Dec 14, 2010, 3:24 PM
Post #1994 of 2090
You guys can both call to get your scores (but you have to pay 12 dollars). There's a number on the website. I had to pay $24 dollars because they messed up and accessed the wrong records, so make sure that doesn't happen to you.
I heard the score doesn't matter too much even for traditional English Ph.D programs, so I'm hoping it's even less important for the CW Ph.D. There's a list of rather prestigious programs that no longer require it (UPenn, Brown, Columbia, Duke, UChicago, UNorth Carolina...).
Columbia even says right on its application page: Our department does not require the GRE Subject Test in English literature, which we regard as unsubstantive and not predictive of the quality of graduate work. Because it's true! Let's hope every program finds this truth in time. I do have to say it's telling that no other humanities field has a GRE Subject test.
A warning to those who will take the test in the future: The November test was quite reading comp heavy, which ruined my timing. It was unlike the practice tests sent by ETS. A whole different animal. It felt like long passage over long passage of "interpreting."
I did better on my final two practice tests by fifty (or so) points, but the questions on those seemed more trivia-oriented.
Which means, so long as I didn't mark some wrong bubbles when I was skipping answers, ETS thinks I have the reading comprehension of a goat.
Oh well. I'll get over it.
Ditto on the GRE Subject test I took in November. It was awful, and not like the ETS or Princeton Review practice tests. I only answered about 180 of the 230 questions. Lots of long reading comprehension sections, little basic recognition of passages by author, era, school, et. I felt tricked, and I had to sit for almost three hours hunched over what felt like a kindergarten desk with people right on top of me.