I have ever heard that the secretary of graduate school will first shift some application materials according to applicants\' GRE, TOEFL scores and GPA. Then the graduate committee make decisions according to the shifted materials. Is that true for seas@uUpenn? My GRE score is not competitive, V: 150, Q: 170, AW:3. But I have some publications publicated on important and famous international journals.
I have taken TOEFL exam, and I am not sure whether my TOEFL is above 100 or not.
But seas@Upenn is my dream school. How I wish I could persue the doctoral program in seas@Upenn. Would you please tell me if my TOEFL is not above 100, do I still get chance to be addmitted by seas@Upenn?
Your description of the admissions process is roughly accurate, althoughit better describes the MSE process.
It is _possible_ to gain admission even with a low TOEFL, GRE-Verbal, etc (the GRE-Verbal isn't terribly important) - none of these are immediate summary disqualifiers. The most important things are academic/research ability, trancripts, the schools you've attended – of course papers published in international journals are very significant.