Alexrey Posted July 2, 2014 Share Posted July 2, 2014 Okay a quick bit of background for context before I get onto what's worrying me. I'm a mathematics graduate from a good university in South Africa, where I graduated top of my class in my 3rd and 4th years (we graduate after 3 years and do an additional honours year before we can continue with master's study) and was also fortunate enough to graduate top of the science faculty for my 4th year as well. Currently I'm working as an analyst for a financial firm in London but I'm looking to try and get into some good aerospace engineering programs for 2015, such as Stanford, Purdue, Princeton and Boulder Colorado. There's one problem: I'm completely petrified about having to get a very high score for the GRE! Although it may look on paper that I should be able to ace the GRE and am some sort of gifted student, I'm not; whenever someone says "wow you must be really smart" I tell them that I just work hard, because that's exactly what I do and I honestly don't feel smart and never have felt smart. But all this talk of top schools requiring near perfect GRE scores has really got me scared. I'm not the sort of person who usually worries too much about things, but for some reason thinking about the GRE has worked me up so much that I wake up in the morning with the most horrible burning skin sensation (which I've read is to do with excess adrenaline due to an over-reactive "fight or flight" response). I think it may be that since the GRE is supposed to measure intelligence, and I don't feel naturally intelligent, this implies I'll do badly (even though I'm studying my arse off and I've been told repeatedly that the GRE can be studied for). So, if worst comes to worst and I somehow flunk the GRE, but have very good university grades, and great SOP and good references, but a horrible GRE score, will top schools throw my application on the rejection pile or will they still consider me for entrance? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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