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a bucket wrote:what do all those GRE scores mean???
1) What the hell does 840 mean???
The booklet isn't going to tell you "what the score means." It would say something like, "Your Subject GRE score is one factor that admission committees can use to compare candidates to their programs." Your score will be judged in comparison to the other applicants' scores.
a bucket wrote:Yesterday I took my first practice test from a booklet labeled GR9277 and after converting the raw score I get 840. Now this has me a baffled since, from my understanding the GRE is scored out of 800. Unfortunately the booklet seems to be missing a few pages which probably explain what 840 means. Is this score good or bad for where I'm applying to (which I'll post in a moment)?
Clearly the physics subject is not scored out of 800 like the sections on the general test and the SAT. When you looked up your score, you probably noticed that the maximum score is 990. Next to the 840 should be a percentile, probably around 83 or 84%. You need to look through the old threads on this forum to get a better idea what types of scores get people into what types of schools. Keep in mind that foreign students make up the majority of the highest scores and schools are much harder on them. Plenty of students with scores in the 840 range go to the top 5 schools, though of course they tend to have a lot of accomplishments besides the GRE. If you keep Rochester on your list and add one school of comparable reptuation to it, you'll have a good list.
Check the 2008 profile thread first: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=975
And then the (less organized) 2007 thread: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=459&hilit=phd+applicants+post+here
a bucket wrote:2) Am I being to ambitious in where I apply?
Well that's usually too hard to answer, except in extreme cases. From what I know about your profile so far, you're certainly in the running.
a bucket wrote:3) Does GPA matter?
haha. your questions have been discussed extensively elsewhere, just do some browsing on the forum.