larry burns wrote:i'm currently a 4th-yr student at a school with trimester system. i have completed analytic mechanics, one quarter of E&M and a lab, but still need to take 2 more labs, 1 more quarter of E&M and a year-long sequence in quantum mech and 1 quarter of thermodynamics. i plan on graduating either winter or spring of my 5th year. i was thinking about taking the GREs in the spring of my 4th year or fall of my 5th year. is that a good idea?
also, is it true that physics grad schools dont care about your verbal scores at all?
also, i'm not completely sure if i want to go to grad school for physics, math, or engineering. also, i dont know if i even want to go to grad school and just get my B.S. in physics instead
quizivex wrote:I'd try to take the October test so that if something goes wrong, you could still take the November one. Since you'll be a 5th year student, you may even feel prepared enough to take the April test the spring before, which would be a good idea since there's a lot less other things competing for your time then.
larry burns wrote:judging from the stats thread, it seems like 4.5 - 5 is the bare minimum score on the essay to get into the elite schools
larry burns wrote:i've taken the GRE general test twice within the past month
1st try: 710 Quant, 490 Verbal
2nd: 800 Q, 410 V
is my drastic drop in the verbal that harmful? do i need to retake it AGAIN??
larry burns wrote:i'm not an international student, which is why i'm very worried about my low verbal scores. anyways, the general consensus here is that i shouldnt retake it. the thing is, i may apply for engineering phD programs, which dont require the PGRE, so i think my low verbal score will stick out even more
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