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I just got my scores for the GRE back.

 

160 verbal, 130 quant.  6 writing.  I'm pretty sure I have a learning disability re: math, but no doctor's note or any prescriptions to indicate so.

 

I am applying for a MA (not PhD) in English/Humanities at UIC and U of Chicago.  Is my math score going to exclude me from these programs?

 

3.78 undergrad GPA, 3 strong letters.

 

I just want to know if I'll be wasting the app fee.

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Fuck grammar.    I'm sorry but I just get annoyed by that Humanities-student-terrified-of-math cliche. I know you're probably joking but it's just annoying. Scientists/mathematicians/programmers can

What a nasty person you are.  I know how to add and subtract.  I just feel sorry for people who are so elitist, and unhappy, as you are.  Your attitude will find you nothing but money in life.  I hope

I wasn't referring to you. I was talking to the person who said "fuck math." I was referring to the Humanities people who could care less about their lack of ability in math and who almost find it fun

It would make no sense for them to consider your Quantitative Score if your field is in no way related to mathematics. Your Verbal is Ivy Competitive and your AWA is simply ... 99th percentile.

 

(PS: scoring not a single answer correctly on Q is in a way an achievement in itself too ... lolzzzzzzzzzzzzz).  

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Thanks everyone!

 

So a 130 means I literally got 0/40 correct?  Wow.  I knew I bombed the math sections, but I didn't feel THAT terrible while I was taking it.  When my scores popped up on my screen that day I practically jumped out of my skin to scramble around and get that 130 off the screen.  I cried in my car for an hour and all the way to my apartment.  I just can't do math, I never have.

 

My parents are paying for my MA; the general gist I'm getting here is it will only affect funding purposes?  I've already e-mailed one of the admissions committee members at U of Chicago and had a detailed conversation with him.  He said "the Quantitative scores are even more varied and of no value to a humanities or English program" -- I want to say he meant "they are of no value WITHIN REASON" ... I don't think he knew we were talking 130 low.  This is U of Chicago.. I just have this sickened feeling I've shot myself in the foot.  I took his "don't worry about math" literally, and spent my days studying for verbal.  However, like I said, a 130 wasn't as low as I was expecting either..

 

What should I say in these e-mails several of you have suggested I send?  "Hey, I am retarded at math, but still want in your humanities program. DON'T LOOK AT MY QUANT SCORE PLZPPLZLZLZL" ??? Ahh, so stressed out and upset.  Fuck.

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Do you guys think there's a chance they'll interpret my 130 as me not even attempting to try?  What does that say about me?!  "Woah, this girl is very intelligent, and she didn't even answer the math section! No dedication!  Carelessness!"

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^ I came into this thread to say just that.

Many people have been talking about NA scores on this forum, where they purposely leave an entire section blank because only one portion of the test is important to grad admission.

 

Now I will say that 160 may not be as competitive for MA in English at Chicago for funding (It's not even 90th percentile anymore), but they probably don't give a crap about the math score at all, and the writing score is worth a lot.

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Oh, of course! It's good score, I didn't mean to imply otherwise, it's just funding is a whole different world.

I'm sure your letters and the writing sample is the most important thing for the program anyways! I would not stress about it!

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I don't think they will care, especially at the MA level. Your verbal score is fine, and your writing is obviously great. Most of the MA programs, even at the 'big names', are not as concerned with GRE scores simply because they are not as funded (or at all). I would bet you get in.

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Dont feel bad! English major here too and I got a 140! Ive heard the quant score can affect your funding, but most English departments could care less...at least thats what Ive heard. Apply anyway!

Fuck math.

Fuck grammar. 

 

I'm sorry but I just get annoyed by that Humanities-student-terrified-of-math cliche. I know you're probably joking but it's just annoying. Scientists/mathematicians/programmers can't just disregard grammar, spelling and punctuation altogether, but it's okay for an Art major to not know how to add. 

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Fuck grammar. 

 

I'm sorry but I just get annoyed by that Humanities-student-terrified-of-math cliche. I know you're probably joking but it's just annoying. Scientists/mathematicians/programmers can't just disregard grammar, spelling and punctuation altogether, but it's okay for an Art major to not know how to add. 

 

What a nasty person you are.  I know how to add and subtract.  I just feel sorry for people who are so elitist, and unhappy, as you are.  Your attitude will find you nothing but money in life.  I hope you feel better now that you've power tripped.  Congrats!  You're good at math AND English!  You must be of superior genetics.

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Comparing math and grammar is ridiculous!

 

While it is true that both require practice, the amount of reading and writing that a student in Humanities do is far more than doing any algebra, geometry..etc. Thus, yes... the fear of students in Humanities is understandable. The Math in the GRE might not be that hard,but obviously those who have been practicing math in their undergrad have more advantage. Learning grammar is necessary for all students in Humanities and the Sciences. Students in the Sciences must "write" their research results so they get to practice how to write good research papers. On the other hand, a student in the Humanities doesn't get to practice algebra while writing about post-colonialism!

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What a nasty person you are.  I know how to add and subtract.  I just feel sorry for people who are so elitist, and unhappy, as you are.  Your attitude will find you nothing but money in life.  I hope you feel better now that you've power tripped.  Congrats!  You're good at math AND English!  You must be of superior genetics.

I wasn't referring to you. I was talking to the person who said "fuck math." I was referring to the Humanities people who could care less about their lack of ability in math and who almost find it funny that they suck at math. I was saying a STEM (science, tech, engineering, math) person would be ridiculed for saying "fuck grammar" but it's funny when a Humanities person says "fuck math." Everyone in college is required to have some ability in grammar, spelling, punctuation, reading and writing. That person's comment annoyed me. That's all. I didn't mean to insult you or hijack your thread.

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  I'm pretty sure I have a learning disability re: math, but no doctor's note or any prescriptions to indicate so.

 

 

 

If you suspect that you have a learning disability, I recommend that you take steps to figure out if you do have one, which one it is, and what you can do to mitigate it before starting graduate school. Put yourself in the best possible position to succeed as soon as possible.

 

Your path is going to be hard enough without a potential X factor lurking around, waiting to raise its head at the worst possible moment and in an unforeseen way. 

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You're applying for an English program, and no one will care about your quantitative score.  They probably won't even look at it.  Your essay score is perfect (congratulations, BTW), and your verbal score is...good?  I don't know, it's certainly not bad.  Your SOP, writing sample, and recommendation letters are far more important than any part of the GRE, anyway.

 

Fuck math.

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