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  1. Since I've already paid to take the test, do you think there's any harm in taking it now? I'm not applying for another few years and have come to terms with having to re-take it if I don't get a score >155. If it can't hurt me, I figure I might as well... but I must admit I'm a little confused.
  2. Re-reading my original post, you're right, it's a bit discombobulated! I guess I have come to terms with having to retake the test in the next few years. I'm just trying to gauge how important it is to get a score in the range these programs report (typically around 165 for both sections). I didn't realize you only send the scores you want to the programs you apply to... thought you had to send all past scores. Thanks for pointing that out.
  3. Seeking out any and all advice. I am scheduled to take the GRE in about two weeks. I intended to spend this summer studying, but was thrown by all things 2020 all while trying to prepare a Fulbright application due very soon too. Standardized tests are *not* my strength. Based on the practice tests I've taken, I'm about average in the quantitative reasoning and slightly above average in the verbal reasoning. I have studied some vocabulary, but nowhere near enough, and need to go through a lot more practice math questions. My plan was originally to take the test this year, and hold onto i
  4. All very valid points and things I have considered/will consider (didn't want to make the original post too long!) Thank you!! I think (?) I am a more-or-less competitive applicant. I have some strong recommendations and ˜4.0 GPA. What I'm really lacking in is coursework geared toward international and comparative politics... my background is much heavier on the American politics side, so I recognize that it might not *look* like I'm interested in IR/CP if someone just glanced at my transcript. It was definitely hard finding fully-funded masters programs on merit aid alone (nothing t
  5. Thank you!! While I do feel, at the moment, that I ultimately really want to go the Ph.D. route, I've always thought about what might happen if I decide I don't want to continue post-masters. n your opinion, then, is it better to avoid certain programs because they might not be an asset in getting a job? In particular I'm concerned that it's only worth doing a MA in French, or Social Sciences, for example, if I'm planning to leverage it later on for doctoral applications. I've been warned by college career advising that it might actually be harder to get a public service/nonprofit/think-tank j
  6. I'll be a senior in the fall finishing my BA in Government at Cornell. I ultimately want to teach and do a bit of research on the side; my ultimate career goal is to pursue a Ph.D. and end up at a teaching college, probably in the US. I'm also interested in working in public service, preferably the federal government. Since I don't feel ready to apply for a Ph.D. quite yet, and many have advised me to take a few years to do something else before doctoral study, I'm trying to think about what I should apply for in the next year. The job market seems as though it well be very unkind to a graduat
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