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Analysis and algebra aren't like the preliminary actuarial exams where you can pick up a study manual and learn everything. You need an actual textbook. And preferably a teacher who can explain the nuances to you.

Not to mention that the math gre is taken by (imo) a smarter subset of math people than those who take actuarial exams.
did you know the only prelim I used a manual for was MFE? I totally like to brag about that all the time, including in this thread
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did you know the only prelim I used a manual for was MFE? I totally like to brag about that all the time, including in this thread
Yes I did. You've mentioned it plenty of times actually lol.
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The point is, people don't realize that at the PhD level, you're expected to know a lot of math for many different disciplines.

The math gre subject test would help you get into elite economics and finance programs as well.
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Analysis and algebra aren't like the preliminary actuarial exams where you can pick up a study manual and learn everything. You need an actual textbook. And preferably a teacher who can explain the nuances to you.

Not to mention that the math gre is taken by (imo) a smarter subset of math people than those who take actuarial exams.
Yes I agree, but that doesn't mean you can't use the review sections of that Princeton book, for instance, to answer a question like the following (taken from the sample test):

Let G be the group {1, i, -1, -i} under multiplication. Which of the following statements are true about the homomorphisms of G into itself?

I. defines one such homomorphism.
II. defines one such homomorphism.
III. For every such homomorphism, there is an integer k such that the homomorphism has the form .

These are the type of abstract algebra problems you see on this test (apparently only 42% of people got this one right). You don't need to know how to prove Burnside's Theorem or the Hilbert Basis Theorem.

The main things you need to know really well are calculus and linear algebra, and basic problem-solving skills.
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The math major valedictorian from my mid-tier school got a 650 on it. He did perfect on the regular GRE math and turned down MIT undergrad for a full scholarship at my mid-tier school.

The math GRE subject test is not easy.
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