Yeah thanks for the info. Sadly it looks like I wont be getting into the schools I applied to. Or at the very least I was not invited to take the exam for my top choice (they only invite top applicants). I applied to 2 schools and both are very GPA heavy where they only let you interview or take an exam if you make a cutoff. I thought I would at least be close enough to get invited for the second round, which I would do much better in. The only way I can be admitted at this point is based on waiting semesters (semesters between undergrad and now, which for me is 8 ) The cutoff for my schools last year for waiting semesters was 12 so likely not going to happen. I will be reaching out to my regional office to see what they will do, but yeah there is little-no info on this scenario which makes me think this is super rare. Technically it wont be official til August so fingers crossed!
If I have to apply again, I know I will be looking for schools that are not solely GPA based. It's sad that this strict cutoff system is still in place. Especially as someone who teaches at a university now, grading can be so subjective, especially the letter grades ultimately received. Especially in science classes!
Both my programs are in Berlin and are in English so there is no language school for me. It's odd to receive the invites to DAAD orientation and I may not even be able to do my DAAD 😕
I won't give up though, I may apply again next year. Thanks again for the insights