cheetah Posted November 29, 2020 Share Posted November 29, 2020 (edited) Hi all, I'm applying for the Ph.D. programs in PoliSci now. A non-native speaker with a degree in the U.S., almost all good regarding GPA, SOP, letters, experiences, etc. Sadly, I have two GRE scores: V (155), Q (168), AW (3.5); V (154), Q (161), AW (4.5). Would you suggest sending them both to schools with GRE as a requirement (given that my second AW is higher), or just sending the first one? I know that many people say (1) GRE is not as important as previous years; (2) Verbal's bar for non-native speakers is not very high; (3) it's pretty unsafe to have a section below 160 (90th percentile); (4) a low GRE score will result in a funding problem, i.e. taking a quota of 'waiver'; (5) adcom will review all files together... However, different people have diverse views on the importance of GRE. I have browsed the majority of information on this website, and getting more and more nervous about my low Verbal score. My questions: How much does it hurt? Will my profile be passed for the first round by the Grad School? Is it okay to ask my profs to indicate that a low standardized test score does not mean a low academic ability in the letters? Should I address why I performed poorly in my GRE test in the optional section/supplementary materials on the application web? Thank you so much! Edited November 29, 2020 by cheetah Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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