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  1. Governments should place few, if any, restrictions on scientific research and development. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the recommendation and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, describe specific circumstances in which adopting the recommendation would or would not be advantageous and explain how these examples shape your position. ======= Research and development are important ascpects for growth of our society. From stepping on the Moon to the quest of habitating Mars, we have achived a lot in terms of technology. Sometimes, research can also be destructive and to keep the same in check, Government should place a few restrictions over how we pursure research. There should not be too many restrictions so as to affect the efficiency of our researchers but a few sothat we do not develop another weapon of mass distruction like nuclear bombs. Too many restrictions lead to delay in progress and slow down the develpoment. Investors and researchers tend to move their comapnies and labs to places where there is minimum goverment restrictions so that they can focus more on there reseach than filing for permits. Pharma companies are granted many patients each year by govt so that there hardworkis not taken away by their competitiors. However, if there were no restrictions imposed on there patients, these companies would keep on rasing the prices of drug so high that people would not be able tobenefit from it. Therefore, restriction on patient tenure and price cap helps to make sure that the research and develpment is actually helping the common people. Restrictions are necessary in areas like military research where their is national security involved. There is fulx of restructions to ensure that no data is leaked and national interest in manitained. Restrictions should be limited so that the efficiency of research is not affected and does not demotiviate our reserachers. ======= Also if possible, please explain the score and some areas where I should improve. Thank you so much!
  2. ankitg

    Argument task review

    The following appeared in a letter to the editor of the Balmer Island Gazette. "On Balmer Island, where mopeds serve as a popular form of transportation, the population increases to 100,000 during the summer months. To reduce the number of accidents involving mopeds and pedestrians, the town council of Balmer Island should limit the number of mopeds rented by the island's moped rental companies from 50 per day to 25 per day during the summer season. By limiting the number of rentals, the town council will attain the 50 percent annual reduction in moped accidents that was achieved last year on the neighboring island of Seaville, when Seaville's town council enforced similar limits on moped rentals." Write a response in which you discuss what questions would need to be answeredin 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. ===== The above argument in wrong on various accounts. Primarily because of many assumptions being made without the underlying supporting facts. The argument assumes that reducing the number of rental mopeds to half would result in all attaining a 50 percent annual reduction in moped accidents. This assumption is made without the supporting fact that how each moped directly contributes to accidents. Even if every moped directly contibutes to increase in accidents, the population increases in the summer months and the cap for rental companies will be enforced during the same season. If going by the assuption, this should help reduce the accidents in that summar season only, however the assuption over the annual modep accidents is being made instead of only the summer season. The argument also assumes that what worked for the neighboring island Seaveille will work for the island of Balmer. No details regading the cities population and traffic conditions have been mentioned. It could be possible that the city of Seaville also improved the roads and imposed stricter traffic rules which lead to the decrease in accidents. Even if the two cities are entirely similar and have same traffic structure, there could be a possibility that the city of Seaville had very few visitors last year which in turn lead to 50 perecent reduction in accidents. The limit of 50 per day has been reduced to 25 per day but the arguemntdoes not mention any limits on the number of such different moped retal companies that can operate in the city. Since the limit has been reduced, these rental companies may open a new company under a different name which in turn would again offer another 25 mopeds. This way the number of modeps available for retal might remain the same. The argument could have been improved if no new companies were allowed to give mopeds for rental. Because the argument makes number of unwarranted assumptions, it fails to convience how the recommendation will show the predicted results. ======= Also if possible, please explain the score and some areas where I should improve. Thank you so much!
  3. 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.
  4. I'm an American applying to masters programs at business schools in France. My GPA is quite low, 2.91, don't have any special work experience, research, etc. I really wanted a high GRE score to make me stand out - also considering most applicants probably aren't anglophones, so the way I see it, a mediocre score reflects particularly badly on me. I've only been studying 6 weeks and I think I could at the latest retake the test in 4 weeks to make the last deadline for an American school I'm applying to as a safety (French schools have later deadlines). Is it worth pushing through another few grueling weeks? Would a higher score really help me?
  5. TalkPoliticsToMe

