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  1. There seem to be a lot of threads asking the same thing popping up lately and I figured it might make sense to make an overall guide thread and then those who feel their answers still haven’t been adequately answered can post below for an idea of what their chances are. Here is a brief rundown of factors affecting your likelihood of getting into top-tier and well respected programs. If you fall below par in any one of these factors you can bump it up by being stellar in one of the others. I'll add to this if others point out other things I've left out. School requirements: Your first stop should be the school admissions website – this will tell you what prerequisites you need, give you an idea of GRE and GPA requirements and what work experience is expected (if any) GPA: From what I’ve seen/read over the years any GPA over 3.4 and you should be competitive. That’s not to say if your GPA is lower than 3.4 you’ll have no chance, but if you have a GPA above 3.4 you should be in good shape. GRE score: GRE scores seem to be most important for schools with demanding quantitative programs and for securing the top financial aid. Most schools will state the average GRE scores for their incoming classes on their website – use these to see how competitive you are. By and large you should be competitive if you score over 650 on verbal and quantitative and over 4.0 on the AWA. For the top schools over 700 seems to be closer to the mark. Work experience: For most programs it will be expected that you have at least 1-2 years of relevant experience in your field. This can be lowered a little if you have other pseudo-relevant work experience (management in the for-profit sector etc.) but you should have shown some level of professional interest in the area you hope to study at grad school. Applicants coming straight out of undergrad may find it very hard to get into the programs aimed more at junior/mid-career professionals such as Johns Hopkins SAIS and Princeton’s WWS. Language skills: For a lot of programs being able to speak a second language is a must, while for others it is just a very good selling point. If you can show experience working in a foreign language this will show adaptability and will endear schools looking to enrol a diverse group of applicants. Quantitative requirements: A lot of schools will want you to show experience in micro/macroeconomics and some maths/statistics courses. You can fullfil these through undergrad classes or by taking courses at a community college/diploma program. Overseas experience (work, study and teaching): Work overseas and study abroad are also viewed extremely favourably by admissions committees and if you have taught English abroad, worked in the Peace Corps or otherwise gained experience living in a developing country this will really strengthen your application. It also shows you to be a go-getter, and that you can bring this outside experience to grad school study. Statement of Purpose: This is where it all comes together. This is your chance to impress the admission committee and show how your personal 'arc' has brought you to this point - being the perfect addition to their grad school. This more than any other part of your application will determine how admit committees view you as an applicant and it's also one of the only application variables that's completely under your control. Having a cohesive narrative that brings together life experience, past academic history and professional experience is a must. It also gives you a great chance to showcase your writing style - so make sure no grammar/spelling mistakes make it into your final revision. Great list of SOP pitfalls If your profile matches at least 3 or 4 of the criteria listed above then you are competitive to apply to an MPA/MPP/IR program. What is most important about any grad school application is showing fit – that is how your profile matches the speciality of that school and its program. If you can’t articulate compelling reasons why you are a good match for them and vice versa, question whether you should be applying to that program. A note on applying to top schools: It is worth noting that nobody here can tell you what your chances of getting into a top program (Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown etc.) because getting into a top program requires a certain amount of luck as well as a great profile. Some people get offers from Harvard with a 2.9 GPA, but also happen to have singlehandedly retaken an allied command post in the Korengal valley. It’s down to who reads your application and what they happen to be looking for with the current application cycle. Spend time improving the elements of your application that you can (GRE, work experience, languages) and don’t waste time freaking out about the things you can’t change (GPA). If you’ve read all of the above and really still can’t tell if your application is competitive, post your profile below.
  2. Hey yall! good luck on your graduate applications. Major(s) Communication Sciences & Disorders and Psychology Which programs I am applying to: The University of Alabama; CSU Long Beach, CSU Fullerton, Florida State University, Ole Miss, ECU, Abilene Christian, Samford University. Where I am from: California, but attend The University of Alabama currently for undergrad GRE: 156 V, 154 Q, 4.7 W GPA: 4.0 major Biggest concern about my applications: GRE scores and the fact that California schools might be hesitant about accepting me having an undergraduate degree from Alabama yall feel free to fill this out yourselves and we can stress out together!
