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    GRE scores and urban planning grad school

    I would love to hear opinions on the following:

    I just received my final GRE Scores and I received a 590V, 720Q and a dismal 3.0 on AW. I will admit, I was completely surprised by this low score. Will my low AW score affect my chances of attending a graduate program in urban planning?

    I am applying to:

    University of Minnesota
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    University of Southern Maine
    University of Michigan

    Thanks for reading!

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    I think it's important to understand that the AW score, along with your Q and V scores, are just one facet of your application. So while they might look at your scores, they take other things into consideration too.

    As far as your AW score, I feel ya. I surprisingly scored really low on it too, but the fact is that the GRE writing section looks for dull and stringent things like high-school 5 paragraph format. You can't really use too complex grammar/vocabulary either, because it is scored in part by that weird computer system thing.

    I wouldn't worry about it. If they want to see if you can write, they can look at your personal statement.

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    Thank you, quietsilver. I totally agree with your thoughts on the GRE score. If a school was to judge me solely on my AW then it clearly is not the place for me. Fortunately, from what I've read, most schools take a holistic approach in admissions. Good luck on your apps!

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