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    I've just taken the GRE chem test and got a 950 (99%) . Does anyone know if one can get a 990 or what the highest possible score is? ETS only says that some subject tests typically score in a smaller range than 200-990.

    How good is that score for admission to MIT, Harvard, Yale, Stanford considering that I'm an intl. student? Is such a score standard at those schools or could it be an advantage?

    Concerning the general test, I am worried about the verbal section. I currently score between 350 and 650 on practice tests, depending on the test prep company. Should I invest a lot of time into studying vocab or should I better try to take another subject test such as math? Would another subject test be an advantage?

    Does anyone know how strict MIT etc. are concerning degrees? I am from Austria and my university can't award me an official bachelor degree because we have a different degree system here, although they could attest that I have reached an equivalent level.

    How good are my overall chances of admission based on the following stats:

    PLUS:
    3 gold medals & 1 silver medal from intl. chem olympiad
    triple winner of natl. chem olympiad
    7 times winner of regional chem olympiad
    winner of regional english contest
    4th place on national english contest
    skipped 11th grade at school, best of my class
    skipped 1 yr at university, class rank 1 of 100
    special price for best student's research project
    recs by head of chem department, chem olympiad head mentor and perhaps head of the natl. science foundation
    GRE chem 950/99%
    GRE quant estimated 800, verbal estimated 400

    MINUS:
    no official degree, although certification that equivalent level has been reached
    no financial resources at all


    Thanks in advance for your answers!

    Btw, don't hesitate to email me if you have questions about test prep etc.

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    Thts a hell lot of accomplishments. Regarding your minuses like no official degree, I dont think there would be a problem as its not ur fault for not being awarded a bachalors degree. If you can prove this to them I think they would understand. Now with a profile like that who needs financial resources?
    3 gold medals & 1 silver medal from intl. chem olympiad
    triple winner of natl. chem olympiad
    7 times winner of regional chem olympiad!!
    I can see a future MIT prof in u!!
    Go ace it!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hamilton1
    Hi everyone!

    I've just taken the GRE chem test and got a 950 (99%) . Does anyone know if one can get a 990 or what the highest possible score is? ETS only says that some subject tests typically score in a smaller range than 200-990.

    How good is that score for admission to MIT, Harvard, Yale, Stanford considering that I'm an intl. student? Is such a score standard at those schools or could it be an advantage?

    Concerning the general test, I am worried about the verbal section. I currently score between 350 and 650 on practice tests, depending on the test prep company. Should I invest a lot of time into studying vocab or should I better try to take another subject test such as math? Would another subject test be an advantage?

    Does anyone know how strict MIT etc. are concerning degrees? I am from Austria and my university can't award me an official bachelor degree because we have a different degree system here, although they could attest that I have reached an equivalent level.

    How good are my overall chances of admission based on the following stats:

    PLUS:
    3 gold medals & 1 silver medal from intl. chem olympiad
    triple winner of natl. chem olympiad
    7 times winner of regional chem olympiad
    winner of regional english contest
    4th place on national english contest
    skipped 11th grade at school, best of my class
    skipped 1 yr at university, class rank 1 of 100
    special price for best student's research project
    recs by head of chem department, chem olympiad head mentor and perhaps head of the natl. science foundation
    GRE chem 950/99%
    GRE quant estimated 800, verbal estimated 400

    MINUS:
    no official degree, although certification that equivalent level has been reached
    no financial resources at all


    Thanks in advance for your answers!

    Btw, don't hesitate to email me if you have questions about test prep etc.
    I don't think you have anything to worry about. By the way, how many questions did you miss when you got your 950 score?

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    Very high profile. BTW. You might wanna reconsider Yale. Try to see their recent profile, you will know, what I mean.

    Why not Caltech or UC. Anything wrong with the Californian?

    Go for it dude!!!

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