QuoteOriginally posted by: lthqI understand that the meaningfulness and rationality of getting a MFE are now questionable, but I've decided to apply to a few US schools first, then decide what to do next year if, lucky enough, I get accepted.I recently wrote the GRE general test in preparation for application, and got a reasonable quant score of 790, but a very crappy verbal score of 410. I have yet to receive my analytical score. In addition, I have a 3.9 GPA, and a few years of related work experience. I've seen conflicting comments about how important the verbal score is to the application decision. The bottom line is - should I retake the GRE test to secure a higher score? In light of the recent turmoil, would a lot of people laid off be applying to MFE, and hence pushing up the bar for admission?I can guarantee you that verbal score in GRE doesn't matter. Call Berkeley or CMU and ask them what the lowest verbal score was for admitted applicants last year. So don't take GRE again. Sometimes admissions people prefer not admitting 'asian' applicants because of their english as it becomes harder for them to clear interviews and the candidates becomes a liability for the program. So if you can convince them your english is good enough to communicate, you should be fine. But you don't mention your undergrad major. If you have 3.9 in humanities ( i doubt that given your verbal score), then you wont be admitted anayway. But assuming you have basic math courses from a decent 2-tier (or above) school, there's no reason why they wouldn't wanna take your money.