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  1. I imagine that the mean overall is shifted up because of engineering/physics applicants. Does anyone know what the mean and percentiles are for biology applicants?
  2. I recently took the GRE and got a 159 quant, which is about 75th percentile overall and 25th percentile among math candidates. My cumulative GPA is low, but the highest ranked school I’m applying to is ranked ~75th and my math grades are good/great. Should I bother retaking the GRE? And in general, do programs care particularly much about the regular part of the GRE? Is it mostly used to weed out applicants?
  3. Hello, Need advice! After repeated attempts, my GRE score is 165 V/148 Q. I do not think this is reflective of who I am as a candidate at all. I have a stellar academic background and a very high GPA, as well as a Masters degree. Admittedly, my focus has always been qualitative. I also work a great job in policy currently, but really aspire to apply to PhD Political Science programs this year. How much might this ruin my chances of getting into a top 20 school? Please advise. Would really appreciate it!! :)
  4. Started this topic to gather advice for my next step as well as to share thoughts/experience. I finished my Master of Math Finance at UToronto and have been a quant researcher (strat and data) for almost a year (undergrad in Stats). As I am seeking the best quant funds to learn and grow, feeling Canada is really not the place I should stay (small markets and not proactive), US/HK instead. Then I am thinking of applying another Master's in US (only way to get a job there and I won't do phD). As for HK, funds prefer experienced ones far as I know. Then it comes to what school/major to
  5. Hey guys! Thought I'd make a thread for the Quant program applicants for Fall 2019. Feel free to post the number of applications you filled and how's the wait going. I'm an international applicant and I've filled 6 applications (5 US, 1 Canada) and I've been visiting gradcafe just to read how others are holding up. My anxiety is bad due to the wait.
  6. 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 1
  7. Hi all, Is a score of 307 too low for funding consideration and/or admission? I am not great at standardized tests which is why I am debating retaking it. 5.5 Writing 153 Q 154 V My undergraduate GPA is 3.33 (3.60 in my major). Schools I am applying to: Michigan (Ford), Duke (Sanford), and Chicago (Harris). Thank you.
  8. Hi all, I'm new to the site, but I've been looking on here for a while. I am in hopes of being accepted to a graduate specialist level program in school psychology for Fall 2019. I am applying to MSU (current school), Central Michigan, Ball State, Wayne State, Grand Valley, and the University of Toledo. I plan on staying mostly in-state or in the midwest for school and picked NASP accredited programs. I just took the GRE again on Tuesday in hopes of doing better on my Quant and AW scores. I haven't gotten my AW score back, but I did not do any better on quant than before. I was devastate
  9. How rigorous and reputed is Stevens Institute of Technology for PhD in Financial Engineering?
  10. 1) The Acme Industrial Technical College has fallen on hard times. Last year its enrolment dropped by 20% and this year enrolment dropped another 15% from last year's. Next year the college expects to have 50% of this year's enrolment. What percentage of enrolment can be expected to drop for all 3 years? 2) Fifty white-tailed deer in a region are captured an ear-tagged, then released. Six months later, 50 more deer are captured, 35 of which are ear-tagged. Assuming the second group is representative of the deer population as a whole, what is the total population size (rounded to the neare
  11. Hi all! So I took the GRE about two weeks ago and scored a 146 Verbal, 154 Quantitative and a 5 on the A.W. I am satisfied with my Quant and A.W. scores, however, I know my Verbal score is terrible. I am retaking it on August 6th in hopes to improve my Verbal and at least maintain my other two scores, but what if I am unable to do so? Will I be competitive enough when applying to grad schools to receive an acceptance? I am currently working with a 3.83 GPA and have completed more than the 25 required observation hours at several different places. Any information anyone has that can help w
  12. Hi everyone, I studied for the GRE for months hoping to improve my quant score but I ended up getting a 162 in verbal and a 152 in quant. I'm applying to cinema and media studies MA programs, and I'd like to be in SoCal. Out of all of the schools there, only a few offer the program as an MA degree, so I don't have a lot of options. As of now, I'm definitely applying to UCLA and USC, and one CSU, and obviously UCLA is my top choice. I have a 3.88, a good amount of extracurricular's during undergrad (I was a peer mentor, volunteered with kids/mentor programs, and am currently interning as
  13. Hey all, I didn't study a lot for the general gre because of a busy semester. Anyways, I ended up verbal-153, quant-157, aw-4.5. So I'm pretty upset about my quant score. Should I retake the gre? I am planning on applying to master's programs in stats/applied math at UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UCI, and UCLA. I have a 4.0 GPA, two summers of research experience, three years of leadership experience with the math club at my school. Thanks, any input would be much appreciated.
  14. 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.
