mobytish wrote:Yea, seriously. Physics people don't need a huge vocabulary. Every school I've talked to says they really just focus on the Quant. score.
blueplanet wrote:I have to say the physics programs don't really care about verbal score.
There was a (relatively unsubstantiated) rumor going around a couple years back that pass rates for qualifying exams were more closely correlated with verbal GRE score than physics GRE score. I doubt that's given much credence on admissions committees though.
Opticks wrote:Since I plan to apply for the NSF and other fellowships, and might even try to transfer out of the school I plan to attend if things don't work out, is it worth taking it a THIRD time? I could spend this summer trying to memorize thousands of words.
TheBeast wrote:I think that getting a good score on the GRE verbal can be done with a lot of practice with the CATs from ETS as well as the exercises from a GRE General study book like Barron's. I wouldn't recommend memorizing thousands of words, but I know that most study books typically have a list of a couple hundred or so most commonly used GRE words. Memorizing the definitions of those will really boost your score.
JackSkellington wrote:So I just took the general GRE- and bombed it completely. I got a 680 in math (ok) and a 490 in verbal (...not so ok).
I think i did ok on the Physics on Nov 4 since i spent all my time studying for it (im hoping for a 900+), and my GPA is just shy of a 4.0. I have two summers and a semester of research in AMO theory, an REU at UWash in nuclear theory, and a Phys Rev paper on which im first author. Im American.
Has my 490 completely screwed up my shot at a top school (CU, Harvard, etc...)?
How important is the verbal???
nik wrote:Last year, my GRE scores were: Q: 164(88%), V: 142(16%), AW: 3.0(15%), Phy: 860(80%) and my admission results were... catastrophic.
A good reason of the catastrophe was, I didn't have my Classical, Quantum and Statistical Mechanics courses completed when I applied last year (more info: I am doing BS in Physics in Germany and I didn't have many Physics courses complete at the end of 2nd year of a 3-years degree). Now I have those courses done with good grades. But I don't know whether my V-GRE was also responsible or not.
I registered again for GRE, but can't really exceed 150 in verbal in practice tests. I have around 11 days in hand.
My target universities are 18-36 in US news. If my Q improves and verbal remains <150, and AWA=3.0, do I have chances there? Should I put more time on Q to get a full 170 or try to improve Verbal and AWA?
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