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Would having two words in my surname in my passport be a problem for US colleges/GRE/TOEFL?

I am Latino, and as a result have an even worse version of this issue. My full name is of the form A B C D E, with A and B being given names, and C D and E being surnames. An extra complication is ...
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Is it OK to ask the graduate chair if my background is competitive?

I am currently the Graduate Coordinator of my department (mathematics, UGA), and it is the season for me to get a lot of emails from would-be or might-be graduate students. Variations on "Will my ...
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How useful is the GRE Exam?

The GRE's effectively only good for one thing - getting admitted to graduate school. You will need it if the program requires it as part of your application package. Most US graduate programs do ...
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Took GRE two times, same scores with minor differences - worth sending both?

I actually think that sending both tests would be detrimental for your application: it decreases the ratio of signal to noise in your application [opinion based] it shows the lack of improvement in ...
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The GRE vocabulary is infrequent to meet in academic life. What is the purpose of learning them?

I think it helps a lot here to understand the American cultural context, and in particular the liberal arts model of education that is quite common in the US. The GRE, and the departments and ...
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Is extra time on the GRE looked down upon?

ETS used to "flag" the scores of anyone who took the GRE under what they referred to as "non-standard test conditions". After an Americans With Disabilities Act lawsuit they settled and agreed to no ...
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GRE scores expired after applications window, but before admissions offer?

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth You have your offers, so presumably the relevant universities were able to scrutinise the applications prior to the GRE scores becoming unavailable (or they just ...
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Status of the GRE exams for PhD programs in mathematics in 2023

I spent about an hour looking into this question. I looked at the mathematics PhD programs ranked numbers 21 through 61 on the US News and World Report List. I found five that require at least one ...
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Psychiatrist from whom I requested documentation doesn't believe in accommodations for adults with ADHD/"hyperkinetic disorder" taking meds

I think the most important part of the ETS documentation page is their conclusion: ETS is committed to providing equal access to our assessments for all test takers. If you have been diagnosed ...
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Boost grad apps profile without getting a second master's: Subject GRE? Self-study? Soft skills?

I have a master's in applied math and want to get a PhD in pure math. I'm applying to universities that don't require GRE, GRE Subject and IELTS/TOEFL for fluent English speakers. From the context of ...
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Do math departments require the math GRE primarily to weed out applicants?

This answer applies to the US, and maybe not universally even there. Graduate admissions in the US are broad based with many factors to consider. GRE may be one of them but less so since the onset of ...
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Why don't most graduate schools in Eurasia and Ocenia accept/impose GRE?

Many of the premises of this question are fundamentally wrong. The GRE is not a good predictor of university success and does not measure someone's ability to do research. You’re also ignoring the ...
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Does the Math GRE allow a calculator?

I believe the answer is No. From GRE Subject Test Web Page Dismissal from a Test Center ◾Using any aids in connection with the test, including, without limitation: mechanical pencils, mechanical ...
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GRE scores expired after applications window, but before admissions offer?

I suspect that if you got an "acceptance", rather than a "conditional acceptance" then it will be honored. It seems unreasonable and inefficient to reopen a case based on such a ...
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The GRE vocabulary is infrequent to meet in academic life. What is the purpose of learning them?

The point is not to "study for the GRE", but to have a good vocabulary, so that if/when other people use subtle words, subtle concepts, figurative phrases, and/or references to things outside the ...
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Is Math GRE not worth it?

The vast majority of math Ph.D. programs in the US will require both the general and math subject GREs, so unless you specifically avoid those schools specifically, you probably will have to take them....
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Options for someone who didn't take Math Subject GRE

I'd recommend applying anyway, with an explanation of why you didn't take the exam. Not having a math GRE score could hurt your application, but at many schools it won't conclusively rule it out. (...
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What is the minimum score for the GRE subject exam in mathematics?

There is no definite minimum GRE score (other than the smallest possible score on the test) for any program, unless that program explicitly has adopted one. If they don't mention it on their website, ...
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Would scoring well on a non-required GRE Mathematics Subject Test make me more competitive?

No one here can speak for some admissions committee. They might look at it, might not. If they have strict rules they might even need to ignore it. It won't do you any harm, though and there is an ...
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Will graduate programs go back to GRE after COVID?

My U.S. grad program in math had already been reducing attention to GRE subject test for years, due to its manifest uselessness for predicting success in our grad program. (I've been involved in grad ...
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Do I need recommendation letters from supervisors if I have a master's?

If I see you have been involved in lots of supervised research projects on your CV/statement, but that none of your letter writers are any of your supervisors, I will find that a bit weird, but it ...
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Why don't most graduate schools in Eurasia and Ocenia accept/impose GRE?

Your premise seems to be that a good GRE score can compensate for bad grades. This is not how PhD admissions work. While a bad GRE score may sink your application, a good GRE score will not save it. ...
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Why don't most graduate schools in Eurasia and Ocenia accept/impose GRE?

The GRE general test covers college-level vocabulary and high-school mathematics. The GRE subject tests in specific disciplines have more relevance to their specific fields, but are also disappearing ...
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How much preperation is required for GRE

The ETS (makers of the GRE) offer two free practice tests as part of what they call their POWERPREP offering. You can simulate authentic test conditions on your own, and they'll even give you an ...
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Is EF-SET English Certificate accepted?

The EF-SET English certificate is a test you take online without any supervision. From the EF-SET FAQ: If the test is available to the public online, how is it secured from cheating? Because it is ...
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GRE Mathematics Subject for Ph.D. of Economics

My best guess is that is the wrong approach. Unless the exam has been greatly watered down you would likely do very poorly. The exam is both very broad and very difficult. As a top math student in my ...
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Best certification for requesting disability accommodations for GRE?

Follow the instructions given by ETS. They are very specific about what kind of documentation they need. Give your current psychiatrist the link and ask if he/she can provide everything on it, and if ...
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Is there a correlation between GRE scores and family income?

Another article from The Atlantic: The problem with GRE ETS studies have also concluded the GRE particularly underpredicts for women over 25, who represent more than half of female test-takers. ...
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Are undergraduate math courses required to do well on the GRE subject test?

It's difficult to answer this question because a lot depends on the programs that you're applying to and on the undergraduate program that you're currently in (because not all undergraduate programs ...
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