  3. I got a 303 on the GRE (154 V/149 Q)...I've never successfully taken this test and I struggle with standardized testing in general. Is this a score that I could even apply to a PhD program for Clinical Psych with? If not, what is a score I can reasonably work towards (people say not to expect increases by more than 5 points)? So many programs claim to be holistic now, but they still have their "average" GRE score up on the website. I've taken this test 3 times in the last 3 years....is it worth taking again? Without mentioning any of my other accomplishments, is this GRE score bad enough to automatically have my application thrown into the trash?
  4. Hi guys. This is my first essay. It is a bit short. I have given the prompt and the answer below. Please evaluate and do give your feedback. Prompt: Science and technology will one day be able to solve all of society’s problems. Write a response to the prompt in which you discuss whether or not you agree or disagree. Be certain to fully develop your position and carefully consider ways in which your position could be challenged. Answer: I do agree to an extent with the given statement. Science and Technology have been the solution to many of the problems that society has faced throughout time. For example, take the Plague or any of the diseases that humankind has faced. They have almost eradicated humans. Had it not been for Science, we would not have found a cure for the disease and saved ourselves. Technology has also played a vital role in solving society's problems. Earlier, people used fire signals to communicate over long distances. Any news had to travel for many days before they reached the intended recipient. Due to the growth of technology, we are able to communicate with people halfway across the world within seconds. This demonstrates how powerful technology can be. We have made strides in both fields since then. Now, society is plagued with a new set of problems like global warming, fickle economies, lack of medical treatment. Consider global warming, Science has helped us to find better solutions that are environmentally sustainable and cleaner. Technology has helped us find alternate fuels, new energy sources. It has also helped spread awareness about the alarming state of our planet. It has helped connect people around the world rally for a better solution. Technology has helped take medicine to almost every nook and cranny. Remote medicine is finding its holding and has helped people in inaccessible places, get proper medical treatment. Take Google Brain for example, doctors and engineers have worked together to create a system that analyses diseases with improved accuracy. It has helped cancer patients get an early diagnosis and effective treatment methods. The world may not be an Utopia right now but it can solve the problems that we face, only if Science and Technology go hand-in-hand.
  5. Hey Guys, In your opinion what's the best GRE prep service? I'm looking to strengthen my profile for the next cycle and I think higher GRE's will do just that. The last time I took it I did fine on the V but bombed the Q, so i'm looking at prep services to get both up, but mainly focus on my Q grade. Anyone have any recommendations for good prep services? I've heard good things about Princeton Reviews, any one have any personal experience with it? or Kaplan? Thanks!
  6. Hello! I am an undergraduate, graduating in May 2020. I am currently looking into PhD programs and just received my GRE scores. I received a V160, Q153, and AW4.0. I was very surprised by my AW score because I had tested much higher on practice tests that had been graded, but overall I suppose it is reasonable. I was very nervous that day, trying not to panic, and was not very familiar with the topic presented. Still, I felt a little disheartened when I read the score. I didn't have my heart set on Ivy's so I am not too concerned about that, but I am concerned about getting into a R1 institution with this lower score. Is it worth trying to retake next month in hopes of it getting back before deadlines? Part of me feels that I should retake, but mostly I am in a place where standardized testing makes me so miserable that I should just go with what I have and hopefully any program worth going to will understand.
  7. Nations should pass laws to preserve any remaining wilderness areas in their natural state, even if these areas could be developed for economic gain. Write a response in which you discuss your views on the policy and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider the possible consequences of implementing the policy and explain how these consequences shape your position. A country ought to preserve its forest areas because forests are one of the most crucial resources of oxygen, ores and herbs; however, the economic conditions of a country can not be neglected. Many a time, to stabilize the economy, the government has to use some areas of the jungle. Firstly, it is very important to have at least 33% area for the forest in any country to have a stable ecosystem because according to World Health Organization (WHO), 33% forests are enough to replenish the oxygen into the environment. So, the government should make the rules and regulations for the preservation of wilderness areas of the country. Having good control over these areas help in the reduction of the extinction of the species. On the other hand, wilderness areas also provide the raw material for various businesses. For example, cotton for clothes, wood for furniture, and paper. After having such benefits from jungles, the government should work upon the implementation of the laws for saving forests. However, we cannot ignore the fact that without a good economical conditions a government cannot run the country. So in order to improve the economy, the Government has to utilize some areas of the Jungle. Because if there is not a good economical condition of a country then there is no sense of having a rich wilderness area. By doing this, the government is opening doors for various mines and oil refineries because according to ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Company, India) there are plenty of resources of crude oil in various wilderness area across the globe. But, we can not forget the fact that if we want a healthy life then at least the 33 % area of the land must be preserved for the jungle. So, A government must make a policy for the country in which it should allocate as much as land possible to the forests and if it requires some area for the economic development of the country then they only utilize the area which is needed and which should not decrease the forest area of the country lesser than 33%. If these policies were implemented successfully then there would be an equilibrium in the ecosystem as well as the government can utilize only some portion of the land which will help to leverage its economy. Finally, after analysing each factor the conclusion could be that the government should preserve the remaining forests and in an emergency, if required they should use some forest area.
