Nov 3, 2007, 1:05 PM
Post #224 of 357
Here's my (weird) situation:
A few years after earning a BA in English/Art, I took the GREs. It was 1994. Here are my scores: 510(v)/610(q)/650(a) -- I know, I should have gone into engineering or something....
In 1998, I was accepted to the MA (w/creative thesis) program at Binghamton. (I'm still not sure how I got in.) I learned a lot and did well, earning strong praise from my professors, especially in creative writing. After graduation, I spent a year as an adjunct, then was hired as a full-time English Instructor at a community college.
Six years and several hundred student essays later, and after earning tenure and a promotion, I took a semester off to stay home with my newborn son. I went back, but my heart wasn't in it anymore. So I resigned. I still teach there as an adjunct.
In the time since, I have enjoyed being a stay-at-home dad to our two children and have no interest at this point in going back to teach full-time. I just want to write. Over the years, I've revised my master's thesis project and begun a new novel, but feel as if I am writing in a vacuum (I live in the sticks). I have attended a few conferences, but I have difficulty keeping my writing at the top of the "to-do list." Therefore, I may be interested in having the structure and community an MFA program can offer. I just work better and faster when someone is expecting something of me. I am considering a low-residency MFA program, having just begun to research them.
That's a long explanation to ask this question:
Though I understand that MFA programs do not usually consider GRE scores, will my embarrassingly low GRE score from 13 years ago be a detriment? Despite my degrees and my work experience and my stellar writing sample (haha), will they glance at my GRE verbal score and suddenly say, "No way"? Should I retake it?
"Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved." - Willam Jennings Bryan