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  1. GRE Study Recommendations

    Hello! I take the GRE in 6 days. I'd like some advice on how my remaining time would best be spent studying (specifically math). I'm using Magoosh, and while I do great on the easy/medium questions, I really struggle with the hard or very hard ones. Should I continue practicing and mastering these medium level questions or should I focus on learning the hard ones? Also, I plan on applying to Ph.D. counseling psychology programs. Does anyone know how much GRE scores matter or how much weight is given to them for these kinds of programs?
  2. I've been using the Kaplan GRE Prep Plus 2018 book to study for a few weeks (at first, passively and for a solid 3 weeks with multiple hours a day dedicated to practice problems and the online resources), and my practice test scores are getting worse. I take the test on Saturday and am confident that I will need to retake it. I'm wondering what study resources to use for the second time around. Perhaps the Kaplan method isn't helpful for me, and I'll find more utility out of other self-guided practice books/online resources, or if studying in person with a tutor or even taking the Kaplan course in person will be best. Does anyone have prior experience with not seeing their scores improve after studying? If so, what method was most helpful for moving your scores up? Thanks for the advice!
  3. I'm using Magoosh to study for the GRE, and while I do great with the easy and medium questions, I struggle with a lot of the "hard" or "very hard" questions. I've heard that the math practice problems on Magoosh tend to be harder than what's actually on the test. Is this true?
  4. Hello all! Here's the deal: I graduate from the University of Montevallo in May 2018. I'm the former secretary and current VP of NSSLHA. I've done qualitative research in the area of aphasia as primary investigator, and am positive I will be able to get above average recommendation letters from professors. BUT, my GPA is on the low end. I took dual enrollment classes in high school and ended up with several B's and a couple of C's. I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life then, and of course had no idea how competitive SLP programs are. Assuming I get all A's this fall, my GPA will end up being a 3.56. My current GRE score is 294 and 3.5 writing. I'm retaking it in the beginning of November. I'm applying to severallllll schools in the southeast. My top choices are University of Tennessee, University of Memphis, East Tennessee State University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (long shot, I know, but many of their faculty have done research in aphasia and I thought I might have a chance considering my background.) What kind of chances do I have? Any advice as far as personal statements, recommendation letters, etc would be much appreciated!
  5. Hi, Can anyone give me an idea on the average GRE requirements for applying to Princeton? I did my Master's from South Carolina and Master's CGPA is 3.63; have two peer reviewed publications in Springer and EGU. I need to retake my GRE next month since the older one got expired. My research interest is on Climate Modeling, Coupled Air-Sea Interactions and Monsoon Forecast. Also, if you've any suggestions about any specific universities, please let me know. That will be very helpful for my application. Thank You!
  6. 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.
  7. Hi! I know its early. But considering the success of Fall 2017 forum, I thought we should start Fall 2018 discussion thread early! Good luck preparing for your applications!
  8. Hi all, I am applying to grad programs in Second Temple Judaism and Christian origins, and I'm interested to know what you think my chances are of getting accepted. Master's programs to which I'm applying: MTS @ HDS, ND, Duke Div MA(TS) @ Princeton Sem MA in Early Christian Studies @ ND MAR in Second Temple Judaism @ YDS MA @ Toronto Education BA in Theology, minor in Classics (4.0) MA in Biblical Languages (4.0) [May 2018]* --- both from same evangelical university Languages Greek [classical & Koine] (advanced) Hebrew (advanced) Latin (intermediate) Aramaic (intermediate) German (beginner) -GRE 163 (V), 158 (Q), 4.5 (AW) -One conference presentation (university's theology conference) -Received departmental and university-wide awards during undergraduate years -Two research assistantships Some reasons I'm interested in doing another master's before PhD: -to diversify my education -to develop my research interests into a dissertation topic & proposal -to develop proficiencies in Sahidic Coptic, Syriac, and German -to hopefully get accepted to a PhD program at one of the schools listed above I'd appreciate any thoughts or feedback, especially from those with inside experience at/in any of these schools/programs. + A_CS
  9. This is my first attempt on the issue essay. My particular concerns are whether my logic and examples are logical, well-developed, and persuasive enough. Any other critiques will be much appreciate though. Thanks in advance and I'll be happy to return the favour! Issue Prompt: “As people rely more and more on technology to solve problems, the ability of humans to think for themselves will surely deteriorate.” In order to make the author’s claim, we also need to explore how we use technology to solve problems in the first place. The direct relationship between overreliance on technology and people’s ability to think for themselves that the author draws undermines how we use the technology. Considering the perspective that the efficiency of technologies will increase our use and reliance ironically ignores its benefits. The use of technology to solve problems is not only helpful for simple problems but argueably, enhances our ability to solve more complex problems. For example, the use of calculators are discouraged in elementary schools but often encouraged for university students. Why might that be the case? While both are developing, students attempting to solve problems in their level of education, the complexity of problems in post-secondary curriculum is obvious. The use of calculators in university tests eliminates simple calculations in order to tackle more complex problems. In line with this reasoning, then, reliance on technology increases our mental capacity to think about more complex problems. We can also combine and manipulate technology in order to approach and solve problems. If we consider technology as one of our many tools, rather than an ‘one-fits-all’ solution, than our ability to think will not deteriorate. For instance, medical diagnoses are deducted using different instruments to analyze different areas of our body. In addition, the combined use of technology can help us consolidate our previous findings. For example, microbiological testing for an infectious disease uses multiple skilled technology and diagnostic strategies to come to a sound analysis. In this way, scientists could come to an accurate and precise answer that would eliminate false positives or false negatives. Shifting to a more pragmatic perspective, we need to explore our relationship with technology itself. The author neglects the product-consumer relationship that increases the number and diversity of technologies that we use. The use of technology is not simply a linear process. Rather, information about how consumers use their technology will inform product engineers and developers to adapt to our increasing needs. As a result, engineers will continue to develop new ways of using our technology as we currently use them. Due to this cyclical relationship, our use of technology will continue to evolve along with us. Our relationship with technology is not a simple, linear process. Humans’ ability to think for themselves will not simply deteriorate with the use of technology due to the nature of our use. Our use and reliance on technology will inform engineers to develop innovative products to adapt to our problems.
  10. Hi all, Thanks in advance for any advice!! I will have a master's and a PhD in Neuroscience and a masters in general psychology from UK universities when I apply for clinical psych PhDs in the US. I am American but have been living abroad for some time. In order to pursue the mixed clinical/ research career I'd like in the US, a Clinical PhD seems my best option now. My questions are (1) can programs waive requirements such as a Master's thesis (or perhaps more!) when a student enters with an acceptable non-counseling degree?, and (2) would this be an appropriate thing to contact admissions departments about? I don't want to appear overconfident about getting in whatsoever by already asking to bypass some of their typical degree requirements, but given that I've already spent so many years in higher education, I'd really like to avoid doing unnecessary, redundant work. I'd rather spend time doing research for publication rather than going through the motions with specific thesis requirements. The APA website also says "some doctoral programs will accept students for respecialization as a part of their regular doctoral training group" which made me hopeful that perhaps some programs might be accommodating. Any suggestions of specific programs? I know there are APA-accredited respecialization programs but I do not believe I am eligible for these given that my PhD is in neuroscience rather than psychology (per one admission advisor, and even though my field is neuropsychology specifically). The cost of those programs is not something I'm in a position to take on either. Thanks again for any insights!!
  11. Undergrad: Nankai University (top 5 maths in China)Major: MathematicsGPA: 3.4 Classes:real analysis (B+) Probability theory (B+) Masters: Columbia UniversityMajor: StatisticsGPA: 4 Type of Student: international male gre: v:151 q:170 aw:3 I don't know if my maths background is good . As a maths major,I have taken almost all maths classes but my gpa is not high. In my master years, I got all As in stats classes. Unfortunately, I don's have any research experience in statistics, my only research is in number theory. I plan to apply for top 50 stat PhD in fall 2018 and i need funding. Are there any suggestions? What are my safe picks? Programs I'm Considering: Purdue, BU, UFL,UIUC Any advice is greatly appreciated!
  12. CSE / EE Online Masters Schools

