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    Schools Can you do a Masters in Physics with a Bachelor degree in Architecture?

    My suggestion is to seek out a physics GRE practice test (they're online) and see how well you do.
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    Admissions How explicit should my goals be in my Statement of Purpose?

    Instead of phrasing it like "I didn't like biophysics because of X, so I'm switching to quantum computing which does not have X", can you phrase it like "I found that I enjoyed the Y component of my biophysics research, so I am pursuing quantum computing"? It might be a stretch, but I think it's...
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    Testing Sending Physics GRE Scores

    You get to send your scores to four schools for free (you choose these when you register, and they are automatically sent). When you send your scores to any other school, you can choose which score to send. edit: maybe I'm recalling wrong. It's possible that when you send your scores to the...
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    Testing Previous PGRE Exams

    You might want to try that book's sample tests in the back of the book as well. They're a little bit harder than the pGRE but it is still good practice, in my opinion.
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    Programs Should I change to Maths or Physics?

    As a side note, I looked up your course info and sure enough... there is no calculus or linear algebra or anything listed. I'm not familiar with the UK version of things but that is so strange!
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    Admissions Including multiple areas of interest in my SoP for PhD Applications

    In my opinion, there is no harm in mentioning both professors since you are well-versed in both fields. I think the only time it would be inappropriate is if it could be portrayed as you "casting a wide net", as they say, but I don't think you are in danger of coming across this way. I hope some...
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    Testing Previous PGRE Exams

    Unfortunately no :( If it helps, I took it in 2015 and the questions were extremely similar to the more recent available ones.
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    Admissions Including multiple areas of interest in my SoP for PhD Applications

    Does your research experience line up more with field 1 or 2? Or could it align well with both? Are the two fields closely related (or at least both either experimental or theoretical/computational)? Could you tie them together and say something like the following?: As a data point, I also...
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    Other Short leaves of absence with the NSF GRFP?

    Unfortunately, being a hospice caretaker doesn't lend itself well to accomplishing much else. My available free time, ability to focus, and amount of sleep are all in short supply. Also, I would never dream of asking my labmates to take data for me, and the data processing I have to do is minimal.
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    Other Short leaves of absence with the NSF GRFP?

    I understand that medical deferral is the only real option, but by the time I am able to change my tenure status to medical deferral, I will have been back at work for months. Frankly, I'm shocked that there's no way to change my tenure status in the middle of a "tenure year". I would expect...
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    Other Short leaves of absence with the NSF GRFP?

    Hey fellas! I'm wondering if anyone here has experience taking a short (~1-2 month) leave of absence while being funded by the NSF GRFP. The longer version is that I'm eligible for a medical deferral, as I'm taking care of my mom while she is in home hospice, 800 miles away from my...
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    How can I learn more without pursuing a formal education?

    With your math/science background, I do think Griffiths Quantum Mechanics is a good option for you. You can find a used copy on Ebay for 20 bucks or so.
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    Other How can you know what a professor is like personally?

    I can't comment on whether it will help or hurt you (I'll leave that to the people here who have been on admissions committees), but keep in mind most people mention who they want to work for on their SoP without having met the professor, but only being familiar with their work. It's not like...
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    Other How can you know what a professor is like personally?

    Just a thought, it might not hurt to apply to schools and wait to hear back before visiting. I visited a few schools before applying, and was sort of brushed off - after all, why would a professor waste time on a student that hasn't even been admitted? Plus, after you get in, you travel on the...
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    Other How can you know what a professor is like personally?

    Yes, of course both of those are good ideas. If your situation allows, I recommend sitting in on group meetings to see how the PI interacts with his group.
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