Dantius Posted June 6, 2014 Share Posted June 6, 2014 Hi everyone, I could really use some advise I'm an international student, currently in the last stages of my M.A in literature and planning to apply for PhD programs in comparative lit. as well as in middle eastern studies (as my research focuses on a corpus of middle-eastern and colonial writers) in order to begin on Sept. 2015. I'll apply to about 10 universities in the US (3 in Europe), including the top schools. Regarding my resume, I'm quite confident: I'm a teaching assistant in my faculty, I have received several excellency grants and awards, my undergrad GPA was 3.8 (93 on a 100 scale) and my grad GPA is 4.0 (95 on a 100 scale), plus, lately I have even been accepted to speak at two international conferences. That being said, I took the GRE test last week and got a satisfactory 159 on the verbal section (try hard as I may, my simulations hardly surpassed the 157, so I was quite pleased, especially considering I'm not a native speaker), the math was fine two (152, heard that doesn't really matter in my field), but, like many others, I had the unpleasant surprise of a 3.5 score on my AWA . This came as a shock to me, as I never scored lower than 4 in practice essays (a grade which I would have been perfectly fine with, BTW). Should I retake the entire test, risking my 81st percentile verbal score? How important is the AWA for non-native speakers? is there a way to attend only the AWA section again? I also heard that if I score good on the TOFEL, it might compensate for this poor score of mine on the AWA. Any truth to that? Thanks for your help!! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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