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  1. Hi all. I am really quite confused about PhD admissions. I've heard various things from various people--everyone has their own theory on what AdComms are looking for. Do any decent PhD programs accept applicants with limited language training (1 yr Latin/1 yr German)? No B.S.: What GRE scores are "safe" for top programs in theology/religion? I have a 164V/156Q/4.5. Should I retake, or is this a waste of time? Obviously my MA theology gpa is stellar (because prettymuch everyone applying for PhD programs has stellar grades...3.95ish). I have a TAship this semester, but no publications. Am I S.O.L. for all TT programs?
  2. Hello, My question is for anyone who has been accepted to media related PhD programs. I'm looking to apply for Communications/media studies programs and wanted to know for those who have been accepted to these programs what type of background did you have: - what was your GRE score? - past college GPA's - did you have any publication experience? - did you have and related work experience in the field of communications/media studies/film? - what school were you accepted to and what did they offer full funding?
  3. Hi everyone, I'm currently an Undergraduate student at UW Madison and I would like to apply to the UW Madison La Follette school. I looked on the website for average GPA, GRE scores and etc for acceptance into the program but there was nothing on the website. Can anyone tell me what you got for GPA and on the GRE to get into the La Follette school? Or where I could find more info? Thanks!
  4. This has happened to me plus the few others of fellow test takers as well as a few of my friends that are in the same boat. The social sciences backgrounders are getting three Quant sections in the GRE. I guess this has to do with the selection that you make before starting the test where you enter your intended graduate field/subfield. Similarly, those from the engineering/sciences background are getting three verbal sections. Is it safe to assume the selection of intended program you make at the start of the test makes that section choice for you? It's not a big deal to tweak the algorithm to give three sections to those with opposing intended degree programs (3 quants for social sciences/humanities and 3 verbal for engineering, for example). Is it happening to others as well and is a systematic device by the ETS?
  5. Hello everyone! I am a senior with a psychology major and am currently applying to SLP grad schools for FALL 2018. I have a 3.7 GPA and will be taking the GRE this week, but am not feeling too confident about my math scores. I have a lot of research experience from psych, but not too much experience within the field of speech pathology (just 25 hours of me observing). I have strong letters of recommendation as well. Does anyone know any schools that do not require the GRE or seem like a good fit for me as a non major? Or if anyone has any tips in general! I would greatly appreciate the help, as it has been tough to navigate the process. Currently I am applying to University of Arizona, University of Texas at Dallas, UNC Chapel Hill, Baylor, and Temple. Thank you!
  6. Hi all, I am looking for insight into how application readers for PhD in Political Science weight the GRE verbal versus GRE quant scores. So far, I've read mixed thoughts on the two. I've taken the GRE and have gotten a score of 165V/160Q (95th/76th percentiles) and 160V/164Q (85th/87th percentiles). Which do you think would be better to send to schools as part of my application? I also have no intention of retaking the exam again. Thank you so much for your insight and help!
  7. Hi, nice to meet you all, this is the first time for me to write anything and ask questions. What scores for the GRE general and chemistry tests are considered to be competitive for top 5/top 10 grad schools in chemistry? I only have little research experience, only having worked for 6 months in an undergrad lab. Planning to take gap year starting Fall 2017. And I plan to apply for the fall 2018 cycle. Currently my GPA is 3.81/4 overall (messed up on arts humanities and social sciences, etc.) 3.99/4 chem major GPA
  8. Hello, I'm interested in the one year Master of Science in Public Policy program at NYU's Wagner School. It seems like a pretty unique program to me, and I'm having trouble finding any information about acceptance rates or thoughts on past applicants. etc. Does anyone have any thoughts about this program or is anyone else applying/does anyone know any admissions statistics? Thank you! - M
  9. Hi everyone. I'm having a difficult time deciding which GRE scores I should report. Here are the results from each session: 11/19/2016: QR: 147 | VR: 152 | AW: 4.5 12/12/2016: QR: 145 | VR: 157 | AW: 4.5 01/02/2017: QR: 143 | VR: 159 | AW: 4.5 (probably) As you can see, as my verbal score ascended, my quantitative descended. I'm inclined to think that I should submit the middle of the scores, but my score of 159 on the verbal portion is actually at the top of the range for one of the schools I'm applying to. No one was reported to have scored over 159, so I thought at least my verbal would look impressive despite my awful quantitative score. I'm applying to a speech-language pathology program so I would think that they'd be more concerned with my verbal reasoning than my quantitative reasoning. I'd like to know what you guys would do if you were in my position. Thank you!
