scores out from September 17, 2016 test

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fluentmundo
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scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby fluentmundo » Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:43 am

My scores are available online; I'm in the United States.

I got 890 (95th percentile), up from 840 (87th percentile) in April.

GT
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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby GT » Fri Oct 14, 2016 4:17 am

:shock: Great!!!!!!!

I also took the math subject test last month and I got 140 more points than the test in april(I had better not say my scores. :cry:)
But some universities require a PDF copy of my gre scores for the first evaluation and the copy has all of my scores.
Would the gap between two scores cause any problem? Does anyone have any opinion?

Pentaki
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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby Pentaki » Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:50 am

Great job!! I got 800 (80th percentile), and I'm American. I answering 51. I'm pretty happy, but Im taking it again in October because I know I can do better. I haven't been studying though, so I hope this score is good enough.

Stan851
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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby Stan851 » Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:00 am

Just checked my result.
Got 910/99%
My friend said he got 920/99% in 2014.
Has the maximum scaled score changed?

MysteriousBloke
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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby MysteriousBloke » Fri Oct 14, 2016 1:27 pm

I got an 890/95%, which is quite better than I had expected. Do you guys think I should sit the October test as well? I have already registered for it, but it's held in a different country so traveling there is a hassle, not to mention expensive. I could do somewhat better, but I don't know if it's worth it to get a 97%. What do you think?

not_an_engineer
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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby not_an_engineer » Fri Oct 14, 2016 1:38 pm

Congrats everyone above!

Throwing my score into the mix, I did decidedly worse, and I'm very disappointed :( I got 560, 26%ile :oops: :(

I did my undergrad in CS (applying to master's programs in math), so I wasn't expecting anything great, but was hoping for something around 50% :shock: :?

danieloliveira56
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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby danieloliveira56 » Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:21 pm

For those scoring in the 90th+ percentiles, how many questions did you answer?

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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby suzhesuzhe0816 » Fri Oct 14, 2016 4:14 pm

I have been confused about this question for a long time: what should be the raw score to get more than 90 percentile. In the test of on 2016/09/17, I missed 9 problems, and might get around 3 problems wrong for the rest, and it turns out to be 890(95%).

I would say the score table on practice exam is rather misleading.

Stan851
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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby Stan851 » Sat Oct 15, 2016 7:21 am

danieloliveira56 wrote:For those scoring in the 90th+ percentiles, how many questions did you answer?


I answered all of them.

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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby Starfruit » Sat Oct 15, 2016 8:11 am

Hi, I've just checked my scores and I got 920/99% on this (definitely a relief, since it was my first time taking the test!). I answered all the questions, and while I'm fairly confident that I had gotten all of them right, I'm not 100% sure and am curious to know whether it is possible to get 930 (or more) on this test (e.g. does anyone here know of anyone who's scored 930?). This isn't important at all though, I'm just being curious. Thanks! Also, best of luck to anyone who's still yet to take the MGRE!

Stan851
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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby Stan851 » Sat Oct 15, 2016 8:27 am

Starfruit wrote:Hi, I've just checked my scores and I got 920/99% on this (definitely a relief, since it was my first time taking the test!). I answered all the questions, and while I'm fairly confident that I had gotten all of them right, I'm not 100% sure and am curious to know whether it is possible to get 930 (or more) on this test (e.g. does anyone here know of anyone who's scored 930?). This isn't important at all though, I'm just being curious. Thanks! Also, best of luck to anyone who's still yet to take the MGRE!


GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (98%)
V: 161 (87%)
W: 4.0 (56%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 940 (99%)

TOEFL Score: 113 = R30/L30/S24/W29

Program Applying: Pure Math PhD

Research Experience: None.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Two awards in ACM-ICPC Asian Regionals (which seem useless in the application of Math PhD...), and some scholarships in my university.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: None.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Study in UC Berkeley for a semester as an exchange student, and get two recommendation letters from professors there.

Applying to Where:
All of the following are Pure Math PhD programs.
UC Berkeley - Admitted 2/5 - Attending
UCLA - Rejected 2/19
Stanford - Rejected 2/23
Chicago - Rejected 2/18
Columbia - Rejected 2/2
Wisconsin, Madison - Admitted 2/13 - Declined
Michigan, Ann Arbor - Asked whether still interested and invited for an interview 3/14 - Declined
UNC, Chapel Hill - Rejected 5/20 - It is interesting that they sent the rejection so late.
UIUC - Rejected 3/3
Minnesota, Twin Cities - Admitted 2/11 - Declined

I guess we are nothing... compared to him/her.

