I am a third-year undergrad looking to be admitted to a top History PhD program for Fall 2021. I recently took the GRE, and am satisfied with my Verbal (170) and Quant (157) scores, but I was a little disappointed that I only earned a 4.5 AWA. I sent those scores to three of my top choices for PhD programs, which I now think was a mistake.
I have a 4.0 GPA at an elite public university after 60 credit hours, so I think my GPA will be strong even after two more years of undergrad before a one-year MA program. I am confident that my professors will write me strong letters of recommendation. I am still developing my writing skills, as is clear from my AWA score, but I am working on that as well.
I can always retake the test, but I am I’m hoping that schools like Yale, Princeton, Stanford, etc. don’t discard my application for the sub-5 AWA on my first test.
I sincerely appreciate your thought and opinions. Thank you for your time!