## What to do with real bad scores?

Forum for the GRE subject test in mathematics.
speedychaos4
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Joined: Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:42 am

### What to do with real bad scores?

Hey everyone,
I just saw my score, which might be laughed at by most of you, from the ETS website.
It's 620/61%, I was aiming at 80% since in most of the prep. test I scored around 72~78%, but I really screwed my real one due to the nervousness during the test.
So will this score do harm to my application if I use it?(Because one of my purposes of taking the GRE math is as a compensation for my bad academic record during my first three semesters of college, and kinda ironic that the test score is also bad), I think probably I will retake it in Nov, if I manage to score more than 80%, will I be considered as a "normal 80%" or my previous bad record will pull it back a little bit?
Thanks.

owlpride
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Joined: Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:01 am

### Re: What to do with real bad scores?

For what it's worth, I have friends with scores in your range who went to UCLA and Duke.

Your combination of GRE score and academic record is not ideal, but not a disaster either. Strong letters of recommendation can carry you a long way!

toopham
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Joined: Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:36 pm

### Re: What to do with real bad scores?

Thats not cool.
I got 620 and its a 45% .
Will they consider the fact that its a 620?
Or will they just care about the percentile?

toopham
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Joined: Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:36 pm

### Re: What to do with real bad scores?

bump.
can any1 tell me if 620 45% is comparable to 620 61% ?

oz2
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Joined: Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:17 pm

### Re: What to do with real bad scores?

hey so did you get into any phd programs?

speedychaos4
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Joined: Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:42 am

### Re: What to do with real bad scores?

I'm applying for Fall 2011 so I took the test again. And I guess I will probably apply for Master's Degree first, due to my bad undergrad records.