    Funding Considerations - Advice Needed

    Hi all, Is a score of 307 too low for funding consideration and/or admission to an MPP program? I am not great at standardized tests which is why I am debating retaking it, however, I am not sure I can do that much better. This is the one portion of my application that is causing me anxiety. 5.5 Writing 153 Q 154 V My undergraduate GPA is 3.33 (3.60 in my major) and I will have five years of work experience by the time I enroll. Most of my experience is in private sector within the healthcare industry. Schools I am applying to: Michigan (Ford), Duke (Sanford), and Chicago (Harris). Thank you.
  6. Anyone on here applying to Tulane for Anthropology or Linguistics this year? I've applied to both Anthropology (cultural) and EEB for PhDs, and my partner applied for Anthropology (linguistic) and Linguistics. Tulane is our top choice, so I'm super nervous about getting in/getting funding! My GPA is okay (3.35 for unofficial transcript, probably gonna be 3.5 by final transcript - it's mostly my freshman year weighing me down), as are my GRE scores (QU: 150, QA: 160, W: 4.5), but I've got 2 major research projects, 2 internships, a small business (unrelated to the field of study), and even kinda-sorta a published paper under my belt! Plus my statement of purpose was good (I hope), and my LORs were amazing, or at least my professors thought highly of me... My POI showed significant interest (I think, he seemed to like my research ideas, interests, and what not, but just kept encouraging me to apply), as did my partner's, but I just don't know if I can make the cut! I just wanna know! It's hard enough hoping for your own spot, but I'm riding on my partner getting in too!!! Anyone else super stressed?
  7. Andromeda3921

    'Am I competitive? ' thread (Sociology)

    I went through the hugely popular 'Am I competitive'? Thread in Government Affairs and was wondering if it made sense to create an overall thread in this forum as well. I only noticed three very specific threads on here (linking the one I found to be slightly more general). Hopefully, I get answers and others who are asking themselves the same/similar questions get on here and find answers as well! Program: PhD in Sociology Schools Applying To: Columbia University, University of Chicago, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, National University of Singapore, University of California - Berkeley, London School of Economics, Sciences Po Long-listed Schools: Harvard University, University of California - Los Angeles, Yale University, Princeton University, University of Wisconsin - Madison, University of Amsterdam, New York University, Cornell University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of North Carolina, University of Texas -Austin, Brown University, Duke University, Boston University, John's Hopkins University, Northwestern University, University of California - Irvine, University of California - San Diego, University of Maryland Interests: Urban sociology - Qualitative Transportation, Identities, Spatiality, Heritage ; Comparative Sociology; Applied Sociology; International Development; South Asia; Public Policy Expectations from Programmes: Program: Interdisciplinary, Allowing students to choose courses across departments, emphasis/known for applied approach Resources: Ongoing projects with vibrant research space, Access to funding, Encouraging collaborations, Good enough brand to ensure employment on completion of programme, preferably located in an urban area to aid fieldwork.  Graduate Institution: Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India Graduate Major/Degree: MA in Development Studies (Integrated Course, no undergraduate degree granted separately) Graduate GPA: 7.99/10 Undergraduate Minor: Operations Research GRE: V 168/ Q 156 / AW 4.5 TOEFL: 113 (iBT) Age: 25 Languages: English & Tamil - Fluent ; German - A2 completed, B1 in progress ; Hindi - Working Knowledge Work Experience: (2 years research experience currently, 3 years professional experience by Fall 2019) > 1.4 years at Indian Center of International policy think-tank : Spearheaded research project on on-going urban policy scheme in India > Currently freelancing as urban research consultant for local organization apart from volunteering with organizations dealing in gender and mental health advocacy > Multiple research internships as student > Policy report & newspaper OpEds published > Presented in multiple International conferences since undergraduate days SoP: Not begun yet, but will focus on specific research I hope to do (along lines of a proposal) LORs: 1 from Masters supervisor (senior Indian Urbanist and extremely well known internationally for seminal work on Urban informality) ; 1 from Professor during Masters degree (rising Anthropologist in India, knows me well personally) Can obtain 1 from previous boss (Head of Research at International policy think-tank, Member of PM's Economic Advisory Council in India) - however, would be one year since I quit the job. Concerns: 1. Low Graduate GPA 2. No academic/journal publications yet 3. Applied to Northwestern, NYU, U.Penn & U.Minnesota for Sociology PhD for Fall 2018 and got rejected by 3. U.Minn placed me on the Waitlist, but did not convert to an admit Would really love feedback if I am competitive for the range of schools I plan to apply to. I am posting early only to gain an understanding of what I can fix for the next round of applications.
  8. I have taken two of the practice tests in the Super Power Pack (PDF form) and scored very high on the verbal (165 and 164, respectively). My quant has been eh (152 to 159, respectively) on the PDF practice tests. I took PowerPrep today and only got 160 on verbal (somewhat lower than expected) and 158 on quant (around what I would expect given the last PDF test had me at 159). Is verbal generally easier in the PDF practice tests than in PowerPrep? Or am I just crossing my fingers that I had an off day when it came to verbal? PowerPrep 1's verbal seemed a lot more confusing to me than verbal sections on Magoosh and the Super Power Pack practice tests. What has been everyone else's experiences here? Thank you all in advance!
  9. AudEcon

