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  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. I'm going to Brandeis for an MA in philosophy this fall, and plan to apply to PhD programs after that. I took the GRE last summer and scored 169V/155Q/4.0W. The verbal is good and the quantitative is fine for this field, but the writing score is not ideal. That being said, I don't know how I would really go about improving it. I did do a bunch of practice tests before taking the test. I'm also a good academic writer, generally get A's on papers and can definitely produce a solid writing sample. Any advice about whether to retake and if so, how to effectively study for the writing section?
  3. I am an international student from the subcontinent with almost four years of job experience in academia and a few publications in internationally recognized biostatistics and public health journals. I couldn't prepare for GRE adequately by January of this year and scored around mid 310s. I applied to several US universities for PhD in Biostatistics with that score. Later, I reappeared for the GRE and scored 328 (Q: 168, V: 160). I reappeared for GRE immediately because I thought none would take me this year and that I didn't want to wait and let the vocabularies fade away from my memory. But I couldn't submit this score anywhere as the deadlines of most good schools were already over. Recently, I have got a fully funded offer of admission from UPitt Biostatistics. I am really surprised at that. But at the same time, now I have a feeling like I should decline the offer and wait for the next cycle. Because with my latest GRE score I may find higher ranked schools. But I am extremely confused if that will really help or just be a gamble. Because from this year's experience, I think it is difficult to get admission in a PhD program as an international student. So is it worth taking the risk? The other thing I can do is accepting the offer and then try to switch next year. But that seems `unethical' to me to some extent because accepting a program means giving them a commitment. Moreover, the other schools where I wish to apply may take it negatively if I want to switch from another US institution. Your thoughts on this can help shape my decision. Really looking forward to hearing from you!
  4. Hey all! I'm applying to several communications schools (thank god for late deadlines) and am curious about hard numbers. Does anyone have hard numbers about the average GRE and GPA of Columbia's Masters of Strategic Communications or USC Annenberg's Masters of Comms programs? I took the GRE and got a 156 and 4 on the writing. I'm curious if I should retake or just apply. (I have a 3.45GPA from a public ivy and three years of work experience) Anyone willing to share their numbers? Thanks!
  5. 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.
  6. I am applying to Statistics PhD programs for the 2018 season. I have done a few practice tests on verbal and quant and thus past week I did my first essays. The argument essay I get, but the issue task is not up my alley at all. I would give myself right now a 2.5 on Issue and a 4 on Arguement. My verbal is around 160, and my quant is around 163 (trying to get it up to 165+). I am a native English speaker, and I have a research paper I am working on getting published as a writing sample. Does my AWA score really even matter? Do the separate scores (i.e. I-2.5, A-4) get reported or is there just the final score on the score reports sent to colleges?
  7. If you ever considered going to graduate school (since you are on this forum, obviously, you did) you probably know that GPA and GRE scores are very important determinants of your chances of being accepted. However, not many universities provide data on scores of the accepted applicants. Moreover, this data is not easy to find even on aggregator-websites. The data available is either outdated or difficult to process. My project, www.FindMeAGradSchool.com is supposed to help future graduate students to assess their chances of being admitted. The database is updated in real time (actually, the moment you hit "FindMeAGradSchool!" button on the website) so you can get your probabilities of getting into graduate school based on the latest data. If you do not have your GRE scores yet you can leave the default values and assess your chances based on your GPA only. Please, let me know if you can think of ways to improve the web-site. PM me or leave a comment here. It is still under development process, but the core functionality is working. Looking forward to receive feedback from you, thegradcafe community. Daniyar.
  8. I took the pGRE already once and got a less than idea score. I will be taking it again in another 6 months. What is the best study material, besides the previous exams (I know about those already) that you used to get your pGRE scores up? A book? Study guide? Textbook? Trying to get an 800+. To be clear, I am talking about the physics subject test.
