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1lovelytoreadyou Primeira Mensagem
My patience paid off. Finally a school offered me a position on those terms (um, I did have to wait nearly a decade) and so I am finally in grad school.
Every year I get an email from the department asking for me to provide my scores as they "must have been misplaced, since they are missing from my record." ;-) One of the many, many small ways I take pleasure in tweaking the Institution.
And of course you can retake the exam. This may increase your rank against others taking the test in the same year, and moving from the 50th percentile upwards is probably much more important then moving from the 90th to the 91st... Only you will be able to gauge your likelihood of improving your score (did you get enough sleep and food before the test, did you have a good testing strategy, did you practice before you took the test the first time)
In any case, do not give up. An MLIS is an interesting degree to pursue... Best of luck!
#1: Before worrying about your score too much, I'd contact the admissions coordinators at graduate programs you're interested in and find out what they consider a typical / acceptable range of GRE scores for successful applicants, and what factors they might consider more or less important than GRE scores.
1. You can study for the GREs, you just have to decide to do it and stop thinking of it as some test of innate ability. If you're in the high 600s or low 700s in verbal, for example, the difference between that and 800 is just sitting down every day for a few months with flashcards and previous examms. In my case, I learned about 500 vocab words, and aced it. I also did every GRE logic puzzle published as well as many of the LSAT ones, which are the GRE logic section on steroids. You just learn how to do them. There's no mystery really.
2. A professor I knew who ran a university program was tired of hearing in selection-committee meetings that GREs didn't matter, so he asked the department secretary to draw up a list of all the graduate students they had admitted in the last ten years, ranked by GRE scores, and then passed them out to the professors at the next meeting. Apparently the result was very convincing. The top people were the top people, the middle people were a mixed bag and the lows were all the marginal cases. So, there's something too it. (But then we don't know how well they did at first, only how well they ended up doing. People very often retake it. In a way, whether your score jumps is an indicator all by itself. Someone willing to work to retake a bad score is someone willing to work hard in graduate school.)
3. I scored very well—through an insane quantity of labor, as I freely admit. I'm almost positive it's what got me in, since my Latin and Greek grades were somewhat uneven and someone in admissions mentioned them to me. And I dropped out. So, bad data point.
3a. My best friend got a triple 800 and also dropped out of graduate school. He did, however, teach some Kaplan courses to make money. His students were lucky, I'll tell you.
Edit: It looks like the change occurred in 2002.
I just wanted to let you know.
With the renorming, the test seems much easier. i'd be annoyed if i was taking it now.
A gentleman never discusses his GRE scores.
However, I will say that I was rather amused that my SAT and GRE score were identical.
the formula would be:
I thought the whole point of the renormed GRE was specifically that the scoring would be more evenly distributed. The first question is supposed to be a 50/50 chance for right/wrong with the test progressively branching to harder/easier from there.
33aluinnsearlait Primeira Mensagem
I'm hoping that my high GPA, references, writing sample, and statement of purpose will get me in the door -- if not, obviously I know what I have to do.
I will say, though, that I got The GRE Test for Dummies book and it helped A LOT. I'm terrible at math, and it got me through that section (even though I guessed on about 50% of the questions).
I console myself in the fact that standardized tests have, historically been biased and an inaccurate way to determine potential (although I guess it's all they have right now). If it were up to me I would can them completely.