GRE Resources

What is the GRE?

       The GRE is a very important tool that will allow schools to evaluate your potential as an incoming applicant. Schools very often do not have the luxury of examining applicants on a case-by-case basis, and the GRE is the metric which is applied in order for schools to gain a much quicker and standardized method of evaluating potential students.

How do I prepare for the GRE?

       In the case of the Physics GRE as with many other standardized tests, the best way to prepare is by taking advanced time of up to several months to routinely practice problems. Short-notice practice of just weeks before the exam date is often not successful to adequately prepare the student for the GRE. For the Physics GRE, problems from old tests are often posted or created from modified versions which reflect the usual approach that GRE test makers take when creating the problems.

       There are a number of skills which can be readily applied to assist in solving problems in a highly efficient manner as the GRE is timed and the average time per problem is very short. Some of these include methods of eliminating answer choices which are unreasonable to the problem provided. Each problem is different, but the goal is to practice enough of them to get you comfortable with how to approach the GRE without apprehension, or hesitation on problems.


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