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Are these GRE scores decent for good engineering schools ?


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I just took the GRE last week and scored 153 Verbal, 162 Quantitative and 3 on AWA. I only prepared a little over 2 weeks before the test because I didn't really have time; the school works in senior year eat up most of my time. I have a 3.95 GPA at a good university in the US. I also have two internships in the industry that I intend to apply for a Master Degree. I am wondering if my GRE scores can hold me back from getting admitted to good engineering schools like UT Austin and Texas A&M.

Please help!

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Hi Alligator,

Have you done any research into the Programs at these two Schools? The websites of most Programs offer information about overall class profiles (including GRE score averages, etc.), so that potential applicants can get a sense of how competitive their applications might be.

GRE Masters aren't born, they're made,


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Thank you for your responses! 

The average GRE for UT Austin is about 166 for Quant and 155 for Verbal. I know my scores are below the average but the deadline is December 15th so I have no time to retake it.

I have 6 months of experiences through internships and one semester of research  with a professor at my university.

I was hoping that my GPA and working experiences can compensate for the low GRE scores. I know I can improve my GRE scores to meet the average of these schools if I can study for 1 or 2 months, but I don't really have time. 

Now, I am worried because my GRE scores can hurt my chances. 


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If you have no time to retake I'm not sure what you're looking for. I guess at this point the most you can do is make sure the other parts of your applications (namely SOP) are as good as possible. However, the GRE is generally give less weight especially if you have a good GPA from a good school.

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