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So, I just took the GRE again. This is my second attempt and I scored lower in one section while scoring higher in the other (complete opposite of what happened my first time). I’m extremely frustrated. Even with studying, I cannot get a good score. I’m applying for a PhD in English Creative Writing and I’m afraid my scores will keep me from getting in. Now I am faced with the ultimate dilemma: retake the GRE or just send my scores.

If I retake the GRE, I will have to study for three weeks, pay another penalty fee of $205, retake the GRE, and hope for a better score.

If I send my scores, I would be sending either a score of 148 V, 150 Q, and unknown writing score (for now), a score of 150 V, 147 Q, and 4.0 Writing, or both scores.

Please help me figure out what to do. I have terrible testing anxiety and it’s even more heightened because I know the GRE doesn’t really test me on what the I know. I’m not performing well with using the strategies I learned to pass the test and I’m afraid I’ll do worse the third time around. It’s ridiculous that this could be the thing that messes with my chances of getting into grad school. GREs are based on how well you can take the test versus actual knowledge. 

I finished my MFA with a 3.98 GPA and I have great recommendations, but my GREs are definitely low and don’t showcase my true potential. I am planning to apply to the University of Denver, Ohio University, University of Cincinnati, Western Michigan University, and Georgia State University. Please help me! 

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I would recommend sending the scores in which your verbal/essays are highest since this is the type of program you are applying to. I am in a similar situation as I did well on the verbal but TERRIBLY on the math and now it is too late for me to retake them for this application cycle, but seeing as I am applying to a humanities masters programs I am hoping that their primary focus will be on the high verbal score. Maybe give yourself a break and focus on other areas of your application that they will probably put more weigh on like your writing sample and SOP.  Worst case scenario you can always take it again NEXT cycle if you don't get in anywhere, but I doubt that you'll need to as you have a great GPA and recs! I wouldn't worry too much about your GRE scores, they really are not bad at all, if you saw my math score you would laugh! Best of luck, I'm sure your applications will be strong!

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Send in the scores, if you don't then you definitely will not get accepted into any PhD schools. It is the school's decision to see where you shine in other areas (GPA, recommendations, etc) but not sending in the scores at all will just guarantee that you wont be going anywhere. There are other things you can do to heighten your admission acceptance, but to keep it in context of your question, send in your scores :)

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