This week I got a peek behind the curtain at the application review process and it's not pretty. As they say "a little like watching sausage being made".
At a social function I overheard some discussion about the PhD applications under review (in another department at another school on another planet with no specifics about any individuals, I swear).
Using a sample size of admittedly N=1, I was struck by the difference in the relative importance various members give to different parts
Ah ye of little faith… I said this blog would be one of inconvenient truths.
You will come to trust the Fez, but ‘til then there is plenty of evidence to back this up...
Here’s link to a February 2007 Science article (Kuncel, N.R., Hezlett, S.A., Standardized Tests Predict Graduate Students' Success, Science, Vol 315 No. 5815, pp 1080-1081) that examines the GRE and GMAT:
“Four consistent findings emerged: (i) St
Most people who think that the GRE is stupid and useless also have low GRE scores.
Like it or not you need good GRE (or GMAT)scores to get into a good program, because like it or not, people with good GRE scores tend (I say tend) to have natural academic abilities far beyond those of mortal men. The GRE is designed to be hard to do really well on (read 85%-90%+) without intuition, insight and reasoning skills - not just grade school math and vocabulary skills.
For the not-so-lucky end
Hey now! I'm a blogger.
My original thought about blogging was to cut through the B.S. I find in the forums and give a practical, unvarnished view of the way I think stuff really works.
Like - if you have to get a LOR from a guy who works on the loading dock with you - you're probably not going to impress the ad comm. And if you got 130Q on your GRE you aren't getting into Northwestern's Econ PhD program.
I am one of those math/econ types who didn't get enough touchy-