I'm a little confused on how the whole application process works. I heard that its ok to submit your PGRE scores after the deadline. But, for example on the Columbia Applied physics and math program, it says
"Can I submit my application first and send supplemental material later when available?
You may submit the online application first and send test scores or recommendation letters after if necessary and prior to the deadline. All other supplemental material must be submitted together with the online application.
Be advised that after the deadline to apply Columbia reserves the right to evaluate an application and render a final decision even if all pieces of the application have not been received. Furthermore, once the application is under evaluation it can not be updated to include new supplemental material received and may be considered for admission as is.
Where do I mail official transcripts?
Copies of your transcripts should be uploaded online and the official transcript sealed by the institution mailed to the Office.."
I'm confused. So I just upload UNOFFICIAL copies of my transcript, and submit it at the same time as my application? it doesnt say anything if those copies can be unofficial, but that has to be the case since its impossible to upload my official one. Then, its still ok to submit the OFFICIAL transcript AFTER i submit the online application? or is there a chance that they could evaluate it before they receive my OFFICIAL transcripts? Is this normal for other grad programs?