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  1. Hey everyone! This essay practice was my first time doing a timed run through for the GRE issue/argument essays. I'll be the first to say these are VERY rough. I'd think they'd be scored around a 3-3.5? Would love any feedback or thoughts on how these responses could be improved. Thanks! Issue Argument Practice #1 MMP 2-17-18.docx
  2. GRE Writing Sample

    Hello everyone, I am planning to appear GRE exam very soon. But I am very concerned about my writing. Last time I attended GRE, I got 3 on the writing. It would be very helpful for me if someone please review my writing and provide necessary corrections and tips I need. It would be a great help. Issue: Laws should not be rigid or fixed. Instead, they should be flexible enough to take account of various circumstances, times and places. Response: Laws are the basic principles of our day-to-day life; therefore, behavior of an individual should not go beyond the lines restricted by laws. However, laws should vary on different situations, cultures and regions. A quick reflection on a typical day reveals how laws impacts on humans. For instance, people go to work places everyday by using vechicles, which follows traffic rules. In addition, every person has to reach to offices timely and follow certain disciplines to maintain cooperative environments to the offices. Nevertheless, due to certain obligations, maintenance of laws everytime becomes difficult and because of that laws should not always be very strict. The prompt attempts to connect rigidity of laws with making them pliable on certain situations. The assumption is that laws sometimes need to be suppled on different scenarios. Looking back at the intoduction, sometimes following traffic rules, and reaching office in time and maintaining all the laws of work places becomes hard due to personal obligations. Undoubtedly, on those situations, rules should be liberated. However, child birth rate is an important law in many countries of the world. Though many countries like, Iceland, do not have any limitations on child birth rate as they have very few populations. In contrast, overpopulated countries for example, China and Bangladesh have so many people that government of those countries created different rules for birth control; in fact, no parents cannot have more than two children. But because of recent natural calamities, which takes away life of almost half of the population of Shin Yang, a region in China, are now focusing on increasing the population rather than controlling that. Futhermore, in 1946, when the second world war ended, women started to work both on households and industries. At that time, most families in the USA were suffering from financial issue. Therefore, having one extra bread-feeder makes like easier for the people. In addition, many women attended the world war II for the sake of the country. Women empowerment, which was inconceivable at the beginning of the 19th century, now becomes common in almost every corner of the world and they do not rely on men anymore; in fact, they become competitors of men in every field of science, economics etc. Connection all ideas, laws helps to regulate a society by the government; in fact, laws make a person think before commiting a crime. Nonetheless, laws sometimes need to be unfettered by considering scenarios, environments and cultures. For example, a serial killer should be punished severely whereas a person who kills for saving another might not be punished as much as the previous one. Finally, laws are very important for the society. Without laws, people might have created an chaotic environment where life would be very difficult. But every time laws should not be austere, sometimes for the sake of improvement of the society, laws firmness should be reduced. To summarize, as laws are for people, so if laws sometimes is liberated on necessary situations, the society will be benefited.
  3. GRE Issue Sample

    Hello everyone, I am appearing GRE exam very soon. I am very much concerned about the AWA section. I attended the GRE exam previously and got 3.0 on the AWA. Here I am posting a sample issue which I wrote. It would be very helpful if someone please review the issue. The issue is given below: Issue: Originality does not mean thinking something that was never thought before; it means putting old ideas together in new ways. Response: Originality has different meaning for everyone. It is the basis for many inventions. But inventions does not necessarily means something new, old ideas can also modified for the better usage of the humanity. In the 19th century, the innovation of automobiles brings profound impact on the life of the people. Moreover, the wireless communication, which was once inconceivable in the beginning of the last century, is now available in almost everywhere in the world. Similarly, the invention of computer brings a revolution in the world. Each of these ideas were quite unimaginable few centuries ago. The statement mentions about originality by using the old ideas in a modified way among the people. As the world is developing day by day, humans choice of products is changing rapidly. Nowadays, in case of automobiles, one checks the best speed and cost for their convenience. For communicating, most of the cellphone companies tries to add features like high resolution camera, size and compatibility of the device. Most companies in Silicon Valleys like Apple, Microsoft etc. are in huge competition to add customer interests in their products. However, when the concept of wireless communication was first proposed, surely nobody thought smart phones would be available like nowadays. At the initial stage of the wireless communication, the telephone was very rare and would take huge costs for transferring information to the other end. But now smart phones are available in almost every person in the world. In the purpose of getting massive revenues, most companies are trying to add new features like security, which is a must for every smart phone users for the preservation of their personal information and compatibily, which makes market position of a company stronger than other competitors. The quantum theory is a good example of originality depending on the old and proven facts. The basic of quantum mechanics has restored the old and valuable ideas of Newton's mechanics. However, one has to think about old ideas creatively. In the purpose of making the better world, sometimes the improvement of old ideas, which was once revolutionary makes the life of the people easier and merely connects the world in a fast way. One has to go through established ideas to find drawbacks and by improving them old ideas can be represented in the best way. The value of old ideas merely cannot be ignored. Therefore, originality does not have to be always something which was never thought before. In fact, one can look into the old ideas from a completely different angle. Originality can stretched human knowledge, which gives new inventions. Every person has the independence to take the ideas from the nature. Thus, one can take inspiration from the old work but after giving respect to the person behind the old ideas.
