TakeruK wrote:When I wrote the General GRE (computer), I chose my schools by picking through the list on the computer in the pre-test section of the GRE. However, when I did this, I did not know the specific department I was applying to counted as a different institution and thus had a completely different institution code. I picked "University X" instead of "Institution Name at University X".
Months later, I submitted my application to University X and they said they could not access my score report! I told them what might have happened and they asked me to scan the score report I got in the mail (which isn't technically an official score report). A few weeks later, they accepted me, so I'm not sure if they were able to contact the University's Graduate School (which is where I suppose the scores went by mistake) and get my real score report, or if they were just happy with my self-reported score. I didn't end up at this school though!
In addition, there are some schools that said please send your score to institution code AAAA and department code BBBB while others just told me to submit to institution code AAAA. I would imagine schools that have more efficient organization would have the Graduate School keep all GRE score reports so that e.g. the Physics and Astro departments can both access the same report. If you're not sure, it's worth it to ask them. And, sometimes you don't even submit two separate applications if applying to two departments in the same university. Some schools asked "If we can't take you in our department, is there any other department on campus you'd like us to forward your application to?".
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