Originally Posted by EMY
When I applied last year for grad school, the average math score was about 760-780 for top 40 science/engineering programs.
In chemistry (my field), most programs don't really give a shit about GREs. They have almost no relationship to research ability, but the graduate program wants a certain score for the rankings. As long as you're in the 1300+ total range you're fine from everything I saw. I know some other fields are really
picky about the math, mostly because people tend to blow it out of the water. 800 isn't even 99th percentile, which is nuts (especially compared to the verbal rankings).
I was one of the really weird science students with a better verbal than math. Had a couple potential advisers comment on that.
For the analogies, you are given a word or a pair of words, then you have to find something that has the same meaning/relationship. Sometimes I didn't even know the meaning of any of the words and was screwed.
Well, it's an adaptive test. It will automatically get to the point that it's essentially impossible if you're doing well. I had a sequence where I answered two questions more or less by good guessing, then got one where I'd never ever seen any of the words in the question or any of the answers. Randomly guessed, then got something stupid like "Cat is to dog as", and went on with the test. I'm used to doing fairly well on those standardized vocab tests (got an 800 SAT verbal), and it was a shock getting something that hard.