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  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. wn votefavo I took the GRE General earlier this year and got a 160Q/156V with a 3.5 writing. I am hoping to apply to mid-level ranked statistics M.S. programs (ranked 15-50ish), does anyone think that those scores are strong enough to be competitive or should I retake it? I'm having a hard time finding admission statistics aren't incredibly vague (Competitive applications have done well on the GRE..., etc.). I know a lot of depends on how strong the rest of your transcript is, fwiw I graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry with a 3.3 GPA and have worked in a biostatistics lab.
  9. is stanford GRE dates strict?

    hello, i was wondering if anyone knows about the gre scores at stanford(gse) i'm going to take the test in october but i want to take it again in november. is it ok to take it in november when they say taking it until october is recommended?(on the website) not sure if this is really strict or it might be ok to take it one more time in november
  10. I appreciate if someone can answer this question!!! Please share! this is of common interest!
  11. I just got my GRE scores: AW 4.5, V 170, Q 170. I feel a bit bad about my writing score. The other two measures are great obviously, and the V much better than I expected. I will apply for a Econ PhD this fall, and aim at the top 10-15. I know it's tough to get accepted, but my GPA is strong and so are my letters. I'm only concerned about my writing score. Do you think I should retake the GRE? By doing so I'll most likely spoil my perfect scores in the other two sections. Fyi: I'm an international applicant. Not sure if this makes any difference...
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. HI , I am from a third tire college from India. Currently I have 6.8 GPA in 5 semesters. I know its quite low, what should be considered as decent GPA for getting in good Universities for Masters in Computer Science. What should I be doing to increase my chances for getting acceptance in decent Universities despite having low GPA. What Universities should I focus on for specialization in Machine Learning/Data Science. Thanx
  15. Hello! I'm wondering if anyone has some insight into the psychology graduate program at McMaster and their requirements for the GRE? In their admission requirements section they indicate that the GRE is not mandatory but that it's encouraged. Does anyone know if this means they don't penalize you for poor scores? To give some context, I test very badly due to standardized testing anxiety. My verbal and writing scores are great, but my math is pretty bad ... I'm going to re-take on October 16th, so it may improve. But in the chance that it stays bad, would it be to my detriment to include my GRE scores in my application? Let me know your thoughts! And any other info about the program too and the application procedure would be greatly appreciated
  16. SLP advising help

    Hi all- just wanted to share a new website I started- http://slpgradschool.com/ (or just enter slpgradschool.com) to help undergraduate speech pathology and audiology students improve their chances of getting into graduate school. The site has tutorials- videos too- on all aspects of getting into grad school. I've been in the field for 12 years and have served on two different university admission committees so have a pretty good sense of what schools are looking for. On the site, I give you lots of strategic ways to improve your chances of getting in and even explain the parts of the process. For example, its the start of the fall semester-- if you are a senior, you should have asked the 3 or 4 people you've identified to write your letters of rec already. Check it out!
  17. Gallaudet Audiology

    Can anyone give me insight on applying to Gallaudet's audiology program (enrollment of Fall semester 2018)? I just have endless questions that I can't seem to find the answers to so I'm hoping someone who has been admitted into the program can give some advice I desperately need!!! Like how strict are they on gpa? Will a great resume balance that out or do they not look at the whole package? Do I even have a chance? I have not yet taken the GRE but I have a 3.3 overall gpa and 3.6 in CSD. I have research experience, hands on hearing aid presentations at local public schools, literacy tutor, and assisting in the speech clinic currently with the autism transitions class (helps integrate those children into regular classrooms). Plus alot more!!! I have rec's from our school's audiologist and the co-director of our clinic/program who is also an audiologist. Will any of these make a difference with my less than desirable gpa??/ PLEASE HELP ANYONE
  18. Hello! I'm wondering if anyone has some insight into the psychology graduate program at McMaster and their requirements for the GRE? In their admission requirements section they indicate that the GRE is not mandatory but that it's encouraged. Does anyone know if this means they don't penalize you for poor scores? To give some context, I test very badly due to standardized testing anxiety. My verbal and writing scores are great, but my math is pretty bad ... I'm going to re-take on October 16th, so it may improve. But in the chance that it stays bad, would it be to my detriment to include my GRE scores in my application? Let me know your thoughts! And any other info about the program too and the application procedure would be greatly appreciated
  19. What's the best way to tackle the last couple weeks of studying for the GRE and how did you stay motivated through the final push of studying? I am taking the GRE in about 3 weeks. I've been studying for a couple of months and took my second power prep about 3 weeks ago and scored well/where I was aiming for in verbal (166) and about as well as I have been in quant (150). Would like to score similarly (or better!) when I take the test, however I've had to take a couple of weeks off of studying (traveling, moving, etc.) and am starting my final GRE prep before I take the exam. Any advice on how to best focus my studying and improve my score in the last couple of weeks? Should I just keep drilling example questions? I'm tempted not to do another full practice exam since I've hit my target score and to focus on reviewing vocabulary and doing practice problems from Kaplan/Manhattan 5lb book--thoughts? And any math cramming advice? I know you can't really cram for the GRE, but I don't want to put too much time into studying math as I doubt it matters that much for my program (art history) but I'd like to bring up my score a little bit if I can as it is on the low side. Thanks!!
  20. 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?
  21. Grade my GRE Essays?

    hi could someone or multiple people give feedback on my recent gre practice essays; it would be much appreciated. as an fyi i turned off the spell check so things might get a bit sloppy.
  22. I just starting prepping for the Analytical Writing section of the GRE, and I was wondering if anyone would be willing to read some of my samples essays and critique them based on the Official Guide scoring?
  23. I'm just beginning to prep for the GRE writing section, and I was wondering if someone would be nice enough to read samples of my writing and critique them based on the Official Guide Scoring?
  24. Hi, I'm a final year student at University of Hong Kong with a gpa around 3.7 (first honors), GRE 325 (from the official gre powerprep test), 2 research assistant works, with a double major in Marketing and Psychology. I did join a few consulting extracurricular activities at my school and did an internship at U.S. Department of Commerce, a bank, and a big cosmetics company. I already sorted one of my recommendation letters and am planning to ask another professor I know next week. I am planning to apply to: MS. in Marketing Science in Columbia, MS in Marketing in USC, MS in Applied Economics in Johns Hopkins, MS in Marketing in Johns Hopkins. What are my chances at each of these schools?