  9. Hi all! I know you can't 100% accurately 'chance' someone, but I don't really know how competitive I sound overall. I just want to make sure I get into at least one school is all I care about! I want to specialize in bilingual kids. GRE Verbal: 160 GRE Quant: 155 Writing: don't have score yet but I think I'll get at least a 3.5 or 4 Psychology and Spanish majors both have a 3.9 GPA, overall I have a 3.85 Relevant experience: tutoring Latino-American kids, research assistant for a preschool study on inhibition (going to start this fall), observations right before I started college of about 10 SLPs at one location a few times a week for two months, observations of another SLP a few months ago for two days, did my own research on second language development with the help of two professors at Pitt right before starting college (it wasn't published or anything but still good experience), and this summer I was a full time camp counselor. I've also had two leadership positions in Greek life throughout college and I studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a summer. Haven't asked for letters of rec yet but they will most likely be from a psych professor who used to be my advisor and has had me in several classes, the psych professor that's leading the research I'll be starting this fall who has also had me twice in class, and a Spanish professor that I've had like 5 times that knows me very well and who got me into the tutoring. I plan to apply to: University of Virginia, Marquette University, University of Arizona, University of Colorado Boulder, UT Dallas, Indiana University, University of Minnesota, New Mexico State University, and Emerson College. All of these schools offer three year programs for out of field applicants and have either told me they offer bilingual placements or offer a separate bilingual specialization. Thanks in advance!!!
  10. I am planning to apply for Ph.D in Physics in USA. Can I apply without the GRE subject test for Physics?
  11. Hi, Guys Please help me review this argument. Any feedback is more than welcome. Thanks The following appeared in a magazine article about planning for retirement. "Clearview should be a top choice for anyone seeking a place to retire, because it has spectacular natural beauty and a consistent climate. Another advantage is that housing costs in Clearview have fallen significantly during the past year, and taxes remain lower than those in neighboring towns. Moreover, Clearview's mayor promises many new programs to improve schools, streets, and public services. And best of all, retirees in Clearview can also expect excellent health care as they grow older, since the number of physicians in the area is far greater than the national average." 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. The article is trying to advertising Clearview as the best candidate for all retire people, but it’s vague and inconsistent argument causing its conclusion to be not persuasive. It first brings up one of the reason as considering for top choice to be its natural beauty and climate, but the premise is all people, who are seeking retirement, is prefer that. There will be cases that people enjoy changing climate to feel the heat of summer and snow of winter. Thus, if majority of the people consider change weather as their preference, this is not the place to be. Some comparison on house cost and taxes are also provided in the article, but without base number to quantify, the full picture is not provided. House cost can fall significantly but still high since initial price can be much higher. Also, in terms of tax, only mentioning nearly towns is also incomplete, since the whole area may have terrifying tax rate overall. Physicians are also mentioned in the article, but the premise it is assuming is larger number of physicians leads to higher health care quality. Without considering the qualification as well as the scope of each physician, the conclusion cannot be made. Overall the argument is trying to advertising Clearview but those assumptions as well as missing link render the conclusion disbelief.
  12. Hi, Guys Please help me review this issue. Any feedback is more than welcome. Thanks Young people should be encouraged to pursue long-term, realistic goals rather than seek immediate fame and recognition. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. Long-term goal, though provide overall roadmap and instruction, most often will be confront with certain issues like how to setup the ultimate goal and what is the step required to achieve them. Short term fame and recognition, however, is more easy to grasp and since mostly people consider candidates’ qualification based on their previous achievements, higher recognition will benefit us with more approval and thus more opportunities. So young people--not saying wrong to maintain long-term goal if they know for sure what it is—needs to focus more on immediate fame and recognition. Immature and inexperienced, it is often overwhelming for young people to realize their goals and thus hard to setup comprehensive and applicable plan. On the other hand, seeking fame and recognition, even though sounds mundane, is clear in terms what need to be accomplished. During their path of achieving fame and recognition, they may potentially reshape their goals and detail plans. Also, people’s qualification being judged based on their past performance. Achieving fame and recognition, will leads to higher evaluations, and larger changes of success. For example, more than required number of students apply same grad school, and only those who have solid testing and researching background will be considered. Thus what we achieved before entering grad school, the academic recognition, is the determent factor for the success. As young people, it is not easy, and most of time not even realistic, to have a clear understanding of our life’s purpose, thus “long-term goal” may change based on our understanding of our strengthen and what society needs. With that much uncertainties, immediate fame and recognition, is a better way to start.
