quizivex wrote:So the answer to the question is a resounding NO… and if anything, it’s posts like these that waste people’s time and make it harder to succeed… posts where the question has such an obvious answer but even after writing a tedious post like this, some people still won’t want to believe it.
michael wrote:Just a thought about the effect this website is having on us all.
mobytish wrote:Maybe your scores are better because you got advice on how to study, or maybe your statement of purpose is better written due to the tips on the website, but I don't see how this would make someone look better than they actually are.
michael wrote: One related thing: I don't think that when a person improves their application, they necessarily improve their ability as a physicist (a key example in my opinion is the PGRE). I dont know if the existance of this website leads to people improving aspects of their application which only make them LOOK, rather than BE better physicists. However, I cant help but feel it may a little bit (despite lots of good points in response to my original comment).
I'm domestic and that makes no sense to me either. I've ranted a lot about the obsession with "undergrad research" in the past and wondered how so many undergrads can "publish" new work in physics while taking "Introduction to the Fundamentals of Electromagnetism for Beginners I", and then miss a pendulum problem on the PGRE... (rant cut short)rp wrote:And as an international, I still can't understand how undergrads in the USA can publish string stuff while taking their first quantum mechanics course.
Yep, exactly!rp wrote:But I woudn't say this site makes it harder. I think quite the contrary, it helps to make the process more fair, as long as everyone has access to the information here early on.
Lol, as if the application process before this website existed was a perfect, pure, pristine gauge of how good a physicist one is? There was always a GRE. GPA's always included BS courses like language and art. The reputation of our recommenders was always important...michael wrote:I dont know if the existance of this website leads to people improving aspects of their application which only make them LOOK, rather than BE better physicists.
Agreed. Having been at a third-tier state school and at an Ivy, I can say that there's a huge gap in the career, networking, and information resources available to students. This site levels the playing field somewhat by at least making the process more transparent.The people who are helped most by the key pieces of information on here are those who otherwise never would have found out. The only people who will find it harder to succeed due to this website are those who would've been lucky enough to have all this important information handed to them anyway without PGRE.com
noojens wrote:Power to the PGREople.
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