I am pushing myself through an accelerated course of undergraduate physics (a number of reasons) and, if all goes well, it looks like I can complete the degree in two years. I have a 4.0 in physics up to this point, so I've seen no indication of my lack of work ethic/aptitude. After that, I intend on pursuing a doctorate, for which I, obviously, will first have to pass the pGRE. Caveat: With my plan intact, it looks like I will not have time to get through a full semester of Quantum I before taking the pGRE (Introduction to Relativity and Quantum notwithstanding.) How realistic is it for me to expect to cover the necessary material from quantum over the summer on my own and get a top score while performing research with my current PI or at an REU? Here are the courses that I will have completed come pGRE time: Introductory Mechanics Introductory E&M Honors Intro Waves, Optics, Thermodynamics Honors Intro Relativity and Quantum Physics Vector Calculus Independent study in cosmology Intro ordinary differential equations Methods in Experimental Physics I Classical Mechanics I Computational Physics Mathematical Techniques in Physics E&M I Directed research. Your honest feedback is appreciated. I am content with taking a year off to work if that will significantly increase my scores and chances of being admitted by a reputable institution. But I'd also like to avoid unnecessary stalling.