ReneMagritte wrote:For this reason I think the "ScoreSelect" system is unfair: it effectively penalizes those people who are too busy doing "proper" stuff, like projects with faculty or advanced reading, rather than studying for an arbirtrary and ultimately trivial (in terms of the material) standardized test. Such a person is going to look the same on paper as a person who spent that time studying for the GRE 3 times over before erasing the history of it - and I don't think that's really right. Of course this is exactly what ETS are aiming for: they knew as soon as they introduced "ScoreSelect" that the number of test takers and hence their revenue would increase.
Percentile Rank (% Below)
The percentile ranks in this report indicate the percentage of examinees who scored below your score. Note that these percentile ranks may be different from those that applied when the scores were originally reported to you if the scores were earned prior to July 2012. This reflects annual updating of these data to permit admissions officers to compare scores, whenever earned, with those for a recent reference group.
ReneMagritte wrote: As an aside, [one's percentile score dropping over time] is only going to get worse with the new "ScoreSelect" system, as more and more people are going to take the test multiple times and score higher.
ReneMagritte wrote:And, with no personal offence intended at all, I think sacrificing a research experience at a top university to study for the general GRE test (which is very close to irrelevent) was a poor decision.
Topoltergeist wrote:I don't think Score Select itself will make people take the test more often. The GRE, and the math subject test in particular, is a horrible, painful, and evil invention of mankind. For me, knowing that my earlier scores will be erased would not induce me to repeat the experience: If I did well then I would send all my scores. If I did poorly (or mediocre and was applying to a top program) then I would retake the test, Score Select or not.
Legendre wrote:Not just the general test, but the mathematics subject test as well.
What choice do I have? They're both compulsory for the application, and having a bad score would penalize my application.
Its damn if you do (since GRE scores are rather insignificant) and damn if you don't (since they're compulsory).
ReneMagritte wrote:But you don't have to turn down a research experience just to do the GREs; in fact, it seems most people going into the applications process have research experiences from the times they were studying for the GREs. Myself, I spent about 2 weeks studying for the General test full-time during the end of the summer break after an REU. (I didn't do poorly either; got in the 97 percentiles on both Verbal and Quant - not that they actually matter.) I started studying for the Subject test when term started - I did 5 weeks study in all, at nighttime in the library after classes, and managed to get over the "magic 80" percentile. I really don't see why you need to turn down whole research experiences just to study for these two tests.
764527 wrote:Sorry to hijack the thread, but I have a related question:
I know that taking the test nowadays is more difficult than taking the practice tests because the scaled score necessary to achieve a certain percentile rank has been increasing, but have scaled scores stayed relatively constant? That is, if I have been scoring 700-ish on 9768 and 0568, should I expect to get 700-ish on the real thing? Or has the difficulty of questions gone up also?
Legendre wrote:I spent about 3 weeks studying the General test as a priority but not full time. Then spent 4 weeks going through the syllabus of the subject test, also as a priority. (also took extra classes, and learned programming) If I took up the research internship, I would be expected to relocate and report to work everyday, and I would want to put in my 100% into it. I don't think I would have made it.
Legendre wrote:1. IMHO difficulty of the questions has gone up over time. Based on my past experience taking the test, and people who took it recently.
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