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  1. Hey @megcharney, that's such a pain. So sorry you're going through this. I don't miss that headache at all. CSDCAS tends to verify transcripts and applications within about 2 weeks of having received the necessary items. Officially, it's 7-10 business days, so weekends wouldn't count in that number. It is on the longer side if you're submitting closer to the deadlines due to other people waiting to submit as well. They review chronologically based on the order they receive applications. So, if they don't let you know in the next few days that it's verified, you might want to reach out to
  2. We had a general lesson on it in my medical concentration class, but I think usually you really learn that stuff in your externships.
  3. If you use ASHA EdFind, you can search to look at the admit stats profiles of different programs. Typically they include a GPA range in those profiles. Lower GPAs may be an exception but that doesn't mean they don't get considered. In your case you're more to the left side of the average range. There's definitely options. As far as pre-reqs, most community colleges offer something in each of the 4 areas, and these can be online courses. I don't know your situation or location, but if you go part-time that could be done in 2 terms. Full time (usually 4 classes on the semester system) can
  4. Hey @Momspeech, That's really rough to hear. A 3.4 is by no means the end of the world. Are you able to relocate for graduate school? If so, I would suggest looking into programs that don't have such strict GPA cutoffs. If not, you might want to consider online programs. If you have developed positive relationships with people in the faculty at USU, I would also suggest talking with them about how you might be able to flesh out your experience by getting involved in labs they might have. Like @Arcanelady27said, many programs look more holistically at applicants, even ones that generally have h
  5. Totally hear you on the CSDCAS GPA feelings. I remember being upset seeing the drop as well. They do also calculate different aspects of the GPA if memory serves, like major, last 60-90 units, etc (I may be misremembering exactly but I do recall looking at it thoroughly to make sure there weren't any mistakes). But I wouldn't worry too much about it with your current stats. You wouldn't be the only one. Are you only applying to CSDCAS schools?
  6. Hi @SLPwonder. I'm not sure I'm understanding you exactly. What I'm picturing is that you're wondering what counts toward your final 60 units. My understanding is that they're calculated based on what you report last having taken and goes backward from there, which means that your 2 classes would count, unless those credits are still pending by the time you're entering graduate school. So you can't "exceed 60 credits." I applied with well over 200 credits and of the final 60, 45 came from my post bacc work. Your entire academic history is considered, so it'll be seen either way.
  7. I think it depends on whether or not the schools that are requiring the GRE are your top choices or not. If they are, and you scored <300, it may be worth redoing it. If not, then I wouldn't sweat it.
  8. Hi @unccrm! Most schools place more weight on your pre-reqs and the last 60 units of coursework. These matter more than what you did prior. If you explain your circumstances in your SOP and tie it into how it will make you a stronger SLP, plus have good recommendations, applicable extracurricular/work experiences, and competitive GREs, you should be golden. I would recommend seeking out programs that indicate they accept a wider range of GPAs. You can find that information using ASHA EdFind.
  9. Hi @ajj294, It'll really depend on where you're applying to and making sure you cast a fairly wide net based on your stats. Your work history is great and will look excellent on your apps. Your GPAs are good/average depending on where you're applying, which will make you competitive but may not help you stand out as much against other applicants. That said, all 3 section scores of your GRE are below what's typical for incoming SLP grad students. It's not impossible to get in with lower GREs (especially if you talk about your academic history in a way that explains t
  10. I used Magoosh's free content for getting comfortable with verbal, only to find that none of the new terms I'd crammed into my brain were included in my questions, so it's kind of a crapshoot imo. My first score was 156 (with basically no studying), and I raised it by a point the second time around with studying/taking a practice test. It's not nothing, but were I to take it again, I would definitely focus more on greek and latin roots and then on applying those skills to existing GRE word lists. Again, the ETS practice tests are super helpful.
  11. Based on UCF's edfind stats, it seems you're highly competitive. I wouldn't let the GRE spook you, as you seem like you were a pretty solid student. Practice tests are usually pretty cheap and good for acclimating to the format and style of questions. I personally had to do a little bit of refreshing for math and ended up with scores that were competitive for the programs I applied to, so I would recommend refreshing on algebra, basic stats, and geometry if its been a while. But I think you'll be fine. Best of luck.
  12. Hey @GHW, That's rough! Sorry to hear that it's taken longer than expected. I know a handful of people that have gone through similar things prior to getting into grad school, and it really wore on them over time. Most of them didn't complete prerequisites or had limited life experiences, or picked schools that were more competitive without realizing it. That said, I know at least one person that took 3 tries to get in despite doing well as a CSD undergrad, so sometimes the logic is just absent. It's also worth noting that Covid has changed many things, among them SLP grad programs for the tim
  13. Hi @Radamel, hopefully someone here has specific answers for you, but just in case, I recommend posting this to the SLP and/or SLPgradschool reddit forums. There are more people there with wider ranges of experience who may have better insight and suggestions. The majority of people posting here/checking in regularly are prospective grad students. I didn't have to secure my own externship connections because my program submits students on our behalf, but I'd imagine a good place to start would be talking to those you observed to see if they would be willing or know people who would be. I
  14. I took pre-reqs in both full and part-time capacities for just under 2 years while working full-time. I also did way more than I had to in retrospect because I wasn't sure where I wanted to end up. Were I to have cut out the classes that weren't completely necessary, it would have taken 4-5 quarters max. I also took classes at multiple institutions simultaneously, which made knocking out those credits faster and on my own terms. So, for instance, one summer I took 2 eight week classes at ENMU, 1 ten week class at CSUSM, and 1 ten week class at UCLA extension. Then for fall I took another 2 eig
  15. Hi @skeibb97! The biggest determinant is almost always the pre-reqs when you're coming from out of field. Sometimes people find programs that explicitly state that it doesn't matter and allow you to complete them as you go, but after being a grad student for over a year now, I wouldn't recommend this. It will likely be more expensive and stressful if you're a graduate student (especially if you end up going out of state). All of the other things you've listed are good and show your interests/character well (I had a very similar volunteer/work background), but in my experience coming from
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