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Ask your GRE questions here: How important? Are yours too low? When to take?


Replies to: Ask your GRE questions here: How important? Are yours too low? When to take?

  • dreamerr33dreamerr33 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    edited November 2017
    Hey there,

    When I was about to take GRE for the first time, I couldn't show up because I had an illness. So I had to schedule another test.

    So when the admissions committee sees a 'no results' for my first attempt, is it possible that they may reject me?

    Should I try to explain the situation in my SOP?

    Now the real question,

    I am a PhD in Social Policy aspirant wishing to enter any of the top 20 universities in the US.

    My GRE scores are 152V 161Q, 4.0 AWA. I also have a GPA of 3.3 which is on a lower side. The rest of application is fairly good.

    As you can see, my GRE Verbal score is on the lower side

    I am in a moral dillema whether to apply or not. Any advice appreciated
  • JPNguyenJPNguyen Registered User Posts: 724 Member
    I had a chat with an admissions counselor. She told me I don’t have to score high on the gre to receive consideration at an Ivy League. Just thought I’d chime in for those a little too worried about their scores.
  • SaturnaliaSaturnalia Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Hey everyone,

    I'm not sure if this thread is still active. I'm considering retaking the GRE after a few rejections from neuroscience PhD programs this year (two were post-interview).

    V: 165
    Q: 162
    AWA: 4.0

    I'm very happy with the V and Q but the writing score concerns me. Is it worth it?
  • Govegan1995Govegan1995 Registered User Posts: 71 Junior Member
    Is a 315 any good? 157 Verbal and 158 Quant is my highest score so far
  • NASA2014NASA2014 Registered User Posts: 2,335 Senior Member
    edited August 12
    Hey guys, I'm a transfer student at SUNY Albany. I was supposed to graduate in 2020 but I got behind due to Physics. I'm graduating in 2021 and will like to know when I should take the GRE. The college I want to go to is the University of Alaska Fairbanks for Oceanography (MS). They said that my GRE scores will be more important and will help (I have a low GPA). I was thinking summer 2019 or 2020. What do you guys think?

    I'm majoring in chemistry. I would also love to take GRE Chemistry
  • xraymancsxraymancs Forum Champion Graduate School Posts: 4,572 Forum Champion
    @Govegan1995 - It depends on what your intended graduate program is. For Engineering and Physics the quantitative score is not that good. For Humanities, the verbal is a bit low.
  • xraymancsxraymancs Forum Champion Graduate School Posts: 4,572 Forum Champion
    @NASA2014 - Take the GRE within a year of when you are submitting your applications.
  • NASA2014NASA2014 Registered User Posts: 2,335 Senior Member
    @xraymancs so Summer of 2020?
  • xraymancsxraymancs Forum Champion Graduate School Posts: 4,572 Forum Champion
    If you are graduating in May of 2021 and plan to apply for a graduate program starting in Fall 2021 then summer of 2020 is a reasonable time to take the General GRE. The Chemistry GRE may be offered only a couple of times a year so you have to check what date works best with you application.
  • Govegan1995Govegan1995 Registered User Posts: 71 Junior Member
    @xraymancs I'm not looking to go into engineering...I'm trying to get into a top 25 MBA. I'm going for the range of schools ranked just below the M7. So your thoughts I should retake for verbal...that was my first instinct after my second previous attempt way back in March. I definitely felt like I could do better than 157 verbal and was scoring higher than that on my practice tests. Realistically, I'm shooting for 160-162 if I retake. So definitely retake to score higher on verbal? As an addendum, I've taken fairly quant courses such as econometrics and have done well in them. I don't think I can score higher than 160Q and while that would be a great asset to my candidacy I don't think it's necessary for putting together my best application. I think I catch your drift though...some sites out there say 158 is high for low to mid-tier engineering schools but at a top 25 you're realistically probably going to need a score in the 160's if you want your application to even be looked at?
  • Govegan1995Govegan1995 Registered User Posts: 71 Junior Member
    @xraymancs Also, I'm thinking it will be a good idea to try and hit that verbal max before finishing undergrad? My rationale is that it's better to aim for your peak early on and not have to worry about the test post-graduation; hitting your full-potential on the exam at this stage would be better because you'll be able to move on and focus on other aspects of your candidacy such as work experience. It seems like that would be a better approach to maturing and developing as a competitive candidate. I've also always loved a challenge. For example, my friends, classmates and mentors alike laud me for my score but I honestly feel like if I can manage a 3-5 point increase then admissions committees in the range of schools I'm applying to will take my application more seriously. My intuition tells me that these are schools are bordering the best of the best business schools in America as clearly evidenced by the rankings and that I should be tenacious enough to have another go. I figure, your friends and just generally people who are close to you will often tell you want to hear but may not tell you what you necessarily need to hear to achieve your true potential. That's not to say trying to hopelessly shoot for a 330+ just because someone on a forum told you that but rather if you suck it up and manage to score a few points higher you could seriously take your application a notch up from a tier 2 in the high 25-50 to the 14-25 range?
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Forum Champion Engineering Posts: 7,407 Forum Champion
    You are better off getting work experience before starting an MBA program anyway. Many of the top programs won't even give you much of a look if you are fresh out of your undergraduate program with no experience.
  • xraymancsxraymancs Forum Champion Graduate School Posts: 4,572 Forum Champion
    @Govegan1995 - For the most selective programs, I agree that having GRE scores above 160 is important. However, I think you could also take the GMAT for business school admission and perhaps you could have a stronger score with that exam. I agree with @boneh3ad though that having work experience is important for MBA admissions.
  • coffeeandtvcoffeeandtv Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    What GRE scores should I shoot for as a Russian/Slavic Studies applicant? I'm fairly confident in the verbal & writing areas but not so much on the quantitative.
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