highbounce wrote:So I just got my PGRE score today. It is a little disappointing, 810 - 74%. I am an international student studying at a U.S institution known for its physics program (I also went to high school in the U.S, if that matters). I know that international students are pretty much expected to get 990 on the PGRE. So will I still be competitive with this score for top 20 programs?
You make some good points and I think I agree with what you wrote. However, I do think that the percentile matters more than the scaled score. Scaled scores wander all over the place; it's the percentile that's supposed to mean something year after year.wisegops wrote:I agree only in part to grae's comments...
wisegops wrote:It's true however, that students from India or China are exposed to math and science at more advanced levels at an earlier age, however, one thing you will surely find is that, a student of physics from even a tier III US institute has a more concrete conceptual base of everything he has learned to date than most international students.
WhoaNonstop wrote:Not sure how this applies to everyone, but I'd consider myself enrolled in a tier III US institution and I have been completely hampered by it. If India/China schools don't have a tougher cirriculum/better teaching staff than my tier III US institute I'd be amazingly shocked. For instance, after 3 months of Quantum Mechanics, we have just started commutators. I usually spend the class reading through a QM book and trying to learn it myself.
wisegops wrote:its the scaled score and not the percentile that counts, so dont fret.
grae313 wrote:However, I do think that the percentile matters more than the scaled score. Scaled scores wander all over the place; it's the percentile that's supposed to mean something year after year.
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