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Is there a Europe equivalent to the Physics GRE?

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Is there a qualification undergrad engineers can take during university to show their aptitude for physics and maths? Like a recognised test, aptitude test that they can put in their academic record as well? Anything along these lines at all? Is there one that is recognised in UK, Europe and other countries? Thanks very much!
 

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marcusl
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The Physics GRE comes to mind, but I don’t know why you’d take it unless you apply to physics grad school.
 
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Really there is nothing else is this whole wide world? Apart from GRE?
 
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It's not really clear what you're looking for here. No one is going to bestow a "physics qualification" on you for taking a single exam. The way you demonstrate this aptitude is by completing a degree in physics.

Why do you want this? If you're interested in grad school you could try contacting the departments you're interested in applying to and find out what they would specifically require from an applicant in your position.
 
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Really there is nothing else is this whole wide world? Apart from GRE?
Why did you not address my question about competitions? I would look very favorably on a resume that I was reviewing that mentioned participating in such competitions (especially if you could link to how well you did)...
 
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Engineers get a better break than physicists. Engineers are allowed to take the Physics GRE. Physicists are not allowed to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam unless they graduate with an engineering exam from a ABET accredited school. Don't complain
 
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Or something even slightly similar?
 
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I just simply want to know if there is a similar exam in Europe.
 
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I think this depends on the country. In my country (Sweden), students are admitted to university programs based on high-school performance (grades) or performance on a general national test. There are also some natural science and engineering programs admitting students based on a special math and physics test arranged by the universities.
 
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I just simply wanna know if there is a similar exam in Europe.
If none of the universities require the GRE and none other is mentioned in the admissions then I'd say there isn't an equivalent one. It could be a great business op for GRE though if they could convince the European community to adopt one. :-)
 
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Here we have an exam which must be passed at the end of school. Then you're allowed to study anything, but if you failed, then you're not permitted. This makes it a bit difficult for foreign students, because they don't have this grade, which means that there are special requirements in place for them, which heavily depends on where you're from. E.g. an ordinary US-HS certificate will be useless, but I assume a French exam would do as it is comparable.
 

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