  4. Hi! I recently took the GRE and felt satisfied with my scores at first. I scored 165V/170Q which pleased me greatly. However, the writing score came back as a 4.0. I am a native English speaker, and I write well when I have time to revise my work. Should I retake the GRE to try and improve that score? Or do CS admissions committees not care? I will likely apply to a PhD program in Fall 2018 or 2019, so I have time to study if a retake would improve my admissions prospects.
  5. Some Thoughts on the GRE

    For all their flaws (the fact that they are timed, the fact that the verbal reasoning section is at least 50% a vocabulary test, etc.), the verbal reasoning and analytic writing sections test for skills that you actually do need to be a good philosopher. Vocabulary aside, the verbal reasoning test does test your ability to analyze complicated prose, identify faulty reasoning, discern author intent, etc. Verbal reasoning/logic stuff, basically. The analytic writing section also tests your ability to do those things (although less so than verbal reasoning), and on top of that it tests your ability to explain and synthesize information and make structured, organized arguments. It seems to me like the analytic writing section should be the most relevant of the GRE scores for evaluating philosophy candidates, which is strange because most departments basically don't care about AW at all since they have your writing sample. Basically this is all just me leading up to complaining about the quant section. Why is it relevant at all? (Gah, angst) I think the idea is that hey, math is kind of like logic (esp. formal logic), so your quant score might give us a rough indicator of how good you are at logic. Admittedly, it does seem pretty similar to formal logic, so I could see reasonable people using the quant score when evaluating philosophy applicants who want to specialize in formal logic or mathematical logic or something similar. But most philosophers don't use formal logic in their papers, and even when they do, they make their reasoning explicit verbally (or at least, most of them do). You don't necessarily need to be good at formal logic to be good at philosophy - you just need to be decent at discerning the informal logic implicit or explicit in people's arguments, which are usually written in such a way that even people who are bad with symbols can understand them, and you need to be good enough at logic in general to make coherent, logical arguments. So just use the quant score to evaluate applicants who want to study formal logic (or something like it), and ignore it for the rest of us. But wait! People who like the quant section will argue that the quantitative reasoning test measures some sort of general logical ability, an ability that is relevant to being a good philosophy person in general regardless of whether you do formal logic or not. But this 'general' logical ability, if it is indeed relevant to doing most philosophy at all, starts sounding an awful lot like verbal reasoning and analytic writing. I seriously can't imagine how being good at math could be related to doing philosophy in general (except maybe formal logic and closely related subjects) without basically telling myself that it measures some sort of very general logical ability that ends up looking a lot more similar to the other portions of the GRE. If this ability looks more like verbal reasoning or analytic writing insofar as it is related to most philosophy, then why not just focus on VR and AW scores? Why the hang up on Q? Also, it strikes me that all the same arguments for why AW are not important should also apply to Q and VR. Either your GRE scores reflect some of your inherent ability or potential to be good at philosophy, or they don't. If they don't, then obviously we should trash them and stop making applicants pay a ridiculous amount of money to take the GRE, prep, and send in their scores. If, on the other hand, your GRE scores DO reflect some of your inherent ability/potential as a philosopher, then presumably it's because they measure your ability or potential to engage with the literature on complicated philosophical topics, interpret arguments, analyze arguments, and construct arguments (I'm taking it as a given that being good at this stuff is basically what makes one a good philosopher). So either this ability is reflected in your writing sample, or it's not. If it is not, then writing samples shouldn't matter. If it is, then all the arguments for basically completely dismissing analytic writing scores apply, and admissions committees should dismiss Q and VR scores just as much as they dismiss AW scores. I think if anything they should be even more dismissive of quant scores because philosophy majors are way more likely to be in practice with analytic writing (since they actually have to write on a regular basis, which means that they can't just let their analytic writing skills atrophy) than they are at Q. The Q section measures something totally irrelevant to doing well in philosophy (except, perhaps, formal logic) and it seems completely ridiculous to suggest, as most admissions committees seem to, that it is more important than analytic writing. Anyway, you can probably tell from this that my quant score is abysmal (alas, 43rd percentile). *sigh* Apparently when I'm stressed out about the admissions process (have only heard back from one school, and it was a rejection) I just angrily analyze the idea that the weakest part of my application should be given any weight at all.