  8. Issue task A nation require all of its students to study the same national curriculum until they enter college. Response:- Nation's development and future are in the hands of future. Students are the bedrock of nation's strength and its future. Students decide the growth and prospersity of nation. In order to increase nation's growth, the character and behavior of students must be shaped right from the start. Students around the nation should study under one curriculum to develop a more centralised and broaden base. One National curriculum will expose students to a fair peer competition. When all the students study under one umbrella, they tend to deviate less to irrelevent material. If the curriculums are different, students might develop complex due to anomalies in study content. With different curriculums, there is a possibility that teachers tend to get confounded with the different patterns. With unanimuous curriculum, the pedagogy will be more effective and will chaff out the immaterialised content. The one curriculum until college will also help testing agencies to conduct the examinations centrally and develop a more robust system. The institutions can be ranked according to their performances in the centralised system, so that parents can choose between the best platforms. The associated cost of study material, teaching, infrastructute costs etc. will significantly reduce, otherwise spurge with more than one curriculum. If a student performs below par or doesn't able to score and compete as efficiently with its peer, parents will have opportunities to find out the mistakes and rectify them. Students will able to introspect better about the things, as they can easily discussed their shortcomings and strengths. Grasp in power of students will be enhanced under the one curriculum as they prolonged exposure. Under bi or poly curriculums, the examinations may become eccentric which only adds to the costs and misery as a nation. Considering diverse nature of nations, it may difficult for students of different cultures and backgrounds to grasp and prosper under a different system, but till college they will be accustomed to the demands and will help them in long run to contribute to the Nation's growth and future.
  9. Hi everyone. I took the GRE last summer and got 163Q 157V 5W, my gpa is 3.76 (my major GPA is probably higher) and I'm Applied math + Econ at a practically unranked school for Economics. I have volunteer experience, small research award, and teaching experience (basically tutoring, but with different titles). I am second author on a manuscript but I'm positive we won't have the paper by the time I apply. I also spent a semester writing a paper of my own that I hope I'll have ready then (not published, just a writing sample). I have family (special needs) who I want to stay close to, so I'd really hope I could stay relatively close to NJ. Beggars can't be chooser though, so any recommendation is appreciated. My questions are: 1. I already registered to retake my GRE. I was sad about the score, especially the quant section, my diagnosis on Magoosh though, was surprisingly accurate, for those who also use Magoosh. Do you think, assume the worst case that my GRE quant won't get better even after the next take, 163 is good enough for Michigan State or a decent school with health economics faculty? 2. Any school recommendations? 3. What should I do with the manuscript I wrote with a faculty member (presented at a conference, under revision for resubmission.) Thanks a lot!
  10. Did anyone get accepted to a geo or planetary science PhD with a less-than-ideal GRE score? If so, what was your score and what school? I'm also curious: Does having a masters degree before applying to PhD affect how heavily GRE is weighted? Could a near-perfect GPA offset having a lower GRE?
  11. Hi, I have started drafting my SOP, i'm facing a blocker on how to bridge my two years of work experience in an different field in my SOP. Should i not mention it or how can i cover the same in my SOP. I did my bachelors in Electrical engineering and sad part is that i'm working in TCS for the past two years now. Any help is appreciated.
  12. I am an undergraduate student and will be applying to Electrical Engineering PhD programs this fall. I am aiming for really top schools like Caltech, Stanford, MIT, UC Berkeley (not because of their rank but also because of the professors there). I recently took GRE and got 166Q/164V/5.0 AWA. Given that average quantitative GRE scores for these schools are 168Q, should I retake the GRE to be able to get into these schools? My GPA is 3.95, and I have 1 conference publication,1 submitted journal publication in review (not accepted yet), and two poster presentations at two conferences (not peer-reviewed). I am hoping to submit 1 more conference publication by the time of my application deadline.