  15. Hello everyone, I recently took a diagnostic GRE practice test and scored a 156 on verbal and 154 on quant. I was wondering what the likely hood of getting above a 165 on both sections would be. Have any of you been able to increase your score more than 10 points per section? I will be taking the GRE on October 7th. Thank you
  16. In case you haven't seen this on your own or through Chris Blattman's blog post last week, Seeing Theory is a really neat learning resource for introductory statistical concepts. The site attempts to make statistical concepts more accessible through creating a visual learning format, allowing users to interact with visualization tools to get a better understanding. For some of the stats- and quant-averse folks in the IR/PP crowd, this could be super helpful. I know that in my own experience, getting a firm grasp of the geometric intuition underlying mathematical and statistical pr
  17. On Monday, a class has 8 girls and 20 boys. On Tuesday, a certain number of girls joined the class just as twice that number of boys left the class, changing the ratio of girls to boys to 7 to 4. How many boys left the class on Tuesday? (A) 5 (B) 6 (C) 11 (D) 12 (E) 18 From Manhattan prep. Question, which # is bigger? number of boys left the class or number of girls joined the class?? Thx
  18. Hey all, I am looking to see how likely I am to get into the following schools with the following criteria. I feel like I am fitting in somewhere around the average requirements of most applicants at these schools, with maybe a slightly lower GPA. GPA: 3.3 from a small liberal arts school in Ohio GRE: 161 V and 159 Q with 5.0 Analytical Writing Experience: 3 campaign cycles as an intern/volunteer (since '08), 3 campaign cycles as a paid staff in field management and data analytics; 1 year in nonprofit fundraising; 3 months interning with a lobbying firm in D.C.; Only 2 year
  19. Hi everyone, As a math major looking to get into a quantitative-heavy graduate program (engineering/computational finance/statistics/computer science), I am determined to get a [near] perfect quantitative reasoning score on the GRE. I would be happy with a 165-167 and absolutely thrilled with a 168-170. My question is: how exactly does one achieve these scores? I am still early in my GRE experience, but it seems to me no matter how much GRE math you know, there is usually at least one or two of the 40 (or 50) questions I have to guess on or stumps me with time. Additionally, there a
  20. Hello! I'm planning on applying to Psychology PhD programs this coming fall. I'm currently using magoosh and based on their practice tests and score prediction for practice problems, I'm scoring around a 148 Quant and 160 Verbal. I'm registered to take the test April 8th and want to make sure I'm doing everything I can to get my math score up. I've always struggled with standardized math tests, even though I excel in statistics and math classes so I'm not sure what I should work on. Any suggestions or resources would be much appreciated!
  21. Hi folks, Is it true that ETS will include probability questions about, say, a deck of cards without telling us how many cards are there in a deck/suit and how many of each is hearts or spades, for example? Is this something they assume is common knowledge? I don't have the first clue about cards, so I'd totally bomb this. Thanks for any context.
  22. Yesterday I took a Manhattan MST as prep. I got 9 out of 40 questions wrong in total for the Quant sections. At least 5-6 can be attributed to silly mistakes. Here are some examples: 1. Did the following calculation (even whilst writing it down): 87 - 70 = 13 ... oops 2. In the graph question, I read the legends the wrong way so I got a question wrong. 3. One question could be simplified to 3 variables, N, H, and M. The question asked for N / M, found H / N .. oops. The phrasing of the question I believe caught me off guard. 4. One question asked for the equation of a perpendic
  23. Long story short: Went to a grad school fair and a few of the schools I spoke to (Ford, Heinz, Harris) all said that quant courses are important when applying for their schools. Now, my current experience doesn't involve quant skills at all and during my undergrad I didn't do so well on two quant courses(C's) the rest of my other quant courses, however, were much better (b's). Would this adversely affect my app to a top school? Looking into Ivy Leagues (all except HKS and WWS) and other top tiered schools. The admissions people said if you're worried about your quant b
  24. Is there anyone in the mid-advanced stages of their study and in the NYC area that would like to get together to study for the GRE? I have taken the exam twice and I'm right at the cusp of 160 in both areas. I'd like to prep and see if I can hit 163+ in both areas comfortably. I took Testmasters online and didn't really get much out of that. I opted for private tutoring and it was helpful too, but the virtual part made it tricky. I would love to do in person prep but have found that Kaplan, Princeton Review, etc have people in the course who are at the initial stages of their study,
  25. Hello, First of all, I am thankful this forum exists. The whole graduate school process can be stressful and I'm glad to see others going through a similar experience. Here is my question: I am taking the GRE in less than 2 weeks. I am satisfied with my verbal scores on practice exams, but I need to improve my quant score. It's the timing that stresses me in quant. I have purchased the Kaplan prep book as the the 5lb book of practice problems to refresh my skills. I did very well as far as correct/incorrect; however, my math scores on my practice exam still hover consistently around
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