Oct 11, 2006, 11:14 AM
Post #80 of 357
My theory is this - I'm often told the Math section on the current GRE is a joke (from colleges, and yeah, I went to a conference on GRE stuff for the place I teach at. Really, the math is baby stuff, half the reason why they are relaunching the test. The other half is due to cheating). A high percentage of people get an 800 on the Math, I got well over 700 on the math with very little review and that only put me in the 80th percentile, or something silly like that. This from a film/english major.
Re: [Glinda Bamboo] the lowest possible score?
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Some schools tell you what you need to get. The GRE's are for the grad school, not the writing program. If the grad school doesn't accept your scores, and the writing program doesn't feel like pushing for you, you're out.
Call the grad school and see what they want you to get, the minimum requirements. The verbal section is harder than the math (per the percentages, as in, a 600 verbal is around the 90th percentile), but pick up the Barron's and you should do fine. And the writing portion is writing. You do poorly on that, it might be an indicator not just to the grad school, but the writing program itself.
All in all, don't obsess but don't push it to the side either.
Aim for at LEAST a 500-550 verbal, very low for an English Major, but I think the average is around 450 or so, which, IMHO, is really too low. Math you want higher, or at least on par points wise. 550-600.
These are my opinions, BTW. I of course encourage everyone to aim higher.