  13. Hello everyone! i'm about to take the GRE and TOEFL in about two months. The strategy i'm taking for the Analytical writing section has been to practically write 2 essays per day, but i think i also need some feedback...especially since english isn't my first language. Any more suggestions about how i should prepare for this or the other sections are very much welcomed. Thank you so much for your help. Issue task 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. Most of us could have empathy for students that are about to graduate from high school and are now reflecting on the field they will choose for their life. As many of us could remember, this time is one of the most stressful we will experience, because at that time we lack the knowledge to make informed decisions about the career path we want to take. It doesn’t help that during this time of uncertainty young people become vulnerable to the influence of individuals with bad advice about the path they should take. In my opinion the claim made in the passage about how students should choose their field of study based solely on positions available is not only damaging to society but also affects students’ opportunities of employment in the future. Firstly, this passage suggests that the number of positions available in the workforce should be the most important factor – if not the only factor- when choosing a career path. After all what else would you expect of a career than to have plenty of job opportunities once you graduate? Yet the author of this passage fails to consider that the quantity of job opportunities does not equate quality in job opportunities; Opportunities with a good salary, a healthy work environment or health care. For several fields, there exist a wide variety of position in the market, yet this aren’t necessarily opportunities that would allow you to achieve financial stability and a healthy work-life balance. Careers in Graphic design or Communications are an unfortunate example of this, because once students are out in the workforce, they may encounter jobs with a seriously low pay, yet a plethora of responsibilities. Secondly this passage seems to suggest that a school should only be graduating students from fields that have practical use outside of the universities. Fields in medicine, science and engineer are presented as examples of career paths that have a tangible contribution to the society. It is understandably that most people would hold this opinion, given the impact that scientific discoveries and the development of artifacts have had in our daily life; There is no individual in the world who doesn’t need a doctor, after all. But this idea fails to consider that just because a certain career appears to lack a practical use doesn’t mean that it is useless to society. There exist many areas apart form the hard science whose improvement and research directly affect the way humans live. Think of areas in psychology, politics and arts. These are not fields that produce artifacts or whose contributions have immediate and tangible results, but that overall deal with serious issues in society that aren’t entirely visible, and therefore need exhaustive examination in order to be overcome. Discouraging students from pursuing those fields would prevent them from making serious contributions and carry out change in the world. Finally, since the belief that certain fields have more tangible contribution in our society is painfully common, so is the idea that skills found in less demanded fields like humanities, aren’t skills worth learning. The claim is that most students should be focused on improving abilities relevant to the fields in mathematics or science, since these are the ones that would allow them to advance in their career path, make relevant contributions and overall make them attractive to future employers. But let us not forget that although skills in mathematics and science are indeed crucial for those areas, the so-called soft skills (Interpersonal communication, writing ability and management) are relevant in any field. Employers aren’t entirely looking for employees with knowledge of hard science. They often need people with good interpersonal skills and critical thinking to enhance the communication dynamics in their business. In fact, because most scientists lack this crucial skill is that employers look for people in the humanities, making students from those fields not only relevant but competitive. In conclusion I believe is not advisable to choose a field solely on the quantity of job opportunities available in the workforce, since there are more important factors that should be taken into consideration. When is time to choose a career, students should be encouraged to research the fields the are interested an evaluate them based on the quality of job opportunities, relevance of those fields contribution to society and their competitiveness. With this information at hand, perhaps students would have a better time deciding on the future of their education and make choices they won’t regret. Argument task The following recommendation was made by the president and administrative staff of Grove College, a private institution, to the college's governing committee. "We recommend that Grove College preserve its century-old tradition of all-female education rather than admit men into its programs. It is true that a majority of faculty members voted in favor of coeducation, arguing that it would encourage more students to apply to Grove. But 80 percent of the students responding to a survey conducted by the student government wanted the school to remain all female, and over half of the alumnae who answered a separate survey also opposed coeducation. Keeping the college all female will improve morale among students and convince