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    2018 Fall
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    PhD Clinical Psychology

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  1. Which GRE Score to Send? (Clinical Psych)

    I would focus more on the percentile rankings for those scores, and send 1 score with the best overall percentile rankings. My guess would be that your second scores would have the best overall percentile rankings. AWA scores really don't matter that much to most psychology programs. Or at least that's what I've noticed. Most of them prefer a 4.5 or better anyway, so you're good either way.
  2. PhD in Psychology and Public Policy

    Georgetown has a program that might be relevant for you.
  3. Advice Needed: questioning everything

    What's the worst thing that could happen? You don't get in, and you try again! And then you have more time to try to figure out how to increase your scores. Many people apply more than once to clinical psychology programs due to how competitive they are, so it wouldn't be abnormal if you had to try more than once. But you'll never know if you don't try, so put all your effort now into making sure your application is as strong as it can be in your other areas (LOR, SOP, making sure you're a strong match to the faculty you're wanting to work under, etc.), and don't worry anymore about your GRE scores. We all are imperfect and have flaws in our applications that we wish were stronger. You have a lot of great research experience and your GPA is very strong. So why not apply? Good luck!
  4. PhD Fall 2018 Applicants

    Can you put a "-" symbol? You could put 1-1 haha
  5. Clinical Psychology PhD Applications

    Yeah, just look around at the average scores at the type of schools you're applying to and figure out what is best for your case! Like I said, if you can afford it, have the time for it, and can put enough effort into studying for it to try to improve your scores, then there's no harm in taking it again (since you can choose what scores to send now). Also, you'll have to take it again if your scores are older than 5 years (I'm sure you're aware of that, but just in case!) And when applying, just make sure you read all the details of what each school wants for their app. Some have really specific criteria for SOPs, CVs, even letters of recommendation. So just follow each one precisely and you'll be set! I would recommend making an excel spreadsheet to keep yourself organized for each school and what you need for their app.
  6. Clinical Psychology PhD Applications

    Your GRE isn't bad at all in my opinion. Are you looking at ivy-league schools? I would definitely look at the average GRE scores for the schools you're looking at (find their student outcome and admissions data and it is usually listed there). This can give you an idea of where you are at in terms of the schools you are looking at and the past average GRE scores they accepted. I think this should guide your decision of if you should retake it. Everyone has different opinions and experiences of what others have said about GRE acceptance "rules" in the psychology world. If you want my opinion...if you have the time, resources, and energy to retake it, then why not. General rule for CV is to be listing your relative research/clinical/teaching experience as well as your past education. Your research interests are to be listed and discussed in your SOP. I recommend listing a final overall GPA for any degrees obtained, but that's just the advice I've been given (again, this can vary from person to person). This is a great resource for all the aspects of the application process, but there is a specific section dedicated to the personal statement.
  7. Taking the Psychology Subject GREs

    If your psych GPA is below 3.5 then I'd recommend it. It would just help show that you do understand and know the material to offset the GPA.
  8. Taking the Psychology Subject GREs

    I personally don't think the GRE Psych subject test is needed for programs if it says "recommended" instead of required when you have a BA/BS in psychology and have a good GPA. But that's just my opinion. I took it (not realizing that it wasn't really necessary) and because it is a paper test and not online, it took a little more than a month for my scores to come back. So it might be cutting it too close, but you could always send the scores late since they're not required for your application to be considered. So it's just up to you and what you feel is best! If your GPA is a little low, the test could help supplement that. If not, then personally I don't think it's necessary to take it when the program doesn't require it. But again, just my opinion!
  9. PhD Fall 2018 Applicants

    I guess I'll post now as we're getting closer to the actual application process. This is my second round of applications, and I'm going to stay hopeful and positive this round no matter what the outcomes. Program of Interest: Clinical Psychology Research Interests: Forensic related Schools: I'm up to about 14 schools now, but may narrow down a few as it gets closer (Drexel, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, Univ. of Alabama, Baylor, Texas A&M, etc.) Number One Worry: My GRE scores. Didn't have the time/money/energy to retake them this year, even though that was the plan. Not Worried About: My GPA (undergrad and master's), research experience, and letters of recommendation. I'm kind of at the point where I know I'm shooting for the stars for some of my programs, but I'm going to just put everything I have out on the table and see what this round brings me. I feel a lot more confident and prepared going in this time around, and it is a huge help to not be taking on the hurdle of understanding the application process for the first time. We'll see what this application cycle brings and I'm excited to try this again (we'll see how my feelings change as the months pass by).
  10. Sherpa Prep GRE Classes--DC area

    Has anyone utilized the Sherpa prep 8-week class for the GRE before? It is a DC/Virginia/Maryland located company. If so, was it useful/ did it help increase your score if you had taken it before?
  11. Concurrent GRE, LSAT studying?

    I almost considered doing this for a joint JD/PhD program but decided not to. My initial plan was to study for one for around 2 1/2 months, then take it. Then repeat with the other test. I don't think I could have studied for both at the same time. They're just two completely different kinds of tests and focusing on both at the same time I think would be more harmful than helpful. But with my original plan, it required a lot of time, energy, and early preparation. So it just depends on what timeline you're working with and what you can manage. Obviously studying for both at the same time is doable, but for myself I didn't find it the best idea. Good luck!!
  12. PhD Fall 2018 Applicants

    Oh, I'm right there with you. Just can't bring myself to study for that test again and retake it for a third time.
  13. PhD Fall 2018 Applicants

    Are you trying to stay on the west coast? I know of a professor in DC who works within that area of study (it is developmental psych though and not clinical).
  14. PhD Fall 2018 Applicants

    Thanks for the input!
  15. PhD Fall 2018 Applicants

    Yeah that's what keeps me from using Kaplan.....Can't imagine putting that much money into this test.