  13. Please be kind enough to give you valuable feedback on my attempt. Argument - 1 The following appeared in a memo from the vice president of a company that builds shopping malls around the country. "The surface of a section of Route 101, paved just two years ago by Good Intentions Roadways, is now badly cracked with a number of dangerous potholes. In another part of the state, a section of Route 40, paved by Appian Roadways more than four years ago, is still in good condition. In a demonstration of their continuing commitment to quality, Appian Roadways recently purchased state-of-the-art paving machinery and hired a new quality-control manager. Therefore, I recommend hiring Appian Roadways to construct the access roads for all our new shopping malls. I predict that our Appian access roads will not have to be repaired for at least four years." Write a response in which you discuss what questions would need to be answered in order to decide whether the recommendation is likely to have the predicted result. Be sure to explain how the answers to these questions would help to evaluate the recommendation. ============================================================================================================ The argument presented by the vice president has a number of logical flaws. These flaws give birth to numerous questions that have to be answered in order to decide whether the recommendation will have the predicted result or not. A major flaw in the vice president's reasoning that raises questions is the flawed comparison between Good Intentions Roadways and Appian Roadways. To begin, the first question that needs to be answered is whether the traffic on Route 101 is similar to Route 40 or not. If, for instance, Route 101 caters to heavy traffic whilst only light traffic is allowed on Route 40, the presence of potholes on Route 101 can be explained. Therefore, it is not necessary that the deterioration of Route 101 is because of poor quality. The superior quality of Appian's work can only be accepted if the routes cater to the same traffic. Even then other circumstances on the two routes may also explain the difference in their conditions. The fact that the two routes are present in different parts of the state begs the question: are the weather conditions similar or different on the two routes? If, for example, the region where Route 101 runs through experiences torrential rainfall whilst the area where Route 40 passes from has a mild climate, the differences in the road conditions can be attributed to weather as well. This means that it is not necessary that the condition of Route 40 is better because of higher quality work by Appian Roadways. The better road condition can be attributed to favourable weather conditions. Therefore, it is imperative that the above question is answered as it can render the basis of the recommendation illogical. In addition to the differences (or similarities) in weather conditions, it is also important to ask if there are any other alternative companies available than Good Intentions and Appian Roadways. The above argument assumes that there are only two companies available in the market. However, it is important to see if other companies can be approached or not and how Appian Roadways fares against them. It can be possible that Appian performs poorly in comparison to other competitors. Another interesting question that needs to be answered is about the credentials of the new quality control manager of Appian Roadways. The argument assumes that the new manager will perform better than the previous manager and therefore improve the quality of work. It could very well be the case that the new manager was hired on the basis of nepotism and not on the basis of performance. As a result, the quality of the work deliviered could deteriorate. Therefore, it weakens the preditiction that the roads will not have to be repaired for four years, thus, weakening the recommendation. The answers to the questions above would provide a better picture of the comparision between Appian Roadways and its competitiors. For the recommendation to be valid, it is important that Appian and its competitors deliver in similar conditions.
  14. Please be kind enough to rate and review my Issue response for GRE essay. Thank you :-) Scandals are useful because they focus our attention on problems in ways that no speaker or reformer ever could. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim. In developing and supporting your position, be sure to address the most compelling reasons and/or examples that could be used to challenge your position. It is important to keep public attention on social problems to ensure the smooth functioning of a society. Two ways of focusing that attention are scandals and public debates by reformers and speakers. Scandals are usually discarded for dramatizing petty issues, however, therein lies the usefulness of scandals: Scandals capture the attention of the public on problems in such profound ways that may not be possible for most reformers or speakers. Often in public debates the discussions on problems only touch the tip of the iceberg. It may be that the intelligentsia is either not fully aware of the magnitude of the problem or, they do not delve into the details to maintain political correctness. Either way, the reformers and speakers fail to pique the public's interest. On the other hand, scandals have the potential to reveal the depth and the magnitude of the issue in one instant. For instance, the revelations by Edward Snowden regarding mass surveillance carried out by the National Security Agency led to a public outcry against the breach of privacy. Many social activists and critics had been pointing out this issue previously as well, but it never gained as much traction as it did after the Edward Snowden episode. Thus, scandals are useful in grabbing public attention in a way that the intelligentsia can not. In addition to revealing the true depth and magnitude of an issue, scandals can also bring to the fore issue that were not even the part of public debate. Issues such as pedophilia and rape, though prevalent in the society, are not discussed in most Muslim countries. Debate on such issues and their public acceptance is a taboo. In such circumstances reformers and speakers can not discuss these issues in public as the society refuses to lend an ear to them. However, if a scandal about these issues is reported in the media, the public will be to talk about such issues. Hence, scandals prove to be useful in bringing problems to the agenda of public debate. However, some problems are of a nature that can best be addressed by the relentless efforts of speakers and reformers. The Suffrage movement in the late 18th and early 19th century for women's right to vote is a quintessential example of a problem that was solved by persistent efforts of speakers and reformers. Figures such as Eliabeht Caddy Stanton and Alice Paul did not wait for a scandal to break out. They realized the problem, gathered mass support by organizing protests and writing literature, and eventually led to the passage of the 19 Amendment in the constitution of USA that allowed women the right to vote. To sum, scandals are useful, in majority instances at least, because they capture the focus the attention of public on problems in ways that most speakers and reformers may not be able to do.
