MGRE Scores to not raise red flags?

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MGRE Scores to not raise red flags?

Post by ConcernedSenior18 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:45 am

Hi all,

I take the MGRE on Saturday, and have already registered for the October 26 exam as well. After taking the practice test offered on the ETS website, I am very concerned. I scored a 500 (13%) on that practice exam (yes, I am reviewing the things I got wrong).

As such, I am wondering what score I should aim for to not raise any red flags. Here's a little bit of my academic background:

White female, domestic student

Undergrad Major: Mathematics, Biomathematics
Minor: Philosophy
GPA: 3.86 overall, 3.93 in Mathematics major

General GRE Scores:
Q: 167
V: 160
W: 3.5

I am a member of my University Honors Program, and am currently working on a Senior thesis under a faculty member, preliminarily titled "Dualities in Finite Fields and Finite Groups". I also participated in a summer program at Princeton University in Computational Biology.

I believe I will get strong letters of recommendation from my professors. They all seem to feel confident that I can succeed in graduate school.

I will apply to one or two top schools - likely Princeton and possibly UC Berkley - but for the most part will be applying to "middle-of-the-pack" schools such as NC State, University of Delaware, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Since I feel that the rest of my application is strong, what score should I aim for on the MGRE so that I do not raise any red flags?

Thanks so much!

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Re: MGRE Scores to not raise red flags?

Post by DDswife » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:03 am

People here say that almost 700 for good universities. Over 800 for the top ones. I am not sure, but there are lots of threads where people talk about that. There is a recent one about cut offs.

May I ask you why your score was so low? You didn't know the content, you made mistakes, you ran out of time? According to what you answer, I should be able to give you some advice. I am a Math tutor. I haven't taken the MGRE yet. Not sure if I ever will because for now I can't afford studying in a university. I am too old (57), and there is no way I will be able to repay it. to get a loan to sudy. I have studied in my country, and that will have to be enough.

But I worked on most of the available problems at some point, and I like working on them because they are a lot of fun. I took the general GRE and I gotm161 in the quantitative part. In the verbal part I didn't do goo, mostly because I am not a native speaker. I got 147. I got the same than you in the writing. Yo me is a success, though! I took it 5 years ago. So, these scores are old, anyway, I also took the TOEFL about 10 years ago, and I did good.

You are going to take it twice. That will give you more experience. But maybe you should consider cancelling (if you still can) the first one to avoid a bad record. I think that you can cancel your scores, though.

Let's see what people over here say,
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Re: MGRE Scores to not raise red flags?

Post by ConcernedSenior18 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:12 am

In terms of why my score was so low, part of it was just being rusty on material I have not seen in a long time. For that reason, I have begun reviewing the topics of the questions which I did not answer correctly. I am hoping that helps somewhat.

The other part of the issue was timing. Timing will likely be somewhat of an issue due to my disabilities, but I hope that having seen the structure of the test once will help minimize the extent of that issue.

As always, there were a handful of silly mistakes, but that will happen on most any exam.

I am attempting to find other practice exams online to see what is still an issue.

I have already looked in to things with the scores, and know that I only send the scores I select, so I simply will not send the lower score.

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Re: MGRE Scores to not raise red flags?

Post by DDswife » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:21 am

In this forum there are lots of questions from the practice test that have been discussed, or even solved

About timing, try to solve as many as you can p, but it's better to only solve 30 correctly, than 60' wrong. So, skip the ones that seem long (you can come back to them later if you have time), and try to solve as many questions as you can in a couple of minutes. Before turning in the test, check that you didn't choose A when you menat B. I always do that at some point, and hence I get wrong questions that I solved right.

Search for practice exams for other tests, like GMAT, even if the level is not as good, and try to solve them in less than a minute. If possible, in 30 seconds. There are always a few questions in the MGRE that are easy. If you really good at those, youncan maybe save 10 minutes you can use for harder questions.

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