Hello, I know this has been asked many times... but I am greatly worried about the verbal GRE session. English is not my first language but I've been around long enough to be considered a fluent speaker. Realistically speaking, I'll probably get around Verbal: ~450 (what if I completely bomb it and get ~200-300?) Writing: ~500 Qualitative: probably 800 My Physics GRE is 990. I heard that people don't really care much about the general GRE but I'm afraid that such a low verbal score may kill my application before the people even see it. Other than the General GRE, I have 3 summer + 2-3 semesters of research (one summer at CERN), really good recommendation letters + 3.9ish GPA with plenty of grad classes. My goal is Princeton/Santa Barbara/Cal Tech High Energy Theory, I believe/and people say that I have a great shot at the top schools, however, I would like some completely honest opinions from other people. If the verbal will affect my admission, I'll take a week of focus to straighten it out (of course, I would much prefer focusing on my research + classes). Also, what about the NSF graduate fellowship? Do I have a pretty good shot at it? I'm getting slightly stressed out even before school begins... this semester will be hectic. I'm trying to plan out how I'll spend my time early on and so any comment is appreciated. Thanks for the help.