Almost all of the grad schools I applied to required GRE scores. I never got the impression that my scores mattered all that much, but perhaps I am projecting my own wishes, since I think that standardized tests are the easiest part of the application process to game.
I was successful at my grad school applications - I was accepted everywhere I applied, although one institution did offer only acceptance provisional on my completing an undergraduate course in a supporting science that I had no interest in and have never needed in work or grad school.
My GRE scores were... strange. I don't know what they predicted. I got in the upper 2% of all verbal GRE scores (stratospherically high compared to STEM applicants) and in the bottom 2% of all math GRE scores (pathetically low compared to STEM applicants). I had not bothered to study at all for the verbal sections (my sweetie pointed out that perhaps correcting the connotations/denotations in the vocab section of the test book was not the best use of my time), and then I worked my tail off on the math sections.
I do believe that my GRE scores are representative of my basic math/verbal skills - they correspond with how I've done in all of the standardized tests I've ever taken. But how applicable are basic math/verbal skills in a graduate program, one where you need to develop a thesis, work through the data, and determine the implications of what you've done? In my case, not relevant at all.
This post prompted by musings here and the comments.
Monday, March 5, 2012
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mine were the same way! great verbal, terrible math. I'm a geologist too (I guess obviously, which is why I'm reading your blog... ;) I took a practice GRE and studied the question types from each that I did worst in. and I agree, none of it really seemed to matter... I got into a great program and I've actually never really heard it mentioned w/regard to admitting anyone.
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