einsteinboricua
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Grad School: Apply?

Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:22 pm

So it's been nearly a month and a half since I took the GRE. I was kinda bummed out due to my scores.

The new scale goes from 130-170 and my scores were:
Verbal: 149
Quantitative: 150

The essay portion is on a scale from 0-6 with half point increments and my score was 4.0

These scores aren't definitely all that bad, but they're not good either. I have a rather good GPA (3.54/4.00), plenty of experience, plenty of extracurricular activities, and I'm certain I'll be able to get good letters of recommendation from my professors.

I submitted these scores to Penn State, UWashington, UHawaii, and Texas A&M (all which have a respestable meteorology program). However, during the summer I contacted other professors from other universities to see which might have an opening to work with them.

After the scores were reported, I simply decided to take a year off from grad studies and either work or possibly do so in another field while I gather the money and time to retake the GRE (heck, it's $175!!!), but just recently a professor from one university replied saying that he had a spot available and to apply. I told him that my GRE wasn't that good and that I don't think I'd be accepted. He still insisted I apply for the university (University of Wyoming).

If this was your situation, would you apply or not? I'm really anxious because I want to try, but I also don't want to spend more money on applications that may be turned down.
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RE: Grad School: Apply?

Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:39 pm

Apply. In the end your letters of recommendation/experience will matter more. If they really want you they will overlook your GRE scores- that is only part of the application.
 
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RE: Grad School: Apply?

Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:44 pm

If you don't apply, you won't get in.

Scores are only part of a picture. They are not abysmal and your grades are good. So it will be your recommendations that carry the day.
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RE: Grad School: Apply?

Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:59 pm

Quoting einsteinboricua (Thread starter):
just recently a professor from one university replied saying that he had a spot available and to apply. I told him that my GRE wasn't that good and that I don't think I'd be accepted. He still insisted I apply for the university (University of Wyoming).

If this was your situation, would you apply or not? I'm really anxious because I want to try, but I also don't want to spend more money on applications that may be turned down.

Apply. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
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RE: Grad School: Apply?

Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:34 pm

Apply

As long as your GREs are in their normal range (even a tad below) it becomes just a checkbox, they honestly won't give a shit about whether you are on the high end or the low end. Science/engineering schools know that the GREs don't measure diddly that they care about. What they care a LOT more about is your research experience, which gets presented to them through your recommendations. Make sure you get solid recommendations from your profs and your statement of purpose reflects your experience and drive well. I think recommendations and SOP are by far the most important parts of a science/engineering application, with GPA a bit behind, and GRE a lot behind.

I just finished applying myself, PM me if you want to chat/shoot the shit about it.
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RE: Grad School: Apply?

Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:30 am

Apply.

I've just applied to university here in the UK - my (predicted, admittedly) grades aren't brilliant and that's all they have to go off apart from my personal statement (basically what interests me and what my goals are after university) and I was accepted for 4 out of my 5 choices.

Honestly, apply and just see what happens. As the phrase goes, you'll never win the lottery unless you play.

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