Welcome to the GradCafe

Hello!  Welcome to The GradCafe Forums.You're welcome to look around the forums and view posts.  However, like most online communities you must register before you can create your own posts.  This is a simple, free process that requires minimal information. Benefits of membership:

  • Participate in discussions
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get automatic updates
  • Search forums
  • Removes some advertisements (including this one!)

Search the Community

Showing results for tags 'gre'.



More search options

  • Search By Tags

    Type tags separated by commas.
  • Search By Author

Content Type


Forums

  • Comment Card
    • Announcements
    • Comments, Questions, Etc.
  • The Cafe
    • City Guide
    • IHOG: International House of Grads
    • The Lobby
  • Applying to Graduate School
    • The April 15th is this week! Freak-out forum.
    • Applications
    • Questions and Answers
    • Waiting it Out
    • Decisions, Decisions
    • The Bank
  • Grad School Life
    • Meet and Greet
    • Officially Grads
    • Coursework, Advising, and Exams
    • Research
    • Teaching
    • Writing, Presenting and Publishing
    • Jobs
  • The Menu
    • Applied Sciences & Mathematics
    • Arts
    • Humanities
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Life Sciences
    • Physical Sciences
    • Professional Programs
    • Social Sciences

Blogs

  • An Optimist's PhD Blog
  • coyabean's Blog
  • Saved for a Rainy Day
  • To infinity and beyond
  • captiv8ed's Blog
  • Pea-Jay's Educational Journey
  • Procrastinating
  • alexis' Blog
  • grassroots and bamboo shoots.
  • Ridgey's blog
  • ScreamingHairyArmadillo's Blog
  • amyeray's Blog
  • Blemo Girl's Guide to Grad School
  • Psychdork's Blog
  • missesENG's Blog
  • bgk's Blog
  • Tall Chai Latte's blog
  • PhD is for Chumps
  • bloggin'
  • NY or KY
  • Deadlines Blog Ferment
  • Going All In
  • In Itinere ad Eruditus
  • Adventures in Grad School-ing
  • inafuturelife
  • The Alchemist's Path
  • The Rocking Blog
  • And Here We Go!
  • Presbygeek's Blog
  • zennin' it
  • Magical Mystery Tour
  • A Beggar's Blog
  • A Senseless Game
  • Jumping into the Fray
  • Asian Studies Masters
  • Around the Block Again
  • A complicated affair
  • Click My Heels Three Times and Get In
  • dimanche0829's Blog
  • Computer Science Crossed Fingers
  • To the Lighthouse
  • Blog of Abnormally Aberrant
  • MissMoneyJenny's Blog
  • Two Masters, an Archive and Tea
  • 20/20 Hindsight
  • Right Now I'm A-Roaming
  • A Future Historian's Journey to PhD
  • St Andrews Lynx's Blog
  • Amerz's Blog
  • Musings of a Biotech Babe
  • TheFez's Blog
  • PhD, Please!
  • Blooming Ecologist
  • Brittle Ductile Transitions
  • Pleiotropic Notions
  • EdTech Enthusiast
  • The Many Flavors of Rhetoric
  • Expanding Horizons
  • Yes, and...
  • Flailing Upward
  • Traumatized, Exhausted, and Still Going

