Low Quant Score

<p>HI Guys,</p>

<p>I got 1320 in GRE , v:640 & Q:680 . I fared badly in Math, it was bit tough at my time. Neways bygones are bygones . Now Gre Admissions are a gamble , so i have thought of applying rather than giving GRE again. </p>

<p>I have 2 yr work experience </p>

<p>Now i need your opinion on whether i can get into top 50 ranked colleges for courses Comp Science or ECE . like for eg Penn State ; UCSB (Santa Barbara), Rutgers , Purdue , etc.</p>

<p>Secondly , where can i find course rankings in a particular university? any sites which provides these i.e for eg rank of ECE course in different colleges.</p>

<p>Kindly help.</p>

<p>Regards,
Ameya</p>

<p>When did you take them (how many years ago, and where were you in school), where did you do your undergrad, and how does the rest of your app look? I ask because I would recommend different things to someone who has a 3.3 from DeVry and took the exam during their senior year than I would to someone with a 3.8 from Michigan who took it last month after a two year break from education.</p>

<p>Hi ,</p>

<p>Thanks for your reply.</p>

<p>I took GRE just now few days back i.e after 2yr break from my education.</p>

<p>Actually i did my bachelors in India 2 years(2008 passout) back in EE . We dont have GPA here . My aggregate is around 66% so that's First Class here , pretty good acads you can say.</p>

<p>Did not do much projects.</p>

<p>I have 2 yrs of work experience in IT field (SAP admin to be precise).</p>

<p>Regards,
Ameya</p>

<p>For CS, I would suggest you probably want to retake to get Q over 700. I think the CS programs generally have some of the highest Q averages around, but I'm not an expert. You could try to find averages for the schools you are interested in to see where you stand relative to their normal applicants/accepted students.</p>

<p>HI Egi,</p>

<p>Thanks so much, i dont mind re-taking the test , but before that i want to do full research.</p>

<p>Now can you help me with info .</p>

<p>I need colleges & rankings of the course in each of them , like for eg ECE is 14 th rank in Purdue ..something like that . </p>

<p>I tried USnews.com but wasnt of much help , where can i get detailed overview of these?</p>

<p>Any sites you guys have referred to or know?</p>

<p>Regards,
Ameya</p>

<p>Here is an older ranking of the top departments, but they have not changed much in the last couple of years:</p>

<p><a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/engineering-majors/340138-2008-usnews-electrical-engineering-ranking.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/engineering-majors/340138-2008-usnews-electrical-engineering-ranking.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>I would not recommend retaking the exam unless you think you can show a significant improvement - it is better to have a so-so score 2yrs after graduation than it is to post a 710 on your second exam after it is presumed you did a ton of studying. So study until you can ace it or else just try to explain it away in your essay.</p>

<p>I don't know which schools you are interested in, but our local U provides statistics on applicants:</p>

<p><a href="http://grad.washington.edu/about/statistics/summaries/2009/rptGsisAnnual_department.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://grad.washington.edu/about/statistics/summaries/2009/rptGsisAnnual_department.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>For applicants admitted in CS, average Q seemed to be over 770.
The average of denied applicants didn't seem much lower (755), and I have no idea how important the GRE score was in the admissions decisions. I'd like to think other factors are more important.</p>

<p>What I've been told about GRE scores is that good ones won't get you in, but less than acceptable ones could keep you out. Unfortunately, no one has been able to firmly define "less than acceptable" for me. It seems to vary too much from field to field, and (more importantly) from school to school. So, while I'd be nervous applying to a program with a 770+ average if my GRE were 680, I have no idea how much of a difference it would make to have a higher score. However, a 680 is roughly 66th percentile -- which seems uncomfortably low.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/GRE/pdf/gre_0910_guide_table1a.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/GRE/pdf/gre_0910_guide_table1a.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>More info:</p>

<p><a href="http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/GRE/pdf/gre_0910_guide.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/GRE/pdf/gre_0910_guide.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Page 17 shows that for CS the mean scores are 448V / 689Q, with 60% of all takers getting 700+Q.</p>

<p>Also, have you considered the CS subject exam? Do you need to take it, and if so have you prepared? A strong subject exam score might go a long way to forgiving your general test scores.</p>

<p>Consider the percentile your scores fall within. Your verbal is quite high, especially for non English as 1st language, in the 90 percentile. Your Q is extremely low for your major, very likely below the cutoff for many schools. The top schools don't have a cutoff particularly, but you would have to have really compelling things to offset such a low score in only 60 percentile. Read the grad section of each school you are looking to apply to. They will tell you if they have GRE cutoffs. I think your Math one is too low to apply to the grad schools you mention. It is simple HS level math, not advanced, so prep work should be no problem to bring that score up in line with most top 50 grad school applicants. 800 is common, but at least 750 should be your score.</p>

<p>For example, for CS, Rutgers says:
The mean GRE scores for a recent entering class of students were: Verbal 580, Quantitative 782, and Computer Science Subject Test 752 </p>

<p>And:
The Computer Science Subject Test is optional, but highly recommended, particularly for applicants with a non-CS background, or who have been out of school for several years. </p>

<p>Grad school rankings are tough. There is US News, but most people find out from their professors while they are an undergrad. You can also research individual professors working in areas you are interested in and find out where they teach and where they went to undergrad.</p>

<p>Here are the US News rankings, be aware there are differing subrankings by area, like Theory. These rankings are not bad, but distinctions between the schools may be large or small, depending on what you are interested in. Some much lower may have key people you'd like to work with.
Rankings</a> - Computer Science - Graduate Schools - Education - US News and World Report</p>

<p>Hi Guys,</p>

<p>thank you so much , well am in quite a difficult situation due to my quant score. </p>

<p>but as one of you said even high GRE scores cant get you in super good colleges. So am thinking its better to take chance with this score.</p>

<p>Some of my friends with a decent score they got into USC , Georgia tech & all.</p>

<p>While some wid higher scores like 1500 got reject from it.</p>

<p>This admissions process is just so fun.</p>

<p>Regards,
Ameya</p>

<p>HI ,</p>

<p>Can any body post colleges as per the rankings of Artificial Intelligence Course.</p>

<p>Regards,
Ameya</p>