This has probably been brought up numerous times, but I need some advice on some mediocre to good fall back schools in physics. My undergraduate GPA was a 3.72 Majors: Biochemistry, Math, and Physics Research: 3 years of research on Batch pH Oscillatory systems (each year was basically a new system that we discovered pH oscillations in). My first year I was a lab assistant, and the following two years I was the lead researcher. I presented research at regional conferences all three years and won the best undergraduate poster presenter the final year. I have also done 2 semesters of research in spectroscopy analysis were we measure the infrared optical constants, n and k, of liquid and solid materials that may appear in our solar system and those of other stars. Also, I am TAing physics one at my undergraduate institution at the moment. GRE Quantitative:161 verbal:157 Physics:600 So obviously my Physics GRE was rather atrocious, I was just ill prepared and a bit ignorant on some of the basic GRE test taking strategies (my biggest lapse in judgement was not taking any practice exams). So any advice would be great. Or if you have any further questions please let me know. Also my letters of recommendations should be strong, two are from my research advisers, and the third is from the head of the physics department.