Found 402 results

  1. Hey guys I thought it would be good to start a thread for people applying for genetic counseling school for Fall 2017. I am starting to prepare for the GRE and the supplemental materials of the application since I will be in the midst of finals when applications are due. I would love to talk to more people about genetic counseling school who are also applying or have applied previously. I am just now getting a list of programs that I want to apply to, which includes: Northwestern University, Emory University, University of South Carolina, Stanford University, CSU Stanislaus, Boston University, University of Michigan, and UT Houston.
  2. There seem to be a lot of threads asking the same thing popping up lately and I figured it might make sense to make an overall guide thread and then those who feel their answers still haven’t been adequately answered can post below for an idea of what their chances are. Here is a brief rundown of factors affecting your likelihood of getting into top-tier and well respected programs. If you fall below par in any one of these factors you can bump it up by being stellar in one of the others. I'll add to this if others point out other things I've left out. School requirements: Your first stop should be the school admissions website – this will tell you what prerequisites you need, give you an idea of GRE and GPA requirements and what work experience is expected (if any) GPA: From what I’ve seen/read over the years any GPA over 3.4 and you should be competitive. That’s not to say if your GPA is lower than 3.4 you’ll have no chance, but if you have a GPA above 3.4 you should be in good shape. GRE score: GRE scores seem to be most important for schools with demanding quantitative programs and for securing the top financial aid. Most schools will state the average GRE scores for their incoming classes on their website – use these to see how competitive you are. By and large you should be competitive if you score over 650 on verbal and quantitative and over 4.0 on the AWA. For the top schools over 700 seems to be closer to the mark. Work experience: For most programs it will be expected that you have at least 1-2 years of relevant experience in your field. This can be lowered a little if you have other pseudo-relevant work experience (management in the for-profit sector etc.) but you should have shown some level of professional interest in the area you hope to study at grad school. Applicants coming straight out of undergrad may find it very hard to get into the programs aimed more at junior/mid-career professionals such as Johns Hopkins SAIS and Princeton’s WWS. Language skills: For a lot of programs being able to speak a second language is a must, while for others it is just a very good selling point. If you can show experience working in a foreign language this will show adaptability and will endear schools looking to enrol a diverse group of applicants. Quantitative requirements: A lot of schools will want you to show experience in micro/macroeconomics and some maths/statistics courses. You can fullfil these through undergrad classes or by taking courses at a community college/diploma program. Overseas experience (work, study and teaching): Work overseas and study abroad are also viewed extremely favourably by admissions committees and if you have taught English abroad, worked in the Peace Corps or otherwise gained experience living in a developing country this will really strengthen your application. It also shows you to be a go-getter, and that you can bring this outside experience to grad school study. Statement of Purpose: This is where it all comes together. This is your chance to impress the admission committee and show how your personal 'arc' has brought you to this point - being the perfect addition to their grad school. This more than any other part of your application will determine how admit committees view you as an applicant and it's also one of the only application variables that's completely under your control. Having a cohesive narrative that brings together life experience, past academic history and professional experience is a must. It also gives you a great chance to showcase your writing style - so make sure no grammar/spelling mistakes make it into your final revision. Great list of SOP pitfalls If your profile matches at least 3 or 4 of the criteria listed above then you are competitive to apply to an MPA/MPP/IR program. What is most important about any grad school application is showing fit – that is how your profile matches the speciality of that school and its program. If you can’t articulate compelling reasons why you are a good match for them and vice versa, question whether you should be applying to that program. A note on applying to top schools: It is worth noting that nobody here can tell you what your chances of getting into a top program (Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown etc.) because getting into a top program requires a certain amount of luck as well as a great profile. Some people get offers from Harvard with a 2.9 GPA, but also happen to have singlehandedly retaken an allied command post in the Korengal valley. It’s down to who reads your application and what they happen to be looking for with the current application cycle. Spend time improving the elements of your application that you can (GRE, work experience, languages) and don’t waste time freaking out about the things you can’t change (GPA). If you’ve read all of the above and really still can’t tell if your application is competitive, post your profile below.
