Hello, I am quite new to the whole topic of physics GRE's and this is sort of my first random foray into the topic and i happened to stumble on this. To sum up my situation (as several people here seem to be fairly knowledgable), I go to a program at the University of Toronto called Engineering Science, and am currently in third year doing my specialization in physics (so I'm essentially doing Engineering Physics). Basically my situation is that I'm kind of nervous because I: a) Hate the idea of having to "settle" for a school, and b) My GPA is not as good as it should be because in my program I've had to take a lot of very non-indicative program.
What follows is not bragging, but information, for the record
. Basically, every single physics test I've written in university has been 95 at a minimum (with an exception of one exam that had an average of 40 or so). However, Because my program has very low marks generally (I've been in the top 5 people with an average of 91) and also has forced me to take some unfortunate courses like biology , my GPA is not all that great. It's like 3.8 or something. This is why I'm kind of worried right now about grad school.
On the other hand, looking at people around me and talking about the GRE's and their results, I am confident that I will be able to write a perfect (or very near perfect) quantitative GRE, and a very very good verbal one by physics standards. I have no idea about the subject test at this point.
Also, I worked the whole summer on grant from NSERC (canadian science grant basically) for a professor. She was happy with my work and a paper is being published on what I did and a grad student followed up on. I will probably be the second author (out of 3) on this paper.
Is this likely to get me into MIT? I'm just trying to get a ballpark here. I don't know whether its a sort of "practically impossible" situation where everyone who gets accepted has just about perfect in every relevant category, or whether its sufficient to just have really good marks, GRE's, and summer work. And I mean all these terms are highly subjective anyhow.
So, what I basically want is a rough idea of "what it takes". Help appreciated, thanks.