    GRE Ph.D. Econ Top US schools

    Hi, I will apply to Ph.D programs this fall and I was considering retaking the GRE. I was wondering what was the score cut off for top schools like Harvard, NW, UCLA, MIT and so on. Right now my score is 162 (V) 165 (Q) 4.5 (AWA).
  10. Bayesian1701

    My advice on doing well on the GRE

    I wrote this advice on the Magoosh facebook group and I thought I would post it here as well. I took the test on August 25, 2017, and received 167Q/160V/4.0AWA. I was nervous and I think I could have retaken and got a higher quant score but I felt like there isn't enough of a difference to adcoms between 167/170 to justify retaking in my case. I definitely recommend Magoosh, I actually tried it and canceled it in March until I realized there wasn't anything as good out there at a similar price (in my opinion). My magoosh predicted ranges were Q167-170 & V160-165. I had about 100 verbal questions left and I retook all missed quant questions. I took my first practice test in February, but I didn't start really studying until June. I don't have much verbal advice, but here are the books I used and the tests I took. I used the magoosh 90 day advanced plan from June to August. I did not do all the verbal practice in the plan since my target verbal score was 155. I also bought the Magoosh quant tutoring package, which I recommend. Overall, I feel that no practice tests accurately represent the 2nd hard quant section (for those who do well on the 1st section) beside the powerprep tests. I also recommend that in addition to watching the video explanations for the questions you miss and that you watch the videos for the questions you took longer than the average pace. I would also wait to retake missed problems until the very end of your practice, I remembered the answer to multiple problems. Below are the books and practice tests I used to prepare.BooksManhattan Prep 5 LB Book - Highly recommend anyone aiming for a 90%+ percentile on quant to do the last half of every chapterETS Official GuideETS Quant Practice ProblemsETS Verbal Practice ProblemsManhattan Prep Text Completion and Sentance Equilivance Strategy Guide - The words are very obscure, but it helped me learn how to guess betterManhattan Prep Word Problems Strategy Guide - More helpful than I would have thought, great if you need more practice outside of MagooshManhattan Prep Quantitative Comparison - also great if you need more QC practiceNova GRE Math Prep Course - it has questions arranged by topic and difficulty. Contains around 200 hard and very hard problems. There are some typos, but most of the time they are pretty obviousI did not use the GMAT official guide as suggested in the plan.I bought the Ready4GRE app, but I don't recommend it.Practice tests listed in order over 6 monthsKaplan- Q164/V155 (free), Looking back it was too easyManhattan Prep 1 (MP) - Q160/V155 In general, the MP quant section was WAY too hard, the verbal was pretty weird but the scores were pretty accurate for me. I felt the quant sections were demoralizing and made me feel like I wasn’t making progress.MP 2 - Q163/V159MP 3 - Q160/V160ETS Paper 1 - Q165/V160Magoosh Q167/V158ETS Paper 2 - Q169/V159Princeton Review - Q164/V162 (free) The second quant section felt accurate, but I felt it was graded too hard (I missed 3 questions total on quant).Crunch Prep - (free) Q164/V157 The quant was weird, and they advertise that they grade AWA but they didn't grade mine before my trial endedMP4- Q161/V161The economist - Quit after the first section of quant, the question format and topics were way different from ETS material. It's the only free test I don't recommend.MP5 - Q163/V156Powerprep 1 - Q169/V159 - Quant was easy for me, but I thought the verbal was hardPowerprep 2- Q166/V163 opposite of PP 1, quant had a few very hard questions
  11. minji2019

