mhazelm wrote:I studied with a friend who got 490 on a practice test two weeks before the Oct. PGRE (at the same time, I got something like 580). I decided to wait for the Nov. test and study more, while she took the Oct. PGRE. She got 600 on the actual test, I did much worse taking the Nov. test (though I had brought my practice scores to 800). I am wondering if maybe it's because there were more international applicants taking the Nov. test.Isn't it only offered in November for international applicants?
If Americans score lower than international students, on average then it makes sense that when we test with the students who have to score high (international) that our percentile scores are even lower than they would be with just the American pool taking the test. In other words, we performed about the same as we would have during the Oct. or April test, but because there are more people taking it who scored high (90%), it is harder to get a good percentile score.
Is that right? Maybe I am just trying to rationalize why my score was so bad (seriously, I don't get it - I thought I did fine and felt pretty good, though I only answered 60 questions...).
mhazelm wrote:The worst part is telling all my professors who want to know. My research advisor and the other prof. I have letters of rec. from were really surprised at my score. I feel like I let them down. And obviously I let myself down.
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