I'm in a bit of a jam. On one side I've been looking at Penn U's department who has an application deadline of December 15, but I've also been looking at UC Santa Cruz that has a deadline of January 15.
Now I haven't taken the Physics GRE yet, so I'm choosing between two dates so that I can apply this fall, the Oct. 18 test and the Nov. 8 test. If you look below you'll see the approx. mailing date for the Nov. test as Dec. 19.
So, do I try to take a shot at a high ranking school and risk getting a low score that might even cause UC Santa Cruz to reject me, or do I play it safe and register for the Nov. test so I'll have 3 extra weeks of preparation to cultivate a good score to get in UC Santa Cruz?
I'm I being too paranoid? Are most schools with early app. deadlines like this one very stingy about when the receive their scores?