I'm applying to two different universities, each of which has a top-notch department doing the type of research I'm interested in, neural network modeling. One is a DARPA funded program in an applied math department, and the other is a program in an electrical and computer engineering department. The good news is that I personally know the directors of both departments, and they are both familiar with work I have already done in the field. Each of them have indicated that they would like me to apply to their programs, but I have stalled them over the past year while I've tried to get my math skills up to a less-than-humiliating caliber for the department titles. Each of these guys knows that my math skills are not what I would be bringing to the table in a cooperation, but I have to take the GRE for general admissions requirements. I just took my first practice test and pretty much bombed the quant. The funny thing is that my calculus skills are actually pretty good, and our modeling is mostly with ODE's and most of that is already incorporated within a matlab NN toolbox that I already know how to use. That's why they're not so worried about my math skills. My problem is with the "Bob and Sally can paint each paint a fence in one and 1/2 hr, respectively," kind of word problems my brain just does not want to play ball with. I mean, I'm trying, but I just took a practice test and didn't do so hot. It was just one test, and I was tired , but I don't even want to take another practice test much less the real one. However, I'm worried about sending these universities a low GRE score. So my question is, do I stall my future a little longer in order to get better at the Bob and Sally questions, or do I just go and take the damned thing and quit stalling? I mean, I guess I could take it and not send it if I don't like the score, couldn't I? Maybe not. I'm not sure how to proceed. Any ideas?