Lately, I have scored 165 in Quantitative Reasoning part of the GRE. The schools I consider applying requires scores that fall above the 90th percentile. with 165 Quant score, I am just at the 90th percentile. (just for a background, very good GPA (almost in %1 of my cohort), good academic references, a related job experience etc.)
There is no time to retake it, as the funding deadlines for graduate schools are approaching and I need to use this score to be evaluated for scholarships. If I have another GRE test immediately, the results will only be helpful for being assessed without scholarships as the funding deadline will be already passed at that time.
However, I wonder what is the difference between a 165 Quant score or 167-68 band? The graduate schools need it from different nationalities than they are, especially to compare candidates. However, do you think higher GPA, good recommendation letters are as crucial as GRE?
I would be quite sad if I am not admitted to the schools I want just because of this low Quant score. Is it really to low?
Btw: department: Economics.