    MPP GRE retake

    My best GRE score is 158 Verbal / 167 Quant / 5.0 AWA. This is my third try and I am not sure if I can improve next time.... I got my bachelor's degree from middle-high university in Asia and GPA is around 3.5.. I am hoping to get into Chicago Harris, Columbia SIPA, JHU SAIS, Cornell CIPA. ( I know that I am aiming for high schools) Of course there will be many factors when it comes to admissions and I do understand that my score is in the same range. BUT THE QUESTION STILL REMAINS..... Should I retake the test again to strengthen my application?
  12. I took the test yesterday. Yes, I'm aware that my scores are low: 146Q and 151V I'm a senior studying Political Science and would continue in the field if I were to go (Comparative). My GPA is 3.6/major is 3.9. I started my search into grad school last year when a professor, in my department, suggested that I think about it. I put that search on pause in spring semester when I realized how problematic my quant score would be. Come this semester, I went and I informed my department of my choice. The professor who had suggested that I go told me that I was letting fear get in the way, that I did fine in his methods course, and grad statistics wasn't anything I couldn't learn. So, I gave it a try. I studied for five weeks (not as much as I would've liked) and began the application process(es). Here's the thing: I have cerebral palsy, which has always made math difficult and my reading ability slowed. I've made it through undergrad without accommodations and without sharing with my professors. I've never enjoyed receiving inflated grades, and thus, it's been wonderful to prove myself independent of the knowledge of my disability. Since my sophomore year, I've been told that my analysis was at a graduate level. Furthermore, despite struggling with math, the undergraduate methods course was not a problem. a constant struggle. Yes, I know I could have received accommodations on the GRE, but time was not on my side. Here's what I need to know: If my SOP and LORs are strong, given my GPA do I have a chance? All the programs I'm considering are Ph.D. My top school is at the bottom of top the top 25 (UW-Madison). The average for scores of applicants admitted in 2017 was: 87th percentile verbal and 70 percentile quant. There's another school within the top 25 of the field (though, it's lacking in my subfield) that I'm considering. The department has admitted 1-3 people per cycle with 130-150 quant scores (University of Minnesota) The two other schools are in the 3rd tier, and I've looked and I've yet to find the GRE averages (Indiana-Bloomington and Illinois-Urbana) I'm attending a liberal arts state school, and the department does not offer research opportunities. All of my "research" is for coursework. I am involved in extra-curricular pertaining to my interests and have received awards an recognition at regional conferences, for one in particular (Model UN). Thanks.
  13. SpaceCowboy113

    GRE Studygroup?