  3. My GRE score is 307. What are my chances in getting in the below mentioned universities? Hi, guys I'm from India and I’m currently pursuing my BE in Information Science in VTU,India and I want to do my graduation in MS in MIS. I will be applying for fall 2018. GRE: V-147/Q-160, 307, AWA - 4.0 TOEFL: Yet to take (Will be taking shortly) Grades: 10th grade: 9 GPA 12th grade: 9.3/10 GPA Under-graduation: 4.0/4.0 GPA Projects and awards: 1. IEEE UPP mini sponsorship award - 2015 (2nd in India) 2. GE (General Electric) Edison Challenge - 2016 (National Finalist) 3. Ideas for India - 2016 (2nd in Karnataka) 4. Lead Prayana by Deshpande Foundation, India - Leadership Competition (Won) 5. (Federation of Karnataka and Chamber of Commerce and Industries) Manthan Business Competition - 2016 (Consolation Prize) 6. CMRIT (my College) award of Appreciation (x2) - 2016 I have an extremely strong SoP and LoR. University list: 1) SUNY Buffalo 2) Arizona State University 3) University of Texas at Dallas 4) Iowa State University 5) University of Utah Please mention which of the above mentioned colleges are ambitious, moderate and safe. Please suggest any more universities who would welcome my application.
  4. Hey all, I am looking to see how likely I am to get into the following schools with the following criteria. I feel like I am fitting in somewhere around the average requirements of most applicants at these schools, with maybe a slightly lower GPA. GPA: 3.3 from a small liberal arts school in Ohio GRE: 161 V and 159 Q with 5.0 Analytical Writing Experience: 3 campaign cycles as an intern/volunteer (since '08), 3 campaign cycles as a paid staff in field management and data analytics; 1 year in nonprofit fundraising; 3 months interning with a lobbying firm in D.C.; Only 2 years of work experience after completing my undergrad (I took a semester off to work on the 2012 Presidential campaign) and volunteered/interned throughout college on various local, state, and national races in digital and organizing related work. I am applying/have applied to the following schools: Duke Sanford (MPP), Chicago Harris (MPP), Syracuse Maxwell (MPP), UT-Austin (MPA), Georgetown McCourt (MPP), NYU Wagner (MPA), OSU John Glenn (MPA), USC Price (MPA), IU SPEA (MPA). Thanks!
  5. Hi everyone, As a math major looking to get into a quantitative-heavy graduate program (engineering/computational finance/statistics/computer science), I am determined to get a [near] perfect quantitative reasoning score on the GRE. I would be happy with a 165-167 and absolutely thrilled with a 168-170. My question is: how exactly does one achieve these scores? I am still early in my GRE experience, but it seems to me no matter how much GRE math you know, there is usually at least one or two of the 40 (or 50) questions I have to guess on or stumps me with time. Additionally, there are still questions I get wrong from silly mistakes. If you or anyone you know has gotten 90+ percentile quant scores, please elaborate on any of the study methods, preparation, or books used. Thank you! Philip
  6. Hello! I'm planning on applying to Psychology PhD programs this coming fall. I'm currently using magoosh and based on their practice tests and score prediction for practice problems, I'm scoring around a 148 Quant and 160 Verbal. I'm registered to take the test April 8th and want to make sure I'm doing everything I can to get my math score up. I've always struggled with standardized math tests, even though I excel in statistics and math classes so I'm not sure what I should work on. Any suggestions or resources would be much appreciated!
  7. Today I begin my journey to take the GRE for the second time. I'll be honest, I didn't study at all last time I took the GRE almost a year and a half ago (not even a practice test; I must be crazy/stupid). Shockingly I was not pleased with my score. Who would have thought? Anyway I'm ready to take this seriously now. I'm trying to apply for PhD programs in psychology in the Fall of 2017. I've signed up for a GRE test on July 15th. That gives me about 5 months a prep time. I was wondering if anyone had some strong study plans? Currently, I have the following prep materials: Magoosh; The Princeton Review 1,007 GRE Practice Questions; Manhattan Prep 5 pound Book of GRE Practice Problems; and the Princeton Review Cracking the GRE. Magoosh has several study plans available, but none of them quite seemed to click with me (mostly they required me to buy even MORE prep supplies). Has anyone else used an effective study plan (perhaps with a quantitative focus) that is less specific on what materials you should use? Also, as a side questions. Does anyone have advice for what they wish they had done when studying?
  8. I recently applied to 10 schools for my masters in Speech Language Pathology. My GPA is a 3.78 and my CSD major GPA is a 3.8. I have solid recommendations, research and work experiences, great extracurriculars BUT my GRE score is awful. I took it twice and I even took a Kaplan course. V- 149 (39th percentile) Q-150 (39th percentile) AW- 4.5 (87th percentile) Are grad schools going to throw out my application because of my low GRE? I'm starting to worry, I hear most programs don't even bother to look at your application if you have under a 300 GRE.
