young556646 wrote:billionaire wrote:

Hello young556646

Thanks for offering your thoughts.

I respect your view, however I disagree.

What will be upper division of math for you ?

GRE Mathematics subject test, covers : differential and integral calculus, linear and abstract algebra, number theory, real analysis, topology, discrete mathematics, combinatorics, algorithms, probability and statistics, numerical analysis etc. , what kind of math you had on mind as upper/advanced ?

What would be top graduate schools totally happy with 800 for you ? U Chicago, Columbia, Berkeley, Harvard,Yale, UCLA, Duke, Cornell, Brown ?

Or Rutgers, Penn State, GTech, UCSD, ?

Btw, congrats on 900/94%

None of standardize tests, has much to do with research or research potential.

Then, what about (general test) GRE Math which is high school math joke ??

How is that relevant ?

Or GRE verbal, which is just like advanced TOEFL ???

As far as I can see yso6 had high GPA, two REUs resulted in one paper accepted up to revision by a decent journal...a decent profile overall.

How you evaluate more reliable evidences research potential ??

Just publication in journal or ?

Does somebody really needs publication in journal to be awesome PhD candidate ?

Thanks in advance...and congrats on admission to Rutgers and Penn State

GRE Math is just for checking the minimum required knowledge for beginning graduate students. High score of GRE does not mean higher research potential, but a too low score in GRE means that the student is not ready for the graduate school and likely to fail in quals. That's why schools require, but not heavily rely on, the GRE Math. GRE verbal is, in many cases, a university-level requirement for graduate students and I believe that math departments do not put heavy weight on it.

Also, I don't mean that yso6 is not an awesome PhD candidate. I just said GRE Math does not mean everything. But remember that yso6 is not the only awesome candidate- there are hundreds of such awesome candidates with perfect GPA or amazing letters of recommendation/SOP or wonderful research experience (of course some have all of them in addition to 990 in GRE Math). It is not strange that someone with near perfect GPA and GRE Math together with great research experience, just like yso6, get rejected from some programs, because those programs can easily fill their class with students with even better scores and better(in their perspective) letters of recommendations/SOP.

Hi @young556646

I dont believe you have answered any of my questions.

Let me repeat them once again.

What is upper division of math for you, not tested on GRE Math subject test ?

Top graduate schools totally happy with 800 fall in U Chicago or Rutgers category ?

The rest about overall profile and "research potential" is just common sense already known.

Thanks