GT
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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby GT » Sat Oct 15, 2016 8:39 am

890 :shock:
910 :shock: :shock:
920 :shock: :shock: :shock:
940 :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

I'm nothing :D

Shikhar329
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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby Shikhar329 » Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:24 pm

MysteriousBloke wrote:I got an 890/95%, which is quite better than I had expected. Do you guys think I should sit the October test as well? I have already registered for it, but it's held in a different country so traveling there is a hassle, not to mention expensive. I could do somewhat better, but I don't know if it's worth it to get a 97%. What do you think?



Hi, I will be appearing for the MGRE on this month's 29th. Could you please give answer to two of my queries ?
First, how tough was the MGRE compared to the practice test on the ETS site ? Also, If you left around 12 questions and still got 95 percentile, don't you think the raw scoring of the practice exam is faulty ? Thank! :D :D

arima
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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby arima » Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:27 pm

MysteriousBloke wrote:I got an 890/95%, which is quite better than I had expected. Do you guys think I should sit the October test as well? I have already registered for it, but it's held in a different country so traveling there is a hassle, not to mention expensive. I could do somewhat better, but I don't know if it's worth it to get a 97%. What do you think?


Consider what UCLA states, namely, accepted applicants are in or above the 80th percentile. Berkeley has the same threshold of 80%. Granted the threshold might be a bit higher for international students. As a math professor at a top 15 school (graduate of Cal Tech) mentioned in conversation "When one gets 80% or higher, it is all the same."

[Let me note that I know of a couple current Berkeley students who got in the 50-60% range. How possible? Lots of other factors. Good UG institution, REUs, research, strong recommendations,...]

So, going from 95% to 97% will have zero impact unless it makes you personally feel better. Once a student gets in the "high" score range, the focus is exclusively on other factors (UG school, research experiences, letters, etc.). Take a look at the copy and pasted applicant from last year in this thread. This applicant had a 99% on the test! Here is his/her results (below). Notice all the rejections; what good did 99% do? I am guessing it has to do with school attended and the fact that the person has no research experience.

Applying to Where:
All of the following are Pure Math PhD programs.
UC Berkeley - Admitted 2/5 - Attending
UCLA - Rejected 2/19
Stanford - Rejected 2/23
Chicago - Rejected 2/18
Columbia - Rejected 2/2
Wisconsin, Madison - Admitted 2/13 - Declined
Michigan, Ann Arbor - Asked whether still interested and invited for an interview 3/14 - Declined
UNC, Chapel Hill - Rejected 5/20 - It is interesting that they sent the rejection so late.
UIUC - Rejected 3/3
Minnesota, Twin Cities - Admitted 2/11 - Declined

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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby seanmoore930707 » Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:45 pm

Hi guys, I think I just screw the subject test in April and even worse, I don't have any time to take another one...Doom...

So my score is 79 percentile, which is far less than people who score above 85 or even 90.... One thing different from you guys is that I will only apply for MASTER program instead of PHD in stats at top university like Harvard or Stanford. Should I send my score or not? Since the subject test is recommended but not required for master programs... My background: international but finished undergraduate program in U.S, my university is rank top 20 in US NEWS, with a kind of shabby Math department.... My situation is really complicated I think, please do give me some advice, thanks!

arima
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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby arima » Mon Oct 17, 2016 4:29 pm

seanmoore930707 wrote:Hi guys, I think I just screw the subject test in April and even worse, I don't have any time to take another one...Doom...

So my score is 79 percentile, which is far less than people who score above 85 or even 90.... One thing different from you guys is that I will only apply for MASTER program instead of PHD in stats at top university like Harvard or Stanford. Should I send my score or not? Since the subject test is recommended but not required for master programs... My background: international but finished undergraduate program in U.S, my university is rank top 20 in US NEWS, with a kind of shabby Math department.... My situation is really complicated I think, please do give me some advice, thanks!


Hi seanmoore930709 -- I think you should recognize that there are basically two populations of students taking the math subject test: (1) students who are going to math departments; (2) students pursuing statistics programs. It is fair to say that the students going for math departments are going to generally score higher on the exam. Generally, we can expect statistics applicants to have a lower distribution of scores. I can tell you about a current statistics professor (young guy) who got below 50% on the subject test (which he submitted though not required -- just recommended) and was admitted to a top 3 program. Stanford is the only program that requires the score. The average of accepted PhD applicants is around 80% (you can confirm that at Stanford's website). This means there are applicants below 80% who are accepted. So, I don't think your 79% is terrible. It is actually right in the mix with competitive PhD applicants at least in terms of subject test score.

