Originally Posted by Hopeful3
Thank you, that does make me feel better. I know I am capable of it, I am by no means stupid, infact, I think quite the opposite. I am a horrific test taker. I do think I went into the GRE's not as prepared as I could have been. I definitely think my score will dramatically increase if I take a course. I am actually going to start studying after the new year and take the GRE in July. That gives me a significant amount of time. If my GRE scores are above 1000 (my goal is to get at least a 1200, the school I am interested in wants 1150) would I be a good candidate? I want this more than anything else in my life and have been working on this goal for years!
What you need to pay attention to is whether or not they have a cutoff. If they have a cutoff, and you're under it, there's a good chance your application won't even be considered. You can apply anyway, but you run a risk that they won't consider you if you're below the cutoff. Whether or not there is a cutoff and what it is varies by school - take a look at the Insider's Guide and the other resources available both online and off to help you decide where you might be best off applying to.