Comprehensive/ Qualifying Exam

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SKS2s17fa
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Comprehensive/ Qualifying Exam

Post by SKS2s17fa » Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:03 am

I am a master student in math in a US university and I want to apply for PhD in pure math. I have passed the comprehensive exam this summer, which covers all first year graduate classes. How does this help for my application?

6ix9ine
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Re: Comprehensive/ Qualifying Exam

Post by 6ix9ine » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:28 pm

Quite a few people drop out of PhD programs because they aren't able to pass the qual.

SKS2s17fa
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Re: Comprehensive/ Qualifying Exam

Post by SKS2s17fa » Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:06 pm

So how good is this result? What level of schools should I expect?

Orpheus11235
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Re: Comprehensive/ Qualifying Exam

Post by Orpheus11235 » Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:38 pm

Impossible to tell without more detail. For instance, passing a comprehensive exam at a rank ~100 school will probably do nothing for your application to top 20 schools. Also, this is a very small part of your application. What matters more is your overall academic performance, any research experience, and letters of rec.



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