# Grad school with no Physics GRE but research experience?

Vitani1
Due to not having any money after financial aid this semester (also covid, no job, etc.) I don't have money to afford to take the physics GRE. I do however work in a lab as a research assistant and have research experience. I'd like to get into a school for astrophysics potentially. Any recommendations? I'm thinking of noting my financial constraints on my graduate application in regards to the GRE. I found that in order to take this it would be upwards of $350. By recommendations I mean in specific schools that have a good ranking for astrophysics/physics but do not require the physics GRE. Of course I have taken the general GRE. (P.S. Note to admin... sorry, this will look similar to another post.) ## Answers and Replies Mentor I found that in order to take this it would be upwards of$350.
Where did you get this price from?

From the GRE website:

https://www.ets.org/gre/subject/faq/

Vitani1
The test itself is a modest $150 but travelling/hotel cost for the weekend (I can not take this in my home town) will put me at this price. Staff Emeritus Science Advisor Education Advisor First, the GRE offers fee reduction. You should look into this. Next, if you would rather have$350 in your pocket than go to the best possible school for you, I question whether you have you priorities straight.

berkeman
Vitani1
I don't necessarily mind what people think but I don't have enough money to live etc. if I do this so I'm trying to be frugal this upcoming semester and utilize resources available to me for a lower cost. I will look into free reduction as I didn't know about this feature. Thank you!

Many programs have made all GRE scores optional or are not accepting scores at all this year due to the pandemic.

berkeman
Gold Member
In addition many astronomy programs have ditched the PGRE all together.

berkeman
Staff Emeritus