Do admissions care about multiple PGRE attempts?

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Skullgrid
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Do admissions care about multiple PGRE attempts?

Postby Skullgrid » Mon Aug 23, 2010 5:58 am

Sorry if this has been discussed previously (couldn't find it in Search).

Do grad admissions committees care how many times the PGRE is taken? I'm talking about a difference between 1 and 2 or 2 and 3 times.

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Re: Does admissions care about multiple PGRE attempts?

Postby HappyQuark » Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:13 am

Skullgrid wrote:Sorry if this has been discussed previously (couldn't find it in Search).

Do grad admissions committees care how many times the PGRE is taken? I'm talking about a difference between 1 and 2 or 2 and 3 times.

Thanks


The common sense answer is, it depends. If you take it twice and do significantly better on a second try, then an admissions committee is likely to think the first one was a fluke or that you had some sort of test anxiety or problem on test day.If, however, you manage to get a very similar score or even a lesser score on the second try, you will likely convince a committee that what ever score you got is a good indicator of your precise skill level. In other words, if you get a 650 the first time and a 670 the second time, the committee will assume you are a 650/670 level student.




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