The question is, should I even bother applying to top 10-20? Application fees are rather high, so I don't want to waste money if I don't have a chance. Maybe wait for next year in hope that I'll do better on subject?
Meanwhile I'll just buy a bucket of ice-cream, rent Love Actually and go cry in the corner.
jplusip wrote:According to Steven Krantz's "A Survival Guide for Mathematician's", the only scores that could potentially put a touch of death on an application would be 515 or lower.
I'm sure you will do fine with a 710 given your previous background. Not everyone is a master at solving weird Calculus problems relatively fast, and I imagine any graduate committee with sense would know that.
smartiful wrote:Bear in mind that it is difficult for adcoms to assess how awesome your uni grades exactly are, as they might not have a clue about the grading scale in your country, or university. Your GPA is not perfect and you're not the best student in the department, so there will be people who're -on paper - better than you.
Chapel wrote:Bear in mind that getting a PhD is better than not getting a PhD and the unemployment rate of PhDs (in America) is never much higher than 2 or 3%. Be sure that you find a solid school that you can get into without a doubt (with funding, obviously) so that your pride doesn't get in the way of your future.
His book says "If you can't score well on the Math GRE then perhaps you have chosen the wrong profession". And for him it seems scoring in the 700s is scoring well.
Certainly your course grades, the range and depth of courses you have taken, and your letters of recommendation are the most significant features of your graduate school application dossier. But the GRE is the great equalizer. It is an objective measure of whether your know anything. If you come from a school or a program that is unfamiliar to the Graduate Committee at the school to which you are applying, or if your background is unusual and difficult to put into context, then the GRE may play a significant role in measuring your qualifications for graduate school. [...]
A person intending to go to graduate school in mathematics should certainly score at least in the high 700's on the advanced mathematics subject area exam. As I have said elsewhere, if your score is instead in the 500's (or lower), then many eyebrows are going to be raised. The GRE is a pretty good, if not a profound, barometer of your general mathematical abilities. If you cannot score well on the GRE, then perhaps you have chosen the wrong career path.
john wrote:If I may be so bold, I don't think Dr. Krantz would be the best advisor regarding practicing/taking the GRE.
Chapel wrote:john wrote:If I may be so bold, I don't think Dr. Krantz would be the best advisor regarding practicing/taking the GRE.
His thought is that memorizing a bunch of theorems won't help all that much because you need to internalize the material to score well.
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