WhoaNonstop wrote:Recently, I was having a conversation with one of my Professors and we were basically discussing graduate school. He made a "guess" that approximately 90% of applicants to graduate school in Physics were International/Foreign. Does this number seem right?
It appears that the U.S. average contains 47% foreign students in Physics Doctorate programs. Does this mean that your chances are much better if you are domestic? It seems that many international students that are admitted typically have higher scores compared to domestic students.
WhoaNonstop wrote:I have also heard rumors that test scores are less reliable from certain countries as rampant cheating takes place. Any thoughts on this?
pqortic wrote:WhoaNonstop wrote:I have also heard rumors that test scores are less reliable from certain countries as rampant cheating takes place. Any thoughts on this?
it's a pretty true statement. I am a int. student and I was rejected from some schools only bcuz they couldn't track down my documentations. and cheating in tests in some countries is not uncommon.
anyway, where do you want to get to by this thread? if you are domestic you'll be OK..
Agreed. TAs are cheap and easy for an institution to come by. Teaching ability has next to zero impact (regrettably, IMO) on grad school admissions. Applying for a PhD is, for all intents and purposes, applying for a job -- and it would be a mistake to think that the job they're hiring you for is anything other than research.nathan12343 wrote:I'd guess that the ability of an applicant to TA wouldn't really affect the admissions decision negatively, although it certainy could play into it if the applicant had teaching experience. They're really looking for ability to do research more than anything and that is demonstrated by prior experience and above all results.
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