This issue has been discussed extensively in previous threads (one rather recently).
In short, there is very little upside to taking the GRE Math subject exam.
I have a professor strongly recommend me to take the Math GRE. I know math is really important, but I am still a but hesitated....I am a math major, and I suppose I can take the time to study for the exam, but others also tell me it's not that necessary and I should take the time to do other things.
I'm just curious if there are any particular circumstances that lead him to think it will be a worthwhile signal. For example, does he recommend it because he thinks you're a long shot without it because of a lack of math? Is his information old (i.e. did he graduate in the 70s or something)?
I'm just curious because even though TM does have a lot of wisdom a lot of it keeps getting recycled and could be more in the general sense with actual adcoms being far more diverse then we at TM think of them as in terms of their response to different signals. If this prof. represents a minority opinion I'm curious what circumstances he thinks makes it a worthwhile investment.
On the upside, maybe this is a signal he thinks you're a mathematical genius who just needs to get it certified.
I've only ever taken the general test (and have no intention of taking the math test), but according to the GRE website you can choose whether they send just your general scores, just your subject scores, or both.
Has anyone ever taken the subject test on the basis they can just not submit a poor score?
I suppose this would breach the agreement to supply complete information in your application, so I wouldn't advocate doing it, but I'm surprised more people don't ask.
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