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1. Make sure your essay reflects the careful research you've done into the graduate program and the strong fit you see between your interests and the unique strengths of the graduate program to which you're applying. 2. Give your professors the opportunity to say detailed, positive things about you, not just vague, typical praise like "she wrote a great paper in my class and got an 'A'". (After all, most people who apply to competitive graduate programs have a good academic record; what can your professors say that makes you sound special?) 3. Yes, the GRE is very important. But it is not the only thing that is evaluated. Lower than typical GRE scores will often get your application quickly sorted into the "definitely not" pile. 4. Yes, your undergraduate GPA is important. But it is not the only thing that is evaluated. If there is something about your GPA that you think needs explaining (e.g., "I started college as a chemistry major, and as my transcript shows, I've done much better in psychology classes than chemistry classes"), by all means explain it in your essay.