Hello everyone. This is my first post ever, but I've been reading this forum for months! I'm a prospective Entry Nursing student. I will be graduating with my bachelor's degree in Human Biology from an ivy in May 2007. I havea 3.5 GPA overall and 3.7 GPA from the last 2 years. My university has sucky guidance on nursing (everyone's so med-oriented).
I just took my GREs today. During my practice exams, I've been scoring above a 1290. I think I freaked out today and messed up a lot. I got a 1250 (550 V, 700 Q). I'm not sure how competitive (if at all) these scores all. I know that the nursing programs aren't necessarily looking at numbers only, but I'd like to know my chances. My top choices are UPenn's BSN/MSN, Duke's accBSN, Yale's GEPN, and Vanderbilt's entry MSN program.
I feel completely nauseated right now, and I'm seriously considering re-taking this exam (though the $$$ is a huge factor). I've studied so hard for it! I guess it would help to know some successful applicants with =< 1250 who got accepted to these programs.
Thank you for your input!
Aug 22, '06
I don't think you have anything to worry about. The GRE is just one part of your application, first of all -- and honestly, I think it's a relatively small part, ie, many Direct Entry programs don't place a gigantic emphasis on standardized scores.
Second of all, those scores are fine! From what I've read in various schools' FAQs, they consider "competitive" anything in the 450-550 range (per section); and check out that Quant. score of yours! That's WAY above the typical profile for acceptance!
My gut feeling is that, as far as the GRE goes, the difference between a decent score vs a stellar score on your apps is negligible. If you were bombing out -- and by this I mean TRUE bombing, not the perfectionist's notion of "bombing" (which is anything less than perfection! And I am not passing negative judgment here, as I totally include my own self in this category too -- I think we end up torturing ourselves and enjoying things WAY less than we could be/should be!), then maybe that would be an issue... but you're DEFINITELY not bombing out!
Last edit by cfrimer on Aug 22, '06