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  1. 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.
  2. How many points did you improve your GRE score? What did you start at and what did you finish with?
  3. Hi all, I have heard that for a price of $12 you can hear your GRE score over the phone. In other topics on this forum, folks have discussed hearing their score over the phone before the score was posted online. I have scanned the ETS website for a mention of this to no avail. So, I am wondering about the validity of this, and how soon you can hear your scores over the phone. I'm asking because I booked a GRE exam 15 days prior to an admissions deadline (they are OK with unofficial scores), and I'm wondering if I can rely on this "just in case" the scores don't appear on day 14...
  4. Moderator note: Merged two essay scoring requests into single thread. Please read both posts to see both essays. Prompt/Instruction: "The best way for a society to prepare its young people for leadership in government, industry, or other fields is by instilling in them a sense of cooperation, not competition. 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." My response: Today's society is plagued by a sense of fierce competition that sets citizens against one another in an environment of animosity. The strive to be the best can often bring out the worst in people; a paradox that can be seen in today's politics, sports, and even businesses. While some may feel the need to embrace competition as an excelling force towards success, a more efficient way to ensure success is for young people to embrace cooperation as the driving force for their success in society. Cooperation is necessary for a person to excel in today's modern age. The elements of collaboration are a key component in developing a successful product, gaining a lead in an election, or performing groundbreaking research. A person who learns to be a team member will benefit from the interaction of other like-minded individuals, and as well being exposed to more beneficial ideas. In the current controversial presidential election, there is obviously a bitter sense of competition present between the remaining candidates. However, the success that has engendered these two campaigns is a result of collaboration between many different individuals with different professions and specialties who have all brought valuable ideas to the table. This teamwork practice has enabled for more success than if those in the campaign were blinded by the competition. The ability to minimize inner competitive urges to work alongside others in an efficient manner proves beneficial in more than one way. Marketing oneself to other professionals in and beyond a particular industry or field as a cooperative individual will intrigue attract other key players in that particular field. This approach to a career as a collaborator prioritized over a competitor will likely be construed as having positive personality traits, which can help individuals gain an upper hand in time. Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook, was in competition with other social media platforms during the time of Facebook's rise, His charismatic nature and openness to collaboration and cooperation shown a positive light on his strategies, and many were attracted to the Facebook team for this reason. As we see the success of Facebook today, we realize the effects of the cooperation can have when chosen over competition. Needless to say, competition is still a critical factor regarding motivation of individuals to reach a goal. In a sense, if it were not for competition, some of today's greatest contributors to society may have never been pushed to their limits in order to achieve their full potential. This is evident in the case of Steve Jobs and his development of the Mac computer. However, cooperation should still be instilled as a more valuable trait to have than competitiveness. After all, the Mac computer was not created by the genius of Steve Jobs himself, but by the collaboration of many individuals working towards a common goal. In essence, while the sense of competition can be considered a benefit, the elements of collaboration and cooperation are undoubtedly a necessity. Across all industries and fields, alike, no great successes ever come from a single competitor alone, but result from a process of cooperation among many. For this reason it is essential for the young people of today's society to embrace cooperation over competition.
  5. I realize its a little wordy but it was my first time practicing with a timer! See attached word doc. I left errors as is since that's how they'll be graded on test day. Thanks!!! practice essays 1.docx
  6. Hi! I recently took the GRE for the second time. My Quantitative score was bad (which was expected). I was in the 98th percentile for Verbal, but I got a 2.5 for AW. That's the 7th percentile! I got a 3 AW score the last time I took the GRE. I am planning on going for a Masters in Art History, and possibly eventually a PhD in History. I majored in both in undergrad... writing is what I do. The score is illogical to me. I graduated from U of Michigan with High Honors for a thesis in the Art History department. I was constantly commended by my professors for my writing skill. I studied for the GRE through Magoosh, and thought that I understood what the essay readers were looking for. I can't figure out the discrepancy. Is it worth shelling out the $55 for a re-score? In your experience, how heavily is the AW score weighted? I'm a poor standardized test taker in general (my ACT score of 28 was technically not enough to get into U of M, yet the rest of my application sufficed). I feel pretty confident about my GPA, CV, letters of rec, and statements of purpose, so do you think my GRE score would be enough to prevent me from getting into my programs? I'm planning to apply to U Penn, Columbia, Yale, and possibly the Ecole du Louvre and U of M. Thanks!
