geshi wrote:So last year I scored a 550 on the PGRE and got rejected from all my schools. I had a friend in my class who had a 570 or something and also got full rejections. My friend from a different school (but also a SPLAC) got something around a 630 or 640 (37%) I believe. He ended up getting 2 offers from good programs (both top 30 on any physics grad ranking you'll find). I've heard rumors there's a "soft cutoff" at a PGRE of 600 for a lot of programs. I know UT does this at any rate. A while back they had a hard cutoff of 600 and it caused weird things to happen in their program pool. They subsequently changed it to a soft cutoff of 600. I'm not sure where I read this but oh well.
grae313 wrote:My PI has told me several times that my PGRE score (750) is "really good for someone coming from your type of school." Your undergraduate institution is definitely considered when you apply. Admissions committees want to see what you did with the opportunities that were available to you, and they aren't going to compare you against the same ruler as applicants from MIT.
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