  6. Citizenship: Indian SSC/10th class: 90.7% Inter/12th class: 97.2% Bachelors in CS: GPA 9.14 out of 10 scale (2014 pass out) Internship(Summer 2013): IIT Bombay for 3 months Work: 3+ years in SAP ABAP at Infosys Limited, Hyderabad with 3 awards at work. GRE:334 TOEFL:115 I don't have any recommendations or publications or extracurricular activities. Please suggest improvements I can add to my profile for increasing chances. I want to apply for CS masters degree Fall 2019. Please suggest 3 ambitious, 4 moderate and 3 safe admissions. Other than the list, please mention good universities if my masters' fee can be fully/partially funded. Thanks in advance, Lens :-)
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  8. I need some help! I am attempting to get into Nurse anesthesia school and need a verbal GRE score of 150. The first time I took the GRE, I barely studied for the verbal portion because I focused mainly on the math and the essays (I scored a 145 on the verbal). I then schedule to retake my verbal GRE and had used Magoosh (practice questions and vocabulary flashcards) to study. I also had taken at least 6 verbal exam practice tests, on which I scored anywhere from 136-150 (I used Manhattan prep, Kaplan, Princeton, and powerprep exams). I sat down to retake my GRE and scored a 145 again! The school wants me to continue retaking the verbal portion until I get a 150 on it, and I have no idea how to study anymore. English is not my first language, but this has never been an issue for me in school. Has anyone else had the same issue, if so how did you study to improve your score? Thank you for your help!
  9. Essay feedback please

    hi, I'm preparing for GRE to apply to study abroad. Can anyone here help me by grading my essays? Please let me know if you can help and i will send you my essay. PS: I'm new and not native English speaker. Thanks in advance. I appreciate the help.
  10. GRE Writing Feedback

    Hi, I am trying to prepare for my GRE and I need someone to take a look at my essay and give me some feedback on what to improve and what I should keep on doing The topic is Governments should focus on solving the immediate problems of today rather than on trying to solve the anticipated problems of the future. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the recommendation and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, describe specific circumstances in which adopting the recommendation would or would not be advantageous and explain how these examples shape your position. My response is: Some may argue that governments should find resolutions on present issues rather than looking into the future. Although the immediate problems need quick resolutions, governments should draw their attention towards anticipated problems. In this case, federal and state policies can prevent problems from getting large. First, governments should look into forthcoming problems to impede them from arising. Our society is continuously expressing concerns on how to enhance our living. One of the known present issues is global warming. Advocates and policymakers are promoting recycling, energy conservation, and other environmentally-friendly methods to prevent pollution and to build a safer community. This indicates that people want to make sure that the community has up-to-date resources to keep their environment clean. Another issue that draws attention towards our community is public health. Medical and health professionals are on the lookout for up-to-date research to promote the public’s well-being. In this way, the mortality rates would go down and people would be able to live a longer, healthier life. Governments should be on a lookout for anticipated problems to keep them from arising. Some may argue that current problems need quick resolutions and the future problems are currently minor. This argument is faulty, since governments are unable to prepare for what is yet to come. For instance, the weapon-related mortality rates are growing in America. Federal and state governments fail to create a reliable to control gun ownership. Although society are demanding for gun control, shootings are becoming a norm in America. Present issues arise because governments have no preventive approach. In conclusion, current situations are continuously growing because governments responded late. For these reasons, governments should be responsible for the anticipated problems so that the problem wouldn’t be huge.
