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  1. It simply signals that you are capable of hitting 95th+ percentile on either dimension. None of your scores are 'low.'
  2. There's an option to send both of your scores - do that.
  3. You are making a false equivalence. Most industries do not require 5-7 years of intensive training in a highly exploitative system AND exhibit such an over-glut in the supply of labor. I repeat, once again, do not do a PhD in a social science or humanities. Doing so is, without a doubt, a foolish move at this juncture. You will do a lion's share of the teaching and grading, as well as all the grunt work of research, for other people that make upwards of 4-6 times as much as you do. Your graduate program does not give a crap about you, nor does the discipline. For your service you will be rewarded with an approximately 1% chance of attaining a job as a tenure-track professor. There are no jobs. The job market this year has approximately 20-30% of the number of available positions as last year. It's unlikely this is going to significantly change in the future, despite people being under the illusion that this is an exceptional year. The fact that programs are already starting to curtail programs that provide such exploitative benefits to them signals deep, deep, structural changes on the horizons. Structural changes that were already coming, but have been accelerated. Do not enter this collapsing ponzi and exploitative scheme.
  4. If people can't see the writing on the wall, and do not forgo pursuing a PhD in the near future, you only have yourselves to blame. The fact that programs are closing admissions right now, despite the fact that it is a low-cost way of providing them extremely cheap and exploitative labor, should make you realize how deep the issues with academia are in the short, and long-term. The major demographic shift was already going to bring a reckoning. The pandemic has only accelerated the collapse of the pyramid scheme.
  5. You don't deserve to receive responses - there are many threads on this forum that receive no, or very little, responses, especially during the off-season. Then going as far as to suggest that any lack of responses - and laughably mere minutes after you post the thread - is 'increasing your anxiety' and it's the fault of everyone else is ridiculous.
  6. I highly recommend you (and others) change the scope of your perspective. You shouldn't ask yourself how COVID is going to affect admissions - which at the end day, is a pointless exercise because you either get acceptances or you don't. You should be asking yourself why you want to enter into an industry that is essentially collapsing from the inside? You most certainly will not get a job. I'd highly recommend not getting a PhD.
  7. I see a lot of people discussing the potential risks of non-disclosure, yet I have seen no one advise the OP to lie about anything in their application. There's a difference between not putting it all over your SOP and LORs that you got caught cheating/plagiarizing during your undergrad, and *lying* about it in your application. I don't recall many applications asking that question on the application - but I might not be remembering well so someone may correct me on that. If there's a box then click it. I just wouldn't mention it in my SOP or LORs, which is an entirely different thing than not disclosing it when asked.
  8. Once again, you are stating completely false information. Departments do not run background checks on applicants during the admissions process. It only *may occur* by the graduate school when and if the accepted applicant accepts the position. And yes, stating false information matters - to suggest otherwise is ridiculous.
  9. IMO you should actually read what people state. No department has the resources to do background checks on applicants. It's much too expensive and time-consuming. What your links point to is background checks may be done FOLLOWING acceptance, not while academic departments are reviewing applications and making acceptance offers. To suggest otherwise is completely incorrect.
  10. This is completely false. There is absolutely zero chance of any school conducting ''background checks" on applicants prior to acceptance. Departments do not have the time nor the resources to conduct background checks on applicants.
  11. Extremely important. There's been a thousand threads on this. You want at the very least 160+ on both verbal and quantitative sections. Ideally, you want 165+ when applying to top programs, but it's not necessary.
  12. You seem to be operating under multiple assumptions, of which are not true, making the logic of your post strange to follow. You do realize you can take the test multiple times right? And that you only send the scores that you want to send (i.e. a university will have no idea if you did poorly on a past take)? You don't send your scores until you actually apply to the programs, so I don't understand why you ask the last question the way you do. Just take the test? If you don't do well, just take it again (or how many times you want). This is especially the case since you aren't applying to programs in the near term.
  13. Assuming that it's no longer noted on your transcript, I would recommend completely avoiding any discussion of it if I were you. Admissions committee members often barely even look at transcripts, if at all. People also fail classes. Failing a class is not grounds for rejecting someone from admission to a grad program, particularly if their GPA is good overall. However, cheating in a class resulting in failing it is definitely grounds to instantly throw out your application. You discuss it in your SOP and get your letter writers to talk about it, and all of a sudden you have a target on your application for a committee that has way too many applications compared to open slots.
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