  9. Hi! I am new to The Grad Cafe and was wondering if someone can critique my practice Issue Task essay? It is my first one. Any help is greatly appreciated. It is below! Thanks. Claim: Governments must ensure that their major cities receive the financial support they need in order to thrive. Reason: It is primarily in cities that a nation's cultural traditions are preserved and generated. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim and the reason on which that claim is based. Cities are said to be breeding grounds for ingenuity; they embody the ideals of cultural diversity and advancements in all realms of societal influence. For example, America, the land of the free and home of the brave, would be nothing without its major cities that remain leaders in technological advancements, fashion/art, and even music. Because of this, it is imperative that governments ensure that major cites receive financial support in an effort to maintain dominance in all social and cultural spheres. Financial support from the government allocated to major cities will play a substantial role in how future generations create content, digest information, and share ideas. These resources will increase interaction with subjects in the arts, sciences, and humanities; all subjects that shape and mold cultural traditions. To illustrate the significance of such financial allocations, take into consideration the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) field. For decades STEM fields have been in dire need of diversification, both in relation to gender and race. A field so widely dominated by white men because of issues surrounding access could now be welcoming to people of color and women through an increase of government funding. This financial support can increase access through providing more resources, thus creating more opportunities to learn which in turn can lead to more advancements in science, technology, engineering, and math. As the old adage proclaims, two heads are indeed better than one. Additionally, culture is usually synonymous with the arts. Federal, state, and local funding for arts programs throughout this country pale in comparison to other subjects such as science and technology. Financial support garnered from the government can shift how art is viewed and digested. More support in relation to arts means better access to free museums, and an increase in art classes for youth. Art breeds creativity. Increasing access to the arts will lead future generations to think outside of the box thus enabling them to strategize and create. However, while funding for major cities is an advantage to preserve and create cultural traditions, I do believe it is imperative that financial support be allocated to small cities and towns as well. Major countries and even major cities are built from young minds that emerge from small towns. Beautiful minds, strategic thinkers, and creators come from everywhere and while major cities have the funds and the resources to cultivate said talent, it would be a disservice to shun and forget about those who reside in small towns, and who have to leave small towns due to a lack of resources or sadly a lack of support. Imagine a world without Oprah! She was not born in Chicago but in a small town in the South. Imagine how different the world would be if small cities and towns received financial support as well. We could be swimming in human intellectual achievement. All in all, financial support from the government is imperative to preserving and creating cultural traditions. Financial support yields resources, which yields opportunity for youth to achieve their dreams, both in major cities and small towns.
  10. Hi I am an international undergraduate, and been applying to Sociology graduate programs (both MA and PhD). One of the programs I am applying to, Oxford University (MSc in Sociology) allows its applicants to choose whether or not to submit their GRE scores. My best GRE score is V: 153 Q: 157 AWA: not yet graded. I know people use this forum mostly for North-American schools, but generally speaking, should I submit my scores? Its not a top-notch score but just wondering. For your information, I usually average around 4.5 for the AWA. Thanks!
  11. Hi,Thanks for this wonderful forum and great people who visit it!I recently took the GMAT but did not do too well on it. I did well on the Verbal section, but Math has always been difficult for me. I am trying to take the GRE, as I find that it fits my style of learning (information covered, topics) better. What recommendations do you guys have for improving GRE Quantitative Section? I am hoping to pursue an MBA and get into a Business School.Regards,GRE Student
  12. I am a senior chemistry major at a top 30 university with a 3.457 GPA. This is my fourth semester doing research in a lab on top of working both summers (in the same lab). I am, and have been, the only person working on my project while I've been doing research. I am currently working on developing patent with my PI, so I don't have any papers for my research. My GRE scores are: VR 75%, QR 91%, AW 93%. I also have much experience doing chemistry outreach and am currently running the ACS student chapter at my school. In addition, I am taking graduate chemistry courses. I am interested in PhD programs for organic/organometallic chemistry. However, I did poorly on the Chemistry Subject test (44%), and I am worried that it will ruin my chances at PhD programs that I am interested. Should I report it or not? It is already going to four schools (the four reports that came free with the test), and I am worried that it will ruin my chances at those schools. Some programs say it is not required but HIGHLY encouraged. Is that basically mandatory? I don't know what to do.
