I'm taking a gap year and I plan on applying to grad schools again this fall. I'm wondering if the GRE Math subject test is helpful/required anymore?
Personally, I have very low grades in some important math courses (imagine like C+'s/B-'s in algebra/analysis because I could never force myself to study for them) and I haven't taken anything like topology/geometry either. I want to go to grad school for applied math, but I do think proving that you are capable of understanding these fields is somewhat necessary?
But, does the math GRE actually show that? Most of it is calculus based, so does it actually help? And does anyone know if grad schools in general still care for it? Most waived requirements during covid, but since we're in a post-covid(-ish) time, would anyone happen to know if it still matters?
Edit: adding some more details.
I plan on applying for both masters and PhD applications (I'd prefer a PhD but I don't have too much research experience). Since I messed up my GPA a bit (~3.25), I know that top ranked programs are probably out of reach so I'm mostly planning on applying to mid-high ranked programs (imagine ranked top 30-100 in the US.) I have done a senior year research project but it didn't lead to a thesis/report and we were only required to do a presentation. But it was using a niche-ish topic that isn't taught at the undergrad level mostly. I've taken majorly graduate level math courses, and I do have at least 2 good recommendation letters, and possibly a third from the instructor who taught my C+ (grad only) course. I've also been a head Teaching Assistant for a calculus course this past semester, and I'm trying to get a TA-ship for a differential equations course this summer. But yeah, pure math course grades are still pretty low so I wanted to see if there's anything that can prove I can still work on those subjects.