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    I'm aiming for a top 10 ECON program - is my GRE Quant too low?

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    I got a 164 on the quant section. Is it too low for a top 10 econ program?

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    Re: I'm aiming for a top 10 ECON program - is my GRE Quant too low?

    You wrote this yesterday: http://www.urch.com/forums/showthrea...t=#post1011794

    and you are confident about a top 10 placement? The GRE should not be your primary concern.

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    Re: I'm aiming for a top 10 ECON program - is my GRE Quant too low?

    Does a 164 rule you out? No. Is it very low for a top 10 program? Yes.

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    Re: I'm aiming for a top 10 ECON program - is my GRE Quant too low?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zubrus View Post
    You wrote this yesterday: http://www.urch.com/forums/showthrea...t=#post1011794

    and you are confident about a top 10 placement? The GRE should not be your primary concern.
    I have a high GPA from a top 10 undergrad institution. I'm confident that I can get good recs. The only missing piece is my quant GRE and I'm debating whether I should retake it. It is painful and time-consuming to prepare.

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    Re: I'm aiming for a top 10 ECON program - is my GRE Quant too low?

    Quote Originally Posted by pohkid View Post
    I have a high GPA from a top 10 undergrad institution. I'm confident that I can get good recs. The only missing piece is my quant GRE and I'm debating whether I should retake it. It is painful and time-consuming to prepare.
    You're overconfident. Your previous post indicates that you won't expect to have recommendation letters from professors that you've worked with as a research assistant. In fact you don't seem to have any RA experience. This immediately puts you below the vast majority of top 10 admits. Even assuming you have a ~3.9 GPA in math/econ majors at a top U.S. undergrad, these profiles don't generally get into top 15 programs.

    Like others have said, the GRE is not your main concern. You're most likely aiming too high with your current background. Your solution is to either aim lower, or spend 1-2 additional years (preferably in a research position) before you apply.

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