  11. Hi Everyone! This is my first time writing AWA essays for the GRE. I wanted to get a feel of where my responses are currently before I can move forward. Any insight would be appreciated. I am a native English speaker FYI. Issue Prompt: Some people believe that teaching morality should be the foundation of education. Others believe that teaching a foundation of logical reasoning would do more to produce a moral society. Write a response in which you discuss which view more closely aligns with your own position and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should address both of the views presented above. Teaching morality should be the foundation of education because it provides a basis for people to function well in a society in a way that logical reasoning alone isn't able to accomplish. Teaching morality allows society to be productive and creates meaningful interactions that aren't solely based on self-interest. Children aren't necessarily born with a sense of right or wrong, but rather learn from the environment around them. Humans' first instinct, generally, is to be self-interested in order to survive. Teaching morality tames that instinct in a way that logical reasoning isn't able to. Logically, it would make sense for humans to steal, cheat, and perhaps even murder to achieve what they want (Whether it be more money, fame, status or success). Working to earn everything you have is not something that makes sense logically when you can simply act in selfish ways and achieve what you want that way. However, teaching morality can allow people to think twice about their actions. For example, a child may re-consider stealing another student's lunch money to buy food for themselves if they were taught that stealing is morally wrong and that that kind of hurtful behavior towards another human being in unacceptable. In addition, teaching logical reasoning as the cornerstone of education doesn't necessarily produce moral people, especially when those people create cases of the "end justifiying the means". For example, in most workplaces, there are codes of ethics that govern the actions of worker, such as research laws that protect humans from being taken advantage of. If scientists are simply taught logical reasoning, for example, it would make sense logically to conduct unethical experiments on disadvantaged populations (such as terminally ill patients or disabled people) to advance the human condition. However, morality can allow scientists to distinguish right from wrong and to recognize when the end doesn't justify the means, which is something that logical reasoning fails to acknowledge. However, if logical reasoning is taught in accordance with morality, it can aid in the creation of a moral society. For example, if people are taught to care for the lives of other human beings, then humans come together to save each other during emergencies (such as fires). However, if people aren't taught how to think logically about how to safely evacuate people from a building, then the morality taught isn't sufficient and people could harm themsevles and the others they're trying to help (such as failing to properly evacuate a disabled person). However, if people are taught how to think logically in a crisis (step one, step two, etc.) along with being taught that human life is sacred and meaningful, then they'll know how to respond and help others properly without just necessarily saving their own skin (Which would make sense logically - it doesn't make sense to help someone else out in an emergency when you can escape yourself). A foundation of logical reasoning isn't enough to build a moral society because human instinct would lead people to use that logic to act is self-interested ways. Teaching a foundation of morality can tame the need to act selfishly and allows for the creation of meaningful interactions that acknowledges the wants and needs of other people. Argument Prompt: A pet food company recalled 4 million pounds of pet food in response to complaints that pets that had consumed the food experienced vomiting, lethargy, and other signs of illness. After the recall, the pet food company tested samples from the recalled food and determined that all chemicals found in the food were chemicals that are approved for use in pet food. Thus, the recalled food was not responsible for these symptoms, and the company should not devote further resources to the investigation. Write a response in which you examine the stated and/or unstated assumptions of the argument. Be sure to explain how the argument depends on these assumptions and what the implications are if the assumptions prove unwarranted. The conclusion that the pet food company shouldn't invest more resources into the recall investigation is flawed because the company didn't check for cross-contamination, time of production as a factor, or animal food sensitivity to make their assessment regarding their food. The company's declaration that the chemicals found in its food were approved for use in pet food doesn't mean that those chemcials weren't cross-contaminated with other chemicals that are harmful to pets. They assumed that the chemicals were the only aspects of the pet food that could've led to the harmful side affects. The company failed to investigate whether the machines used to manufacture the food at the time had residues of other ingredients that are harmful to pets or whether the packaging itself had harmful ingredients that contaminated the pet food. This is a phenomenon all too common with human food, and could have occurred with pet food. Spinach, for example, is an approved edible food that farms are able to sell, but occasionally spinach harvests become contaminated with feces and cause