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After visiting several schools, I have gathered that the GRE (General) is an extremely important facet to the application process. I am applying to the Psy D. program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and I was wondering how heavily they will consider a less than commendable score. I have a 3.65 GPA and have met with the Admissions Director many times, but I am still weary of my test score ( I am taking the GRE this week). If worst comes to worst should I enroll in a masters program and hope to transfer to the Psy D program? Any advice would be appreciated.
 

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I don't know about MSPP specifically, but most professional schools aren't nearly as competitive, especially for a Psy.D. (I've seen schools with acceptance rates as high as 40-60%!) That being said, do your best on the GRE (you'll probably do better than you expect if you've been working hard to prepare yourself) and, as long as you're around the mean/median for MSPP, I'd suggest applying for the Psy.D. program.
 

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Worry about your score after you receive it. It's too early to panic, and you may just psych yourself out.
 
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After visiting several schools, I have gathered that the GRE (General) is an extremely important facet to the application process. I am applying to the Psy D. program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and I was wondering how heavily they will consider a less than commendable score. I have a 3.65 GPA and have met with the Admissions Director many times, but I am still weary of my test score ( I am taking the GRE this week). If worst comes to worst should I enroll in a masters program and hope to transfer to the Psy D program? Any advice would be appreciated.

Go take your GRE, then panic, you should prepare for it and try to do well... you might be pleasantly surprised.

Any score should be enough, but why would you want to apply to this school????

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In all honesty, I didn't do that well on my GRE's. I am realistic as to where I am going to be applying. Granted, the schools have decent reputations and people do get internships, but I didn't apply to any of the top notch schools.

Just be realistic about your situation, but remember, "shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." Les Brown
 
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I was more terrified of the GRE than I'd ever been about any other test in my life. It's way easy to psych yourself out over. I ended up doing very well, despite being worried that the computer wouldn't know how to give me my single digit score report.

Bottom line is that it is, while still a very important part of your application, not that big of a deal to actually take it. It's way more scary beforehand. Moral of the story? Relax and you'll do much better than you think. Says personal experience and everyone else I've talked to about it.

Hey, it tests Jr. High math... Can't be that bad, right?
 

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Thanks for all of the advice. I figured that there would be some negative backlash about a professional school, but I have talked to graduates and they have very distinguished careers as clinicians due to what MSPP has offered. I appreciate all of the advice, thank you all very much.
 
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