manicwhale wrote:I want to take both my physics and math GREs (to apply to both schools) in October, but there's only one test date. Has anyone else had this problem, and what are my options?
Also, if (as it looks now) they won't let me do both, I'll have to take one later. This will mean that my scores don't arrive in time for the application deadlines. How bad is this?
Does anyone have any general advice for me?
At first you should have known the fact that all subject tests have the same test dates. Anyway. Since you cannot sit both tests at the same time, change the date of the other test. Let me explain further. As I know from some co-students, somebody who is specialized in physics has a lot of chances to achieve a mediocre (or even a low) score in Math GRE test in their first try, since both of them are highly specialized types of tests. The same is true for mathematicians that plan to sit physics GRE test (even though this case is more unusual). Thus, the next best step is to think which branch (MAth or physics) is more interesting for you and then attack the pertinent subject test -> first (since there are more possibilities for success...). You can arrange, then, to sit the other subject test maybe in a nearby exam date (if does exist). Besides, I do not know how good would be for somebody to burden their brains with so extensive a reading material, since both subject tests require a hard preparation. Finally, my opinion is that if somebody does NOT have all the prerequisites of an application, then it would be better not to apply, since students who have submitted all the required papers have priority over those you haven't. In some cases, the application may be rejected even for this reason!