    Does anyone have a GRE study group or something i can join? if so let me know. Ill probably take it in june.
  14. “Students should fund their education with part-time work that they do while they study.” I agree with the speaker, as anything which is available at free of cost will loose its value. A student who spends his own money might know to value of class hours and he won’t skip a period in purpose. The student will also try to study well and try to get good grades to not waste his hard earned money he paid for education. The part-time job if it is relevant to the student’s field of study will definitely improve his knowledge and also he will get a practical knowledge and it will help in his future career. I is also a fact that spending valuable time in part time jobs rather than studying is not going to improve ones academic scores. Instead of wasting hours in jobs, one can focus in research in his field of study or gain knowledge outside his field of study. Various studies conducted suggest that the relaxation of brain is required for good health and mental ability to learn. Apart from studies and work, we need to allocate a adequate amount of time for our hobbies and entertainment. Also, a person who is living independently may find it difficult to spend his little earned money on education and satisfying his basic needs as-well. Medicine and Education should be free of cost to ensure that all the citizens irrespective of their financial status could get a proper education.
  15. 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!
  16. Just a word of advice for fellow prospective grad students, specifically those from the non-math background and applying for social sciences degrees. GRE Quant is getting tougher by the day for the non-math background types. Quoting my own example, I had prepared using the Manhattan Prep online tests. I was scoring in the mid 150s. In the real test, I got 149. There were hardly any questions in the actual quant from the Manhattan Online testing tools. There were tons of twisted coordinate geometry questions (figuratively speaking), quadratic equations, frequency and variation and stuff. I didn't encounter any such questions in the five Manhattan tests that I give. I guess they don't update their question bank and are just ripping off paying customers. For my re-attempt, I would rather stick to all the free tests available plus other online and offline tools. All that talk about Manhattan tests actually tougher than the actual GRE is bull***. They might have been tougher four years ago and also representative of the actual test. Not anymore. And yes I know they're adaptive and all but I'm talking about the first section here, which was also non-representative of the actual test. PS All this advice, as mentioned earlier, is for those from the non-math background. Quant pros don't need to brag about their 160+ scores. I can counter by my 161/5.5 in V/AWA
  17. Issue prompt : A nation should require all of its students to study the same national curriculum until they enter college. Essay : Education plays the key role in shaping a student's future. Hence, the curriculum which is being followed is an important factor. A curriculum defines the set of subjects and the courses of action involved in the teaching of the students. Therefore, the national curriculum is set the same to ensure all the students have the same basic knowledge till they enter college. As education is the foundation to shape a student's future career, it needs to be same for all. By having the same national curriculum, we can ensure that all the students have the similar fundamental and base knowledge. Considering there are different curriculum, one including only Science and Social, if a student picks science and the other picks social, both the students tend to have different knowledge from the beginning of a young age. And this, reduces the exposure of the student to any other different subjects involved in a different curriculum. It is more efficient to have the same curriculum to provide the same foundation and base knowledge. Until a student reaches a certain age, he/she might be unsure of what career path to choose further. Providing the options of different curriculum forces the student to make a choice at a young age, which can lead to wrong decisions affecting the future of their career. If a student is confused between Computer and Biology, there can be a curriculum which provides the fundamental knowledge of both, rather than dividing it into two different curriculum and thereby forcing the student to make a choice. A national curriculum with a variety of subjects can also give the student an insight into the options available, which might be more helpful in picking a course in college. It prevents the limitation of knowledge and scope. The competition level is more fair, when all the students follow the same curriculum. If there are different curriculum with different level of difficulties, it is unfair to pitch these two category of students when considering for college. Therefore, it is better to have the same curriculum to make it more fair. But if a student is already sure of the path or career he/she wants to focus on, then it can also be efficient to choose the required curriculum instead of having to study everything. In conclusion, The more effective way of education is to ensure all the students of a nation study the same national curriculum until they enter college. Argument prompt : The following is a memorandum from the business manager of a television station. "Over the past year, our late-night news program has devoted increased time to national news and less time to weather and local news. During this period, most of the complaints received from viewers were concerned with our station's coverage of weather and local news. In addition, local businesses that used to advertise during our late-night news program have canceled their advertising contracts with us. Therefore, in order to attract more viewers to our news programs and to avoid losing any further advertising revenues, we should restore the time devoted to weather and local news to its former level." 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 : The following argument is flawed for numerous reasons. Primarily, the argument is based on the assumption that the reduction in time of devoted to the weather and local news is the cause of more complaints and loss in advertising revenues. The argument fails to provide any concrete justification to the fact that the complaints were because of the reduced time devoted to weather and local news. For one, there could be problem in the accuracy of the news being delivered and the host of the weather and local news. More significantly, the specifications of the complaint have not been specified. It also does not specify that these complaints led to the decrease in the number of viewers overall. Had the argument provided more information regarding the nature and type of complaints received, then argument could prove that it was due to the reduced time. Over the period the year, it can also be noticed that the late-night news show the weather and local news. A weather forecast is more effective if shown in the morning, so that the people can plan their day accordingly. And hence the argument can only be proved by elaborating on the complaints. There is no direct connection between the cancelling of advertisements by the local businesses to the reduced time of the weather and local news. This cancellation can be due to the fact that the news is being forecasted late-night and hence the number an frequency of people viewing these news will be lesser. If the argument provided more insight into the reason for the cancellation, then the argument could further try to prove the cause of this as the reduced time o weather and local news. Also restoring the time to their former level does not give any idea of the initial time devoted and how beneficiary that proved in terms of the number of viewers. Because the argument makes unwarranted assumptions, it fails to make a convincing case that the complaints and cancelling of the advertisements is due to the reduction of time devoted to the weather and local news.