  10. I had to use the form for unlisted institutions. I was just wondering if the institutions I listed will receive my score report in the same manner and time as if I had been able to find the institution codes while I was entering that information on the computer, or if it will take much longer. It seems when you ask for your reports to be sent to schools when you get the four reports for free, the institutions you list will receive the scores at the same time that they come available in your ETS account. Also, do you think I would have any success in contacting ETS to make sure the institutions get the scores at the same time as I do? I was wondering if anyone has ever had any luck with this. I've read that you can pay a small fee of somewhere between $10 and $13 to have this done. Is it possible to request a score report be sent to schools prior to you being able to see it in your account? If all else fails, I was wondering if it really takes five business days for ETS to send your reports to schools. If everything is done electronically now, it seems absurd that it would take that long. I would think it would occur automatically after I submit the request and pay the fee. If any of you lovelies know for sure when your test scores were received by institutions after you requested them, I would love to know how long you waited. I've read anywhere between 24 hours and a few weeks. Thank you all.
  11. About a week after submitting one of my applications, I noticed that the application status page still did not have my GRE scores listed as received. After looking into it, it turns out that I had sent them to the wrong location of that school. I had them sent to the correct school on December 6th, and am worried that they will not be received before the December 12th deadline. Does anyone know if they will still consider my application if they receive my scores a few days late? Thanks!
  12. Hi there! I am currently an undergraduate senior studying Speech and Hearing Sciences and I am hoping to be admitted into a SLP graduate program for the Fall 2017 semester, but I am aware of the reality that this is a very competitive field. Now that I have started the application process, I am having trouble determining how I rank as a student. I don't personally know many people in SLP graduate programs, so I am hoping to get some advice from people who have experience in this area. I am a little concerned about my overall academic standing because although I have a pretty strong GPA (3.95), my GRE scores are less than impressive: V-151 Q-152 AW-3.5. I have only taken the GRE once and I am scheduled to take it again, but I am not confident that I will be able to raise my scores very much (standardized tests have always been a major weakness of mine). I do have some work experience; I am currently enrolled in a SLPA internship program which will allow me to obtain my SLPA certification by the time I graduate in May, I am also enrolled in a 2-semester long independent research project, I worked as an intern at Sylvan Learning Center (but not since 2013), and I have experience working as a habilitation therapist. My school advisor insists that I will be considered a competitive applicant, but after spending hours on the edfind website, I've found that I don't meet the minimum GRE requirements of many of the schools I'd like to attend. As a result, I currently have a list of 13 programs that I plan to apply to ranging from near top-tier schools all the way to low-ranked programs in schools I didn't know existed. Based on the information above, do I have a chance getting into competitive programs that are looking for high GRE scores? Would I be better off saving money by only applying to less competitive schools in undesirable areas? Any other advice on creating a strong application? I would really love to hear from people who have applied to SLP graduate programs before, and anything you may have learned from applying (whether you were accepted or not). Any advice helps! Thanks!!(: (*On a final note: I know that if I don't get into grad school the first time around, it's not the end of the world. More experience working as an SLPA is never a bad thing, but as of right now, my goal is to do anything I can to get into school ASAP so that I can continue pursuing my passion. Thanks again!)
