Anyone got accepted to CRNA school with a low GRE score??? - page 3

The school I am looking at requires a GRE of 300 (new version) I have 284 - GPA of 3.57 2 1/2 years in ICU, taking CCRN in two weeks - should I apply anyways/?? anyone got in with a low GRE score??... Read More

  1. by   missnurse01
    prob be easier if you started a new thread, but here is my info: 149 verbal, 152 math, 4.5 writing but they don't care about that
  2. by   CABGx4
    math 149. verbal 151. essay 4. old scoring equivalent 1080. just finished 2nd semester good luck
  3. by   Powertrip
    I have a Verbal of 156 and a Quantitative of 159, 4.0 on the writing. I have a cumulative gpa of 3.3 with 207 hours of school taken. I have a 4.0 BSN gpa and a 3.85 on my last 60hrs. I have TNCC, CCRN, ACLS, PALS, NRP, BLS, Disaster responder certification from anniston for nurse and healthcare responders. I am a member of the Unit Council at my hospital and will also be obtaining CEN and my CMC. I also teach classes on vaso-active drips and precept students and orient new and old nurses to the ICU. I am one of the charge nurses as well and take on those responsibilities. I work in the Severe Sepsis MICU and have 3 years of ICU experience and 56hrs of CRNA shadow experience. I am an active member of both the AACN and ENA. I have decided that now is the time to apply and attempt to become a CRNA and will be applying to many places in both Alabama and Tennesse. I am waiting atm to hear from my application I sent into samford. I realise that the point of this thread it to try to figure out if certain minimal scores can and will be accepted. My point in posting this is not to brag, in fact I may very well not get in. My point in this is that there are people like me out there that are willing to go above and beyond what is required to get in to CRNA school. CRNA schools, no matter which one you apply to, want to see that you apply yourself to your job and your profession. They want to know that you are willing to go that extra mile and will be a good reflection on their program. They want to know that you are motivated to become a CRNA and what those motivations are. I will not say that you will not get in with the Minimal scores, but do realise that until you get an interview, you are only a piece of paper on a desk. The only way to compare people at that point is numbers and words. My whole point in this is that if you are really motivated to become a CRNA, get involved. Use your days off to shadow, GO up to the school you are applying to and physically talk to them, let them see your face. Ask questions of the staff and the students, see if you really want to go there, and continue to make your CV look as good as possible. If GRE is your only weakness then know they look at more than that, however, getting the minimal score is something that must happen if it is stated on their website. I have talked with UAB here and was told that if the Minimal Scores are not met in certain areas that application is immediatly denied. This came from their director so I have every reason to believe it. I have also talked with Samford and they have a different approach, if you are overly strong in GPA but have a low GRE they can counter balance each other. So in the end it depends on what school you are applying to. Go to the school you are applying and find out. Good luck to anyone applying.
  4. by   atc1324
    I was wondering how important gre scores are ..I have 2 years of CVICU experience, gpa is 3.96 , PALS, CCRN, ACLS, TNCC but gpa score is 287 ..I'm debating if should retake gre since so many schools don't require it.
  5. by   ccuccrnap16
    Atc1324...I wouldn't. Your resume looks great..just be prepared for interviews and I think you'll be fine!
  6. by   MLB4
    @atc1324 - I think it depends on where you are applying! Message your admissions coordinator and ask their opinion. My school lists their minimum quantitative score as 149 (I was slightly lower) with a total of about 300 comprehensive score, but in response to my email, told me the average admitted students score was significantly higher (about 5 points for a quantitative score). Because of this I took the exam again. So I would e-mail your schools of interest and go from there. Doesn't hurt to take it over again, if anything, it makes you a stronger applicant..although it is not always necessary. Just depends on the school.
  7. by   atc1324
    So I'm going to retake the gre . I am wondering what have you guys used to prep for it, I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks
  8. by   MLB4
    atc1324 - what were you using to prepare? I really recommend Manhattan prep materials. I got it for 90 on Amazon (all 8 books) and you get 6 practice exams free with the book purchase.. And I also took one of the powerprep exams on the GRE website that is free.
  9. by   atc1324
    Thanks I used Kaplan the first time and I didn't love it ..ill try Manhattan prep. Thanks for your help
  10. by   MLB4
    Anytime! Let me know if you have any questions.. Recently retook mine so I completely understand what you are going through.. So stressful!! But you can do it. Just a test.. Stay confident. It's easier the second time.. But I truly believe it is a mind game
  11. by   cticunurse
    Hi all hoping someone read all this thread. I know it's a few months old. I applied to CRNA school this fall for next summer admission to Rutgers and Columbia. I have my bsn and minor in gerontology cum gpa 3.5 nursing gpa 3.7 deans list for three semesters, been in the cticu for over four years, CCRN-Csc, Precepted new nurses, have professional development at my work place as well. My gre score is 280 I wondering what you guys think about this. I have an interview at one school that doesnnot require the gre Still waiting On another that does look at the scores but states they do not have a minimum .Praying for one! �� Thank you in advance!
    Last edit by cticunurse on Oct 22, '16 : Reason: Mistake