  7. Prompt: 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: To address this statement, we must first determine what are “the most important characteristics” of a society. Do those characteristics lie in the inherent values upon which that society has been founded? Or do they, in fact, represent the objective realities of that society today? In this essay, I will consider both of these aspects—that is, moral/ aspirational values vs. objective/ pragmatic realities— in order to argue that the city (or cities) cannot serve as a macrocosm by which to understand a larger society as those cities are but isolated and singular aspects of that society or country as a whole. In the case of America, let us first consider the city of New York. New York City is an anomoly with respect to demographics, wealth, and infrastructure. The people are diverse and divergent and dynamic; all hues and histories mingle and coexist. Wealth is disproportionately distributed and conditional, contingent upon legacy and access. And the city itself is paved with cement and punctuated by spires that pierce the sky and reflect the light of the sun with irridescent windows; those reflections blind the naked eye and demand that its urban inhabitants look down and away. Is that the reality of America? In San Francisco, the former bohemian vanguard, the people meander around their victorian abodes paying thousands of dollars to share an apartment with four other roommates—if they can afford it. Most often, now, they wear hoodies and belong to the burgeoning tech industry, and if they are not part of that growing majority, then they flee the city like refugees into the barely cheaper enclaves of Oakland and San Jose. Is that the reality of America? In Washington D.C., the nexus of freedom and American ideals, African Americans live in disenfranchised neighborhoods overshadowed by the towering building of whiteness, the White House. This city is the capital, but it is singular in its existence. It is the home of governement and the consolidation of power — it is the democratic ideal. Is that the reality of America? And outside of those cities, where are the people and what is the land? In the country, trees outnumber the metal spires of New York; the people are more concerned with their day-to-day jobs and responsibilities to their communities rather than the tech-focused innovations of San Francisco; and the idea of democracy and an active federal government is not so prevalent or felt or enforced as it is in Washington D.C. These three cities function here solely as examples of distinct personalities which do contribute to a composite American identity, but do not define it. The nebulous countryside is what fills in the gaps and spaces between these cities, and it is the country that reflects the original ideals of the American dream—that is, land and autonomy and equality through that self-reliance. American cities, rather, reflect the pragmatic reality of America as it is today, driven by a lust for business and wealth, bedazzled by the technical forces that exist beyond and without us, and overshadowed by a government that claims to act in the people’s interest but still remains focused only on certain people of interest. I would argue that the most important characteristics of America are freedom, ownership, and self-reliance, and through the burgeoning of these cities, those ideals have been eclipsed. If we were to look only at America’s major cities, we would see dreams unfulfilled, wealth concentrated in the 1%, and a veiled truth.
  8. Just recieved full online score report; I had 800V 800Q, but somehow, a 4.5 in AW. I really, really was expecting a full-on 6. During prep times I had one set of essays marked by Princeton Review's essay review, and it was 6s across the board. On the day of the exam, I also feel like I wrote solid essays; it wasn't like I was nervous and just crashed through the first section. I studied social sciences in undergrad and did a lot of researching and writing, with a couple papers presented at major conferences too. I am wondering if anyone had experiences with regrades, is asking for a regrade is worth it? Can someone please share some experiences? Also, if this is the AW score I have, will it significantly hurt my chances? I am applying to a political science PhD program, and will generally go for the big names (Harvard, Stanford, etc). I heard social sciences and humanities take AW scores fairly seriously, and I even heard that some schools consider the writing score more important than the other two scores. Is it true, and would it be a good idea to prepare for a retake? Thanks for all the help! ]
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