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  1. 2 points

    Screw The Back Up!

    This is so great, thank you!😭
  2. 2 points

    Think the GRE is useless? Think again.

    So I am naturally terrible at standardized tests. I had this same problem back when I was taking the SATS and it prevented me from getting into better undergraduate institutions. My GRE was 157V/152Q/3.5AW. HOWEVER, my undergraduate Institution requires Comprehensive Exams to graduate, and I passed those with Honors. Unfortunately, that was this past Fall and will not be shown on the transcripts I used to apply. The lesson is that GRE scores have no bearing on what you know about your science. Your GRE score only reflects how well you do on the GRE. That's it.
  3. 1 point

    Screw The Back Up!

    Hey Moods! Glad to hear from you again! And thanks so much for reading. I don't think I would have kept doing this if I didn't have supporters like you! Hope you keep reading and be sure to let me know how the abyss is going for you or if you ever hear back from your grad school choice(s)!! Thanks for reading, K.
  4. 1 point
    I agree. Plus, there are many graduate programs who do not require it as part of the admissions process. Harvard and Northwestern are two examples for the 2019 application cycle.
  5. 1 point
    I would endorse this call for more sources, if it is made in the right spirit: are there any studies that have demonstrated the effectiveness of the Revised GRE? However, if you want newer proof because you believe that evidence has a shelf-life, and thus anything over five years old can no longer be considered applicable, then I cannot support the motion; I think, even after thousands of years, the validity of Euclid's proof of Pythagorean theorem has not decreased in the slightest; and while it may be foolish to claim that TheFez has stumbled upon a truth we might consider "eternal," we should perhaps open ourselves up to this inconvenient wisdom. Do we have any data suggesting a correlation between the time a student spends excoriating the GRE for its being worthless and unfair (independent variable) and his/her GRE scores (dependent)? There's a graph I'd like to see!
  6. 1 point
    I would agree with this. I am also a 90%+ in V&Q. Unfortunately, I think the GRE is a necessary evil. Because grad programs spend hard-sought federal and state dollars on their students, they want to, quite rationally, minimize risks. Top programs want to also maximize returns. One could object to the methods of the studies cited above, however if you accept their conclusions then the GRE is a reliable metric, but not a perfect one. This is an important distinction. There are definitely people who have extraordinary talents but do not perform on the test for a various reasons, and there are some valid and legitimate excuses for an underwhelming score. In that case it must be up to the applicant to go to extraordinary measures to make a case for his/herself. The bigger problem I think is whether AdComs, in the context of increased competition for funds and larger applicant pools, are tending towards a more narrow definition of what they see as student potential; a "fit-to-the-mold" test rather than a consideration of what originality they might bring. At least in science & eng. it seems to have some elements of a job-hiring process. I was very worried about my grades and GRE (fortunately turned out alright), so I went to extra lengths to "sell myself" to several depts I applied to. For example, targeted and thorough reading of Prof's current/past research, devising intelligent questions for them, and communicating directly. Making a simple website with your research experience that can be sent to POIs. It's not the most flattering language, but I do think you had to think about this process as "selling" -- make a clear and compelling case why you would be a great researcher.
  7. -1 points
    All of your sources are older than 5 years old. I want newer proof please.


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