  13. V149 Q147 AWA 4.0 V151 Q145 AWA 3.5 I have lots of research experience, a 3.76 GPA and great LOR'S. I have always been bad at standardized tests since I was a kid but always had great grades. I took the GRE 3 times (spaced out) and I can't seem to raise my score. i even took classes. At this point I'm hoping everything else in my application will help me get in. These were my highest score and I took them 6 months apart. Now I am applying for graduate school in Psychology and I don’t know what’s better/worse. To send both scores (some Grad schools say they combine the highest sections) and let them see so much time passed between tests or just send one score? The second one? I am just not sure how bad it is to let them see my scores didn't rise even with ample time. I appreciate any answers. I have no one to advice me on this. Thanks!
  14. Hello, I'm pretty new to this forum, I was hoping for some input/help I'm planning on applying to grad school for speech language pathology for the Fall 2017 year, and I'm just freaking out about applications and GRE scores. I have a 3.731 GPA but my GRE scores are god awful. It's pretty embarrassing to even share my scores (mostly due to the math). To be fair, I did not study as hard as I should have for the GRE. I'm planning on taking it a second time around and I've been putting in major hours (Memorized 500 vocab words + Magoosh vocab). However, it seems my Achilles heel is the quantitative reasoning. I know people say they are "bad at math", but I just do not understand math.. I am able to understand if I walk through the solution, but it seems like when the problem is rearranged in any way or given to me different I just blank out. I've always been this way and have been placed in remedial math when I was younger. It's just the hardest subject for me, and I hate that I have a hard time understanding it. I wish I could afford an online GRE course, but it just is not an option for me. I have been practicing diligently with the Manhattan Prep + Vocabulary I mentioned before, and also The Princeton Review: Cracking the GRE. Having limited understanding of math (I could probably do the simple problems..), does anyone have any suggestions or think it's worth it to keep trying with the math? Or should I not worry about the math and just focus mainly on my strong subjects (writing, reading, text completion)? Any answers would be appreciated!
  15. Hi guys, For those of you struggling with GRE, especially GRE math, I am holding a meetup event this Sunday to talk about great tips and advice about GRE math test with one-to-one consultation. I am currently a graduate student at Columbia University. I took GRE twice last year and scored 100% on math, which has definitely helped me to get accepted into Columbia University. Many of my friends asked me tips - I have used Magoosh but I made my own problem book and I keep refreshing them and practice looking for keywords. With the right strategy and preparation, I believe everyone can score very high in GRE and especially in math. This Sunday I'm going to talk about how I prepared for GRE, within a short period of time, that would work for people even with little math background. If you're around in New York, please come by, it's for free. If not, you can also contact me or further help at daitong@gooroo.com Please see my Craigslist post for further informaiton at http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/lss/5722106731.html Good luck! Daitong
  16. I'm very interested in applying to the Richard Gilder Ph.D. in Comparative Bio program through the American Museum of Natural History. I'm a recent grad from a top tier school with two majors and two minors, all in the hard sciences. I had pretty good GPA, about an A- average but just about an A average for my major GPA. 3.5 years of research experience. A presentation at a big conference and a publication pending (I'm like 4th author but it's still cool). I literally just took the GRE today and got a 153V and 160Q. I'm usually a super good test taker, like I got in the 99th percentile the one time I took the ACT in high school. I know my GRE scores aren't bad, but I was hoping to do better, especially on the Verbal. Does anyone know what a competitive score for the RGGS program is? If I could get my score up to 160 and 160, do you think that would make a big difference? Any information on getting into this program would be super helpful! So if you know literally anything, let me know! Thanks in advance!