alumnae to keep supporting the college financially." Write a response in which you discuss what questions would need to be answered in order to decide whether the recommendation is likely to have the predicted result. Be sure to explain how the answers to these questions would help to evaluate the recommendation. This passage discusses the option of whether an all-female College should begin to admit men into their programs. It appears that the administrative staff is mostly concerned with the financial repercussions that transitioning into a coeducation system would bring to Grove College. Yet the surveys made by the student government may not provide accurate information whether this decision will or will not improve the school’s finances. In the first place, the administrative staff should evaluate why the independent survey gave substantially different results from the one made by the student government, and why both results demonstrate enough evidence of the general opinion of the students on this matter. Further review should be made to the student government survey to make sure they aren’t choosing specific groups of people that they know are against admitting men into Grove College. Also staff should review the student sample that answered the survey and determine if whether it is representative of the student population, because although 80% of the students who took the survey want the college to remain an all-female school, this doesn’t mean that that is the desire of 80% of the students in Grove College. Making sure that the sample of students answering the survey is in fact representative of the overall student population would help to make to determine the overall desire in students to accept or deny admission to men in the school. Finally, it is stated that preventing current female students to stop supporting the school financially is one of the main reasons why the school is deciding on remain an all-girls college. Yet there is not enough evidence to support this belief. Both because we aren’t that the two surveys made provide accurate results of the student’s opinion, but also because it implies men students won’t be enough to support the school financially. Although most faculty members hold the opinion that admitting men would increase the number of students at Grove college, evaluating the level of attractiveness the school may have to male students would be an important factor to consider.
  14. Hi guys!! I'm applying to speech pathology grad programs this upcoming semester and I was wondering if you guys could give me some tips and advice (on GRE scores, interview process/popular questions asked, resume tips, etc.) I'm applying to like 12 schools and just thinking about the application process is making me panic, haha. Thank you!!
  15. However I am aware of the grammatical mistakes, the spelling mistakes and obvious blunders in my essays, I believe mistakes are mistakes and so please consider marking them just how an AWA rater would rate it - no leniency! Thank you very much. ISSUE: To understand the most important characteristics of a society, one must study its major cities. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. Response: No matter the amount of time passed by, a deep rooted impact of the original arts and the thoughts can always be found at the places of their origin. Gathering the information is a crucial part of the task - especially when the task is to understand the important characteristics of a society because understanding a society is to understand its people, understand the origin of the activities that are carried out by these people such as the jobs they do, the resources they use on daily basis. Part of gathering this information also includes getting to know the environment the society was "born and brought up" in. Hence, in order to understand all these emminent aspects of the understanding a society, it is important to study its major cities. Naturally, birth place of a new society developes faster and more freely, making it the reflection of the society it brought to life. By studying such major cities surrounded by its culture, one gets the very important experience of seeing the life of its citizens first hand. It is rightly said that "Experience is a bigger teacher than anything else" - realizing what the social elements of a society in the first person is the best experience when it comes to understanding a society. Moreover, due to the not-so-ephemeral impacts left by the growth with time, the major cities usually hold the origins of the rituals and traditions of its society, very closely to itself. Studying the city, will indeed bring one closer to the real meaning and logical reasons behind such - sometimes peculiar - traditions. In addition to this, the major cities that have been central to the growth of their societies usually carry forward an unbiased and uninterrupted set of information, over time. Sometimes, however, the informatoin stored in the major centers of the societies may be corrupted by some foreign elements or may be missing due to drain of knowledge out of the cities. But with proper scientific validation, such lost information can not only be retrieved but also be connected rightly with any other missing pieces in the original story of a society. All in all, if one wants to understand the most important characteristics of a society, one must focus on studying its major cities. ARGUMENT: Woven baskets characterized by a particular distinctive pattern have previously been found only in the immediate vicinity of the prehistoric village of Palea and therefore were believed to have been made only by the Palean people. Recently, however, archaeologists discovered such a "Palean" basket in Lithos, an ancient village across the Brim River from Palea. The Brim River is very deep and broad, and so the ancient Paleans could have crossed it only by boat, and no Palean boats have been found. Thus it follows that the so-called Palean baskets were not uniquely Palean. Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument. Response: The given argument has some critical assumptions due to which it is weak in nature. One such and very important assumptions, it has stated is the existence and the size of the Brim river in the ancient times. In no way the argument sufficiently provides the proof to the notion that Brim River existed during the same time from which the woven baskets are found to be. Even if the river existed during the same timeline, the depth and breadth of the Brim river back then are not confirmed to be the same as today's, with any scientific validation. Perhaps the river was shallow or had the both its shores closer, in which case the Paleans could have traveled to the other side of the river easily. If the dating of the river and the impact of its flow over time on its shores were to prove, for a fact, that the river was as healthy as it is currently, the argument would have held more credibility to be true. Secondly, the archaeologists claim to have discovered no Palean boats that may have helped the Paleans to cross the Brim river. However, this does not mean that no bridges over the river existed which may have been built by either the Paleans or the people from Lithos for the purpose of travel and trade across the river. If the assumption that no bridges existed is to be accepted with suffiecient proof, the fact that no boats ferried across the river, is still not proven. Maybe the people from Lithos were capable enough to construct a boat and used it to cross the river, who may have brought the Palean woven baskets to Lithos from Palea. If the history is proof of anything, it's that in ancient times also, people used to hire or buy vehicles for the purpose of trade, if they were not capable of building one on their own. Similarly, people from Lithos and Palea or either, may have bought one such boat that they used to cross the river which made the transfer of such baskets possible. Hence, failing to justify some of the assumptions on the basis of ground truth, the argument is not validated with sufficient proof.
  16. Hi guys! I am in the process of applying to grad schools for next fall! I am having trouble with writing the personal essays. Some of my applications give me a limit on how long but others just say brief statement. How long should I make them? Also, what is the format of these essays? Sorry, I’m just getting stressed out with all of this stuff and I still have yet to take my gre!
  17. Based on some searching on here, I tried laying down some estimates for what GRE minimum scores are needed for the various schools that offer a Stats MS program. I was wondering if people could critique this list? Thanks! 159 Q minimum target score for unranked/very low ranked schools 161 Q minimum target score for the lower ranked USNWR schools 164 Q should be sufficient for most ranked schools 165 Q is a minimum target score for almost all of the ranked schools
  18. Hi all!!! I'm an incoming senior at Purdue who is about to take her GRE for the first time in August. I am currently on a study plan with Magoosh. For those have relied on magoosh, did you feel this program helped prepare you for the test? What are some good tips for studying? What do you wish you knew/did differently? Best!~
  19. Hi. To anyone reading this, looking for some advise. I'm from Kenya, looking to apply to a master's SLP program. There are so many options out there quite overwhelmed. Because of my international status, looking for programs which could be affordable to me. Or those with in-state offers/GA/any other form of funding. No preferences on location, open to anything that would work. I'm looking to apply for the Fall2020, and need to start alot of preparation right now. Any help/advise/tips would be appreciated!
  20. Hi, I have tried for a week to submit my GRE registration, however It has not been possible. Everytime I try to submit my personal information, login and password, the program just doesn't accept it. Anyone facing the same problem? Thanks!
  21. Please help me by grading my essay written for this issue prompt. Please grade it in accordance to the GRE scoring guide .(https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/analytical_writing/issue/scoring_guide). Here is the issue -> “The most effective way to understand contemporary culture is to analyze the trends of its youth.” Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. Essay Prompt -> Whenever it is required to understand any aspect of a culture, it is essential to underscore the factor which shapes the said culture. This gives us a better understanding of where the culture originates from and what caused the culture be like this today. Therefore, in today’s techno-centric world, the influence of the youth essentially shapes and molds the modern culture. Hence, any facet of the contemporary culture can be effectively understood by analyzing its youth’s trends. It is obvious that what shapes and defines the culture of today, can be a key to comprehend the said culture as well. Today’s youth, benefiting from technology and ease of exchanging ideas and communication, are evidently shaping the contemporary culture. For instance, consider today’s plethora of social media platform. On these platform exists several influencers and experts, many of whom have massive following. It is evident that whatever they’ll preach as a new or cool cultural trend, will be embedded in multitudes of their followers as gospel. The word-of-mouth of these followers will spread around like wildfire and soon enough, this gospel