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I gave my GRE and TOEFL last year. Details Below.


Verbal: 510 (65% below)

Quants: 740 (80% below)

Analytical Writing: 3.5 (26% below)



I am planning to apply for MS in CS for Fall 2011 (International application from India) specifically in Computational Theory stream.

I have a GPA of 8.94 / 10 in my under-graduation with good performance in almost all the core subjects and good projects. I have worked as a Software Engineer at Honeywell, India for 2 years in security domain and published some whitepapers in Genetic Algorithms and currently working at Philips Health-care, India as a Senior Software Engineer. I am planning to get two recommendation letters from my undergraduate professors and one from a lead architect at my previous organization.

I am pretty worried about my quants score. Is 740 OK for CS graduate admission? I am planning to apply for the following universities.

University of California at Los Angeles.

University of California at Santa Barbara

University of California at San Diego

University of California at Irvine

University of Minnesota, twin cities campus

Pennsylvania state university, University Park

State University of New York, Stony Brook

Texas A&M university, College Station

Ohio State University, Columbus

University of Arizona, Tucson

Arizona State University, Tempe

Rutgers, Piscataway

University of Utah, Salt lake city

University of Colorado, Boulder

Iowa State University, Ames

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Let me know if getting any or some of the above universities is possible with my profile.


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I just checked the stats in Powerprep:

In 2002-2003, a 740 was 53% percentile for Computer and Information Sciences majors.

In all probability, a 740 is a somewhat lower percentile now, 7 years later.

I'd try to get your quant up into the 770 or above range. Remember that a full 6 percent of all GRE takers receive an 800 on quant.

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