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Should I retake the GRE? 450/800

  1. Sep 22, 2010 #1
    Hi all,

    I'd like to enter a mechanical engineering master's program at a respectable university (I'm aiming for at least Penn State. I'd LOVE to get into Stanford/MIT/CalTech). I took the GRE for the first time today. I was surprised by both my verbal and quantitative scores because my verbal was very low and my quant was perfect. As I understand, most good universities are looking for at least 500/700. Will my perfect quant score be enough to make up for my lousy verbal? I'm confident that I can get 750+ consistently on quant.

    I haven't gotten my writing results back, but I'm expecting a 3-3.5.

    I have a ~3.5 GPA

    Thanks for any input or suggestions.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2010
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  3. Sep 23, 2010 #2
    This is what I have heard from a few professors now that I have entered graduate school: they care more about the verbal and writing sections, and the most about the writing sections of the GRE. Not quite sure about the reasoning on that one. I think they want to know that you will be able to put together a coherent thesis and publications.

    As to the value of retaking it - I am not sure. I have heard some schools care a lot about the GRE, but I know mine puts less weight into it.

    Second note: A few of my friends and I all got perfects on the quant section - it seems that is common for people coming out of science and engineering.
  4. Sep 23, 2010 #3
    Eh.. your username says you're dyslexic. Is this true?
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