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    BrianM got a reaction from MsAmira in Should I retake my GRE for a third time?   
    No offense but that is pretty much a stupid way of thinking.
    The gre is NOT a test you can study for. Just because YOU did well does not mean other people will do well.
    I studied since late March and took it last week...got a 970.
    I study a few weeks for a psych exam and get a 96. Correlation of test in undergrad and the GRE? My ass.

    The GRE is a mindless test that tests if you can tell which triangles can be solved, and how many unused 17th ct words you know.
    it is disgusting that the admissions process puts so much weight on this idiotic test. I know they need "something" to weed out applicants. well how about research exp, clinical exp, classwork, etc.

    And "learned how to cope with the stress" ? Really? You speak really easily. I get really anxious over this stupid test because of the weight so many put on it.
    Some people can not do well on this dumb test because they just can't. Thousands of people are incredibly intelligent and can not do well on this test, I guess being a poor test taker makes them an idiot?

    The gre is worthless and should be abolished, but since it is a huge money making monster, it never will.
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    BrianM got a reaction from semperfi101 in Should I retake my GRE for a third time?   
    No offense but that is pretty much a stupid way of thinking.
    The gre is NOT a test you can study for. Just because YOU did well does not mean other people will do well.
    I studied since late March and took it last week...got a 970.
    I study a few weeks for a psych exam and get a 96. Correlation of test in undergrad and the GRE? My ass.

    The GRE is a mindless test that tests if you can tell which triangles can be solved, and how many unused 17th ct words you know.
    it is disgusting that the admissions process puts so much weight on this idiotic test. I know they need "something" to weed out applicants. well how about research exp, clinical exp, classwork, etc.

    And "learned how to cope with the stress" ? Really? You speak really easily. I get really anxious over this stupid test because of the weight so many put on it.
    Some people can not do well on this dumb test because they just can't. Thousands of people are incredibly intelligent and can not do well on this test, I guess being a poor test taker makes them an idiot?

    The gre is worthless and should be abolished, but since it is a huge money making monster, it never will.
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    BrianM got a reaction from Fresh Brew in Fundamental flaw in GRE reading comprehension test   
    ETS doesn't care about anyones opinions. Only people's opinions that will cause them to make more money. If they could somehow weasel a harder section into the test they would, as long as it caused people to spend money on classes and tests.
    Its really sad this test even exists, I don't believe in the whole, "it differentiates between 2 similar candidates". To me its all about money and I am sure the universities get something out of this for making students take it.
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    BrianM got a reaction from Quant_Liz_Lemon in ok, Who got in with low GRE scores?   
    I will resurrect this.
    I hope there are some more stories...and I agree Mal83, it is quite ridiculous that people complain about a 1300, or a 1200. I got a 970 after studying for 4 months, how about that for bad. And my verbal stayed the same as 2 years ago when i first took it.
    I take it again in 2 weeks and have 0 faith that I will do well.
    But hopefully some kinda and intelligent professor will look at my whole package and accept me, as I am more than capable at completing a Ph.D.
    I already have a masters if that is any indication that I can work at a graduate level.
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    BrianM got a reaction from Hanyuye in Fundamental flaw in GRE reading comprehension test   
    ETS doesn't care about anyones opinions. Only people's opinions that will cause them to make more money. If they could somehow weasel a harder section into the test they would, as long as it caused people to spend money on classes and tests.
    Its really sad this test even exists, I don't believe in the whole, "it differentiates between 2 similar candidates". To me its all about money and I am sure the universities get something out of this for making students take it.
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    BrianM got a reaction from lewin in Should I retake my GRE for a third time?   
    No offense but that is pretty much a stupid way of thinking.
    The gre is NOT a test you can study for. Just because YOU did well does not mean other people will do well.
    I studied since late March and took it last week...got a 970.
    I study a few weeks for a psych exam and get a 96. Correlation of test in undergrad and the GRE? My ass.

    The GRE is a mindless test that tests if you can tell which triangles can be solved, and how many unused 17th ct words you know.
    it is disgusting that the admissions process puts so much weight on this idiotic test. I know they need "something" to weed out applicants. well how about research exp, clinical exp, classwork, etc.

    And "learned how to cope with the stress" ? Really? You speak really easily. I get really anxious over this stupid test because of the weight so many put on it.
    Some people can not do well on this dumb test because they just can't. Thousands of people are incredibly intelligent and can not do well on this test, I guess being a poor test taker makes them an idiot?

