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GRE for PHD in Chemical Engineering
« on: January 21, 2007, 04:52:00 PM »
Hi guys,
My name's Darius and this is my first time on this forum. I have excellent GPAs, good research exp, great sop and letters of recommendation at the undergrad - I have applied for a PHD in Chemical Engineering at many of the top schools as my interests are pretty well defined.
However, my GRE's an abysmal 1380 - V-590, Q-790, AWA-4.5
Am I screwed people?
I mean, I thought i'd be a good candidate for schools like stanford (yeah right), georgia, illinois-urbana champaign, penn state etc. but in light of my GRE scores, do I even stand a chance?

Help me out pls.

P.S I tried mailing the Grad advisors and they were all like, we need the entire application, blah blah and we look forward to receiving your application...

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Re: GRE for PHD in Chemical Engineering
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2007, 06:00:17 PM »
1380's usually considered fine.  I've heard that schools like those are usually looking around the 1400-ish range, and even if there is a problem, the other parts of your application are likely to outweigh the (not bad) GRE score if they're as awesome as you say.  (I think the percentiles matter as well as the score.)
Keep in mind that the verbal section is more of a torture device than a standardized test. 

Of course, I'm a chemist and not a chemical engineer, and I'm also still an undergrad.  I've been freaking out (early) over these things as well, though.

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Re: GRE for PHD in Chemical Engineering
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2007, 08:27:09 PM »
For a graduate program in Chem Eng, I think the only important part of the GRE score is the quantitative and it looks like you did fine there.  GRE scores are NOT an important factor in graduate school admissions, especially for PhD programs.  Your letters are by far the most important factor.

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Re: GRE for PHD in Chemical Engineering
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2007, 03:07:23 AM »
Hi
 Thanks a lot ?*? and ***drasiil for your comments. Yeah , even I heard that grad school for chemical engineering focus heavily on the quant score. I am in the 92nd percentile is Quant and 83 percentile in Verbal. Just that, is my Verbal utterly low?
Thank you guys once again!


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Re: GRE for PHD in Chemical Engineering
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2007, 10:57:12 AM »
Dude, no one really does well on the verbal.  Score sounds fine

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Re: GRE for PHD in Chemical Engineering
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2007, 11:24:44 AM »
Nah man, I've seen ppl crack the gre with scores like 1500 and such....DAMN I really am freaking out, ain't I!!!

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Re: GRE for PHD in Chemical Engineering
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2007, 04:26:16 PM »
Why are you being stupid? Your scores are better than mine and I'm at Berkeley's chemistry grad program, although my quant. was 800.
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Re: GRE for PHD in Chemical Engineering
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2007, 04:48:07 AM »
Hey mitch,
Wow you're at Berkeley? cool, Congrats man!
So to sum up an average verbal score wouldnt dissuade the admissions guys from considering my application?
I've been hearing differing views on this - a few say yes and a few others say no...

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Re: GRE for PHD in Chemical Engineering
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2007, 07:53:58 PM »
Dude, Chemists aren't geniuses. I'm not at least.
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Re: GRE for PHD in Chemical Engineering
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2007, 08:29:41 PM »
Dude, Chemists aren't geniuses.

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Re: GRE for PHD in Chemical Engineering
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2007, 09:00:06 PM »
I would say that with your scores on the GRE, you will be seriously considered at any Graduate school in the United States that you apply to.  They are good scores.  It is true that at some of the "top" Universities you will be competing with students who did even better on the GRE, but if you have better research experience then that should counteract a difference in 50-100 points or so.

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Re: GRE for PHD in Chemical Engineering
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2007, 04:45:19 AM »
Hi Cheddartrek, thanks for the support man - Reckon, I'd just sit tight and wait for a decision from the universities...the fact that you think Id be considered for an admit, is good enough - rather than my application being tossed out at first glance:)
Thanx a lot, will keep you guys informed!

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