  17. Hey everyone! I know this may be a repetitive question, but this morning I just submitted my SOPHAS application to two schools and I wanted to know if the other application factors are stong enough to increase my chances of getting into Georgia State. My stats are: GRE: 145 V, 149 Q, and 3.0 Written (all horrible I know) Undergrad GPA: 3.46 Letters of Recommendation: All are stong and include: one from a Health Promotions professor, one from a mentor who works at the CDC, and one from my supervisor/internship coordinator of a local public health department. My major is Integrative Studies - concentrating in Exercise Science/Kinesiology and Psychology with a minor in Health Promotions. The most experience I have had was completing an internship with a local public health department that was geared to underserved populations. I work as a front office medical assistant and have worked at preschool for low-economic populations. Georgia State's requirements are: 2.75 GPA, GRE scores within the 50th percentle but anything under 280 combined are unlikely to be considered, three LOR, and a letter of interest. Am I good? I know it's too late now that I submitted my app, but wanted some feedback to rid the anxiety lol.
  18. I took my first GRE in December to give myself enough time to prepare for admissions in Fall 2012 (looking at starting for my PhD in 2013). I didn't know how well I would do, so I wanted to give myself enough time to re-study, take a course, and re-take the test if needed. Scores weren't so bad (V=165, Q=154, AW=5.5), and I'm going for World History (with a good bit of Archaeology thrown in), so I needed a great verbal and writing for the schools I've chosen (UPitt, Brown, UVirginia, UArkansas, UDenver). My question is this: if I take the test again to try and improve my quantitative score, how does it all work? If I should get a lower verbal, do they typically take the highest among the tests, or the highest average score among the tests? I want to make sure that, before I spend the money and time prepping for another round, I won't lose my great verbal and writing score. But I don't want to take the chance of not getting into a good school because my quantitative is low. I know admission depends on quite a bit more than a good GRE score, but I want to look as good on paper as is physically possible.
  19. I've applied to 15 universities for fall 2012 in hopes to get into a graduate program that would be a good fit for me. I have learned a great deal about the application process and how idiosyncratic it can be from university to university. The one area that makes this process more grueling than it needs to be is the GRE, especially if you’re an applicant like me who lacks a cushy score. The research it takes just to find a school’s particular GRE perimeters is at times overwhelming. The calls and emails I have sent out about this number too many. Graduate websites and online applications are so good to offer printable lists to streamline the application process for their prospective students. Often, they include a portrait of what a typical, successful students in their program may look like such as: GRE scores average this number; GPAs average this number, etc… In fact, when it comes to GPAs, these schools often denote a number, such as undergraduate GPA must be over a 3.0 or a 3.5 for funding consideration. Yet, these schools often do not provide the same benchmark for the GRE. Why? Why do they choose to use elusive language, such as saying, “Send in your competitive GRE scores.” I scratch my head, “Competitive GRE scores?” Okay, how am I to know what score this school considers competitive? After searching and finding the same discreet language on the department page, the graduate studies page, the application checklist, the student handbook, I called this particular department twice and received an email address of someone who could answer my question. “300” she writes in response to my email. “The target score for a file to be reviewed is 300.” Although I am safe to apply, (barely safe, but safe) my curiosity urges to me onward. "So if an applicant sits right below a 300," I ask, "then they will not be reviewed no matter their other application materials.” “Yes,” she confirms, “that’s my understanding on how the graduate office processes files.” Even though I am very interested in their program and I think I would be a good fit, I can't help but wondering...why can’t this school publish this information directly on their website: “Applicants must have the target score of 300 on GRE in order to be considered for graduate study?” Yet, I guess the answer I seek is partly found in this person’s response. Although she was very polite and quick to reply, in all her responses, she referred to potential students not as applicants but files. We are files, files to be processed—or not to be processed. I get it. If I were employed to go through an exorbitant number of applications, I am sure that the stacks would slowly stop representing people and become files. However, this does not excuse schools from using ambiguous language and making potential students think they have a shot of acceptance when in reality many schools do use empirical data such as GRE scores as means to eliminate applicants (files) outright. And since the nature of this game has to be by the “process of elimination,” then wouldn’t it be better to let applicants know this information up front, especially when dollar amounts of letters, transcripts, score reports, and application fees (not to mention postage, paper, and ink) add up to be over $100+ per application. Whatever a school's reasons for this ambiguity (even if it is simply because benchmarks can and do vary year to year) updates on websites cannot be that taxing. And I find it hard to believe thousands of dollars of application fee revenue is anything but pocket change to big universities; so I left with the feeling that this is simply bad business practice that does not get called out enough. I am questioning applying to any schools that can't outright state that there are certain criterion such as a GRE number that immediately mark an applicant as unreviewable and ready for the shredder. I value holistic scoring and therefore would most likely fit in at a school that parallels this philosophy. Perhaps, my experiences here are singular, but I wanted to at least share this with others who are embarking on this process that GRE bottom-lines do exist even though the language on graduate school websites do not reveal such. So I’m paying it forward, one file to all the other files out there.
