Hi,
I graduated from Physics and I don't have a solid background in Abstract Algebra and Number Theory.
Since I have limited time to study for my GRE subject math (1 month), I've been thinking about ignoring those topics and focusing in Calculus and Linear Algebra where I think I have better chances.
What do you think about this choice? Is a reasonably good performance in those areas going to put me over 800 in the scaled score? Assume the worst case scenario: I do terribly bad in Num. Theo. and Abs. Alg.
I will appreciate if you can provide some stats on the historic weights of each of those areas.
Thanks!
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physicist taking gre subject math, any advice?

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Re: physicist taking gre subject math, any advice?
According to ETS, Calculus makes up about 50% of the test and Linear Algebra + Abstract algebra another 25%. The rest is made up of real analysis, discrete mathematics, and a smattering of "additional topics". So I think you'll have a pretty hard time getting above 800. That said, I do agree that your time is probably better spent making sure you have the calc & LA down really well, rather than trying to learn whole new topics. That should get you to maybe 65% of the test.