculate them?

Applicants with degrees from U.S. institutions need to calculate both undergraduate grade point averages. Applicants with degrees from non-U.S. institutions do not calculate either.

 

Which courses are considered major courses?

These are courses taken to satisfy a degree requirement after being admitted to your major; this excludes courses taken to satisfy prerequisites for admission to the major.

 

What are the average grade point averages?

The minimum cumulative GPA to apply for admission is 3.0.  Average undergraduate cumulative grade point averages for the 2017 cohort:

2017

Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience

Clinical Science

Cognition

Cognitive Neuroscience

Developmental

Social-Personality

All

Cumulative GPA

no new students

3.73

no new students

3.38

3.87

3.86

3.72

GRE & TOEFL

Do I need to take the GRE?  Is there a score requirement for the GRE?

We require all applicants to take the GRE general test. We do not have a minimum score requirement. Scores from the GRE Psychology subject test are not requested or reviewed.

 

What are the average GRE scores?

The average GRE scores for the 2017 cohort:

2017

Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience

Clinical Science

Cognition

Cognitive Neuroscience

Developmental

Social-Personality

 All

Verbal

no new students

165

no new students

159

165

155

160

Quant.

 

161

 

159

159

155

158

Analytical Writing

 

5.25

 

4.8

5.5

4.6

4.96

 

If I take the GRE general test multiple times, which scores will be evaluated?

Each admissions committee conducts a comprehensive review of each applicant’s file, and considers all GRE scores, paying particular attention to the highest scores for the verbal and quantitative sections.

 

What are the GRE codes?

Educational Testing Service (ETS) sends scores electronically to UC Berkeley.  The institution code for UC Berkeley is 4833. The department/major code is not necessary.

 

Who is required to take the TOEFL? Is there an exemption to this requirement?

Applicants from countries or regions in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. This requirement applies to applicants from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, Israel, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, most European countries, Quebec, and non-English-speaking countries in Africa.

 

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is the most common way to demonstrate English language proficiency. For purposes of admission, your most recent score must be at least 90 on the Internet-based test (IBT).  We accept scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in place of the TOEFL. Your most recent overall band score must be at least 7 on a 9-point scale. 

 

If an applicant from one of the above countries/regions has spent one year as a full-time student at a university in an English speaking country (and was not studying a language) and earned an average grade of B- or higher, then the student is exempt from taking a standardized test; an official transcript from that university will need to be submitted instead.

 

What are the TOEFL codes?

A: Educational Testing Service (ETS) sends scores electronically to UC Berkeley.  The institution code for UC Berkeley is 4833. The department/major code is not necessary.