<p>I am a biology undergraduate student. I want to get my PhD in genetics and genomics. I am taking the GRE this weekend, but I just cannot seem to get my quantitative to a reasonable score. I am not sure if I am just not using the right study material or if my math anxiety (and possible dyscalculia) is coming into play overly much. I know a good portion of it is simply wading through the wording of the quantitative problems, as the math questions are rarely like what I have experienced in actual math classes. Furthermore, the time limit puts me into instant panic mode no matter what I do, and I end up making many stupid mistakes.</p>
- By the time I apply, I will have about 1 1/2 years of research (working in a molecular/genetics lab) to my name. If all goes well (and I get a job when I am hoping to), I will have at least 6 months of experience working as a lab tech.
- I currently have a 4.0 with only a few classes left to take.
- Practice test (Power Prep) GRE scores: 620 (88th percentile) V, 630 (59th percentile...ouch) Q
- Pertinent classes (sciences/math) I have/will have: Genetics, general chem, organic chem, biochem, calculus, physics, general biology, molecular and cellular biology, evolution, ecology, developmental biology, biodiversity, advanced investigations in biology (a general upper level course designed to introduce students to various aspects of research, etc.).
- I have always been an excellent essayist, so I am not very concerned about the AW section.</p>
<p>Is there any chance of getting into a decent school with a good research facilities/funding and a reasonable graduate job outcome? What about funding? I utterly fail at finding average and minimum GRE scores for universities unless they list it in their admissions section of their website, and very few schools have responded to my emails.</p>
<p>I am extremely despondent at the moment due to my quantitative scores. I do know that many of the schools I was wanting require at least the 75 percentile, which is in the 730+ range for quantitative. Obviously my chances of that are nil unless I can find a way to vastly improve my score. Any advice that anyone can give would be most appreciated. :/</p>