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GRE Scores -- Which to Send?


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Hi! I'm applying to computer science MS programs this fall. I took the GRE twice and here were the scores I got:
1st time: 160 V (84th percentile), 158 Q (71st percentile), and 3.5 W (38th percentile)
2nd time: 161 V (87th percentile), 157 Q (68th percentile), and 4.5 W (80th percentile)

Were it not for the enormous jump in writing between the two, I'd say my score from the first time was better. However, despite my writing going up so dramatically, my quant (the only section I studied for) went down by one point! I don't know if it would reflect extra poorly on me to send both scores when I show a downward trend in the section which matters most.

I already sent the score from the first time to five schools, but haven't sent the second to any. I think it would be worth it to resend with the second included to those five schools if any of you feel it would make a difference.

Any advice would be appreciated, thank you!

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I don't think it's enough of a difference to resend your scores to any of the five schools that received your results from the first test.  I doubt CS programs are all that worried about your AW score.  It might be a good idea to send your second round scores to the rest of your schools though, as your overall score is higher.  I'm not applying to STEM programs though, so maybe someone with more experience in CS or a similar field could give you a more informed opinion.

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Thank you for all of the responses! I really appreciate them. I decided to send both scores to all schools; some schools pick the highest scores per section out of all the exam attempts, so hopefully it works out. 

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