Should I retake my GRE?

  1. Okay.. I've always wanted to do this but I didn't because I'm really embrassed to announce my GRE scores.However, I really need advices to see what my chances are in getting in a msn program.

    I'm a foreign grad from a mandarin speaking country. I have a bachelor's degree in nursing and one year of acute medical experience in a teaching hospital in Boston.

    My GPA is 3.67. TOEFL: 267. GRE: V-330, Q:700. A:4.0.

    Should I retake my GRE? I'm picking up my books again but it's so painful to go through the process. What are my chances in getting to a MSN program?
    Especially if I'm going for schools in the top 50?

    Any advice would be helpful. Thanks a bunch!
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  3. by   FLAgal14
    I think that you should - your quantitative scores are good but the verbal is low - but you may want to check with each individual school you are interested in because some schools have cut off points for the GRE (i.e. may require you get a minimum of 500 in each section). You could always call the advisor at the schools you are interested in and see what you're chances would be with your current scores. Good luck!
  4. by   NHRNmomof3
    I would agree to check with each school you are thinking about. I posted about my MAT's. I was disppointed thinking that I would need higher when I contacted my perspective university they told me to go ahead with the applicaiton process and asked me to seed me my grades and resume. I have a feeling that I have a really descent chance. I will let you know in a couple of months when I hear. I am finishing my professional goals statement. Best of luck.
  5. by   romie
    That is a pretty nice quantive score. You should definitely retake the GRE and get a prep book that focuses on building vocabulary. You could make yourself some vocabulary words and simply make it a point to learn 10-15 words a night. That alone will send your verbal score soaring a few hundred points.
  6. by   catlady
    In the alternative, not all MSN programs require GREs.
  7. by   Corvette Guy
    Quote from catlady
    In the alternative, not all MSN programs require GREs.
    Plus, it is my understanding some MSN programs will waive the GRE w/GPA 3.5 or higher.
  8. by   masstudent
    Quote from Corvette Guy
    Plus, it is my understanding some MSN programs will waive the GRE w/GPA 3.5 or higher.
    Corvette Guy or anyone else who knows the answer, what are the MSN programs that will waive the GRE if you have a GPA 3.5 or higher? Also and this may seem like a dumb question, how do they calculate your GPA, ie does it include every class you are reporting or just your GPA at the college you last attended?

    Finally, does anyone know of any programs that don't require the GRE/MAT/nursing school entrance exam? I don't do well on standardized tests and I am afraid this will keep me from getting in? Thanks!!
  9. by   Spacklehead
    [quote=vtprenursingstudent]Corvette Guy or anyone else who knows the answer, what are the MSN programs that will waive the GRE if you have a GPA 3.5 or higher?
    quote]

    There are probably too many to list - but a good example would be UPenn. I'm not sure what their GPA requirement is for the waiver, but they will waive the GREs if it is high enough.

    ETA: I just looked at their Web site - you only need a 3.2 GPA, as well as a few other requirements.
  10. by   mvanz9999
    Quote from vtprenursingstudent
    Also and this may seem like a dumb question, how do they calculate your GPA, ie does it include every class you are reporting or just your GPA at the college you last attended?
    Actually I'm modifying this. It depends on the school. One grad school said it was only the GPA for your original undergraduate degree. They stated if I took 100 hours and got a 4.00, it wouldn't change my undergrad GPA, and that's all they care about.
    Last edit by mvanz9999 on Sep 28, '06
  11. by   EnergizerNurse
    The GREs are in the process of being revised, with the new version of the test being rolled out during the fall of 2007.

    I've read that one main difference between the old and new versions is that the new version is NOT an adaptive test. It will ask everyone the same number of questions, at the same level of difficulty -- regardless how many of the lower level questions you get wrong.

    What's the consensus about the new GRE? Will it be harder than the current version?
  12. by   julie978
    The GRE does not corrolate directly to a students success so many universitys waive this requirement, especially with a solid GPA.

    When I was looking, I recall that STONEYBROOK in NY did not require the GRE and they have an an online/distance program. I am here in FL and USF does not require the GRE for most programs, as well as FL Atlantic and I believe University of FL may be the same. I am starting MSN at USF in Jan!!!

    Keep researching, you will find whats right for you. Even if the program *does* require the GRE, you may still get in as an exception based on other factors (language barrier or grades). There are also prep classes for the GRE too, if it comes down to it, especially if it is a "top tier" school they may insist upon the high GRE scores due to competeition. Speak to an advisor. TRY Petersons.com for a search of nursing schools. And Good luck! Julie
  13. by   mvanz9999
    Quote from EnergizerNurse
    The GREs are in the process of being revised, with the new version of the test being rolled out during the fall of 2007.

    I've read that one main difference between the old and new versions is that the new version is NOT an adaptive test. It will ask everyone the same number of questions, at the same level of difficulty -- regardless how many of the lower level questions you get wrong.

    What's the consensus about the new GRE? Will it be harder than the current version?
    I don't know about a consesus, but I suspect it will be markedly harder. After the scored portion of the CAT GRE, you are offered the option of participating in a research set of questions. Based on those, my vote is harder. The questions I tested on (unscored) were not multiple choice, they were fill in the blank. In my opinion, that's infinitely harder. With the standard GRE, you've got at least a 1/4 or 1/5 chance of getting a correct answer simply by guessing.

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