Addendum: I wrote this under the premise of applying to PhD programs. Masters programs even at top schools do NOT require or ask for the subject test. Below is a quote from Stanford's department:

"The Statistics M.S. degree application only requires the General GRE and not the subject GRE."

So, if you don't send in the subject score (which isn't asked for anyway), you have the flexibility to retake in the future if you go for a PhD and this will reduce your fears about the score since you can improve it. That would seem like the best strategy.

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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby fierydemon » Mon Oct 17, 2016 6:48 pm

fluentmundo wrote:My scores are available online; I'm in the United States.

I got 890 (95th percentile), up from 840 (87th percentile) in April.


Hey!
Can you tell me how your preparation for the Subject GRE this time was different from your preparation last time?
I remember taking the test along with you in April. And I sure as hell would love to get >90 percentile this time too!

seanmoore930707
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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby seanmoore930707 » Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:03 pm

arima wrote:
seanmoore930707 wrote:Hi guys, I think I just screw the subject test in April and even worse, I don't have any time to take another one...Doom...

So my score is 79 percentile, which is far less than people who score above 85 or even 90.... One thing different from you guys is that I will only apply for MASTER program instead of PHD in stats at top university like Harvard or Stanford. Should I send my score or not? Since the subject test is recommended but not required for master programs... My background: international but finished undergraduate program in U.S, my university is rank top 20 in US NEWS, with a kind of shabby Math department.... My situation is really complicated I think, please do give me some advice, thanks!


Hi seanmoore930709 -- I think you should recognize that there are basically two populations of students taking the math subject test: (1) students who are going to math departments; (2) students pursuing statistics programs. It is fair to say that the students going for math departments are going to generally score higher on the exam. Generally, we can expect statistics applicants to have a lower distribution of scores. I can tell you about a current statistics professor (young guy) who got below 50% on the subject test (which he submitted though not required -- just recommended) and was admitted to a top 3 program. Stanford is the only program that requires the score. The average of accepted PhD applicants is around 80% (you can confirm that at Stanford's website). This means there are applicants below 80% who are accepted. So, I don't think your 79% is terrible. It is actually right in the mix with competitive PhD applicants at least in terms of subject test score.

Addendum: I wrote this under the premise of applying to PhD programs. Masters programs even at top schools do NOT require or ask for the subject test. Below is a quote from Stanford's department:

"The Statistics M.S. degree application only requires the General GRE and not the subject GRE."

So, if you don't send in the subject score (which isn't asked for anyway), you have the flexibility to retake in the future if you go for a PhD and this will reduce your fears about the score since you can improve it. That would seem like the best strategy.


This is really helpful advice, thanks for your help!!! Right now I feel really relief.

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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby Shikhar329 » Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:01 am

Hi, I will be appearing for the MGRE on 29th of October, 2016. I wished to ask a few questions pertaining to the exam. :)

By way of introduction, I'm a senior an a prestigious Indian University - BITS Pilani and am Rank #2, Mathematics Dept. I'll probably have a publication by the mid of next year. How much score on MGRE could help me land to a PhD program(in Applied Mathematics (Mathematical Finance or Finance based Statistics)) in Top 30 Schools? Thanks! :D

Shikhar329
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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby Shikhar329 » Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:07 am

MysteriousBloke wrote:I got an 890/95%, which is quite better than I had expected. Do you guys think I should sit the October test as well? I have already registered for it, but it's held in a different country so traveling there is a hassle, not to mention expensive. I could do somewhat better, but I don't know if it's worth it to get a 97%. What do you think?


Dude, 95% is to good. Do you have any specific reason to retake ? What program are you applying to and in which year are you applying? :)

By the way, Congrats!

seanmoore930707
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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby seanmoore930707 » Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:49 am

arima wrote:
seanmoore930707 wrote:Hi guys, I think I just screw the subject test in April and even worse, I don't have any time to take another one...Doom...

So my score is 79 percentile, which is far less than people who score above 85 or even 90.... One thing different from you guys is that I will only apply for MASTER program instead of PHD in stats at top university like Harvard or Stanford. Should I send my score or not? Since the subject test is recommended but not required for master programs... My background: international but finished undergraduate program in U.S, my university is rank top 20 in US NEWS, with a kind of shabby Math department.... My situation is really complicated I think, please do give me some advice, thanks!


