swisnieski Posted December 19, 2009 Share Posted December 19, 2009 Which matters more for doctoral programs in psychology -- verbal GRE scores or quantitative GRE scores? Obviously they're both important, but I had always thought the latter was given more weight on account of the emphasis on the quantitative analysis of data in graduate level work. But lately I've seen some evidence that some schools tend to look more closely at verbal scores. For instance, Northwestern University's web site lists only an average Verbal score (no reference is made to quant scores). Likewise, at least two of the professors at grad schools I've contacted re: admissions have told me that, while they don't have a cut-off or anything of the sort, they do prefer "strong verbal scores" (again no mention made of quant scores). I suppose this makes all kinds of sense -- the ability to communicate clearly in writing is even more important than well-executed data analysis in psych research. This is a source of concern for me, since I'm applying mostly to top 20 programs and my verbal score is markedly higher than my quant score in terms of percentile. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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