So first let me explain my background in studying Physics. Currently I go to Stevens Institute of Technology and will have a bachelors in applied physics this coming may. My GPA is almost perfect, around 3.93. I have an excellent knowledge of Physics and mathematics, in fact I tutor other students in it, and I have for years. I am taking graduate level E&M courses using Jackson as a text and I currently have an A in these courses. Then I took the GRE Physics Exam. I missed the registration (because I didn't realize that they are only given out three times per year!) and consequently had to just show up and ask if they had an extra seat. I didn't get to study at all! Although I thought I did really well. Turns out I BOMBED it. I am talking in the 20% percentile bombed (550). This came to me as a shock because Physics is my LIFE and I have ALWAYS done well in it. I consistently go above and beyond and sometimes spend HOURS on a topic just to understand it, even when we wont be tested on it. Even though I wasn't able to study for it for a good amount of time, I figured I would do better than THAT! That being said, what are my chances for getting into a PHD program? I have an EXCELLENT application, EXCEPT for this GRE score (I did average on the general GRE). I even have research experience under my belt. I am really disheartened by the fact that some schools will throw away my application right away just because of the GRE score and not even look at everything else. Here are the schools I am applying to.. MIT (Well I can count this one out..) Princeton (This one too!!) Penn State (I might be getting a job here due to connections, so hopefully I get accepted!) Rutgers NJIT Stevens Institute of Technology (This is the school I am currently going for my Undergrad) Thanks in advance for the advice.