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  1. The only school I applied to that mentioned the Lit test as far as score expectations go was UT Austin, which said: "Questions about an applicant’s preparation and readiness tend to be raised when the GRE Subject Test in Literature score is below the 60th percentile."

    I took the test last year and scored in the 54th percentile, I believe.  I didn't include the results in any application that didn't require them based on Austin's statement, but my advisor said the test is ridiculous and and my score wasn't a terrible one.  Especially since my areas of interest are not old white guys, which 99.8 % of the questions on the test pertained to.  But...who knows?  I'm sure every school weighs the scores differently.  Anyways, that's all the info I could find, I hope it helps!


  2. I had similar worries- I'm thirty and I just graduated with my BA last spring, although I started college fifteen years ago.  I took a lot of time off to work full time, as well as to pursue creative projects.  I decided not to address this in my SoP, and only to do so for programs that asked specifically for a separate statement of personal achievements/diversity statement, etc.  My professors all thought this was the way to go, especially since I don't really feel I have anything to explain for living life outside of academia, and I thought any such explanation would take away from much more interesting information I could include in my SoP that would be far more indicative of my interests and potential in grad school.

    I know I'm late in replying but I hope hearing from someone with a similar experience makes you feel better.

    Good luck!


  3. On 12/11/2018 at 12:09 PM, MetaphysicalDrama said:

    Well, I got most of my applications in at the end of November and the first week of December.  I guess can relax now because I've heard from all of the schools that my applications are complete and that everything (letters, test scores, transcripts, sample, statement, and etc.) has been received.  

    Area of Interest: Early-modern and medieval literature (Spenser and Arthuriana) 

    Schools: Rutgers, NYU, CUNY, Rice, Fordham, Southern Methodist, Houston, North Texas 

    Hey, I'm also applying to SMU and I'm just curious what you thought about the optional interview video?  I think I'm going to go ahead and do it but I thought it was a little odd, definitely not a component of any of my other apps.  It's one of those things where I'm like will doing this actually bring something to me application or should I just leave it as is?  Just wanted to commiserate, haha.


  4. Only applied to 5 programs last year, 4 PhD and 1 MA.  Got into the MA and waitlisted at top choice PhD...decided to retry this year since the MA I got into (Denver) was only 50% funded and I'd rather not bother with a terminal MA program when I could potentially go straight into a PhD program.  Applied to 19 PhDs this year and 1 fully funded MA (OSU).  I am terrified it's not going to work out this year and I'm going to have to find something else to do with my life.  Also pretty hopeful something will work out!

    My areas of interest are very intersectional, focusing on GSWS but also interested in Ethnic lit, especially Chicana lit. Also interested in Disability Poetics.

    Wishing everyone here the best of luck!

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