TakeruK wrote:Don't mention it. Also, astronomy programs do not have as strict PGRE cutoffs as physics programs. For example, the U. Washington astro program (a top 10 program in astro) has a cutoff of 500. Caltech's median PGRE score for accepted applicants is around 700 (see: http://mahalonottrash.blogspot.com/2014 ... fails.html).
My own scores were 640 and 690. I submitted both (no score select back then) and I got into many top astro programs (you can see my profile in the 2012 thread if you want more details). I didn't mention these scores at all in my application.
RonaldoMcDonaldo wrote:uhurulol wrote:Hi all, update.
So I got my PGRE score back, and it's absolutely terrible. 500 (9%). I don't know how it's this terrible. It's not indicative of my abilities as a physicist whatsoever.
Is the consensus still that I shouldn't mention it in my applications and just hope they look past it in lieu of my other qualifications? I really really hope my applications aren't completely ruined by this...
My advice is to address it directly. Don't beat around the bush. The score will stick out like a sore thumb and you should treat it as the strange exception that it is or else admissions committees will assume that you expected that score. At this point, it's your job to convince them that this score is a fluke by pointing to things like research experience. I probably wouldn't point to your lack of coursework on some of the important topics. A person taking the PGRE should have, at that stage, had nearly all of the courses necessary to take the test. I don't know how you didn't, but schools probably won't have much sympathy for that as an excuse.
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