  13. Do you recommend submitting your GRE scores for test-optional MPA or MPP programs? My verbal score is 150, which is average but not bad - do you think it would help my case?
  14. I'm applying to Johns Hopkins, Northwestern University, Mt Sinai, Baylor College of Medicine and UC Davis. I currently have a horrible GRE score. I did not have a chance to study for it (collectively a week), but I had to apply this cycle given the fact that I'm in a research program that requires that I apply. I wanted to apply for MSTP programs next year, but my program advisor told me that I had to apply this year in order to receive funding until July of next year, so I took the GRE just in time for them to be received at the schools I'm applying to: V 150 Q 144 A 3.0 Do I have a chance? Any advice or support is appreciated. Thanks EDUCATION 08/2006 - 05/2008 Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, Alabama ) GPA: 3.89 Major: Biology and Nutritional Science 08/2008 - 12/2012 Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama) BS in Biomedical Sciences, BA in Spanish GPA: 3.43 Honors Thesis (2012): Immobilized transition metal complexes as macromolecular catalysts. ACHIEVEMENTS 2013 - 2014 U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program, Chemistry (Barcelona, Spain) 2015 - Present Hopkins PREP Scholar, NIH-funded Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. AWARDS 2008 Bill Ellard Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Auburn University 2008 Thomas G. Jones Scholarship, Auburn University 2010 American Chemical Society’s Regional Conference Travel Grant 2010 Dean’s Research Award for Undergraduates, Auburn University 2011-2012 COSAM Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Auburn University PUBLICATIONS 2010 Gichinga MG, Striegler S*, Dunaway NA and Barnett JD, Miniemulsion polymers as solid support for transition metal catalysts, Polymer 2010, 51, 606-615. Striegler S,* Dunaway NA, Gichinga MG, Barnett JD and Nelson AG, Evaluating binuclear copper(II) complexes for glycoside hydrolysis, Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49, 2639- 2648. 2012 Dunaway NA, Barnett JD and Striegler S*, Glycoside hydrolysis with sugar-templated microgel catalysts, ACS Catalysis 2012, 2, 50-55. Barnett JD, and Striegler S*, Tuning templated microgel catalysts for selective glycoside hydrolysis, Topics in Catalysis 2012, 55(7) , 460-465. 2014 Fan QH, Striegler S*, Langston RG and Barnett JD, Evaluating N-benzylgalactonoamidines as putative transition state analogs for β-galactoside hydrolysis, Org. Biomol. Chem. 2014, 12(17) 2792-2800 2016 Korangath P, Barnett JD, et al., Nanoparticles and their targeting: a study in preclinical models of HER+ breast cancer, (manuscript in preparation) RESEARCH EXPERIENCE: 05/2008 - 07/2008 Undergraduate Molecular Biology & Immunology Researcher (UNT Health Science Center) Research Topic: Abundant expression of novel gene C17orf37 in prostate cancer 2009 - 2012 Undergraduate Inorganic Chemistry Researcher (Auburn University) Topic: Analysis of transition metal complexes as macromolecular catalysts 02/2013 - 08/2013 Chemistry Research Associate (University of Arkansas: Fayetteville) Topic: Preparation and evaluation of polymer matrices for asymmetric catalysis 09/2013 - 08/2014 Fulbright Scholar (University of Barcelona) Topic: Synthesis and characterization of photoactivatable DNA-cleaving copper complexes 07/2015 - Present PREP Scholar (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) Topic: Effects of magnetic nanoparticle-mediated hyperthermia on DNA damage repair pathways in colorectal cancer cells POSTERS & PRESENTATIONS 7/24/2008 Barnett JD. Novel gene C17orf37 is abundantly expressed in prostate cancer: a prospective biomarker. Poster; Univ. North Texas Health Science Center (Fort Worth, TX) 02/19/2010 Dunaway NA, Barnett JD and Striegler S. Carbohydrate recognition by binuclear platinum complexes. Poster; Auburn University (Dept. Chemistry and Biochemistry) 12/3/2010 Barnett JD, Alonso NA, and Striegler S. Sugar discrimination by binuclear copper(II) complexes. Poster. 66th Southwest and 62nd Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. (New Orleans, LA) 03/30/2012 Barnett JD and Striegler S. Transition metal complexes as macromolecular catalysts. Poster. 26th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) (Ogden,UT) 10/22/2015 Barnett JD. Effects of nanoparticles and nanoparticle-Induced hyperthermia on DNA Signaling Pathways in human colorectal cancer cells. Poster. Dept. Molecular Radiation Sciences, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Baltimore MD). 04/13/2016 Barnett JD, Sharma A, Bunz F and Ivkov R. Effects of magnetic nanoparticle-induced hyperthermia on DNA damage signaling. Oral presentation. 2016 Int’l Congress of Hyperthermic Oncology (New Orleans, LA)
  15. So one application I am filling out asks if I have taken a GRE subject test. I actually have taken the test twice but the scores aren't satisfying. So, can I choose "no"? I am sure the school will not talk to ETS for this on purpose to just make sure I have not taken one but at the same time I see this as lying...
  16. My GRE scores are abysmally average, but I'm cautiously optimistic about my applications for Master's programs due to an otherwise strong application. My question is this: how important is the GRE in PhD applications if a person already has a master's (specifically in psychology)? Any testimonials?