    Hello, I'm wondering if anyone has an idea of which schools have CSE and/or EE masters programs that have less of a focus on an applicant's research background and more of a focus on things like employability, salary, and GRE. Particularly masters programs that can be completed mostly or entirely online. My situation generally is this- I'm a patent lawyer looking to improve my technical background by getting a masters. I initially took the GRE on very short notice and got an annoying split (for someone looking to do engineering) of 162Q / 163V / 5.5. For the purposes of this question lets assume I can bump Quant. to about 165 to the extent that would help. I have some pre-law school engineering experience but have no interest in doing any research. It would seem to me that masters programs which can be completed online wouldn't have any reason to care about that, but I really have no idea and there seems to be an emphasis on research experience for master's programs generally. So any info people could offer on specific schools which might be known for valuing GRE scores, employability, or having a diverse class from a professional background perspective would be greatly appreciated. Also any info on whether there is a known difference with online programs (particularly non-thesis ones) and what they value. Thank you.
  13. Hey everyone, I am applying next fall to Econ PhDs, shooting for something in the top 15. I had a 3.8 in undergrad in International Affairs - although had a B+ in a Principles of Macro class, and I'm finishing up a Master's in Development Economics with a 3.9 including a few A+'s in upper level theory and econometrics classes. 95th percentile quant GREs. About 2 years of solid RA experience and an internship at a leading development research group. My math backround is as follows: A in Calc for Business and Economics (UG), As in several statistics courses (UG), A in Elementary Linear Algebra (UG), A in Introduction to Formal Methods (UG), A- in Real Analysis (Graduate), A- in Math for Economists (Graduate). I decided to take Calc III this semester despite never really going through the normal calc sequence to try to check the calc box for admissions committees, and the class is killing me!!! I think that there is a very small chance I'll get anything more than a C. My question is how much would a W hurt my application? Given time and money constraints I won't be able to take another calc class before its time to apply next fall. Thanks for any advice you have.
  14. These are pretty rough I know since they were my first timed practice essays. Any and all advice and critiques are welcome! GRE Practice Essays.docx
  15. Rating an Argument Essay

