First let me say that this is a standard question about education and not about Baptist Seminaries. However I hope the mods will allow it to stay here so that some of the more learned educational types on here can help me with this. Now to the fun stuff... Background: I STINK at standardized tests. Got that? STINK! I could take a standardized test on basic colors and still get a miserable score. This has been true of me all my life. I also STINK at any sort of advanced math. This is despite the fact that my biological father is a math teacher and wiz (I guess it is not in the genes). Since I am working on my second masters, and since I don't want a third masters, and since I want a PhD I am going to have to take the GRE. Liberty did not require the GRE and my current program does not require a GRE if the applicant already holds a masters degree. So I have avoided taking it so far. My brother took the GRE and did fine but he is very smart. Believe me the guy graduated from college (exercise and sports science) with almost a 4.0. He is currently finishing his masters in Sports Administration and he still has a 4.0 . Even though he did fine on the GRE he told me it was tough. He showed me the study book he used and I about fainted. All of that math!! He told me, as did my stepfather who is a retired dean, the best thing I can do is study. The problem is that I can study that stuff until cows fly and chickens swim and I am still going to stink at it. I have thought about taking the GRE and then hope my grades (which are very good: mostly 'A's with a few 'B's), along with some impressive references, would help overcome my predictable low score. Would that work? Others say it could very well work but I am just not sure. It would look to me like it would but I am not sure. Any suggestions? Btw, I don't think the school I wish to earn my PhD from (George Mason Univ) has a minimum GRE score requirement. I think that is what the admissions advisor told me. However they don't accept that many PhD students per year (about 20) so I will need to stand out somehow.