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

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  • evelynnevelynn 2 replies0 threads New Member
    Hi there!
    Yesterday I received the scores Q154/V155 (60 and 65 percentile respectively). A month ago I received almost the same scores, Q152/V154 (though percentile were significantly lower). Only 3 points difference in a month of thorough study. I was sooo upset. *cries*

    It is especially upsetting, because the previous time I took the practice-test I scored 162 on Verbal (though my Quantitative, I admit that, never was higher than 154 on practice-tests). I am afraid the committees would not even look at my application (initially I aimed to the top universities, of course - I just had a feeling that some more efforts, and I will have good results. However, half of the year that I spent on the preparation did not play out. ;(((

    I was thinking about applying for Anthropology, but do I understand right, no one will even see my application in this highly competitive field with the scores like that? For example, in Stanford? Should I apply there at all, maybe I should keep the money.

    What do you think, should I retake GRE in October? Initially I thought I would apply early, just because my professors are overseas, I am not sure how fast they will submit their recommendations. Additionally, I have a feeling that submit the documents late (even in the middle of November) means to spoil the application. Near the dead-line everyone will be submitting, and the committee will have extremely small amount of time for each applicant. Or it is just a superstition?

    Maybe they can pay some attention to my application even with not impressive GRE scores, if only I submit the documents early? Or it is the wrong thought? Again, now I am not sure at all I can get the good scores next time -((( Please, help, I appreciate your advice.
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  • zs3889zs3889 15 replies0 threads New Member
    Hi there!
    Yesterday I received the scores Q154/V155 (60 and 65 percentile respectively). A month ago I received almost the same scores, Q152/V154 (though percentile were significantly lower). Only 3 points difference in a month of thorough study. I was sooo upset. *cries*


    I did my GRE general test on monday too, and my unofficial scores were 153V and 156Q. I expected these scores based on the practice tests I did, though I thought I would get around 160 for my quantitative. I kinda messed up one of the quantitative test for some reasons, I guess it was the anxiety in the test center and the limited time!

    I am a chemistry major and I was wondering which range of schools should I look into, I guess everyone is asking the same question! Here are the schools that I sent my GRE results to: UNC Chapel Hill, UC Davis, University at Rochester, UC Santa Cruz

    p/s: with UNC being the first choice, and UCSC being the safe school.
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  • evelynnevelynn 2 replies0 threads New Member
    Well, congratulations on your GRE. As far as I know, those scores are not terribly bad, they just can keep you out of the top 10 schools. Which I was dreaming about applying into. *sobs*. -)
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  • polarscribepolarscribe 3200 replies32 threads Senior Member
    There is no such thing as a "safe school" for graduate admissions.
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  • werwerwerwerwerwer 2 replies0 threads New Member
    So, I am in a similar rut. Took the GRE this August -- V167/Q158/AW4.5. Not hot; verbal is OK, the other 2 are in the 70-something percentile. No excuses. Like evelynn, I'm thinking of (social/sociocultural) anthro. I have a 3.9 from a prestigious uni. Assuming that everything else is pretty decent (whatever that means to you), how would I fare w/admissions? Think the Ivies, Stanford, Berkeley, Chicago.

    Not gonna lie -- I'm butthurt about the 4.5. It's embarrassing. Don't really have the time to retake, and frankly, don't want to. But please be brutally honest about the possible impact of a low AW score. I feel like it'll be some kind of gross, hideous (even if small) blemish on an otherwise nice application. Tl;dr apparently I'm not as proficient a writer as I fancy myself to be blah blah blah.
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  • polarscribepolarscribe 3200 replies32 threads Senior Member
    Um, 4.5 is not a "low AW score" or embarrassing. It's 72nd percentile. You scored better than 72 percent of everyone who takes the GRE, and not remotely everyone takes the GRE. And nobody really cares about AW anyway. Seriously, you have a 3.9 GPA. Don't worry about a stupid standardized essay.

    Nobody can tell you how you're going to fare in admissions, but a 4.5 AW score is not going to get your application thrown out.
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  • werwerwerwerwerwer 2 replies0 threads New Member
    I suppose that was what I wanted to hear. (Thanks.) In my experience, only high scorers have ever defended the test's ability to determine intelligence (!) or what have you. (Nor would you be wrong to say that it's mostly been those like me, bitter wretches that we are, who've expressed pronounced distaste.) The general feedback I've gotten from faculty & staff has been something like "well, your writing score is certainly not stellar, but whatever." They seemed hesitant, however, to brush it aside. That worried me. And that just about every grad-bound student I've talked to, including those w/5+ (most of them), has retaken or is planning on retaking. Feels a bit weird that I'm not. Like I'm suddenly less competitive or something.

    Regardless, I have neither the time to prep nor inclination to do so. I figure it's better to have the GRE be the weakest link than, say, LoRs, or anything else.

    Thanks again; I needed to get this out of my system.
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  • spectasticspectastic 802 replies45 threads- Member
    so you guys all had lower scores on the actual test than your practice tests?

