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On the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) test, a standardized exam that is required for admissions to many graduate schools in the United States.

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The GRE: Why does this still exist?

I did my undergraduate degree in the US and am heading to graduate school here in less than a month, so I myself have taken the Graduate Record Examinations (the general as well as two subjects tests) ...
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Interpretation of “GRE subject test is required, but your application will be considered anyway”

In the US, many PhD programs require applications to submit the results of one of the GRE subject tests. For example, almost every (serious) PhD program in mathematics that I've seen requires it. ...
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Should I challenge the GRE requirement for a doctoral program in education (in the U.S.)?

I'm just starting to investigate doctoral programs in education in the United States, and I'm considering how to handle the GRE requirement: Hardline Activism: submit my incomplete application with a ...
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What is the median math GRE subject score for admission to a Group 2 or 3 PhD program in applied mathematics?

What are the typical (median or maybe third quartile) scores on the math subject GRE for successful applicants to a math program at the PhD level, in applied math, at a Group 2 or Group 31 school? ...
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Retake the math GRE… as a grad student, preparing to transfer?

I'm currently a first year PhD student at a respectable but not top-ranked math program. I'm also confident that I am among the top three first year students in my program. As an undergrad I went to a ...
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Will a good GRE Computer Science subject test score overcome a “weak” academic record?

Disclaimer: The GRE Program discontinued the Computer Science Test I'm from an unknown school in Georgia. I want to apply for grad school in U.S, but I don't have a good GPA although I am at the top %...
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Is it OK to ask the graduate chair if my background is competitive?

I'm planning to apply for a M.S. in some Universities at the US, and at one of those, I tried 2 times and failed (bad GRE scores). Now I reapplied, and got better results (Q:159, V:154, A:3.5), but ...
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How useful is the GRE Exam?

How useful is the GRE for the academic career/research/daily academic tasks? It's not required in my country but I'm wondering about the intrinsic value of its study material.
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Would scoring well on a non-required GRE Mathematics Subject Test make me more competitive?

I would like to get into a top university for graduate school, specifically in computer science. Would taking the non-required mathematics subject based GRE test make my application more competitive? ...
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Will taking the math GRE subject test be a plus point for admission in MS/PhD in computer science?

i am undergraduate in computer science looking for admission to MS/Phd in computer science at U.S universities. I know there is no subject test for computer science anymore. In that case, will taking ...
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Should I report a 48th percentile math GRE subject exam score for programs where it's optional?

I recently received my Mathematics GRE subject test score of 650 ( 48%). I know this score is miserable but in my country, I have the option to retake the GRE next year October only. Assuming ...
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Are GREs required for US postdocs?

Do universities in the United States require GREs for postdocs in engineering?
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Psychiatrist from whom I requested documentation doesn't believe in accommodations for adults with ADHD/“hyperkinetic disorder” taking meds

Update (October 24/25): You were approved for 50% extended time, breaks, water in the testing room, separate room, pens for scratch work, and extra scratch paper Update (October 12/13): Please ...
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How do computer science admissions committees process GRE essays sent with the scores?

I am currently studying for my GRE exam and I came across a book which states that GRE essays are sent with the official score reports. How does the admissions committee process these essays? I am ...
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Took GRE two times, same scores with minor differences - worth sending both?

I took the GRE for the 2nd time recently and unfortunately, after 4 months of studying (again for the 2nd summer in a row), received the exact same score overall as my score last summer. Last summer, ...
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Is extra time on the GRE looked down upon?

I have a friend who generally gets extra time on tests within my University, but is worried that if she requests it on the Math GRE it'll be denoted on her scores somehow, and places she's applying to ...
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Is there a correlation between GRE scores and family income?

I've heard a claim recently that GRE scores correlate more strongly with family income levels rather than academic success. Is there any validity to this claim? Does anyone know of any study ...
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Why do many PhD programs expect a higher average physics GRE score for international students than US students?

Browsing various PhD admissions programs, I consistently find that there is a higher expectation of international students on the physics GRE for admission. For example, at UT Austin, the average ...
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Math subject GRE to fill gaps in undergraduate education for PhD application

BACKGROUND: I'm beginning a computer science MS program this summer. My undergrad background is a 2.9 in non-related sociology sub-category. The last time I took an actual math class was AP Calculus ...
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US Graduate School without subject GRE

So here is the situation: I am a Math student in a very well ranked French university, and I am going to finish my degree (i.e. 2-year MSc, after a 3-year BSc) in August. Therefore, it is time to ...
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If I've decided to go to Grad. School for Mathematics… a little late?

Two questions following a bit of background: I'm currently a 4th year Physics/Mathematics major to graduate in the spring, and I'm beginning my applications for Grad. school. My goal is theoretical/...
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Are all math majors expected to get a perfect score on quantitative reasoning?

I just took the revised GRE general test. As a math major preparing to apply to math PhD programs, it was kind of surprising to see that my quantitative reasoning score was just 167, whereas my verbal ...
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What is the preferred GRE Writing score for MS/CS student?

I am planing to apply to study in graduate school, major in computer science/engineering. I just took a GRE test, this is my 1st time, and the result is pretty...not so good :( Most schools, the ...
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Can I get into PhD in Physics with a high GRE score and an unrelated masters degree?