outbreaks of E.Coli or listeria in human populations, despite usually being safe to eat. Had the company mentioned that they investigated other aspects of the production process for signs of cross-contamination, then their conclusion would've made more sense. In addition, the company also assumed that time of production wasn't a factor in the harmful side affects. Perhaps even though the chemicals themselves are approved and safe for pet use, it's possible that some of these chemicals have a short life span and thus, a short shelf life that allows them to be safe to consume for pets. It could be possible that the company manufactured this batch of pet food several months before shipping it to supermarkets and pet stores in order to clear the previous batch of food at pet stores. The time between production and consumption could've attributed to the harmful side affects because some of the chemicals could've lost their edibility in that time. Had the company been open about when the food was manufactured, and had they done thorough research on the shelf life and safety of foods instead of assuming time wasn't a factor, then their conclusion would also be more plausible. Finally, the company assumes that approved usage of chemicals in pet food means that the chemcials are approved for ALL types of animals. Perhaps certain species of animals are known to be more sensitive to certain chemcials than others. It's possible that the pet food was better suited for cats, but if it was marketed as suitable for all types of pets, then it's possible that dog owners gave the food to their dogs when dogs are sensitive to a specific chemcial. One human example is the case of peanuts. Many people can eat peanuts without a problem and peanuts are an approved ingredient to use in many food products. However, there is a certain percentage of the population that is allergic to peanuts and can suffer severe health consequences from consuming them. It could be the same for this pet food and the chemicals in it. The company should've done more research on the compatibility of the chemicals with various animals types before assuming that ALL types of chemcials are suitable for all animals. By failing to consider other aspects about the chemicals in their pet food, the company failed to conduct a thorough investigation into the causes of vomiting, lethargy, and other illnesses. Having simply found that the chemcials are approved and safe for use in pet food isn't enough because there are many different factors that contribute to illness. The company should go back and put in more resources into this investigation.
  12. I would appreciate any feedback on my Argument TAsk and Issue prompt essays for the GRE. If you are tight for time even some pointers instead of completely grading them would be welcome! Thanks in advance, I appreciate your help. Issue Prompt: To be an effective leader, a public official must maintain the highest ethical and moral standards. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim. In developing and supporting your position, be sure to address the most compelling reasons and/or examples that could be used to challenge your position. Answer: To be effective leaders, public officials must maintain the highest ethical and moral standards. A person without high ethical and moral standards does not have an adecuate framework within which to make judgments in the best interest of the good of others. Ethical and moral standards like not stealing, taking bribes, telling the truth or even as seemingly trite as arriving to a meeting are invaluable in order to use public funds to further the interests of society. As a result, people without high ethical and moral standards are often just engulfed in trying to aplacate their ego or fill their pockets. A person in public office is often charged with creating provisions for limited resources to meet the needs of the most vulnerable. Wether this is the mayor of a city who is creating social housing projects, improving public spaces or creating a healthy environment of citizens to enjoy fullfilling lives or a Minister of national defense in charge of ensuring and promoting the safety of the entire country. It is the highest ethical and moral standards that enable public officials to be effective leaders, making decisions for the well-being of others and holding others as more valuable than themselves. Furthermore, public officials are often in the public eye, appearing on the television, radio and social media, their lives are exposed for the world to see. Their example will be followed by those watching them. Children and adolescents often looking up to these public figures are taking note of their behaviour, how they are portrayed to treat their peers, co-workers, subordiantes and families. It is evident that their leadership will contribute or hinder the funcioning of society. However, it can be said that people like Hitler, responsible for heneous acts of genocide, were great leaders and did not have high ethical or moral standards. It is important to qualify this argument that leaders that will furthe public good and use their positions of leadership for positive change must have high ethical and moral standards. In conclusion, public officials, effecitive in achieving what they are intedend to do, look out and further the public good, who will also be a good example and further the correct funcionting of society must have the highest ethical moral standards. Argument Task: The following memorandum is from the business manager of Happy Pancake House restaurants. "Recently, butter has been replaced by margarine in Happy Pancake House restaurants throughout the southwestern United States. This change, however, has had little