I guess their changing the GRE test... Does anyone know what changes their making? Should I take it before or after the great change?
My question is:
How are the schools going to react and deal with the changes?
Are they going to give the old test and new test equal weight? Are they going to favor scores on one over the other?
I think that I'd do better on the new test, but if I'm the norm, will that just inflate the scores 'needed' to get looked at?
I already took the GRE and am satisfied with my score. If i end up in a master's program this year, do you guys think schools will still accept the old edition of the GRE two years down the road?
For most schools, GRE scores from within the last five years are acceptable.
Another question: what do you consider acceptable scores on the GRE (subject and general), and what do you think are really great scores. I am wondering if my GRE generals are a part of the reason why I am not getting the response from schools that I had hoped for. I know they give us percentages, but I am not clear on what kind of scores will actually get you in. Any thoughts?
Arg; I feel your pain. I've taken the GREs twice now, & am still not happy with my verbal score (an extra bummer, since I consider myself a "verbal" person). For now, I'm concentrating on the Psych GRE, and then I'll see if I want to put myself through the regular again. (Maybe before it changes in Sept.).
I formerly worked at Kaplan, and it is my understanding that the new test is going to be MUCH HARDER. My advice, is to take it BEFORE the test changes. There are numerous study aids for cracking the current GRE, why wait for new materials and new strategies to come into existence. I think taking the new GRE would not be adventageous. I hope this helps, good luck!
Arg; I feel your pain. I've taken the GREs twice now, & am still not happy with my verbal score (an extra bummer, since I consider myself a "verbal" person). For now, I'm concentrating on the Psych GRE, and then I'll see if I want to put myself through the regular again. (Maybe before it changes in Sept.)
Anyway. Some schools have "cut-off" scores. ie. under 600 on any section = out of consideration. SO, even if your total is 1250, perhaps if 1 section is under 600, this could be a problem...? I think that system is ridiculous, but some schools are brutal. Esp. when applicants can be so hard to tell apart. You could call schools to see if this is the case.
Or, again, maybe it's the issue of interests not matching certain professors' interests?
My boss tells the story of a student of hers applying to many, many schools, getting only ONE interview and then getting into that program! She said it was "a prestigious institution," and wanted to protect identities. ;-) Anyway, a success story to keep people's hopes up.