  20. I will be graduating next fall from a state university history program with an anticipated 3.8-3.9 GPA. I am looking into Master programs for Public History from Northeastern, Boston University, NYU, University of Vermont and American University. I plan on studying for the GRE this semester and taking it in the summer. However, standardized testing and I don't get along very well. How much emphasis is placed on the different subjects of the GRE for a public history program? Also, will coming from a small state university with up to five transfers credits from a community college from intersessions make it more difficult to get accepted into these programs since community college is not taken as seriously?
  21. i just took the Gre for the first time in Aug 2011? I just got my scores back and i am not sure how bad they are? can u help? I am applying for a Masters in Coastal Management of Fall 2012 verbal- 143 Quant-141 Ana-3 I want to retake it in Dec. Do u have any tips? I know for sure my math is my weakest section? thanks
  22. I wish to apply for a PhD program in Computer Science next Fall. For personal reasons, I want to stay at a specific geographic region, so there are a small number of Universities that I can apply for. I was thinking about writing to some of the professors of those Universities whose work I find interesting. My academic record is good, but not extraordinary, and I have a few papers published in local journals. My GRE is scheduled in October. What should I write to the professors? Will it be something like an SOP? What things should I highlight? Or should I wait for my GRE score and then write? Your help and advice would be very much appreciated.
  23. Ive been studying (3.5 weeks) for the GRE using a hand-me down Princeton Review GRE Manual (6.3) for practice sets, and what I thought was a relevant strategy book, Princeton Review's "Cracking the GRE 2011 Edition". In the "Cracking" book it mentioned the New GRE and suggested that the book I was using would be adequate for either test, the main argument being that the content can't change drastically as this is a standardized test, and those who take it earlier than August can't be judged on a completely different scale than those who take it after. I'm strong in Verbal, so I have been focusing on quantitative preparation and have drilled extensively with the questions from the old format. The last practice test I took was on August 5th, and I assumed that this test was practice for the New GRE as well. However when I went to access the practice tests again this evening, I saw that the test was a completely new format, my old practice test score had disappeared. There were some quantitative questions that I didnt really recgonize or plan for. Also the built in calculator and extra buttons really threw me off. And on the verbal the emphasis is placed much more heavily on reading comprehension, which was not where the bulk of my preparation took place. I have a test scheduled for August 30th, this coming tuesday. Should I snag a copy of the new book and learn what I can about the new format over the weekend? Or should I take the New GRE for investigative purposes and not accept my scores? I feel as if the new test has more drastic changes than I anticipated. Any opinions?
  24. Hey guys - I'm new here and starting to organize myself to apply for mental health counseling and human development MA's in Fall 2012. Just thought I would open this up to talk about the hurdles faced for us UK students when applying to US and Canadian schools! In particular, issues about funding, GRE scores, the lovely WES evaluation process, admittance rates for international students and the like! Personally, I come from an average-ranked school in London and graduated with First Class honours in psychology and criminology. Most probably applying to Columbia TC, NYU Steinhardt, McGill, U of Denver, George Washington U and Johns Hopkins. Does anyone have any experience when it comes to international applications?!
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