    This is the link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cxP5A0tTesyKRLdCN2GboT3d2TCc5deABr6x_oIcDaY/edit?usp=sharing My essay starts from the bold capitulation, "Start".
  16. Anyone know of high acceptance rate masters programs for Speech? I have a low GRE and am looking to relate with someone and get some hope. I am an SLPA right now. Does anyone know of grad schools they got into with lower GRE scores? Or anyone that was an SLPA and it helped you get in? THANK YOU! Quote
  17. Borderline GRE AWA score?

    I'm applying to top PhD programs in sociology (Columbia, Berkeley, UCLA, Irvine, UT Austin, etc.) I took the GRE last week and got a 165 V (95th percentile), 155 Q (59th percentile), and a 4.5 AWA (82nd percentile). I'm happy about my verbal, somewhat satisfied with my quant, and nervous about my AWA. Will the 4.5 AWA score cause adcoms* to look askance at my entire application? I'm a senior undergrad at a private, top-20 U.S. university, and I've been writing a qualitative honors thesis for the past year. I have a 3.811 cumulative GPA, with a 3.865 GPA in my last 60 credits. I've had the same research assistant job for over 2.5 years, and am that professor's only RA. An article I co-authored with faculty is under R&R with an education policy journal. I also speak four languages (English is not my first language, though I was born and raised in the States). My interests lie in K–12 education (especially secondary), immigration, and race/ethnicity. More detailed info about me is in this thread https://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/91865-from-top-intl-affairs-bs-to-top-soc-phd/. Will all of these other qualifications be enough to outweigh my mediocre/slightly above-average AWA score, or should I retake the whole test for an extra 0.5–1.0 increase? I'm a first-generation college student and a Black woman, so I'm aware that I will probably be subject to increased scrutiny. In terms of time and money, I can't afford to retake the test without applying for a small grant from my university/not eating healthy food for a while and shifting focus away from my coursework, thesis, job, etc. *Besides Austin, which I know doesn't consider AWA scores at all.
  18. Fulbright 2018-2019

    Hello to everyone! Since the last Grant cycle is coming to an end and the next cycle's application is now open, I figured it would be helpful to begin this next thread! Congratulations to the last cycle's grantees! Let's help each other out in the Fulbright process. This is a great place to ask questions, get familiar with the process, and chit chat to blow off some steam! Good luck to us all!
  19. So - a few questions regarding the writing sample: should I include an abstract? Currently I am using APA style, with end notes -- keep?
  20. GRE

    Ok what is actually a competitive score to get into the top speech pathology schools like Vanderbilt and Washington? I know they look at other factors, but is this a huge weed out factor?
  21. Hi, I am planning to apply for Philosophy PhD programs in the US and was wondering about the importance of GRE scores in admission. Oh and I'm not a native speaker in English. I didn't do my degrees in English-speaking countries. Just to let you know, if this turns out to be relevant... I just got my GRE score, which is V 170 Q 170 W 4.5. I'm happy to have these V and Q scores but ... I'm hoping to get into one of the top programs in philosophy, and from what I saw on this site, it seems like the absolute majority of the admitted students have writing scores of at least 5.0. (5.5 seems to be the average.) Some say that GRE works as sort of pass/fail and I'll be just ok if I pass the minimum. I've heard some schools take into consideration that the student is not a native speaker and that speed really matters in GRE writing. But I'm not sure about that. Maybe they could just take this a sign of weakness in language, won't they....? My GPA is almost perfect, but as everyone in the field knows, it's getting enormously competitive and almost everyone who applies to the top programs seems to have perfect GPA. So I thought a low analytic writing score could matter in the admission process. If it matters a lot, I think I should retake the exam. But if the effect is minimal, I would just take more time to revise my writing sample. If anyone knows about the importance of GRE in philosophy program admissions, please help me out. There are not many people here I can ask for advice, so I'll really, really, appreciate any tip or information you give me. Thanks...!! + Does it hurt to apply two or three times to the same program? Is there any disadvantage, formal or informal, for a person who got rejected last year and then applies again?
  22. MFA application opened up this month!!! Who's ready for 2018 freak-out forum?
  23. Hi all: First time poster here. I want to ask about how much the GRE Quant section actually matters for admissions to HDS. All aspects of my application are extremely competitive however, there is one setback: my Quant score. While my Verbal scores and AWA are well above averages, my Quant is at a dismal 20%. Could this be a deal breaker for me? Might I be weeded out of the competition before my application ever reaches someone's desk? Thanks for your feedback.
  24. SLP Masters programs....advice!!

    Anyone know of high acceptance rate masters programs for Speech? I have a low GRE and am looking to relate with someone and get some hope. I am an SLPA right now. Does anyone know of grad schools they got into with lower GRE scores? THANK YOU!