impact on our customers. In fact, only about 2 percent of customers have complained, indicating that an average of 98 people out of 100 are happy with the change. Furthermore, many servers have reported that a number of customers who ask for butter do not complain when they are given margarine instead. Clearly, either these customers do not distinguish butter from margarine or they use the term 'butter' to refer to either butter or margarine." Write a response in which you discuss one or more alternative explanations that could rival the proposed explanation and explain how your explanation(s) can plausibly account for the facts presented in the argument. Answer: Customer satisfaction should be the first priority of a manager of a chain of restaurants. This does not seem to be the case for Happy Pancake House restaurants, who are making decisions based on the happiness of the owners and the bottom line and not the happiness of the costumers. It is clear that the conclusion arrived at by the manager that the change from butter to margarine has had little impact on the customers, is unwarranted based on the evidence provided in his memorandum. The manager explains that 2% of the customers have complained, and while this is 2 of 100 customers, Happy Pancake House, given that it has restaurants in the southwestern United States, is likely to have more than 100 customers. If the chain has 10,000 customers then the number of unsatisfied customers is already 200 people. Therefore, it is important that the argument presents the total number of customers that do frecuent the chains where this change has taken place to be able to determine with more precision the number of unsatisfied customers in order to make a more accurate conclusion about the impact of the change on customers. Furthermore, it is unclear wether or not the servers have been requested to report every instance when a customer has expressed his or her dissatisfaction with the change. It is likely that only the servers who are experiencing consistent complaints from customers report the cases to their managers. For the argument to be strengthened we would need to know that all the servers have been given explicit instructions to repot any case of customer disatisfaction related to the change from butter to margarine. Furthemore, we would need to know that there have been systematic and intentional efforts to gather and sistematize the instances of disatisfaction to determine that there has in fact been little impact on customers. Lastly, the manager assumes that because Pancake House patrons do not complain upon being given margarine instead of butter is because they don’t distinguish the difference when there are many other reasons that could account for them not complaining. For example, they could rightfully assume that the Pancake house does not have butter, they could feel bad complaining to waiters who are often paid minimum wage and have very limited influence on store product stocking policy, they could be busy and need to go or a plethora of other reasons. What is probable is that if they do prefer butter over margerine they could choose to go to a restaurant that does offer it. In conclusion, the manager’s memorandum makes unwarranted the conclusions based on limited evidence that customers have been minimally impacted by the change of butter to margerine. Clearly this blattant disregard for evidence based conclusions demostrate a lack of regard for the interest of customers and is clouded with greed, since margarine is more inexpensive than margarine and what the change likely means is that the store makes a higher revenue, albeit in the short run.
  13. Having gone through the application process at American universities, I have found the State universities to have the friendliest application portals. They usually have the same interface and one can easily go through all the pages/tabs/questions etc. The recommendation list can be updated any time before the deadline. More importantly, they send the recommendation requests immediately after filling in the details. The best part is the payment system where it is a breeze to pay fees for international applicants like me. They accept many, if not all, types of credit/debit cards. Not to mention the application fees are usually less than $50, sometimes even $30ish. On the contrary, many Ivy League and private universities are seriously a pain in the nether regions. Aside from the fees, which are usually above $100 for international applicants , the online portals are user unfriendly and prone to crash/errors. The recommendation system is not smooth and sometimes one has to complete the app and pay the fees before these to be generated. The payment systems are also complicated and only accept a few credit cards. Wondering if/when they will modify their systems. If funds-starved state universities can do it, what's holding them back? Donors?
  14. GRE Scores

    Can GRE scores be sent after a GRE exam even when the MS applications have closed?
  15. I hope someone can help me with this, or at least give me a sanity check. I'm trying to do something relatively simple - send my GRE scores to McCourt. As the application instructions indicate, their GRE codes are 5244 for both the school and the department. 5244 works for the school code. However, it doesn't seem to be valid for the Department Code. I attempted to circumvent this by sending my scores without the Department code - about a month ago - and admissions hasn't received it. They confirmed the code is correct. I also reached out to ETS, who has been unhelpful so far. Has anyone else faced the same issue? Feeling a little nuts for tripping up over something that should be relatively straightforward here.
