Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Do something else with your life

From a critique of the GRE, which is the exam one usually has to take when applying to grad school in the U.S.:
Grad-school admissions is a competitive venture; researchers call grad school a “high-status opportunity.” For Fall 2014 admission, 2.15 million students applied to graduate school in the U.S.  Only 22 percent of the doctoral applicants and about 48 percent of the Master’s-degree applicants were accepted, however. Score well on the GRE and your odds of entry to this high-status opportunity look better. Don’t score well, and—at least traditionally—you may have to consider something else to do with your life.
Which might be, regardless of how well (or badly) you do on the GRE, a very, very good idea.

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