  17. Hi all, I am applying for a PhD position in Stanford Energy Resources Engineering, and I have two GRE score sets to choose from for my application: (1) Quant 162 / Verbal 157 / AW 5 (2) Quant 162 / Verbal 165 / AW 4.5 Its basically a trade off of verbal versus AW. Note that the average score percentile is higher for (2) Maybe I should be applying for a program in the humanities ... :/ I have a high GPA from my undergrad and masters that I hope can buffer a lowish quant score. Let me know what you guys think!
  18. Hi Guys, This thread is for those of you who feel that having a study partner or a group would be beneficial for acing the GRE test. I have found out the best way to study, motivate and progress on GRE in study groups. It is not through online forums or skype. Both of these platforms are effective but not the efficient ones. They tend to make you waste more of your valuable time. Statistically, what seems to work is a whatsapp study group. Think about it. We waste a lot of time on Whatsapp scrolling the forwards in numerous groups without any purpose and as a habit we keep on checking Whatsapp every now and then. This is the Link here. So, a whatsapp study group which has members who are serious about the GRE test will make a huge difference; what is even better is when the group is diverse with people from different parts of the community. Anyone who is interested, please reply to the thread and pm me your whatsapp number. Please feel free to share any other better ideas that you might have. Also, if you come to see this thread and you know someone else who is preparing for the GRE test, please refer them here. Happy Studying!
  19. Hello There, Currently, I am a post-baccalaureate student in University of Arkansas, Little Rock and I need to take the GRE test within December 2016 to apply for Grad schools. I am just starting to prepare for the test, besides I had to take five courses this semester, which is terrifying. I have three months to prepare and I would like to have a serious study partner who can motivate me and join me in this terrifying three months of journey!!! I am following Magoosh, Manhattan Textbooks, and ETS guides. Email: tazeenishmam09@gmail.com Skype: tiupoma Thank you. -Ishmam
  20. (Hopefully this thread will help people in the future applying with CSDCAS since it is so confusing and poorly instructed) Is anybody else completely fed up with CSDCAS?! My first application is due 1/15 and my official transcripts have not all been received (still waiting on one more), but otherwise I had the green checkmark to submit and pay. I already paid the extra $30 to submit he application thru the schools own website (What's the point of a common app if we still have to fill out the schools one with all the same info?!?!?!?!??!). But when I went to pay it said that things such as evaultions/recommendations and transcripts would be locked up. I'm just confused on whether or not my things all need to be received and verified before my application can be put through. CSDCAS is so vague and even looking through the help files makes me more confused.
  21. I have a low gre score for quant 152 and 157 on comp, analytical is 4.5. I have obtained a 3.61 gpa in neuroscience and I have submitted two papers for publishing (haven't been accepted yet) and I have presented at 6 different international conferences. I Work at the University of Pennsylvania with a clinical population in neuropsych (the field I plan to work in) but I am worried that my gre scores will hold me back from getting into a good phd program in psychology. I have good letters of recommendation from prolific well respected authors of their fields. I have worked so hard to make my application as strong as possible so that lower gre scores aren't a problem. I'm still concerned about my scores though. Any thoughts would be helpful! Schools I am applying to: UCONN BU Drexel Fordham Kent State Penn State Washington U in St. Louis University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign University of Toronto and McGill
  22. Hi! I just wrote this under real testing conditions. Please provide me with some feedback if you can, and don't be afraid to be harsh if necessary. I really need all the help I can get! Thanks The following appeared in a health magazine. "The citizens of Forsythe have adopted more healthful lifestyles. Their responses to a recent survey show that in their eating habits they conform more closely to government nutritional recommendations than they did ten years ago. Furthermore, there has been a fourfold increase in sales of food products containing kiran, a substance that a scientific study has shown reduces cholesterol. This trend is also evident in reduced sales of sulia, a food that few of the most healthy citizens regularly eat." Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument. Being aware of how reliable sources are is very important when it comes to believing everything you read. Learning to question everything is a quality that is most important to have in order to not believe fraught information. The argument that the citizen have adopted healthier lifestyles is flawed because it makes assumptions that are not supported by the evidence provided in the article. One of the main flaws of this article comes from the comparison of two populations. The article begins by stating that the citizens have adopted healthier lifestyles, but there is no mention of what their lifestyles were like before. It is mentioned that 10 years ago, the citizens did not conform to the government’s nutritional recommendations as well as they do now. The fallacy here is that two populations are