What is Gre physics: Definition and 34 Discussions

The GRE physics test is an examination administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The test attempts to determine the extent of the examinees' understanding of fundamental principles of physics and their ability to apply them to problem solving. Many graduate schools require applicants to take the exam and base admission decisions in part on the results.
The scope of the test is largely that of the first three years of a standard
United States undergraduate physics curriculum, since many students who plan to continue to graduate school apply during the first half of the fourth year. It consists of 100 five-option multiple-choice questions covering subject areas including classical mechanics, electromagnetism, wave phenomena and optics, thermal physics, relativity, atomic and nuclear physics, quantum mechanics, laboratory techniques, and mathematical methods. The table below indicates the relative weights, as asserted by ETS, and detailed contents of the major topics.

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    Masters in physics with a bachelors in liberal arts

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    Physics Computer vision engineer looking for career change into physics

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  4. shahbaznihal

    Testing Electricity and Magnetism section in GRE Physics

    Hi, I am taking GRE Physics this year and I am preparing from Conquering GRE Physics book and I have covered everything in that book on Electricity and Magnetism (yet to study Optics and Waves). My question: How much from Griffith Electrodynamics book do I need to study? Or is the material in...
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    Chem Eng student, scored 990 on GRE Physics

    Hi, so I am from the UK, and we do a levels at school. I had four A levels at A grade (pretty average, hard workers can get A*) and an A at AS physics but my overall A level in Physics was B (I fast tracked the 2 year course in one during my gap year after school). I only needed Bio, Chem and...
  6. Hamza Abbasi

    Relativistic Velocity Addition

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    Studying GRE for mathematics and for physics

    How much is it difficult for a person to write Gre subject tests mathematics and physics without mathematics and physics background? How long should they prepare?
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    Schools Graduate School Admissions for Astronomy Program

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    Degrees of freedom of harmonic oscillator

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    Admissions Find Out the Latest GRE Test Dates and Submission Tips - Don't Miss Out!

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    Testing Using Irodov's Problems in general physics for PGRE

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    Schools 770 PGRE : Send score to schools that say 'recommended'?

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    Difficulty of question asked in PGRE exam

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    Testing GRE Physics Subject Test Course Equivalents

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  16. blue_leaf77

    Register for GRE Physics Subject Test | Tips & Deadlines for Fall 2021

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    Testing What book to buy for GRE physics exam

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    Preparing for the GRE Physics Exam: Resources & Tips

    Hey! I'm planning on applying at some schools in the US next year/this year and I need ot take the GRE exam this fall. I've looked at some old exams and they look pretty straightforward, but I was wondering if anyone knew any resources for the physics exam (i.e. practice tests etc.). Thanks!
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    Testing Prepare for GRE Physics: Tips & Sample Questions

    Hi there! I am a second year undergraduate students and planning to take GRE. When should I apply it? What should I prepare for this test? Are there any sample questions of the test available? Thanks a lot for helping.
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    GRE physics question need explained

    Homework Statement See image. Homework Equations The Attempt at a Solution Here is the solution provided and the answer is B, but I disagree with this explanation. I agree that g(x)=1 and g(x)=e^(0)=1 makes a continuous function, however I don't see how one would ever be able to use x=0...
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    Testing Is the GRE Physics a sensible test? What does it test for?

    Hello, I'm currently at the graduated undergrad level concerning physics and I'm considering eventually doing a PhD in America. Usually this requires a Physics GRE test, which is meant to check whether you have absorbed the necessary knowledge from the undergraduate studies. Good. Well, I...
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    Testing GRE physics: Evaluation of my abilities

    Dear Friends, I am planning to take physics GRE test in October, between October and now I have nothing to do but to study physics. I have a three year Bachelor degree in Natural Sciences (i.e. equal emphasis on Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics). So here is what I know: I understand although...
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    Testing GRE Physics Syllabus: Depth & Lab Methods

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    Schools Help undergrad freshman with GRE Physics, Mathematics, Graduate school plans

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  26. Goddar

    Testing Is a Low GRE Physics Score a Dealbreaker for Top Schools?

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    Testing Should I Submit My GRE Physics Subject Test Score for Grad School Applications?

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    Testing GRE Physics Prep for non-physicist

    Hello again, I'm planning on apply to a few medical physics programs in the fall, most of which do not require the physics GRE subject test. However, one does, and I really want to apply there. My thoughts? It wouldn't hurt to learn some more physics. I am a nuclear engineering major, so...
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  30. Reshma

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    Studying Top GRE Physics Books for Optics: Expert Recommendations

    Hi guys, What are the best books you did use to prepare for the "GRE Physics test"? More precisely, I am seeking your advice for an easy book explains the light and its applications (optics). Thanks a lot for your kindness and help
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    Testing How Does Preparing for the GRE Physics Test Benefit Your Career?

    Share your experiences about benefits that u got by taking GRE Physics test. U can also tell the story about your preperation for the test.
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