Q：When applying for a PhD degree, do standardizes tests scores still matter? Or, to put it another way, can I still get admitted as long as I do a great job in talking with professors and I have excellent research experience?(博士阶段，考试成绩是否仍然重要？还是说，套磁好，有研究经历就可以了？)
A：Yes, standardized test scores still matter if you are applying to a PhD program. You should always keep in mind that admission to a graduate degree program, whether it be a master’s degree, or a PhD degree, depends on a combination of the factors and all areas of a student’s application packet are weighted when applications are reviewed. Test scores are equally important in your application to a PhD program. They are an indication of the knowledge you have in the area you are applying to. For example, at a high ranking school, they will want your GRE scores to be within the higher percentiles, and for your GPA to be at least above 3.5.
They will want to see that you have taken introductory classes in the area you want to do research in. they will also want to see that you have taken more advanced level classes and have done well in those classes. As I mentioned in previous answers, the statement of purpose is the most important part of the application, because this is where prospective faculty members will get to know you and what research you are interested in working on with them. When you are applying to a PhD program, it is very important that you identify at least one or two professors with whom you would like to work with.
Admission to a PhD program is greatly affected by whether your research interest matches those of at least one professor in the department you are interested in applying to. In addition, you should mention why you have decided to apply to a particular department and university, and what you would contribute to their program. All sections of the application are important, and you should make sure to submit application that shows your qualifications for the program you are applying to.