1. If you can get another letter from someone who knows you well to use as your 4th letter, that would be preferred. Otherwise, I think it's up to you whether you use the chair's letter at places where it is not required. I don't think there's a big difference between someone with 3 strong letters and someone with 3 strong letters plus the generic chairman's letter (they're almost always generic and relatively neutral and those of us who read applications know this and don't hold it against you). We had many applicants with 3 letters last year, and that didn't hurt them at all - that's better than reaching for a 4th iffy LOR.Hey all,
A couple questions:
- Should I include the, positive but probably more neutral, chairman’s letter if the program doesn’t explicitly require it? (Is it ‘odd’ to only have 3 letters?)
- I’m hoping for anything over 5 invites, am I being to optimistic?
- When is an appropriate time to contact former supervisors to put a good word in for you?
- Personal Statement wise, should I go into why step 1 was poor? Not really any big underlying reason though (poor test taking and preparation strategies, no illness or anything like that).
- Is there any way to just upload a CV instead of using the (awful) ERAS format?