So we all are preparing for the GRE this fall. But do we have any targets? Or are all of us aiming at 990? Well I wanted to start a discussion rolling as to what sort of a score should we set our sights on.
Lets take my case for example. I have a decent work experience, a horrible verbal and writing score and a 3.98 GPA. But this does not give me any clue as to where I can get in and where I cant. Moreover I dont even know if I should apply to any big schools like Cornell or MIT. I gave the GRE once and got an 800 (78%). Now is that a good score? a bad score? Which schools does it fall in the range off. Of course when you ask someone they will tell you it all depends, but you know that really does not help. I am sure there are many of you out there who want to say get into Chicago or say Amherst or Boulder and dont even know what your school really wants. So should we all just try to get 990. I agree getting the most possible score is what everyone desires. but lets be real. Now even if I tried my hardest, at max I can get that score up to 830-850. But then again is all my effort really needed? These are the kind of questions I want to get rolling as to what we should set our sights on.
If the school I want to go needs only say 600 and I get a 700 should I stop or should I try to still bolster my application?
Please tell me about your aspirations and what you think is a good score for your dream school.