Regarding top ten schools, I don't know how master's theses are interpreted relative to undergrad students with publications. In any case, I would think you would have GA Tech in the bag already, especially if you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Technically, it won't hurt to take one of the Subject Tests since, at a minimum, you are just spending a Saturday morning and you don't have to select schools for automatic score reporting.Originally Posted by meanlittlechap
However, as you may agree, if you get a paper accepted by January, that would be enough time for the admin committees to consider it. So since you already are excelling in the GPA department, I would try to put every ounce of energy you have to spare into getting a paper published instead of stuyding the GRECS, especially as the GRE Subject Tests are a crapshoot -- it's very difficult to predict how well you will do, e.g. an extreme case:
BTW, you can only take one subject test for each test date, so, if you wanted to, you could take one in October and the other in November. However, it's pretty much impossible to study very well for both.I scored in the 41st percentile.
But last week I received acceptance into UIUC for a computer science PhD. With financial assistance.
...I have close to 20 papers, my undergrad was from a US State University not known for great research, my undergrad GPA was above 3.9, my master's GPA (from the same college) was above a 3.9.
http://www.urch.com/forums/gre-compu...s-not-end.html (Bad Subject Test Scores are not the End) (Bad Subject Test Scores are not the End)
As far as math vs. computer science, I don't know. Even this hint from UIUC seems ambiguous:
If you feel comfortable with the practice tests of both subject areas, I would suggest asking some of the CS departments you are interested in.GRE Subject. Applicants to the Ph.D. program are strongly encouraged to submit a score for the GRE (Subject/Advanced) Computer Science Test. If the background of the applicant is in mathematics, science, or engineering, they may submit an advanced GRE test score from that area.
Degree Admissions | Online Degree and Certificate Programs | Computer Science | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
BTW, an old profile from 2004 for MS (not PhD) admission that makes me agree with you about Stanford (as their admit rate for MS is much higher than PhD):
I applied to 10 schools, heard responses from first week of February up until 14 April, and since all schools got back to me by the 15th, I was able to respond and go where I wanted.
Accepting me: University of Illinois - Urbana / Champaign, Brown University, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Columbia University, University of Colorado - Boulder.
Rejecting me: Stanford University, University of California - Berkeley, University of Washington - Seattle, University of Texas - Austin, University of Maryland - College Park.
No school offered me assistantships or fellowships, so my decision was based on my opinion of the school more or less. My undergrad was at UIUC, and I knew the program well, it was a good program. I visited at Brown and I'd seen Colorado in the past a few times. I chose to stay at UIUC, and being such a high ranked school, I know it can't have been the wrong decision.
My stats: 780/87% quantitative, 440/42% verbal, 810/80% CS subject, 3.33/4 cumulative, 3.5/4 technical, 3.75/4 CS only.
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