will become an amenable opinion for many people. Case in point, after the unraveling of the “Harvey Weinstein” sexual harassment case, many powerful social media celebrities like Gwenyth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and more started preaching how toxic power-play can have adverse effects on the nascent artists, and started encouraging all the oppressed sexual harassment victims to break their silence and come forward. This empowered many artists, especially females and other common masses to stand up against sexual harassment. The daring stand fiercely spread all over the media by the youth and it became a trend. But, the instance does not end here. After the surge in the number of sexual harassment victims coming forward, the iconic philanthropist & celebrity Oprah Winfrey was moved to make her famous “Me Too” speech, sympathising with every one of the victims and empowering them to share their stories. This lead to a groundbreaking and trending “#MeToo” culture, which sent out a powerful statement underlining that sexual harassment will no longer be tolerated. Hence, from the aforementioned scenario, one can infer the cause of the the trend and how the trend propagated to the masses, along with how the trend caused the formation of a new and harassment-intolerant culture. Furthermore, it can be inferred that the youths act as a vector for spreading trends and opinion, and just in the way a scientist would better understand the cause of a disease by fully examining the vector of the disease, one can only understand the contemporary culture by studying the people responsible for causing the culture-shaping trend to spread among the masses, i.e. the youth. For instance, if in the city of Los Angeles, wearing casuals to work became popular in the youth, then in no time, there would be several businesses and companies witnessing their employees wearing casuals frequently to work. Hence, casual work-wear would become the crucial part of the Los Angeles work-life and thus, if one wanted to reason as to why casual work-wears are so “hot” in Los Angeles right now, then he/she can trace it to the relation of youth trend and culture. Admittedly, one can argue that not all of the understanding of today’s culture comes solely from the youth’s trend, but this claim only stands in certain instances. For instance, when it comes to expenditure pertaining to a specific culture, it might be true that more than the youth, a family’s trend influences it. In a culture of less to mediocre spending, it can be essentially the case that the families altogether are a little frugal and have lesser incomes, hence the trend of mediocre expenditure. But, it can not be refuted that from cuisine, body wear, luxury and many more to cultural acceptance of LGBTQ+ community and raising voice against workplace harassment; the youth majorly influences all of these trends, even more than any other set of masses. In conclusion, the propagation of the trend plays an important part and shapes the culture pertinently and so, the contemporary culture can be better comprehended if one examine the youth’s trend effectively.
  22. Please help me by grading my essay written for this argument prompt. Please grade it in accordance to the GRE scoring guide .(https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/analytical_writing/argument/scoring_guide). Here is the argument -> The following is a recommendation from the business manager of Monarch Books. "Since its opening in Collegeville twenty years ago, Monarch Books has developed a large customer base due to its reader-friendly atmosphere and wide selection of books on all subjects. Last month, Book and Bean, a combination bookstore and coffee shop, announced its intention to open a Collegeville store. Monarch Books should open its own in-store café in the space currently devoted to children's books. Given recent national census data indicating a significant decline in the percentage of the population under age ten, sales of children's books are likely to decline. By replacing its children's books section with a café, Monarch Books can increase profits and ward off competition from Book and Bean." Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument. Essay Response -> The business manager of “Monarch Books” claims that in order to compete with its rival “Book and Bean”, a bookstore cum coffee shop, he/she would have to replace the children’s book section with an in-store café. Stated in this way, this argument fails to mention several key factors on the basis of which it could be evaluated and reveals several instances of poor reasoning. In order to justify this recommendation, the manager of “Monarch Books” has reasoned that since the recent national census data points to a significant decline in the percentage of “Under Age 10” children population, closing the Children’s Book section would only help him avoid the “foreseeable” loss on sales of children’s books. However, careful scrutiny of the facts provides little credible support for author’s recommendation. Hence his/her recommendation can be considered unsubstantiated. First of all, the argument readily assumes that closing children’s book section will not harm his/her bookshop sales, but will only help to avoid the likely decrement of the sales in the coming years. This assumption stands on hollow ground as the passage, fails to mention that how much children’s book contribute the overall sales of the bookshop. It can be possible that the children books contributed 53% of the bookshop’s overall sales. Notwithstanding the apparent decrease in children’s population, wouldn’t then the decision of closing down the most profitable section of the bookshop be ludicrous idea ? If only the amount of sales the children’s books incur at the