  15. Where can I get my GRE/GMAT essays looked over on this website? Magoosh says that this is a great place with talented graders.
  16. Hi all, I am a student with CS and Marketing degrees, and I am targeting Stanford MS&E and Harvard CSE Master. I have high GPA, decent research & work experiences (CS related), and at least two strong letters. However, My GRE, especially Quant, is a bit lower (Q164, 87th percentile). It is awkward score, because it is not too low to get me rejected immediately, neither it is securely high. Stanford did provide their admission stats here https://msande.stanford.edu/admissions/masters/masters-science-admission-statistics . Though I am higher than the last year accepted students average in Quant, I don't think I should feel overly auspicious as past average are 166 around. Since my last semester has started with tons of project works, continuing to contribute time to GRE might be risk. I estimate that spending time on GRE may take time away from my final year projects and courses thus my GPA may be affected. Should I retake GRE again? Thanks for any advice
  17. I will be applying to 10 clinical psych programs across Canada this fall to hopefully start in the fall of 2018, and I think I have a good application but my GRE scores are pretty low. I'm wondering if my scores are competitive enough to get in anywhere and would really aprreciate some feedback. I have a lot of research experience and tons of clinical experience, conference presentations, 1 publication for revise and resubmit and working on 2 more manuscripts we plan to submit for publication, and I can get some great reference letters... so I think the rest of my application will look good (hopefully). I haven't taken the Psych GRE yet and I've taken the general 2 times but I'm considering taking it a 3rd to at least improve on my verbal score. GRE: V-149 Q-152 A-4.5 Cumulative GPA: 3.72 (4.5 scale) Last 60 Credit Hours GPA: 4.0 (4.5 scale)
  18. Hello! I feel depressed.... I'm just so worried about my application. Please help! I already applied some late-deadline (around April 1st) grad school for this fall (2017), for M.S. Here is my basic profile: Undergraduate: GPA3.076, B.S. in biology (from U of Arizona) GRE: V 141, Q 170, AW 3.0 Experience: 1 year lab tech, some related volunteer experience References: Two professors (Animal Science & Biostatistics), and my supervisor (from the lab I'm working) I applied U of Wyoming (M.S. Animal Science), U of Louisville (M.S. Biology), New Jersey Institute of Technology (M.S. Biology), Colorado State U (M.S. Animal Science), and U of Minnesota-Twin Cities (M.S. Animal Science). No papers, 2.8 major GPA, Not looking for funding... just want to get a higher education... Do you think I have a chance to get in any of those schools? Any evaluation... Any comments... Any advice will be nice!!!!! Thank you!
  19. On Monday, a class has 8 girls and 20 boys. On Tuesday, a certain number of girls joined the class just as twice that number of boys left the class, changing the ratio of girls to boys to 7 to 4. How many boys left the class on Tuesday? (A) 5 (B) 6 (C) 11 (D) 12 (E) 18 From Manhattan prep. Question, which # is bigger? number of boys left the class or number of girls joined the class?? Thx
  20. Hi, I am an international student preparing for 2018 fall masters degree in social work. In some of schools like UCLA and Uof Michigan, they say they don't require GRE scores unless my grade is low. I wanted to know if other students who has high enough GPA for MSW are studying GRE. Would it be an advantage if I submit my GRE score to the schools that don't require scores for high GPA students?
