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Modica


Dec 20, 2009, 7:22 PM

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Thanks for the encouragement. I do plan to take the GREs – I'm going to start studying this upcoming semester, if I can get my life in order enough to concentrate on something like that. But I definitely need to take a few years off. One of my good friends and mentors thinks that three years out of Iowa City would do wonders for me. Decompression, finding out what I'm really interested in, etc. So that's the minimum I'm gonna take off. I guess I'll see where to go from there.


rubythief


Dec 21, 2009, 7:14 PM

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I agree that you should do the GRE sooner rather than later - the scores are good for five years, and it's amazing how much math you can forget just a few years out of school! Revising was pretty stressful, but the testing process itself was not that scary - I'd never taken a standardized test before, and I was pleasantly surprised by my results.

I also wonder how much grades matter. My transcript looks crazy - I did first year, then took a whole year off due to illness, then crammed second and third year into one. My grades were good-but-not-great until final year. I've addressed it in my statement of purpose, but I still think it's the weakest part of my application... I hope they see my strong final year and give me the benefit of the doubt.

And another question... I know in general everything before college is ancient history, but what if you had very significant achievements in high school? I won some major national awards for high-school aged kids, and I've thought about tacking them on to my resume. Could it hurt? We're talking this decade. The ones I'd include were writing/English related; I didn't take any English or writing classes in college, so I almost want to mention them just to show that I was always interested in writing. But I don't want to do it if it's going to make me look sad and desperate... although at this point I know I am :)


Forum Apps


Dec 21, 2009, 7:43 PM

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You might be able to work them into your SOP in some way that creates an interesting narrative. I don't think high school stuff qualifies as CV material.

In relation to the GRE... download the powerprep software on the ETS website. That is just like the test (minus a couple new question types they added). It will give you a good idea of where you stand (it takes an hour to take the whole test if you skip over the essay section). Decide when you want to take it based off of that. You might want to put it off and work on your vocabulary on your time off or something (if you're taking three years off and actually plan on reading a lot and the like over those three years...)

The math is easy to forget (and I forgot most of it by the time I took the test) but as long as you're willing to pick up a prep book and refresh yourself on the math for a couple of days to a week it is no big deal.


kbritten

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Jun 4, 2010, 9:00 PM

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I posted this on the MFA blog, but I thought I'd double-post to get the awesome advice from all you wonderful lads and lasses:

I was wondering what everyone thought about me retaking the GRE. I took the test in 2008 (twice) and received a 510v 540q and 5 analytical. I'd really like to apply to Ohio State, which has a 600 minimum score. I'm happy to retake it, but I just read that score reporting is done cumulatively, so even if I did score a 600v, the score reported with be a 550. I contacted Ohio State about their minimum and they told me that they read the whole application and to apply anyway. I don't know. It's not a money thing, because honestly, it's a difference of $50 (because they include the "cost" of sending the report to five schools in the $150 fee). Should I retake it? I think I could get up there to the 600 range, but would it matter anyway?


bighark


Jun 4, 2010, 11:10 PM

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If you retook the test, scored a perfect 800 V, and still got rejected from Ohio State, would you regret not having used the flashcard drilling time to writer stronger stories?

Don't repeat the GRE.


gcsumfa


Jun 5, 2010, 12:00 AM

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I posted this on the MFA blog, but I thought I'd double-post to get the awesome advice from all you wonderful lads and lasses:

I was wondering what everyone thought about me retaking the GRE. I took the test in 2008 (twice) and received a 510v 540q and 5 analytical. I'd really like to apply to Ohio State, which has a 600 minimum score. I'm happy to retake it, but I just read that score reporting is done cumulatively, so even if I did score a 600v, the score reported with be a 550. I contacted Ohio State about their minimum and they told me that they read the whole application and to apply anyway. I don't know. It's not a money thing, because honestly, it's a difference of $50 (because they include the "cost" of sending the report to five schools in the $150 fee). Should I retake it? I think I could get up there to the 600 range, but would it matter anyway?


I wouldn't retake the test just to apply to one MFA program. You'd be better off using that time to work on your writing sample. No program is going to say, "We love this applicant's writing sample, but he/she only scored a 510 on the GRE V."


ericweinstein
Eric Weinstein


Jun 5, 2010, 12:10 PM

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If Ohio State said you don't need to worry about their minimum, you don't need to worry about their minimum.

In 99.9% of cases, MFA programs don't give a rat's ass about GRE scores. They only require them because the universities that house them do.


Hans Landa: You'll be shot for this!
Aldo Raine: Nah, I don't think so. More like chewed out. I've been chewed out before.

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