Main Question or Discussion Point
How high should my GRE scores (Math and Verbal) and in Physics (subject) need to be to get a good graduate school program?
Nothing you say is inconsistent with the fact that your verbal skills are lacking, as indicated by your low verbal GRE score.gravenewworld said:I consider the GRE and all standardized tests worthless. They are a money making scheme. I only got a 1190 on my SATs and have done extremely well, even better than the students who got full scholarships for having good SAT scores and grades from highschool. I took the GRE got about 450 verbal and a 750 math. Those scores aren't anything impressive at all, but my transcript of all the challenging math courses I have taken will speak a 1000 fold more of my capabilities than the GRE. Some people are just good at taking standardized tests, I am, however, not one of those people.
The article can be found on LiveScience: http://www.livescience.com/humanbiology/050209_under_pressure.htmljuvenal said:But I did just read an article somewhere (WSJ?) about how smarter people are more likely to choke in high pressure situations, and that can hurt them in standardized testing. Unfortunately, I cannot find the article right now.
Point taken, but since we are all believers in the scientific method, the best route would be to read the paper of the study and criticize the authors' methodology.mathwonk said:And based on my experiences at elite dschools, I think it nonsense that bright people are more likely than others to choke under pressure. Performance under pressure is partly based on confidence which bright people seem to have in spades.
Maybe, you should've asked the ETS people to rescore your verbal section. They might've made a mistake. The GRE's reminds me a lot like the SATs. Studying for it such a burden. I don't know how it can determine how well you're going to do in graduate school.gravenewworld said:I did get 750 on math which is pretty good but not outstanding. The math portion doesn't even have any math you learn in college on it. It is only highschool algebra and geometry, not even trig or above.
I let you ponder on this one:
my GRE score
450 verbal, 750 math, writing section 5.5/6.0--So how can someone score so low in verbal and score pretty well in writing? I will let you figure that one out for yourself.