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Physics G.R.E. for top universities in U.S.

  1. Sep 19, 2005 #1
    I am saiarun doing my M.Sc(physics)specialization in Electronics in India.
    I wish to pursue M.S. or Ph.D in Nanotechnology in U.S. . I wish to get into any of the top ranking universities in U.S. like stanford,caltech ,harvard etc. I will be working as project assisstant for next one year in IISc, bangalore,India to gain research experience. My question is should I write a)physics subject G.R.E for getting into M.S./Ph.D along with b)General G.R.E and c)TOEFL. With my academic background of M.Sc and one year of research experience should I go directly for Ph.D. or should i go through M.S.course. What is the average score required in the above mentioned three exams, for getting into those prestigious university. Do any of the members in the group have contact with professors in those universities.

    Thanking you in advance.
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  3. Sep 19, 2005 #2
    apparently, the standards for international students are a bit higher than domestic students for the physics gre test, so that probably means that the average is more of a baseline for competitiveness.

    the only top-tier school i found with an average figure was caltech: 880 average on the subject test, 600 verbal and 780 quantitative.

    i'd imagine that comparable schools would have comparable standards.
  4. May 11, 2006 #3
    yes me too giving gre for nanotechbology i am in eee and will give gre i am thnking of also giving gre in physics so that my marks in 12th r not counted.
  5. May 19, 2006 #4
    As I understand, graduate programs require a higher Physics GRE score for foreign applicants because GPA means different things in different countries, and are based on different standards. Also, since many foreigners grew up in different culture circumstances and speaking a different language, it is expected that they will need a greater understanding of the subject itself to compete with domestic applicants.

    I have heard that there are large collaborative efforts in India and China to collect Physics GRE questions, and that people from those two countries tend to study MUCH longer for the test than we in the States do.

    As a general rule of thumb, I would think that a foreign student would have to get 50-100 points higher than a similarly qualified domestic student in order to be competitive.
  6. May 21, 2006 #5
    can anybody confirm that gre sub test in physics strengthen ones stand in nano for ms?
  7. May 21, 2006 #6


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    What universities offer a master's degree in nanotechnology ?

    It would be best to send an email to the graduate secretaries of the depts you are applying to and directly ask them. They will give you an honest answer.
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