bookshop would have been mentioned, maybe then the assumption of replacing it with a café to incur more profit would have been a tad bit more convincing. Even if the number of sales of children’s books was mentioned , the decision of including a café in the bookshop relies heavily on the manager’s hypothetical assumption that the consumers at the bookshop would indulge in coffee and other café products. It can be possible that many of their customers are just there to read books and not drink coffee. Maybe there’s an even more cheaper and far better coffee place nearer to the bookshop, and many of the bookshop customers would rather drink at that cheaper and better coffee shop outlet. So, in order to be sure that the manager’s recommendation is irrefutable, there needs to be a solid consensus from the bookshop’s ardent customers stating whether they would actually invest in the coffee and other products at the in-shop café or not. Finally, even after considering that the “Monarch Bookshop” customers would positively like to invest in the products at the in-shop café, the manager’s recommendation is weak as it doesn’t factor in the comparison of the prices of the products at their in-house café and their rival’s book-cum-coffee shop. In order to make a more convincing argument, the actual figures of the products at their in-house café and whether they are selling it at a better price than their competition or not, needs to be stated. Only then it can be determined whether it would be successful in warding off the competition or not. In essence, the business manager’s recommendation is flawed as it stands. To bolster it further, the author must provide more concrete facts and evidences, perhaps through a reliable survey of the consumers and a more thorough analysis of profit & losses involved in the decision of in-shop café vs. children’s book section. Finally, to better assess the argument, it would be impertinent to know more information about how closing children’s book section will not harm the bookshop sales.
  23. I am an international applicant to the clinical psychology Ph.D. program in the USdrag the whole impression down. I recently took the GRE general test twice and got the following scores: First one: V 159 (83%) Q 170 (96%) AW 4.5 (81%) Second one: V 164 (94%) Q169 (95%) AW 4 (57%) I am happy about my second V and Q but really concerned that the low percentile of my AW will drag the whole impression. I am applying to clinical psychology which I know is a writing heavy discipline, and the writing could be even more important for an international student. I am not sure if I should report both of the score or only one of them. I have research and review paper publication and I know at least one of my referees will be able to confirm my writing ability. ....Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated!
  24. Hi all, Anyone has information on which universities in the USA that admit students with a GRE score of less than 300 into its PhD in Business/Management program? I have taken GRE several times and my latest GRE score is only 305. (Quantitative 148, Verbal 155). (GRE is US205 converted into my currency in Indonesian rupiah.. it's more than 2 millions) Universities do not mention their minimum GRE but some professors told me that when they review, they will put aside those whose GRE is not competitive. Although I have publications and research experiences, I was rejected by Minnesota, Iowa, MSU, etc. (fall 2019 admission) and have spent a few hundreds dollars for admission fees. I also have a PhD in Education (from ISU) but I'd like to take another PhD which will be in Business/ Management, so that I have a linear degrees (my Master is in Management/MBA). I'm from Indonesia and the linearity of graduate degrees is required to become a professor (or even get hired as a lecturer). Any help/thoughts are appreciated.. Thanks.
  25. hello everyone!! i recently graduated undergrad with a psych degree, 2 years research experience and for the next year will be working full time as an RA for the same lab I was with in undergrad. applied for Clinical PhD programs this past cycle with no luck but oh well . I am currently trying to decide several things and was wondering if anyone has input!! the graduate student i work with has been pushing me to retake the GRE and apply again this cycle. my scores were 162 (91%) verbal, 156 quant (61%) and 5 (90%) AW. I know my quant score could stand to go up quite a bit but a lot of personal things have come up this summer (in addition to working full time) that are preventing me from devoting a lot of time to studying. I am worried that not only will I not be able to improve it in time but that it might actually go down and I will have wasted time and money on it. the other option i have come up with is to take another year off and try to get a new lab manager position in a different lab. this would solve some other weaknesses in my application (3rd LOR was not stellar, all my research experience is in one lab) but that's if i even manage to find a position. i'm scared I'll get to that point and not be able to find another job and then actually be out of options. not really sure if there is a question in there lol i'm just really unsure what to do. am I being too paranoid and should I just say what the hell and try to apply this cycle? or do you think it's worth it to take another year off to improve my application? also is my quant score really that bad or do you think it can be balanced by strengthening my research experience? (3.89 undergrad gpa, did a senior thesis + 1 conference and 2 coming up + 1 definite manuscript and 1 or 2 more possible but won't know until after these applications are due, 2 years clinical experience)
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