### Low MGRE Score -- Should I even bother applying now?

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**Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:52 am**My profile:

Undergrad Institution: International, relatively unknown

Major: Economics and Mathematics

Minor: Physics

GPA: 3.85

Type of Student: International, Asian Male

GRE Revised General Test: Taking on 4th December. Aiming for a 160+ on Q.

Q: xxx (xx%)

V: xxx (xx%)

W: xx

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: 600 (37%). Completely messed it up.

Programme Applying: Ph.D Pure Mathematics (key research area of interest: analysis/mathematical physics). Seriously doubting now if I should even apply or not?

Other Information:

1. I don't have a lot of mathematics courses on my transcript. I have 3-4 upper division courses in analysis and topology only. All A's though. My degree was quite broad, but I now realize I should have taken more pure math courses.

2. Extensive self studied plan. I have self studied linear algebra, complex analysis, analysis in R^n, algebra on my own. I'm currently learning a bit of Module Theory and Measure Theory. I'll get all of this information reflected in the letter from a mathematician. She said this could be one of my strong points. 2 other letters will be from physicists.

3. Extensive TA experience. I'm also currently working as a full time TA during my time off in the mathematics department.

4. I have a publication in my minor area, physics.

I'm not sure if I should consider applying to colleges, especially top 40-50 PhD programs now. Any suggestions would be welcomed.

Undergrad Institution: International, relatively unknown

Major: Economics and Mathematics

Minor: Physics

GPA: 3.85

Type of Student: International, Asian Male

GRE Revised General Test: Taking on 4th December. Aiming for a 160+ on Q.

Q: xxx (xx%)

V: xxx (xx%)

W: xx

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: 600 (37%). Completely messed it up.

Programme Applying: Ph.D Pure Mathematics (key research area of interest: analysis/mathematical physics). Seriously doubting now if I should even apply or not?

Other Information:

1. I don't have a lot of mathematics courses on my transcript. I have 3-4 upper division courses in analysis and topology only. All A's though. My degree was quite broad, but I now realize I should have taken more pure math courses.

2. Extensive self studied plan. I have self studied linear algebra, complex analysis, analysis in R^n, algebra on my own. I'm currently learning a bit of Module Theory and Measure Theory. I'll get all of this information reflected in the letter from a mathematician. She said this could be one of my strong points. 2 other letters will be from physicists.

3. Extensive TA experience. I'm also currently working as a full time TA during my time off in the mathematics department.

4. I have a publication in my minor area, physics.

I'm not sure if I should consider applying to colleges, especially top 40-50 PhD programs now. Any suggestions would be welcomed.