  21. I recently took the GRE, I got a score of 326, Quant: 164 and Verbal: 162, I am happy with the verbal part (specially because I am not a native speaker so I didn´t expect much), but the quant part concerns me a little. I want to apply for a PhD in Chemistry. How likely is it to get accepted in a top university with scores? My GPA is somewhere between 3.7-3.8, (I´m not sure how to properly do the conversion haha). Well, I hope someone can help me get an idea oh what to expect. Thanks
  22. Hello everyone, I am kind of new here. I am junior studying PSC at a US college. I want to go to grad school and study Authoritarianism-Public Opinion- Voter Behavior mainly. I started preparing for my application so I have a couple of questions for you. 1. Although I am in a good range in Q (163-166) , my verbal is not that good (around 153-154). I will do my best to improve it until I take the test this summer but I don't know how hard I should study for it. Do you think having a lower score on Verbal would hurt my chances a lot given that I am an international student? 2. I am searching for grad schools with a focus on Middle East-Authoritarianism as I suggested above, do you have any program recommendations for me? 3. Lastly, I am so desperate about my chances for getting into a T20 school. My profile is below, what do you think? Major:Political Science Minor: Statistics GPA=3.98 LoR= All from tenured professors. One with a professor that I RA'd before. Research: I will be doing a research this summer on a grant from my school and am hoping to use it as my writing sample. I speak Turkish fluently and German at an advanced level.
  23. Hello all, I have a GRE Score of 294 taken in 2014. IELTS score is 7. Done Masters in Computer Science in USA with ~3.3 GPA with 3+ years of IT work experience and 6+ years of Leadership experience in different NPO's, Volunteer work and many achievements in the field of Social work. I wanted to do Phd in Business/Public Administration to do research on Self Sustainable model for very poor (low income villages) so that children in the village can go to schools and concentrate on education. I need help in selecting Universities in which I can admit (Looking for top schools). If I can get into top schools or not?
  24. Hey everyone! I'm new to the forum so please bare with me! I'm about to be 26 years old and I finally decided to pursue my dream of becoming a licensed school psychologist. So far, I've been given the opportunity to interview at Fairleigh Dickinson University for their MA School Psychology program (accredited and have a Psy.D advanced standing track). I was recently accepted to Long Island University- Hudson for an M.S in School Psychology with Bilingual Extension (Not accredited), and Iona College for an MA in School Psychology (accredited). I plan on moving to Florida but I did not make the application deadline for the University of Central Florida's School Psychology EdS program, and it's unlikely that I would get in. Here's my dilema, I meet above all of the requirements for Nova Southeastern University's Psy.D program (and I really want to get in!) EXCEPT the GRE standard cut-off score. What my goal is for this specific program is a combined score of at least a 300. The first time I took the GRE I scored very low (combined score of 274). In my defense, math was never my best subject and I also did not prepare for the GRE at all (I did not study and I did not know anything about the test format, length, etc.) and I kind of went in blind. My question is will it be possible for me to go up 26 points on my GRE? I purchased the ETS GRE prep book straight from the makers of GRE and I was thinking of using Magoosh what do you guys think? Is Magoosh trustworthy or should I try a private tutor? Thank you guys Alex
  25. Hi everyone, I am new to this whole blog and website and just really need some solid advice. I am applying to Nova Southeastern University for the Psy.D. program with a few other Master's as a back-up. I am pretty much discouraged to even finish my application at this point because I took the GRE (for the 3rd time) and got a combined score of 293. (Verbal-150, Quant: 143, AW: 4.0) I know this is a low score and is not competitive enough. I was hoping some other aspects of my application would come in and save me from the rejection pile. They have a strong "preference" for a GRE score of 297 or above. A little info on myself: -3.72 GPA -Over 3 years of research experience. Started as an Undergraduate RA, was hired as the assessment specialist for my lab and am now the research coordinator for the new grant. -I was a counselor for an intensive 8-week intervention program for children who were obese and at risk for comorbid disorders such as depression, anxiety etc. This totaled out to over 340 hours of clinical work. -3 very strong letters of recommendation I appreciate honesty and any advice you have to offer. I am retaking the GRE in December one last time, but I fear there won't be a huge change in my score.