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by , 23rd November 2011 at 12:12 PM (462 Views)
I took the GRE this morning (the test you have to take to get into grad school) and I don't think I did very well. After the test, the computer gave me two raw scores for my Analytical and Quantitative reasoning skills and I scored woefully low. Like, I'm positive I did better than it said I did on it. So, I don't know, I'm really worried about it. I'm not very good at taking standardized tests, and I don't think they give an accurate representation of an individual's skills. What good is it going to do a historian to know how to measure the angles of an imbedded trapezoid in a circle, anyway? I'm banking on my written essays to be scored high so the schools I sent my scores to see that just because I suck at geometry and precalculus (which I haven't even taken in nearly six years) doesn' t mean I'm totally useless.

Guess I'll have to hope that my dream school will ignore the GRE scores and focus more on the things I've achieved that actually measure my skills. Like the fact that I won two awards at my undergraduate university for a paper I wrote on George Rogers Clark (Outstanding Undergraduate Submission in US History and Overall Best Paper at the conference I presented it to), my 3.7/4.0 GPA, my internship and teaching assistantship experience, and the fact that most of my professors think I'm God's greatest gift to the history department (in the form of letters of recommendation, anyway).

Has anyone taken the GRE, out of curiosity? I know most users here are still in high school/college, but I just wanted to know how much the GRE score affects your potential for getting into good programs.

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