p-adic wrote:I will say this. When applying to Math Ph.D. programs many years ago, I got 490 (= 152 today) on verbal. Can't remember how much I studied for it. I then retook a couple months later and got 550 (= 156 today). Again, can't remember how much I studied. But it couldn't have been much since I was also retaking the Math GRE, had 11 applications, 2 grad classes, 2 undergrad classes, research work, and TA duties. (I also couldn't get any sleep that semester since some construction guys woke me up with their power tools right outside my window by 7 am 6 days a week, but that's a different story.)
Anyway, what I remember is that the first time around, I got some really early question wrong and it was too hard to recover from that mistake. (It used to be adaptive by question, not by section.)
Similarly, this year I took it 6 months ago and got 154V. I spent a decent amount of time studying, but not a huge amount. I was super tired that day, but I remember my disappointment. I resolved to spend a lot of time studying and take it in the fall. As it turned out, I spent about 2 hours studying for vocab and did 0 practice tests in the past 6 months, but I managed to get 161V. My result was shocking. Anyway, just take it again, even if you don't have time to study. Confidence is key. So is having the experience of taking it the first time so you know what it's like, how to budget your time, etc.
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