Haven't taken it myself, of course,... and am no where near graduating. But all my best wishes Kitty-Kat. You've taken and passed College Algebra, so I've got high hopes for you passing your GRE (if not the first time, then the second -- not to sound discouraging). Yes, I remember the rigamarole that people had to go through to get accommodations for the GRE, to get to use even a calculator. So glad they've changed that. But will you apply for accommodations to get extra time? - jus'
That's good, because, as I recall, getting the accommodations for the GRE were (as you've said) a big problem. They don't have to give you the accommodations no matter how much your documentation says that you 'qualify'. It's always sounded to me like it would be frustrating to try to deal with them,... and more so because we are talking about dyscalculia, not dyslexia or some other 'better understood' disability. Please report back to us. I believe that the GRE isn't required for me to go on into my MFA after I get the BFA. As I recall, this is the reason that I'm doing the BFA in the first place. I need to check on this again. Good to hear from you. - jus'
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I've saved your post to my computer under Cheshirekat on the GRE. You make it sound like something I might actually be able to do. So, what I've taken away from all this is that, depending on which parts of the test they choose to 'keep' and grade me on, I might pass on the first try, or I might have to come back and try again.
I don't quite understand what you mean by this:
"Graduate programs only look at your highest score in each section,..." So, please elaborate a little if you have time.
I probably won't make it to Grad studies, but I really appreciate the insight you've given to the GRE- jus'
Edited by justfoundout on December 18 2011 09:19 PM
Thanks again, Kat. And for the explanation too. I had gotten so that I could work simple algebraic equations, so, of couse, I know that a letter stands for a 'quantity'. But there's just a 'gap' in my brain where I can't make the jump to how to set up the algebraic problem. I think that I would need massive practice on what each component of the formula is 'good for'. It just seems to be something beyond me to know how and why to set up those problems. Anyway, I'm very glad for that you passed the test with a good score. And it was so considerate of you to remember all those details for us, and bring them back to us here. - jus'
Hi Kat and RW,
I scheduled an advising session with a 'graduate counselor' last week and got some wonderful information. I'm near completing a BA in Spanish, you know. So, I asked the counselor about getting into the Masters program. It turns out that, because I've done my undergrad work at the same college where I plan to do my grad work, and because I am 'still enrolled' there as a student, I can waltz right in to the Masters program without taking the GRE!!!! Yes, I only have to have a 3.0 GPA to get into that program. Right now, I've got a 3.6. So, even if I only get B's in my next 4 classes, I can still get into the Masters program. I think that each degree program has a different GPA requirement for getting into the Masters program, but for Spanish the 3.0 requirement seems quite moderate. YaY! No GRE test required. - jus'
Oh, and such a good question, Kat. I'd assumed that I would go for a Masters in Spanish. And that may still be my only choice. But I'm also in contact with the lady over Linguistics by email. She's invited me to ask her questions by email or to come to her office. (It's in the same building with my Spanish classes.) I need to look into the job (career) opportunities for a BA in Spanish with a Masters in Linguistics. But, most of all, I need to be sure that I won't have to take the GRE if I go from the BA in Spanish into the Masters in Linguistics program.
Another (vague) possibility would be a Masters in Education, reading specialist. But again, I need to research the usefulness of the degree and be sure that there's no GRE strings attached. Feel free to give feedback on these three options, Spanish, Linguistics, or Education. Thanks. - jus'
While reading your post, my life sort of 'passed before my eyes'. I kept thinking of things that I wanted to say,... so many,... too many,... until finally, I almost thought I'd just say 'thank you' and leave it alone. Then, it became almost a 'lol' moment, because I could see how everything you'd said had been my own opinion at one time or another through my life, but has kept changing as I've gone along.
I'm at a point where I really just want to be able to support myself financially and have enough money to enjoy my hobbies a little on the side. I like 'art' best, but this won't make a living for me. I would have gone into Education had it not been for the requirement to pass the little entrance math exam, which I can't pass. (Cc used to call it the TASP, then changed the name. Uni calls it something else.) Spanish has been good for me for my BA, as it hasn't been too taxing on my memory. A Master's in Linguistics would let me map and decipher languages. Just like you with anthropology, I enjoy getting to know other cultures through their language,... so there is some 'fun' involved. Going into a Masters in Spanish is a little discouraging to me, because I'm not a native speaker and can't be 'the best'. I can be 'a really good teacher' for helping others to acquire the language, but not for teaching the highest levels of grammar to erudites.
In truth, since I've been here at Uni, I've 'seen too much' about the Education department. Those studying for an Education degree to be an 'art teacher' barely got to scratch the surface of the studio art courses and then they were 'finished' with that part of their degree. While they were in Clay One, for example, they would be drilling each other for the pedagogy tests that were coming up in some Education course. Often, they would admit to each other that the teacher hadn't been clear in the lecture and that they really didn't know how to answer the questions for their homework. Some were very good artists, but they didn't even get to do Advanced Clay or Advanced Painting.. It seemed to me that the Education courses sounded boring and that those students weren't getting to do enough of what they would later be expected to 'teach'.
However, doing a Masters in Education would come after I've now finished my Minor in Studio Art and will have finished my Major in Spanish, so I'll have gotten that out of my system.
For my 'life goals',... hmmm,... I think that the problem is somewhere in this area. There were hundreds of teachers in Dallas Public Schools who lost their jobs starting about two years ago. It was chaos. They were desperate and in shock. I would like to be a teacher, but I don't have the feeling of over-riding ambition about it. Having passion about what one does is a good thing, but a certain amount of flexibility is a good thing, too. What I'm trying to say is that I've learned not to put 'all my eggs in one basket'. I could be happy with any of those three choices,... a Masters in Spanish, Linguistics, or Education. Now that I know I won't have to take the GRE to get the Masters in Spanish, that's my 'front running horse' for now. My next step will be to find out for sure if either or both of those other possibilities would require me to take the GRE. In short, the 'taking' or 'not taking' of the GRE is the deciding factor for me in my 'career choice'. I'll take what I can get. - jus'