    I have heard that it's important to not screw up the beginning portion of the exam. Say if you miss the first problem on the math section, which is suppose to a easy one; that apparently automatically prevents your score from reaching 170, no matter how well you do afterwards.
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  • polarscribepolarscribe 3200 replies32 threads Senior Member
    Yes, the GRE is computer-adaptive, meaning that screwing up the early questions can send you down a path of lower scores.

    werwerwer: My scores were 800/540/5.0, and I never really considered retaking. It's just not that important of a component in the application.
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  • AquaBearAquaBear 22 replies2 threads New Member
    Bio(medical) Engineering or Biophysics. My scores: 163Q, 165V, 5.5W (translates to 770, 690-700, 5.5/6). Should I retake? I didn't think so, but just wanted to make sure
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  • codejunkiecodejunkie 16 replies1 threads New Member
    The GRE is no longer adaptive by question however. It's adaptive by section.
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  • spectasticspectastic 802 replies45 threads- Member
    ok nevermind that. are the practice tests easier than the actual tests?
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  • usavinciusavinci 3 replies3 threads New Member
    I'm really really bummed with my GRE score today...~~>_<~~
    Now, I GREATLY need helps!!!!!
    Ok, here are my Stats:

    GRE: 168Q+152V (English not my first language)
    Econ&Math majors from top public university
    GPA: 3.51 Major GPA: 3.65

    How's the chance of getting into top Finance Master Program or Econ PhD?
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  • kgsolokgsolo 1 replies1 threads New Member
    Do I need to take GRE for NYU Wagner??????

    -black male
    -3.3 college GPA from Ivy League (top one, HYP)
    -2-3 years of nonprofit, public sector experience in various capacities (Congress, national nonprofits, etc.).
    -Currently finishing law school at top 20 law school, 3.4 GPA

    I recently became interested in getting an MPA in NYC, but I am simply too busy with last year of law school right now to take GRE. For NYU Wagner school it is not required I'm told so I'm wondering based on this background if I still have a good shot. Again I don't plan on applying to other MPA programs.

    So my basic question is how important is the GRE based on this? Will the fact that I have finished law school debunk any idea based on lack of GRE that I cannot handle the work? Thoughts?
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  • zipzipzipzip 25 replies4 threads New Member
    hey werwerwer you don't need to worry about your score..it is insanely high... I think you are paranoid. Unless of course you are a really terrible writer and think your writing sample is atrocious.

    hey eveyln...go ahead and apply anyway! I think one of the major problems is people with lower scores not even trying. Take a shot at it, you might have a great research idea that they latch onto!

    as for me? I'm applying in the same field as both of you guys.. I got a 309 on the GRE. 159v 150q 5aw. I was happy about the writing score and very ****ed off about the verbal, since my background was in semantics. I think it really comes down to guessing properly. I knew all the words that showed up in the answer blocks, I took a prep class twice, and paid around 3k in attempts to take the exam. Personally I think it shows nothing of what a student is made of. I had a 4.0 in my major as an undergrad (3.79overall) and I have a graduate degree in a related field with a 3.88. I've done the whole publication presentation at conferences thing...I just hope that makes up for my slightly lower score (1220).

    I think the test is BS! I know people who are not very intelligent and sit for it once and get 320's. Then they fail at grad school, or don't go, or drop out. Same with the SAT's...it really is not a strong indicator. In something like social sciences, where most of our work revolves around reading a research article and having to be creative with discovery this test is not indicative of much of anything..just how you responded to 80 questions you couldn't actually study for under a timed condition.
    And yes, after 3 prep classes and 1000+hrs of studying, I can honestly stay the test is NOT something you can study for. You can memorize 3,000 words but they may or may not show up on the exam, same with the math principles. You never really know, and without knowing it is impossible to study. Being familiar with the type of questions is one thing, but that is not studying in the traditional sense.
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  • zipzipzipzip 25 replies4 threads New Member
    hey usavinci... that is a good score. I wouldn't complain.
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  • zipzipzipzip 25 replies4 threads New Member
    spectastic- the ETS practice tests are way easier than the real ones. The practice tests told me I would score around 1400+. That didn't happen...actually that didn't happen 3x in a row. The practice exams, even the one on the cd (and the cd is supposedly adaptive) are not as hard as the real test.
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  • zipzipzipzip 25 replies4 threads New Member
    Aquabear- are don't need to retake, you scored better than 90% of all test takers in each section, what the heck are you thinking?
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  • HomeGrownHomeGrown 3 replies4 threads New Member
    So only two months to send applications for MPA programs.
    Just took the GRE and got 168V and 158Q. But my GPA was 2.8 because of dealing with severe depression and anxiety (albeit from a top 5 school).

    Anyone with advice on where to apply? what to do to bolster my app?
    Applications are definitely going to Columbia SIPA, NYU Wagner, American and George Washington. Maybes are to Harvard Kennedy School, Princeton WWS, UPenn Fels and Brown Taubman. HKS and WWS I'm wondering if I have a realistic shot at.

    Also an URM here.
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  • AquaBearAquaBear 22 replies2 threads New Member
    @zipzip, 163Q is like 88% percentile - not that great for engineering, right?
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