Math score not going up on GRE...
Posted by goober on August 21, 2011, 9:32 pm
I just took the GRE for the third time (the new GRE this time) and scored in the range of 520 - 620 on the quant. section. I have taken it twice over the last year and scored a 530 quant the first time, 520 quant the second time, and now my most recent score is essentially in the same range as the scores I made before. If I take the GRE a fourth time, I won't be able to do it until October 20th at the earliest (you can take it only once every 60 days now). And with the temporary new GRE score reporting schedule, my scores won't be sent out until December 1st, which will make me miss Emory's application deadline (I really want to get an interview at Emory more than any other school). My verbal scores are pretty high, but that's more or less irrelevant since AA schools seem to place the most emphasis on the quant score.
So what do I do now? There is no question about it -- the AA programs are going to see that my score has hardly improved over the last year even after 3 attempts, so they will make the conclusion that I have peaked on it (maybe I have). I will be re-applying to South and Nova (didn't get my application into Emory on time last year) and South specifically rejected me because of my low quant score. Should I take this as an indication that I don't have the mathematical aptitude to be an AA (or at least the level of aptitude that the AA programs want)? Would it be a better idea to start pursuing another career altogether?
Thanks for any honest advice that can be offered here; please be as blunt as you want.