I recently completed my MBA and have worked in the IT field for the last 7 years. I have an undergraduate degree in mathematics, and have completed 3 physics graduate courses (mechanics, E&M, QM) ...
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Is a general GRE score of X sufficient for entry to postgraduate degree Y? [closed]

Question: I got general GRE scores of VR (verbal reasoning), QR (quantitative reasoning), and AW (analytical writing). Is this a good score to apply for entry to postgraduate degree in field X? How ...
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How does PhD admissions committee look at my old gre score after starting my Masters

I am currently an international Masters student studying at a US university and I'm in the process of applying to several computer science PhD programs in North America. I didn't have the chance to ...
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The GRE vocabulary is infrequent to meet in academic life. What is the purpose of learning them?

My question stems from this paper: An analysis on the validity of the lexicon required by GRE® test takers. According to the paper, "the great majority of these words are too infrequent to be deemed ...
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GRE Score Advice: Should I retake?

I took the GRE in April and recently received my score. I placed in the 88th percentile, which is respectable but far from impressive. I am hoping to get into a top 25 math grad school for a PhD in ...
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Are there US universities that do not need GRE and TOEFL score for admission in PhD in Mathematics?

I have completed my Bachelor's degree (3 years) in Mathematics and pursuing MSc(2 years). Currently I am in final year and expect to obtain MSc degree in next May. I am willing to do my PhD (in ...
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Which part of the GRE is more important to admissions committees?

I graduated from the University of Michigan with Psychology and Communication Studies degree. I am planning to apply to Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) master's degree and Information Science master'...
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Options for someone who didn't take Math Subject GRE

I was to take the math subject GRE for the first time today, for my application to math Phd programs this December. I receive accomodations because of my disability and ETS did not get back to me in ...
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What to do after missing the registration deadline for the GRE subject test in mathematics

Having missed the registration deadline for the GRE math subject test, I've been looking into the option of working for a year and then applying to math PhD programs once I have my test results. While ...
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How important are GRE analytical writing scores for graduate admission in STEM fields?

What is the importance of scores in Analytical Writing section of GRE for graduated admission in STEM fields? Does a score below 3 means that the applicant will be rejected by all good schools?
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Is a general GRE test required if I have already passed a GRE Subject Test?

Disclaimer: The GRE Program discontinued the Computer Science Test If I have already passed a GRE Subject Test for Computer Science, do I still need to pass the general GRE test? Which test should I ...
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GRE: how important is it to get it in time?

I am student at a UK institution and looking to apply for a PhD programme in the USA. The application deadlines are nearing and I haven't taken the GRE general test yet. It seems that if I take the ...
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Does a high score in Math subject GRE helps in applying to a Finance PhD program?

Does a high score in Math subject GRE helps in applying to a Econ PhD program? Say you got to the 90th percentile, so in a sense that shows your math is better than 90% of the math majors. In an Econ ...
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How Important is the GRE General / Subject compared to ACT / SAT?

I am about to graduate with a B.A. in Math and want to pursue a Ph.D. in the subject. I understand that most graduate schools require both the general GRE as well as the subject math test. I am ...
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Is there a reason to report standardized test scores on crazy ranges?

The SAT comprises two sections, each scored on the range 200-800 (in 10-point increments, so it's really 20-80), so the final score is on the range 400-1600. It used to have three such sections, for a ...
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Bad GRE with an otherwise good record - is it possible my application will not even be considered?

I will try my best to remain anonymous. I have studied my bachelor and master's degree in a university outside the US. The math department is very strong and my adviser is well known - he has several ...
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Can it hurt to put my GRE score on my resume?

If my score is good and if I'm applying for an MS program in Europe, can it give me any kind of edge? The university I'm applying to requires GRE scores for certain programs but not the one I'm ...
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How to register for GRE if you have multiple surnames?

I've just completed the registration of my GRE account, and was going to schedule my test, when I read the guidelines on how to fill in the "First name" and "Last Name" fields and realized that I may ...
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Does an admission committee assess Verbal/Analytical Writing scores differently for International applicants?

I have always wondered how admission committees in the US look at the Verbal/Analytical Writing scores for international applicants. English is my third language, although the primary language of ...
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How important is GRE in Econ Phd Applications?

Does GRE play as a cut-off point in one's Economics Phd application even though s/he has a strong profile including 4.0 GPA, strong recommendation letters, good SOP, and relevant research and teaching ...
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Low math GRE subect test scores, but high scores on Major Field Test: Should I mention this in my letters of intent?

I'm an senior math major in undergraduate planning on applying to around a dozen school's PhD programs in math. I think the rest of my application (grades, advanced classes, research experience, ...
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Interpreting Math GRE chart [closed]

So in this data set, around 50/245 admitted prospective graduate students from 2009-2012 were part of the top 5% in his/her exam?
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Do GRE verbal scores matter for graduate admissions in mathematics?

For the next 6 months or so, I plan to study hard for GRE. Since I don't have much time, I plan to ONLY study for the mathematics portion of the test as I would like to score at least in the 90th+ ...
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How does a low quantitative score on GRE general exam affect admissions to mathematics PhD programs?

I am applying to pure math grad school for Ph.D. this fall (usually top 20-25). I just took my GRE test and found out that my Quantitative score for General GRE is 156. I am not sure about the ...
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Will preparing for the mathematics GRE help me towards my goal of doing research in applied mathematics?

I did my graduation in electronics engineering from India, and an M.Sc. that concentrated on certain "sub-specializations" (communication, DSP and control engineering) from a UK university. I was ...
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Why ask for GRE score on the form?

This might seems like a silly question, but I don't understand why grad schools ask for GRE score on the application form. In almost all instances, they also require official score to be sent to them ...
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Are undergraduate math courses required to do well on the GRE subject test?

I'm in the process of selecting courses for my third year, and I wasn't planning on taking certain mathematics courses (in particular, "pure" courses, such as Algebra). However, upon speaking to come ...