  18. Hello, I wanted to see what schools people recommend for graduate program in speech language pathology that look at more than just GPA and GRE. MY GPA is not competitive. My GRE scores are very low. I may retake them. I have a lot of experience. This round I applied to: NAU- summers program NOVA Chapman University Idaho State University Eastern New Mexico University .
  19. Argument Prompt : “The following is part of a memorandum from the president of Humana University. 'Last year the number of students who enrolled in online degree programs offered by nearby Omni University increased by 50 percent. During the same year, Omni showed a significant decrease from prior years in expenditures for dormitory and classroom space, most likely because online instruction takes place via the Internet. In contrast, over the past three years, enrollment at Humana University has failed to grow and the cost of maintaining buildings has increased. Thus, to increase enrollment and solve the problem of budget deficits at Humana University, we should initiate and actively promote online degree programs like those at Omni.' Write a response in which you examine the stated and/or unstated assumptions of the argument. Be sure to explain how the argument depends on these assumptions and what the implications are for the argument if the assumptions prove unwarranted.” Essay: In a comparison of his own university and Omni University, the president of Humana University comes to the conclusion that Omni University’s increased online degree program enrollment is to thank for lower costs for dormitory and classroom spaces. Due to the fact that Humana University enrollment has stagnated during the past three years, the president proposes that Humana starts ACTIVELY advertising online degree programs, in hopes that this will lower rising building maintenance costs and increase enrollment. While it is a fact that Omni University’s online degree programs have seen a surge in enrollment of 50%, the president of Humana assumes that this increase is at least partially made up of new students who were not already attending. This assumption may not be correct, as currently enrolled students could have simply chosen to switch to online degree programs for any number of reasons. It is entirely possible that Omni University started advertising their online degree programs more aggressively to their current students, or they could have offered incentive for their students to switch to online degree program, such as reduced costs, or classes available year-round that one could normally only take during specific terms. Omni University also boasts a decrease in expenses in dormitories and classrooms compared with previous years, which could be attributed to more students enrolled online, However, there are many factors which could explain the reductions. For example, if Omni had recently implement more energy-efficient lights, or appliances, or even if they had installed many solar panels to reduce their energy costs. As previously discussed, the increased online degree program enrollment may have been due to current students changing their status or signing up for an additional degree to complete online and compliment their other degree in progress. Enrollment at Humana hasn’t grown over the past three years, while building costs have increased. But has the number of students enrolled in online degree programs increased? If Humana hasn’t been making the effort to promote their online degree programs to those outside the university, then their degree programs could be filled with students who switched from regular degrees to online programs. Humana University’s enrollment has not been increasing over the past three years, while their building maintenance costs have only gone up. Although it is possible that promoting their online degree program could both reduce their building maintenance costs and increase enrollment, the evidence this conclusion was based on needs further analysis. It is not certain that Omni University has increased their overall enrollment as a result of their online degree program, nor that the decrease in costs related to dormitories and classrooms can be attributed to this increase. Therefore, the evidence seen at Omni needs to be further inspected before Humana decides to go ahead with their promotion of their online degree programs. Issue Prompt: “The main benefit of the study of history is to dispel the illusion that people living now are significantly different from people who lived in earlier times. 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: It is thought that that study of history is most beneficial due to its ability to discredit the notion that modern humans are noticeably different from those who lived in the past. History allows us to compare modern ideas, technology, government, science, and more to whatever degree of each existed at a certain point in the past. But is truly the most important reason behind the study of history that it allows us to realize that we live and act differently from our ancestors? At some point during primary schools, most Americans study both world history and US history, Undoubtedly, the most catastrophic events are discussed – world wars, revolutions, slavery, independence, changes in government, and more. Understanding the decisions that led to suffering, displacement, and death of people informs us of what mistakes should not be repeated in modern times. An example of this is the division of the Middle East that led to the countries we know of today, and the myriad of ongoing or recent problems many of them have faced. It is now known that the more or less random drawing of borders – by European countries staking claim to the land there – is to blame for many of these issues. This mistake has allowed us to realize today that it’s not only unwise, but also unjust for militarily powerful countries dominate more vulnerable countries in such a way. Modern medicine is fairly recent, although science and technology has existed in less complex forms for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years. In Ancient Egypt, the most advanced technology, combined with human labor, was used to construct the pyramids, which have withstood the test of time. Now we can look back on these feats and be more appreciative of the advances that have led to where we are now, when a single person can operate a crane capable of lifting thousands of pounds of material, allowing skyscrapers to be built in the span of months, not the decades that were needed to build the pyramids. Similarly, as recently as one hundred years ago, a common cold could easily prove to be fatal, whereas more serious illness might have been treated in relatively unproductive ways, such as bloodletting, to allow the “bad blood” to leave the body. However, advances in medicine and industrialization have made simple cold medicine available on the shelves of your local supermarket, and many formerly serious illness have been tackled, with those still remaining a worry being actively researched every day by scientists around the world. On the other hand, history is not always inferior to the present. The study of prior use of tools or organic materials can inform researchers today of new ways to use technology and the materials available to use. Before the massacre and destruction of culture that Native Americans in the US faced, some of them used eucalyptus leaves in their noses to clear congestion. Now, eucalyptus oil is commonly used in cold remedies. The study of history is very useful in informing us of past mistakes, while allowing us to appreciate the advances we’ve made since. Conversely, the tools and practices of the past can still help inform our usage of tools and materials today. Regardless of this, the study of history is essential in allowing us to understand the ways we are different from our ancestors, and degree to which this is the case.
  20. SpaceCowboy113

