betelgeuse1 wrote:I completely agree with your answer. I do indeed have a good scientific reason to go to a top school! Anyway, if the admission committee considers that an application showing math and physics is better than one having just physics I think I should know that too. I am not a GRE-fan and I don't think the GRE is my goal in life but it is an important step, and I know that from my last application, where having strong letters and research activity but not a top-level GRE I was not able to go where I wanted.
If you are sure that this was the reason, then try to ace Physics GRE alone. It doesn't seem that you were rejected for you didn't provide GRE math results. Isn't it?
I will be pleased to consider the GRE as unimportant, but that will happen after I get admitted.
No, I do not say that it is unimportant, but that most people give it more significance than it really has. The same was the case with me. When I heard of GRE I thought that it would be something imposing, but after taking the test my initial impression about the whole thing declined (I mean that I now see it as stepping stone and nothing more!)
I've just told what a friend of mine told me : he was admitted at harvard and he showed physics&math GRE. He learned for the 2 GRE's 1 (one) year and got maximum score at physics and almost maximum at math. I just want to be well informed.
From experience, I can say that each personal case is different from the other. I am also that kind of human that collects information from other people before venturing sth. But, in the long run, I find out that what applied to others does not necessarily applies to my case! So, take everything with a pinch of salt.
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