Hello, Physics Forums. I am currently working through my graduate school applications and am now finishing up my statements of purpose for MIT, Caltech, and Michigan. While working on the MIT application, I came upon a thought that I'm sure most people have- am I even good enough to succeed at MIT? If I could guarantee my admission, would it even be wise to attend? Anyway, my main question: Is there a decent way to litmus test yourself on whether or not a top 5 school would be a good fit for you? I'd prefer to not give all my stats for analysis for the sake of anyone else that might find answers to this question useful. I will say, though, that my intended field of study is in quantum computing. Perhaps I should just apply and see what happens, but I can't help but wonder.