    AWA Issue Task review please!!

    Hello everyone, im planning on taking the GRE this year and would be very thankful if anyone could review my issue task essay. Thank you so much in advance. 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. Characteristics of a society: Culture, Religion, Political. Opinion: True but not totally. Reasons: Culture in the rural area of the country. Although it is true that many of a society’s characteristics can be evidenced by studying its major cities, leaving out minor cities or towns might produce a biased result originating a misconception. Some of the most important characteristics of a society are culture, religion and politics. And all three may vary greatly depending on the location of study. A society’s culture can be almost fully understood by studying the major cities since its were people from many parts of the country come together. The only problem is that when so many traditions get mixed, the original essence of culture is lost. People are so lost in a sea of traditions that no one holds a unique identity anymore. This can be evidenced in Colombia, Cali is one of its major cities and serves as home for people from all over the country and abroad. Some may argue that Cali displays the whole cultural spectrum of the country, but the truth is that Salsa is not the most important component of Colombian culture. One would have to travel to Salento or Manizales which are both small towns in order to pickup coffee from the fields or listen to traditional stories since Cali offers neither. Moreover, religion has been shifting greatly in the last few years. Globalization and access to information has made people more critic. This along with news that damage the catholic church reputation has created a wave of skepticism in major cities where studied people live. This is not the case for small towns and minor cities were the church influence might be far too great and people may not be as informed as in major cities. For instance, the religious point of view might be very different in Cali when compared to Buga which is a small town greatly known for its church which is said to hold a religious treasure from times past. Contrary to the statement, the political view of a country is not determined by the political view of the major cities. In Colombia people from the cities wished for a more socialist government which would concentrate its efforts on education and keeping the newly acquired peace. On the other hand, people from the countryside wished for a far right government which would attack rebel groups that constantly produce violence. Therefore, although major cities do hold a large number of people which can provide an idea of a society’s most important characteristics. It is unwise to leave towns and minor cities out of the picture, since it is thanks to the little details given by them that a society’s characteristics can be truly understood.
  21. Anyone on here applying to Tulane for Anthropology or Linguistics this year? I've applied to both Anthropology (cultural) and EEB for PhDs, and my partner applied for Anthropology (linguistic) and Linguistics. Tulane is our top choice, so I'm super nervous about getting in/getting funding! My GPA is okay (3.35 for unofficial transcript, probably gonna be 3.5 by final transcript - it's mostly my freshman year weighing me down), as are my GRE scores (QU: 150, QA: 160, W: 4.5), but I've got 2 major research projects, 2 internships, a small business (unrelated to the field of study), and even kinda-sorta a published paper under my belt! Plus my statement of purpose was good (I hope), and my LORs were amazing, or at least my professors thought highly of me... My POI showed significant interest (I think, he seemed to like my research ideas, interests, and what not, but just kept encouraging me to apply), as did my partner's, but I just don't know if I can make the cut! I just wanna know! It's hard enough hoping for your own spot, but I'm riding on my partner getting in too!!! Anyone else super stressed?
  22. Lmntry

