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  1. Hello, everyone! I just got back from my GRE. I know this sounds silly because it's not a stellar score, but I scored a 156 on the Verbal section. I'm just so happy because I feel like I'm actually making progress. My scores were really, really low last year. I actually am starting to understand how this exam works. Do you think I should retake the exam in a month? I already got accepted to a university for a PhD in English, but I didn't get funding. In order to enhance my credentials, the head of the department told me I could push for a 160 on the GRE verbal. I've just been feeling conflicted because a few people told me it wouldn't be worth the $200 for four points. What do you think?
  2. Do you mean that you'll be taking the GRE during the first week of December? I think you should be fine. Of course, it will be a bit close, but that gives ETS a month to send over your scores. ETS takes 14 days to submit scores to universities. I think you should be good! Wishing you the best! :-)
  3. Hi, everyone! So, I’m set to take my GRE on Friday. Words can not express how scared I am. I feel like all my dreams are dependent on this exam. Here’s why: I already got accepted to a PhD program, but they couldn’t give me funding. After speaking to the chair of the department, he told me that I can defer my admission for one year and perhaps be considered for funding the following year, in 2020. He said I can strengthen my application, especially my GRE scores. The department likes to see scores of around 160 and I had a 153 on my GRE. I told myself that I will retake the GRE in November if I don’t do well this time around, but I don’t know why I’m so scared. Any words of wisdom or advice for me?
  4. Has anyone ever skipped a section on the GRE? I spoke with one of my professors today, and he gave me some advice about the GRE. He told me I should really only care about the Verbal portion, since I want to apply for the PHD in English. I already scored a 5.5 on the Analytical Writing. Would it be wrong to skip this section and get a NS (No score) for that portion? Has anyone ever done that before?
  5. Hi, everyone. I'm scheduled to take my GRE on October 11th. I actually am thinking about taking another GRE in November just to be safe and aim for the scores I want. But I'm having some trouble with reading comprehension. I finished the Magoosh course, and I have the ETS Official Guide and Workbook. I am not doing so well on the reading comprehension. I feel like Magoosh didn't really help me with reading comprehension. I've also heard rumors that it's better to go along with the ETS Workbook and the 5 Lb. Manhattan Prep book, since they are closer to the actual test. Do you recommend any good books for reading comprehension and the difficult passages on the GRE? How should I practice this portion of the test? Thank you so much in advance!
  6. 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.
  7. Thank you so much. Yes, I just got the ETS books and I will stick to those.
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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. ❤️
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