I would guess that 90th percentile is above the threshold for just about any program. Keep in mind that many departments use GRE scores merely as a filtering mechanism. Your scores get your app in the small pile and ensure that it gets at least a cursory reading, but they have very little influence beyond that.
GRE score for international students and relevant working experience(75 posts) (2 voices)
Mean verbal score in 2008: 465 (from Wiki article)
The OP's verbal score: 470.
OP, good job, as an international student you are still slightly above the mean. Hang in there.
I insist... if it's too hard to get in a top-10, try a top-30 with a focus on who your advisor might be, based on your interests...
^^ Firstly that makes no sense. Average GRE test scores are bound to be low given the sheer amount of variance in test takers.
Secondly the average gre is way higher for the top 10 programs since the pool is relatively self-selecting and ridiculously competitive.
For example look at Duke's enrollment stats:
Avg Gre for 2008-2209
in 2209 may gre might not be required at all :shrug:
Also, mean GRE scores are pushed downward by the large number of science types who aren't expected to actually, you know, write. I would guess that the mean verbal score in the social sciences is at least 50 points higher than that. Despite the optimism of ^^^^ there is really no way to put a good spin on a 470 verbal.
I think the OP now knows what he needs to do to get into the program of his choice, at least as far as his GRE scores are concerned.
My GRE Verbal score was 400 (I am a foreigner). I went to a top-20 program, and I am now on a TT job at a top-30 department.
I don't mean to tell OP not to work on his/her verbal score, though.
^ This is what I mean. The GRE is just one predictor of scholar capacity, and that's it. Do yourself a favor and consider other schools in addition to the top 10, but I'd say apply to the ones you dream of anyway (and try to get the right recommendations and a solid statement of purpose at hand).
I was actually a little surprised that the average GRE scores at the Duke political science program (670V,730M) were not higher. Do any of you know whether the top 5 programs have higher GRE averages for their incoming class. The Stanford website mentions that accepted applicants usually have a 700+ GRE score on both sections of the test (<http://politicalscience.stanford.edu/grad_faq.html#Admission04>), but none of the other top programs provide such information. Thanks!
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