    Measure Me Up - Econ

    Hello! I just wanted to see how I measured up. I am applying to MS and MA Econ programs - I picked a few very selective programs and a few not-very-selective programs. I am very passionate about Economic research. I thought going for a MS/MA before applying to a PhD program would at least give me the advantage of grad-level econometrics, a few better reference letters, some data science experience, and maybe a paper or something to speak to. While I know I’m not cut for top-15 (who knows, maybe not top 50) I wonder if I am competitive as a candidate at all. Basically, I plan to apply and if I don’t get in anywhere, my next step would be to continue working full-time, taking math classes, and learning R on the side. Undergrad: Anonymous, Nobody-Cares State School. Undergrad Major: Accounting with a minor in Econ. I’m currently enrolled in calc 1, as I skated around this requirement somehow. I do have Intermediate Micro and Trade Theory under my belt? Undergrad GPA: 3.56 LOR: 2 undergrad Econ professors, and my former employer Am I going to be shunned now because I didn’t break 160+ on the Quant?
  23. Hey guys I thought it would be good to start a thread for people applying for genetic counseling school for Fall 2017. I am starting to prepare for the GRE and the supplemental materials of the application since I will be in the midst of finals when applications are due. I would love to talk to more people about genetic counseling school who are also applying or have applied previously. I am just now getting a list of programs that I want to apply to, which includes: Northwestern University, Emory University, University of South Carolina, Stanford University, CSU Stanislaus, Boston University, University of Michigan, and UT Houston.
  24. You just had the experience of being admitted or rejected. According to what you see this time, would you say that the GRE was crucial to get admitted? Do you think that you were rejected somewhere only because of that low GRE? What is the minimum GRE score they want? What is your general conclusion about the damn GRE?
  25. I’m in the process of applying to three MPH programs: Emory, Georgia southern and university of Arizona for heath behaviors. I just took the GRE for the second time and I got a 151 V and 141 Q ? (quant this time around was the same as last). However my GPA was a 3.5 and I have some work experience. How bad will this horrible quant score affect me?? Or should I try for a third go around?

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