MikeSpivey wrote:Llamas wrote:Hello Spivey Team,
I have a question about the GRE. For schools like Northwestern, GULC, Harvard, WUSTL, applicants are required to report any GRE scores from the past 5 years.
If I have an LSAT score that is superior to my GRE, is it worth retaking the GRE so that my GRE percentile improves?
The reason I ask this is because USNWR indicates in their ranking methodology that the GRE medians are factored into rankings. Thus, since I am obliged to report both my GRE and LSAT, I am most certainly a splitter for these schools, in the sense that my LSAT is above the median but my GRE is likely to be far below the median (even though we don't know their medians, I'm fairly confident my GRE would be below it).
Since schools only use the highest score is their medians, would it make sense to retake the GRE so that I don't bring down their hypothetical medians? Or is it the case that if an applicant has an LSAT and a GRE, the LSAT overrides any influence that the GRE may have.
Thank you for your help.
We actually aren't even sure of schools yet know the answer to this question "are both GRE/LSAT reported to USNWR" or "just LSAT" or "just highest percentile from the two" but we are working on it. I guess someone could call USNWR and ask. In fact, I may have someone in mind to do just that Will work at it for you all!
Thank you so much for your help. So it's possible that a random GRE score from a couple of years ago could hurt my application. Do you think how schools view this score is going to be entirely contingent on how USNWR decides to incorporate GRE into their rankings, even if I include an addendum explaining why my GRE is worse than my LSAT? Is it worth prepping for the GRE right now then so I can take as soon as possible?