Hi seanmoore930709 -- I think you should recognize that there are basically two populations of students taking the math subject test: (1) students who are going to math departments; (2) students pursuing statistics programs. It is fair to say that the students going for math departments are going to generally score higher on the exam. Generally, we can expect statistics applicants to have a lower distribution of scores. I can tell you about a current statistics professor (young guy) who got below 50% on the subject test (which he submitted though not required -- just recommended) and was admitted to a top 3 program. Stanford is the only program that requires the score. The average of accepted PhD applicants is around 80% (you can confirm that at Stanford's website). This means there are applicants below 80% who are accepted. So, I don't think your 79% is terrible. It is actually right in the mix with competitive PhD applicants at least in terms of subject test score.

Addendum: I wrote this under the premise of applying to PhD programs. Masters programs even at top schools do NOT require or ask for the subject test. Below is a quote from Stanford's department:

"The Statistics M.S. degree application only requires the General GRE and not the subject GRE."

So, if you don't send in the subject score (which isn't asked for anyway), you have the flexibility to retake in the future if you go for a PhD and this will reduce your fears about the score since you can improve it. That would seem like the best strategy.


Hi, I am also curious that if I do submit this score for my application of MS in stats, will it have a good or bad effect on my application? Please give me some advice, thanks

arima
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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby arima » Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:21 pm

seanmoore930707 wrote:
Hi, I am also curious that if I do submit this score for my application of MS in stats, will it have a good or bad effect on my application? Please give me some advice, thanks


Like I said, top departments explicitly state that they don't require or expect MS applicants to take the subject test. This means that your general GRE, coursework, GPA are the determining factors. My suggestion of holding back on the subject score is if you plan to go on to a PhD. Your 79% is not bad for a PhD application as I noted in the other post. But, if you are looking at the subject test to compensate for other parts of your record, then wouldn't you want the flexibility to improve on the score even more without the department knowing your past performance? That is my thinking. It is a strategic decision that you can only best decide.

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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby arima » Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:43 pm

arima wrote:
seanmoore930707 wrote:
Hi, I am also curious that if I do submit this score for my application of MS in stats, will it have a good or bad effect on my application? Please give me some advice, thanks


Like I said, top departments explicitly state that they don't require or expect MS applicants to take the subject test. This means that your general GRE, coursework, GPA are the determining factors. My suggestion of holding back on the subject score is if you plan to go on to a PhD. Your 79% is not bad for a PhD application as I noted in the other post. But, if you are looking at the subject test to compensate for other parts of your record, then wouldn't you want the flexibility to improve on the score even more without the department knowing your past performance? That is my thinking. It is a strategic decision that you can only best decide.


The only thing I should add is that though I said the distribution of subject scores for stats applicants are most likely shifted to the left of the distribution of subject scores for math applicants, there is no doubt an international bias in the minds of faculty. International applicants have proven to be better test takers. So, applicants (stats or math) who are international have the burden of getting that much better of a score. I mentioned Stanford's average to be around 80%. My guess is that the distribution to the right of that average have more internationals than to the left. It is just a fact. So, though your 79% is respectable enough without any other information. The fact you are an international might make you rethink about sending in your score now especially if MS programs don't expect them. Then you can think of improving your score without a record trail in any future applications you make.

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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby bhaweshwebmaster » Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:51 pm

Well I was expecting a score somewhere around 80th percentile given the number of questions I thought I got right. However, I scored 760 (74th percentile). I am taking it again on Oct, 29th. However, I do not expect my score to drastically increase. I would love a 80+ percentile score though.

danieloliveira56
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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby danieloliveira56 » Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:15 am

bhaweshwebmaster wrote:Well I was expecting a score somewhere around 80th percentile given the number of questions I thought I got right. However, I scored 760 (74th percentile). I am taking it again on Oct, 29th. However, I do not expect my score to drastically increase. I would love a 80+ percentile score though.


Same as me, I scored 770 marking 58 questions and will retake on Oct, 29th. When I took in April I scored 630 marking 50 questions (43th percentile). This time I am planning to attempt all 66 questions.

In my opinion, the time you get from repeated questions may suffice to improve your score to 800.

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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby MysteriousBloke » Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:30 pm

Shikhar329: I know it's a good score, but I had already registered for the October test, so the 135$ were already spent. As for the September test, it was harder than the tests available online, but the scaling was more in your favor. I will be applying to pure math Phd programs this year.

Arima: Thanks for clearing my doubts.

Sorry for the late response guys, and good luck to everyone taking the test this October!

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Re: scores out from September 17, 2016 test

Postby yasyas » Sun Oct 23, 2016 12:08 pm

Stan851 wrote:Just checked my result.
Got 910/99%
My friend said he got 920/99% in 2014.
Has the maximum scaled score changed?

Hello Stan851
your score is great. would you help me? what was your study source? please tell me. Thanks.




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