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  1. Thank you so much, everyone. From my heart, this means a lot to me. I cannot begin to tell you how scared I am about the GRE. I'm actually going on vacation soon, so when I get back, it's intense study time, using the ETS books. Luckily, I can retake it in November if I don't do too well.
  2. Thank you so much. Yes, I just got the ETS books and I will stick to those.
  3. Thank you so much, everyone. I guess my biggest issue is test anxiety. I don't do well under timed conditions, but I am going to practice. I have been doing this EmpowerGRE course, and it's been somewhat helpful. I wouldn't want to overwhelm myself with too many books, so I'll just stick to ETS and EmpowerGRE for now. I also have the Manhattan Prep 5 Lb. Book, but it's so large and cumbersome that I tend to leave it at home!
  4. Hello, everyone. I've been meaning to write this post for quite some time, but I've just been so busy with this SAT college prep class that I've been teaching this summer. For the past five years, I have been working as a high school English teacher, but I am hoping to make the full transition to college. I'm applying to PhD programs for the Fall 2020 cycle. Luckily, I was able to get two jobs as an adjunct at nearby community colleges. I am somewhat nervous since I have never taught a college class before. I will be teaching research and writing, not literature courses. But I am just grateful to get my foot in the door. Are there any valuable resources that I can read? Any good book recommendations or blogs I can become acquainted with? Thank you so much in advance!
  5. 153 Verbal 146 Quantitative 5.5 Analytical Writing I’m looking to apply for the PhD in English. I scheduled my GRE for early October, and I’m studying as much as I can, but I’m feeling discouraged. I’m using EmpowerGRE, an online program, and I feel like it’s helping, but I’m still tempted to try other books. I’ve done private Manhattan Prep tutoring, in the past, but it was all in vain. Their classes are a bit expensive, too. I also did Magoosh, but they didn’t help me much. 😕 Maybe it’s just my anxiety talking, but sometimes, when I don’t do well on my practice tests, it makes me feel like I’m not smart enough or that I won’t get into grad school. Do you recommend any other books or programs? I’ve sadly been studying sporadically since I’ve been working 12-hour work days. Hopefully it’ll get easier in September when my schedule calms down, but I’d love to know what other resources I can use. Any advice will be appreciated. Thank you so much, everyone.
  6. Hey, everyone. I'm kind of unsure when to take my GRE. I have a lot of training ahead of me, and I want to ensure I have enough time. Right now, I'm working 12-hour days until August 23rd (summer school teacher and college professor). I am trying to do some reading and math every day in between jobs. After my summer jobs end, I'm going to travel a bit, and then return by the beginning of September to start teaching college again. I just worry that in September, I will be really busy with college courses and I will fall behind on my GRE study. But if I take it in October or November and flunk, that won't give me enough time to retake. When is the ideal time? Thank you so much for your help!
  7. Thank you so much, everyone! I think I'm going to just boost my general GRE score and work hard at my SOP and WS. ❤️
  8. Thank you so much. I was truly having an anxiety attack. I would love to go to a smaller school, like Temple or University of Delaware. I will try my best to boost my General GRE score.
  9. I’m terrified! I’m on the fence about taking it, but it’s only a few months away. I was looking at the October exam, but I still have to raise my GRE general score, too. 😳
  10. Thank you so much for your response. Please forgive me for this silly question, but which Norton Anthology books should I use? There are so many that I somewhat felt overwhelmed. Can you send me a link, please?
  11. Hi, everyone. After a grueling few months of decision-making, I realized that I truly want to get into a PhD program for English Literature. I applied for the Fall 2019 cycle, and I did get accepted to St. John's University and Temple University. However, they were both without funding. The admissions director at Temple said that my application was very strong, but if I wanted to enhance my application, I should retake the Verbal GRE and get at least a 160. My current score is a 153 for Verbal and 5.5 for Analytical Writing. I also got waitlisted to the University of Delaware, which I was truly thrilled about. However, I was ultimately rejected. I got advice on how to enhance my application, and the director of admissions told me to pay no mind to the GRE, to just focus on my writing sample and statement of purpose. Of course, I am planning to retake the GRE. I would really love to study at Temple, but it would be a blessing to study at Delaware as well. I'm just a bit nervous about something. The clock is ticking, and I'm not sure if I should devote more time to the English Literature GRE or the General GRE. I want to stand out in the application pool, so I was thinking of taking the Literature GRE. I just know it requires months and months of study, even years. I am willing to do whatever it takes, but I'm working 12-hour days over the summer (tutoring and teaching college classes). I'm devoting my days off to GRE study, but I truly don't know if I should take the Literature GRE. I feel somewhat lost. My two top-tier programs are NYU and Rutgers. I would love to go to these schools as well, but I know they are super competitive. I just wasn't sure if I should at least try the English Literature GRE for these schools. I'm glad that ETS has a Score Select option, but I'm worried about doing poorly on the English Literature GRE. If I do poorly, I don't have to show the schools my score, right? I apologize for all these questions, but I would love to talk to someone who has experienced this before. Thank you so much.
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