  16. Hello all, I'm back again with some more data. For those of you that are unfamiliar with my original post, I create a procedure in R that scrapes the results survey and output some pretty-ish graphics from the data. After a bit of cleaning and consolidating, I looked into things like: common interview days, most popular schools, and most popular program types... The data is based on self-report and isn't always the cleanest, so I have't taken the initiative to make more profound "predictions". But here I am, one last time, to give some info on the qualitative metrics behind an application (i.e., GPA, GRE Verbal, GRE Quant, GRE AWA) to see if there is really a difference in those that get accepted and those that get rejected. I split the data further by program type; however, some of the programs (e.g., Developmental Psych, Quant Psych, Neuro) had such a small sample of candidate that reported their scores that I had to aggregate them-- these programs are in "psychology: other". Once again this data is not parametric because it lacks independence of scores and possibly normalcy. A candidate may be in the rejected or accepted sample multiple times given they reported their scores for multiple schools, so be cautious when coming to conclusions. Also we have no clue how accurate reported scores are; candidates may have forgotten their score or flipped their quant and verbal (these are things I cannot account for). Conclusion: I had to actually go back and look at the raw data because the results weren't as I expected. There are many occasions where those rejected had a higher average than those accepted. I will work on further validating my numbers but I can say that the average score between those rejected and those accepted (based on the Grad Cafe sample) don't seem to consistently differ. This trend is not consistent across programs. Social Psych applicants seem like the smarties among the top program-types. Another conclusion is that it seems the grad cafe sample is higher on these metrics than an average applicant (I need to do more research) but given the average GRE scores are definitely above the 50th percentile, GPA is also high too. The data is on the last few pages. Those of you that haven't seen the other graphics please feel free. You can see it HERE. I'm also going to attach the file for those of you that don't trust clicking links (though I promise it's safe). Grad Cafe Decisions.pdf
  17. Gallaudet 2018 Application

    Hi guys! Can anybody applying to Gallaudet for a Master's in Speech-Language Pathology describe to me in detail how to check if the program has received my GRE or transcripts? I've emailed them several times for more detail but they respond again and again again to check my Student Center? Is that the same as my graduate application? I'm still in the process of completing my application, but I've checked actually everywhere and I can't see where received documents show up. Can somebody please help
  18. GRE Psychology test

    So I have a sociology BA degree, and I'm really interested in getting my masters and PhD or Psy.D in clinical pyschology. I have very minimal undergrad psychology background, less than a minor. I only graduated less than a year ago (June 2017), and I'm about to sign up for the psychology subject test to spice up my applications. Anyway would anyone mind giving me some tips towards the test? I recently bought an intro to psych book, the Gleitman 7th edition. I have the princeton and kaplan review books. The test is in April of 2018, and I'll most likely take it again in October depending on my test score. I really want to score extremely high due to my lack of experience in research. (&I'm also in a online post-bacc program at UC Berkley to cover my psych courses that I'm missing) Anyways, any type of tips or advice would help! Thank you
  19. So I sent my GRE scores from ETS months ago to all of the schools I'm applying to with the correct codes and everything. A school reached out to me the other day saying they never got my GRE scores, which i thought was weird since I did everything right. I emailed CSDCAS about this asking them to verify, but they haven't gotten back to me in 4 days. The deadline for many of my schools is the 15th. After double checking everything, I realized that somehow I managed to enter my birthday on CSDCAS as one day away from my real birthday, which ETS has. I believe this is why my scores aren't posted to my account. After realizing this and freaking out, I emailed all of my schools asking them if they got my scores or not. I haven't heard anything for anyone. All of my applications are submitted and verified. I even have the ETS confirmation for where I sent all of my scores, when, and how much my credit card got charged. So since I got charged and did everything else right, they must be at CSDCAS, just not connected to my account?? Has this happened to anyone before, where the schools make an exception because everything else is in and technically my scores were delivered to CSDCAS?? I can't imagine all of this money and time being wasted over a simple electronic error. If anyone has any insight please let me know!!!