being compared as if they were a cohort group. The people that lived in Forsythe 10 years ago are not necessarily the same people that live there now. Also, the government’s nutritional recommendations 10 years ago may not have been as good or as well-known as they are today. This argument also relies on survey information which may be misleading and biased. In order to make this argument more valid the magazine would need to specify the role of the government on nutrition 10 years ago and make sure that the surveys come from a representative sample of people. Another flaw of this argument is that it relies too heavily on sales of foods. It is mentioned that the sales of food have increased by four. It is tempting to believe that because the food contains Kiran the people are eating healthier, but there could be something else at play. The mass quantities of healthy food that are being bought today compared to 10 years ago may be due to an increase in population. This is something the article needs to account for to make the argument more valid. Also, there is also the possibility that more of the foods available in Forsythe today contain Kiran compared to 10 years ago. It is also important to acknowledge that only one scientific study has shown that kiran reduces cholesterol. The magazine article should not promote how healthy kiran is before more studies are carried out. The same goes for the reduced sales of sulia in Forsythe. The argument would be more valid if the article included percentages of the foods available that contain sulia. It may be that the sales have decreased because the availability of the product has decreased. In conclusion, the argument that the citizens of Forsythe are living healthier lives today than 10 years ago is flawed because it doesn’t provide enough supportive evidence to have a valid argument. The magazine article relies on assumptions of different populations and food sales to make an argument that falls apart with minimal questioning.
  23. Hello! I've written an issue essay for awa portion. I would really appreciate it if I could get some feedback on it. I wrote this under real test conditions so please be harsh if necessary. Thanks in advance. A nation should require all of its students to study the same national curriculum until they enter college. Write a response in which you discuss your views on the policy and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider the possible consequences of implementing the policy and explain how these consequences shape your position. All students deserve the same quality of education and to be provided with the tools to succeed in the future. I believe that a nation should require all of its students to study the same curriculum until they enter college because this measure allows every student to succeed on equal terms as well as guarantees that everyone has received the educational background necessary to make it in college. When all of the students in a nation are required to follow the same curriculum it levels the playing field for everyone. This measure guarantees that all students will have been exposed to the same material and thus ensures the students’ qualifications for admissions are well deserved. I believe that if all students have the same educational background it would be easier for universities to evaluate whether a student is ready for the rigor of their curriculum and accurately predicts their success in comparison to their peers. Being accepted into college is the most important goal for most high school students. Therefore, it is equally important to have the same opportunity to get in as any other student in the country when it comes to academics. It is also important to note that not all students are the same and treating them as such may be detrimental to their learning potential. This eminent downfall in the previously lauded system can be accounted for by promoting different teaching styles from all teachers to make sure that all students have the opportunity to excel. Also, promoting the same general curriculum does not take away the student’s opportunity to stand out from the crowd and follow their passions. They will still have electives to choose from and extra-curricular activities. In conclusion, a nation should definitely require the same curriculum until college because it exposes all students to the material necessary to succeed in the future. Although there are potential downfalls, I believe there are ways to account for them.
  24. Is taking the GRE even worth the extra stress? It actually frustrates me that some schools still require it. Most don't even care about the score and it doesn't actually provide valuable information. *Sorry for the small rant! I'm applying for the Sept 2017 start in several Speech and Language Pathology programs. I would love to go to Dalhousie, but they require the GRE. It's the only school I'm applying to that requires it (I'm also applying to UBC, Western, and potentially McMaster). I haven't studied for it since I wasn't planning on taking it. Most of my deadlines are January or February. I guess I could crash course studying for it, but I'm not sure it's worth it. Thoughts?
  25. Hello , I am planning to apply for a dual degree program including MBA and MPP. I was wondering that since most business schools have started accepting GRE scores, is it ok to send my GRE scores for both MBA and MPP applications or will sending GRE scores to business schools give me a disadvantage. Any help or perspective at all would be really appreciated. Thank you