    The gre is worthless and should be abolished, but since it is a huge money making monster, it never will.
  7. Downvote
    BrianM got a reaction from kaykaykay in Should I retake my GRE for a third time?   
    No offense but that is pretty much a stupid way of thinking.
    The gre is NOT a test you can study for. Just because YOU did well does not mean other people will do well.
    I studied since late March and took it last week...got a 970.
    I study a few weeks for a psych exam and get a 96. Correlation of test in undergrad and the GRE? My ass.

    The GRE is a mindless test that tests if you can tell which triangles can be solved, and how many unused 17th ct words you know.
    it is disgusting that the admissions process puts so much weight on this idiotic test. I know they need "something" to weed out applicants. well how about research exp, clinical exp, classwork, etc.

    And "learned how to cope with the stress" ? Really? You speak really easily. I get really anxious over this stupid test because of the weight so many put on it.
    Some people can not do well on this dumb test because they just can't. Thousands of people are incredibly intelligent and can not do well on this test, I guess being a poor test taker makes them an idiot?

    The gre is worthless and should be abolished, but since it is a huge money making monster, it never will.
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    BrianM got a reaction from avivalasher in What is the best prep book for the new GRE?   
    Do you mean the Kaplan math workbook?

    I have been using all the Kaplan and Princteon Review books. I hope my scores on the kaplan practice tests and sets are representative of the test tomorrow!
    I have found them useful so far...
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    BrianM got a reaction from QxV in Should I retake my GRE for a third time?   
    No offense but that is pretty much a stupid way of thinking.
    The gre is NOT a test you can study for. Just because YOU did well does not mean other people will do well.
    I studied since late March and took it last week...got a 970.
    I study a few weeks for a psych exam and get a 96. Correlation of test in undergrad and the GRE? My ass.

    The GRE is a mindless test that tests if you can tell which triangles can be solved, and how many unused 17th ct words you know.
    it is disgusting that the admissions process puts so much weight on this idiotic test. I know they need "something" to weed out applicants. well how about research exp, clinical exp, classwork, etc.

    And "learned how to cope with the stress" ? Really? You speak really easily. I get really anxious over this stupid test because of the weight so many put on it.
    Some people can not do well on this dumb test because they just can't. Thousands of people are incredibly intelligent and can not do well on this test, I guess being a poor test taker makes them an idiot?

    The gre is worthless and should be abolished, but since it is a huge money making monster, it never will.
  10. Downvote
    BrianM got a reaction from surefire in Should I retake my GRE for a third time?   
    No offense but that is pretty much a stupid way of thinking.
    The gre is NOT a test you can study for. Just because YOU did well does not mean other people will do well.
    I studied since late March and took it last week...got a 970.
    I study a few weeks for a psych exam and get a 96. Correlation of test in undergrad and the GRE? My ass.

    The GRE is a mindless test that tests if you can tell which triangles can be solved, and how many unused 17th ct words you know.
    it is disgusting that the admissions process puts so much weight on this idiotic test. I know they need "something" to weed out applicants. well how about research exp, clinical exp, classwork, etc.

    And "learned how to cope with the stress" ? Really? You speak really easily. I get really anxious over this stupid test because of the weight so many put on it.
    Some people can not do well on this dumb test because they just can't. Thousands of people are incredibly intelligent and can not do well on this test, I guess being a poor test taker makes them an idiot?

    The gre is worthless and should be abolished, but since it is a huge money making monster, it never will.
  11. Upvote
    BrianM got a reaction from tadams25 in Should I retake my GRE for a third time?   
    Depends on a lot of factors. For example: research exp, letters of rec, fit with potential adviser, etc. Honestly, most people anywhere will tell you that those gre scores will not cut it. But then again lots of schools I am applying to do not have a cut off, so it would be incredibly unfair for them to just look at ONE insignificant aspect of your application and toss you out.

    I have heard stories of people with a total of a 1000 combined making it to about 3 interviews out of 10 applied schools. And they got in!
    Then I heard of people with almost perfect scores and great undergrad stats, and don't make it anywhere.
    So it really is variable and depends on a bunch of factors.

    I would say, retake it just one more time and see what happens, now that you can select which scores you want to send you can just send whichever is better.
    Who knows, you might get lucky and get a better score!

    I'm in the same boat as you, horrible at this stupid test and freaking out!
    I'm taking it in less than 2 weeks, I took a course and it did not help one bit! Such a waste of money....and it was taught by a cognitive psychologist!!!

    Also I have been studying for 4 months now, hardcore! Every day, hours and hours.
    My practice test, although I was frustrated and skipped a few math questions and did not really go back and check them, was almost 200 points higher since I took the GRE in 2010.

    So I say retake it, you never know:) Best of luck!!!!!
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