Jun 5, 2010, 12:00 AM
Post #356 of 357
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."