Determinedandnervous Posted July 14, 2015 Share Posted July 14, 2015 Hello all, I've been lurking these forums for a long time, and they certainly have opened up my eyes about the realities of the slim chances of getting into top grad schools and how tough the academic job market is out there, and I thank all of you for the hard lessons. It definitely made me re-evaluate and I decided to go into the process anyway with eyes wide open and feet in other career doors. I am looking to go into the field of political science, with an MPA as a backup plan (applying to a handful of schools for that). I've read about how important a high GRE score is for admissions, not as a clincher but as an easy cutoff. I just took my GRE's tonight, and I have no graded writing yet, obviously, but my unofficial scores are 162 on the verbal and 155 on the quantitative. I'm applying to several top 25 schools (Harvard, U-Mich, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, MIT, NYU, Ohio, Rochester, and Cornell) and I know that the scores I got were in the range of NYU, Ohio, Rochester and Cornell, but the other 5 wanted 165-169 on the verbal and 155-159 on the quantitative. To give a bit of academic background (since this may increase or decrease the importance of the GRE score), I have a 3.94 GPA as a double history/political science major at SUNY Purchase, with a 4.0 in both majors (got a B in Contemporary Art ) and I'll be graduating one year early. I have had several academic honors and awards, including a James Earl Hoffa Memorial Scholarship (yes, Jimmy Hoffa). I also have done an internship with Canadian Parliament (I'm American) and have direct experience in the field I want to study (comparative politics, specifically comparative elections). With my high GPA and background (I've received conflicting advice on how important anything I did outside my academic career was), is it worth it to retake the GRE? Will they forgive 3 points on the verbal and being on the low end of the average range on the quantitative, or should I retake it just to be safe? Thank you to anyone who has read this mountain of text. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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