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Retake GRE?

  1. Aug 19, 2014 #1
    Hey all. It has been a while since I've posted a question in the academic guidance section so here we go.

    I am a physics major who just took the general GRE and am a bit disappointed in my scores.
    V 157 (74%)
    Q 161 (80%)
    I scored much higher on the quantitative during practice tests (>90%), but I tend to struggle with these types of standardized tests. I would like to get some opinions on whether I should put in the time and effort to retake the test.

    I am a senior and applying to PhD programs for geophysics (no PGRE required). Most of these PhD programs are actually through the geology department and therefore aren't quite as competitive as the typical physics PhD admission. Here are some of my stats:

    Large state school
    GPA: 4.0
    RESEARCH: 1.5 years of computational neuroscience, 2 years of seismology, 2 REU's in geophysics/seismology
    PUBLICATIONS: None (submitting paper at end of the year as first author)
    PRESENTATIONS: Poster presentations at 3 national geophysics conferences

    I am also applying for the NSFGRFP. Additionally, I'm expecting some pretty stellar letters of recommendation from people in the field that I'm directly interested in.

    With this in mind, I'm hoping to apply to top programs for geophysics... Is it worth retaking the GRE for a higher quantitative score? Thanks for any and all input.
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  3. Aug 19, 2014 #2


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    I think most people on here can comment either way. Ultimately we are not going to make the decision, though, so you're best bet is to email the school you are applying to.

    this being said, where are you applying to?
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