chutzpah wrote:I think the LSAT and GRE math are very learnable, the GRE verbal is less so. I took both and only studied a few weeks for the GRE and improved my math score by like 200 points but my verbal, which was already relatively high, didn't really go anywhere.
GRE Verbal is mostly a vocabulary test, as I understand? Then it would indeed be difficult to improve for a person with an already significant vocabulary. On the other hand, given the number of non-native English speakers in engineering/science graduate schools in the US, I could see how these schools would consider the verbal portion of the test all but worthless. Would an immigrant who does not know the meaning of the words 'chary', 'peccadillo' or 'enmity' be any less competent as an engineer or a scientist? Or, for that matter, anything apart from an English professor? Would a non-immigrant?
Vocabulary is fairly highly correlated with IQ, which is why it has always been favored by SAT/GRE makers. But with so many non-native speakers in graduate schools, they seem to have shot themselves in the foot a bit by replacing logical reasoning testing with vocabulary testing as a means of gauging an applicant's intelligence.