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What are my chances ?(PsyD/PhD Clinical Psychology)


Susheetah
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Hey guys, it's my first time here and I have a lot of questions in my head. So pardon me if this is going to be exhaustive, but I could do with any guidance/support I can get on here.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ME:

  • I'm a 26 year old, Australian National (well, third culture kid) that has grown up across three countries. As a disciple of Psychology this upbringing has allowed me to interact/develop a diverse clientele. I have the following qualifications/ GPA as accredited by  the World Education Service ( United States equivalence):
     
  1. - Bachelors in Psychology ( Honours), India : 3.21
  2. - Masters of Science in Psychology ( with Clinical Specialisation), India : 3.50
  3. - Masters of Professional Psychology, Australia : 3.80 ( Provisionally licensed therapist as per the Australian guidelines).
     
  • I have two unpublished academic dissertations : (1) The Phenomenon of Suicidal Ideation in Individuals Who Have Attempted Suicide Before  (2) A Study on the Risk Factors Among Individuals Exposed to Childhood Bullying and Suicidal Ideation.
     
  • I am currently in the process of formatting and publishing my second dissertation. 
     
  • My GRE score is 302 ( Verbal - 153 , Quant - 149, AWA - 3.5) on second attempt. I attempted the GRE a second time with a month's difference, after I had a horrible anxiety attack because I had interviews that suddenly rocked up on the same day as my GRE. On my first attempt I scored horribly but got a 5 on AWA.
     
  • I have over a year's worth of  clinical work experience and multiple short term internship experiences.
     
  • Given my performance academically and my diverse experience, I am really hoping to apply for APA accredited PsyD ( predominantly) programs offered by first tier universities in USA. I am thinking: Berkley, Rutger's, Baylor's,  Stanford consortium program, etc. I will also be applying to regional and second tier universities with good rankings to maximise intake & minimise disappointments balance the process out.


I am taking the year off to apply I am absolutely desperate to make it into a program by 2019.
I have 4 questions (one very big confusing question broken into 4 confusing parts ).

1)  I understand that, GRE is not everything and it depends on the holistic picture one presents through their applications. But having seen the outcome and admissions data across the fancy-schmancy universities, the GRE scores normally average to about 318 ( minimum). Should I retake the GRE a third time after putting in 3-4 months of diligent effort? 

2) Orrr should I just focus on smashing my SoP's , LOR's and getting published ?

3) What are my chances of being able to make it into a well ranked university ?

4) I can do a decent job with writing, sometimes I get carried away or mess up my tenses. Can I get enough help here with editting my SoP or should I sign up for alternative services ?

5) What else should I be focussing on ?
 

Thank you for taking the time out to go through this. I'd love to hear what you guys think :D

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