Average general GRE scores by intended graduate major

Robespierre
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Average general GRE scores by intended graduate major

Postby Robespierre » Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:24 am

http://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/gre_guide_table4.pdf

The ranking cannot be directly read off, but physics is very clearly #1 overall (highest Q together with mathematics, with higher V and W than any of the other math/science/engineering majors), while philosophy is #1 in verbal and writing. And this is in spite of the fact that the general GRE means little for physics graduate school admissions and the fact that we have a very important subject test to focus on.

Not that this should be counted as evidence that physics is superior; we all know that a priori, and this is merely an empirical manifestation of that metaphysical truth...

Meteorshower
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Re: Average general GRE scores by intended graduate major

Postby Meteorshower » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:05 am

Yes, because physicists need extra reasons to be smug and uppity about their choice of field, and the general GRE totally gives them that excuse ;)

wololo
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Re: Average general GRE scores by intended graduate major

Postby wololo » Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:17 pm

Considering the standard deviations, the difference in means are very small, so nothing significant here.

goingnuclear
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Re: Average general GRE scores by intended graduate major

Postby goingnuclear » Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:43 pm

Hah. I bet if there was a portion of the GRE which measured one's ego, physics majors would top that one as well. :P

Meteorshower
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Re: Average general GRE scores by intended graduate major

Postby Meteorshower » Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:57 pm

goingnuclear wrote:Hah. I bet if there was a portion of the GRE which measured one's ego, physics majors would top that one as well. :P

Without a doubt! :P

Robespierre
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Re: Average general GRE scores by intended graduate major

Postby Robespierre » Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:12 pm

Economists can inflate their egos by 5% a year. Physicists, by a factor of 10^100 in a nonillionth of a second, and eternally at that.




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