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Re: Profile Evaluation: PhD Econ/Finance with weaker grades but high research potenti
The GRE Math test will be a complete waste of time. It's something you actually need to prepare for, if you want to get a good grade, unlike the quant section of the GRE; time that's better spent retaking important math courses at wherever you'll be doing your RA work.
Realistically, your GPA will get you screened out at all the places you've mentioned. The only way to avoid this is to get solid letters from well-connected faculty members who will be willing to reach out to the right people during your application cycle. This means you'll need to really excel and make an impression during your RA stint this coming year, since these people are privy to a wider information set on your abilities as a potential grad student than what your current application package conveys.