Hi, I'm a UK undergrad in his final year and I'm just trying to figure out whether it would be worth me applying to grad schools in the US. I've doent the research and compiled a list of school but I'm starting to wonder whether I'm wasting my time and should just consider applying for a PhD at UK universities. Every where I read people saying that research experience is very important but I don't know anyone at my university who's and undergrad and has done research during the summer months say. In our final year (of 4 year MPhys) we do undertake a research project (Mine will be investigating virtual substrates in semiconductors) but that is standard for our course. Also when do people usually apply for the GRE general and subject tests and when do people usually take them? How much preparation is required for them? These are my main concerns really. From what I've read by browsing the forums it seems that US students who apply for PhD's at grad schools are really high callibre students when compared to us in the UK. It seems a daunting prospect applying to schools along with 500 or so other students. What are my chances? I'm currently expecting a first class pass in my Mphys degree but it would seem that this doesn't really matter as everyone who applies will have high scores in their classes.