Yeah I know you all probably commonly see posts like this! But there was some additional stuff that I didn't see on every previous post with a similar issue, so I thought I'd post my questions. I took the math GRE... and the score I received was actually quite a shock to me: 560 scaled score and 27% below (eww). I was getting 70-80% of the questions right on the two practice tests, and after the real GRE, I felt like I knew around 60-70% of the questions. I must have really screwed up somehow! I will note that halfway through the test, I noticed I had 4 answers marked in their incorrect places, so I had to correct that. Will I be given my answers and what the correct answers were to check if something like this happened? If so, is there any way to have them fix this if I think it is likely that something like this happened? Can that be fixed in time? I'm just shocked I did so poorly. I am pretty confident that I know my undergraduate math fairly well, so I am having a hard time accepting such a score!
All that aside, let's assume that I really performed that poorly (that is possible). I am a math and physics major (double degree) and I have a 4.0 GPA. I have done 2 REUs and am actually having one of my REU papers being published in a regular journal. My regular gre is okay... (about average verbal and writing, near perfect quantitative) My recommendations will be solid as well. I've actually have been privileged to teach some basic courses for almost two years. I feel like everything in my application is strong *except* for this darn subject test gre score! My question is, what sort of grad program(s) could I get into with this score, and should I even bother adding it to my application? I am *very* disappointed in it and I do not feel like it accurately indicates my mathematical knowledge.
There were some very nice grad programs I was thinking about applying to, so should I not bother applying to these programs? A lot of the programs I was wanting to apply to either require the score or *strongly* suggest it. If everything else on my application is very strong, do I still have a shot? Should I omit these scores from my application on applications that do not require them? Should I not bother with the schools that require them? I'm really not sure what to do because I wasn't expecting to get this sort of score really! Any advice would be appreciated.
I really don't know what went wrong. I felt pretty good about it after I took it and thought I got at *least* half of the questions... It's certainly possible that I made calculation errors, but that many?