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    2013 Fall
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    religious studies
  1. If they'll look at the 170, they'll look at the 142.
  2. Thanks for the great advice. It is good to hear that the GRE has little weight overall. So long as it shows the admissions folks that I am very strong in the areas they are interested in and gives them a metric by which to compare me to other students from different institutions, I'm happy. Hopefully my writing sample and SOP will be enough to offset the terrible quant score. I emailed a potential advisor to ask about how they weight the scores in the admissions process, and this is what they had to say: "We pay considerably more attention to the verbal and writing test scores than the math scores. But mainly, we look at the whole package--the letters, your essay, your transcript, etc--and not just focus on test scores." So that seems to echo what you're saying - that it's a total package deal. In my whole package, the math thing is the one weak spot.
  3. I think my main problem with studying and taking the exam again is my unwillingness to lose my extremely high percentiles in the other two sections if the math isn't even going to be a factor. If the admissions folks in my programs aren't even looking at the math section, then it's not worth the money or the potential of losing even a point or two in the verbal or AW in order to gain a point or two in the math. Therefore, I'm really interested in knowing if anyone is aware of exactly how the math is considered by programs in which someone will be doing literally nothing more than arithmetic as part of their study.
  4. Update: percentiles are now out. For verbal, I'm in 99th; for AW, I'm in 96th; for math, I'm in 19th. Yikes!
  5. I had the same experience you had. Everyone was in little cubicles but people came and went as they pleased. I think it actually helped my score as it made me feel much less pressured and seemed quite casual.
  6. Here's what the folks over at Brown have to say with regard to the GRE: "To gauge your qualifications and preparation, we pay particular attention to your recommendations, and your personal statement. We also give considerable weight to your prior academic work, and to GRE scores, particularly the verbal and analytical scores. Students who take the GRE's numerous times should be aware that we usually receive all GRE scores, not just the highest scores. While most students admitted to our Ph.D. program tend to have very strong verbal and analytical GRE scores (650 or higher; 5.0 or higher) we have no absolute minimums for either GRE scores or GPAs, and we consider each applicant's file on its total merits." So I suppose that bodes well, as the math section isn't even mentioned. Then again, one never knows precisely how they evaluate a score as monumentally terrible as the one I managed to earn. I'm not having a lot of success finding information on cutoff GRE scores for other programs I'm interested in. It's making me quite nervous!
  7. I definitely want to do research, but research on texts, not research involving populations or other types of quantitative data. (Or at least, not quantitative data that needs to be analyzed algebraically!) I agree with you - the math was killer! I'm so impressed with the scores people have been getting around here. Are max scores on the verbal unusual? Maybe it will offset how completely heinous the math score is, haha!
  8. Hey folks, I took the GRE Friday the 15th. I did alright on the Verbal (170) and, as predicted, poorly on the math (142). Percentiles aren't available yet, but I'm pretty sure that my math score will be in the bottom quartile. This is actually a very honest representation of me as a student: I genuinely suck at math. I'm still waiting on the AW scores to come out, but I have (cautiously!) high hopes. I'm a double major, I've done plenty of independent work, I've researched abroad and I've given papers at conferences. My GPA is 3.95. My end goal is to get a Ph.D in religious studies. I'm very interested in Brown's program, though I am also looking at Duke, U Chicago, Princeton, Berkeley and Harvard. Basically, I know I'm a complete dunce in math, but I'm very strong in the areas that I actually intend to pursue. Do you think that my (admittedly horrendous) math score is going to hold me back too much in the application process? It's making me pretty nervous! Thanks in advance.
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