Hey everyone, I am really nervous about my PGRE score. I scored in the bottom 5%. I am in the National Guard and so I am stuck staying in Texas. I wanted to apply to the condensed matter programs at Texas A&M, UT Austin, and Rice. I attend a state school up in Wisconsin right now. Here are my stats: GPA: 4.0 (overall and in physics, math degree) GRE: Q: 161 V: 157 I had one summer of summer research at a school in Colorado, the rest of the summers I was at military training. During this summer, however, I did do really well and part of my research ended up in a publication. I won an award for having the best presentation of my work, and my PI said that he would like to write me a letter of recommendation. I know that I will have very good letters from my own school as well. I have tons of extra curricular activities, including being a tutor at the Math Help Center, that I did while maintaining a good GPA - I just can't memorize all the equations and do everything so quickly. My upper level courses have been challenging with homework assignments and exams, but I do a much better job doing challenging problem sets than having to memorize random equations. I really enjoy doing research and spend an average of 20 hours extra per week in lab during my advanced lab course. I am so worried about applying for graduate school. Rice and UT Austin have average PGRE scores well above 700. Is a low PGRE a game ender? Should I just apply for materials science instead even though it's not *really* what I want to do?