  20. So I sent my GRE scores from ETS months ago to all of the schools I'm applying to with the correct codes and everything. A school reached out to me the other day saying they never got my GRE scores, which i thought was weird since I did everything right. I emailed CSDCAS about this asking them to verify, but they haven't gotten back to me in 4 days. The deadline for many of my schools is the 15th. After double checking everything, I realized that somehow I managed to enter my birthday on CSDCAS as one day away from my real birthday, which ETS has. I believe this is why my scores aren't posted to my account. After realizing this and freaking out, I emailed all of my schools asking them if they got my scores or not. I haven't heard anything for anyone. All of my applications are submitted and verified. I even have the ETS confirmation for where I sent all of my scores, when, and how much my credit card got charged. So since I got charged and did everything else right, they must be at CSDCAS, just not connected to my account?? Has this happened to anyone before, where the schools make an exception because everything else is in and technically my scores were delivered to CSDCAS?? I can't imagine all of this money and time being wasted over a simple electronic error. If anyone has any insight please let me know!!!
  21. Is it too soon for Fall 2019? Well here we go! I recently switched back to I/O psychology (after a brief detour through health psychology). I'm planning on applying to programs this year for fall 2019 programs. I'm a little lost when it comes to contacting POI's. Is this recommended or neutral? But mainly what do you even say if you do contact them?? It's tough to know who will be accepting students next year but if you're looking to apply, what are your top schools? Thank you for any advice and good luck to everyone!!
  22. Last year I took a free practice test on CrunchPrep (before doing any study for the GRE) and got 147V / 155Q / 4.5AWA. I was going to start studying then so I could take the GRE pretty early and get it out of the way, but didn't really end up doing that. Aside from studying a little bit of vocab on and off with the Magoosh app, I haven't done much yet. So I just took another diagnostic practice test to double check where I'm starting at again using one of the free PowerPrep ones. Interestingly, I got 156V / 154Q on that one. My Quant obviously is about the same on both but my Verbal on the PowerPrep one is surprisingly higher. I'm wondering if anyone has done the PowerPrep AFTER doing their studying and shortly before taking the real test and how good of a prediction it was of your real score. Ay feedback on how either of these tests compared to your real scores would be appreciated! I'm just trying to gauge how heavily exactly I need to study for Verbal since there's a big difference in the two practice tests.
  23. Comments on my essay

    Hello, I would like to know if anyone could read my essay and give some comments on what to improve. Thank you all! Mars_o Issue task 1st try.pdf
  24. Hey everyone! I hope you are all doing well. Thanks in advance! I have a few inquiries in regards to getting accepted into a clinical psychology program, specifically in Ontario, Canada. First, I think it would be a good idea to start off by describing what I have to offer to a Clinical Psychology program. I have a decent CGPA of 3.63/4 ( recent graduate from University of Toronto; 4.0 in all psych courses). Currently, I am working for respite care company building some experience in the field and paying back some my OSAP loan. However, I do not have any direct research , lab experience, or any notable references (I can probably obtain these with some ease). I am living at home and working a full-time and part-time job in order to pay back my huge loan, and it is a source of significant worry. The problem is there is no university near my home where I can gather some research experience, which I know is critical to admission to a clinical psychology program. Honestly, I don't know whether I will be able to live on my home with the cost of my loan each month and the uncertainty of finding at job at all. I'm looking for a realistic run down on what I need to be accepted at an Ontario Clinical Psychology. Please note: I have read the relevant university websites, but I am looking for an open and honest response for this question. Furthermore, if anyone can direct me to useful GRE resources, please link them or list them there.
  25. It has been my impression that the GRE Lit Subject test has been slowly falling out of fashion. Despite that, we still have to play the game, don't we? From what I've seen, very few schools require it. Does anyone have a list of the schools that do? When I applied to UVA for my Masters, they accepted me without receiving my score, but since they technically required it, I needed to send my score anyway for administrative purposes. That sent a message to me: "We require this, but it is not that important." That being said, my score was...uh, not very good. I feel compelled to retake it before I apply for PhDs next cycle. But at the same time...maybe my poor score doesn't matter that much? Maybe it's just a formality? We know it's the writing and personal statement that stand out more to committees, but then why should we even bother? What are others' perspective on the importance of the Lit test? What were the best ways to prepare? How long did you study? Did you rely mostly on coursework/background, or additional study materials? Perhaps it would be more beneficial to have a separate thread for listing programs that require it, but I thought I'd give this a shot first.