As someone who has a relative deficit in quantitive reasoning (63%ile) vs. verbal (97%ile), but a strong interest in applied math, is it possible to be successful and competitive at the PhD level?
I am committed to putting in the effort, and I want to believe that this is possible - but it is very daunting.
To flesh out the q: I’ve taken Calc 1, Calc 2, Calc 3, Stat/ w Calc & Discrete Math. I got a B+ in the first 2, A in the third and 4th, and B in the 4th. Taking Linear Algebra/Real Analysis and expecting an A or a B. Calc 1&2 and Discrete math were taught at the liberal arts college I went to where I received a BA in the humanities. After my BA in the humanities I pursued ad-hoc post-bac in math so that I’d be able to apply to grad school. Calc III and Stats with Calc were taken at Columbia and LA/RA At Harvard.
I will say, I have improved dramatically since I first began taking math (w/ Calc I & II).
The test I took was WAIS-III full scale IQ test, designed to be taken with no preparation and administered at a world renown neuropsych facility.
Regarding the GRE, I expect I’d be able to score in a percentile on par with other prospective applicants.
My plan is to apply to a terminal masters, ace that, and the go one to apply to PhD programs.
Lastly, I have significant adhd for which I was unmedicated in undergrad and may but may not account for relative split in grades before and after.
I'm specifically interested in applied math. I want to pursue it because I find it challenging and interesting and immensely rewarding when I grasp a concept -- and I want to go into a field that helps people.