I think just about everyone would agree that the GRE is far from the ideal measure of a persons ability. But I don't think there really is a better way. I think the GRE actually helps a lot of people, like me, who haven't graduated from top schools, have a chance at getting in to top graduate schools. With this test, anyone from any school, if they choose to put in the necessary preparation time. Those who attend schools where there aren't many great research opportunities and where it is easy to get a 4.0, it would be wise for them to put in extra hours and make sure they get a good score on the GRE.
All I can say is that I am glad there is a GRE, because without it I don't think I would have much chance at a top grad school.
It's funny how everyone who did good on the test thinks that it is an adequate measure of ability, while eveyone else thinks it's not.
Also, the GRE has plenty of conceptual problems that simply test understanding and cannot be messed up if you know what's going on.
In my quantum class, at the very beginning, we were asked to redevelop the Bohr model, but for an electron orbiting a neutron under gravity. Is this very physical? Probably not. Was it a better test than "do you remember all the formulae the Bohr model spits out?"
However, those are still a minor handfull of the total # of problems. In fact there were only two such problems on my real test. So this issue is just another minor stigma for the GRE and not a reason to discredit it.
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