May 15th, 2009

general: no idea

GRE experiences anyone?

Hey :)

I'm usually only talking about myself but right now I'm looking for your input:

Seeing as I'll be finishing my undergrad in 2010 or 2011 (at the age of 25 :coughs:...), the gathering of information for my PhD has begun.
I was wondering whether some of you have taken the GRE in the past and could share some experiences - how to prepare, how much weight it has in the final decision, anything.

My "problem" is that my favorite schools don't require it - but all the Ivy League universities do, of course.
It is expensive, it is hard to study for and, speaking English only as a Second Language, I am likely to get rather below-average scores in Writing and probably Verbal Reasoning. On the other hand, not taking it means excluding the best universities in the world from my list of possibilities.

I'm grateful for all kinds of input, really :)