Is there an "Advanced Physics GRE " ?

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ali8
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Is there an "Advanced Physics GRE " ?

Postby ali8 » Wed Sep 02, 2009 11:03 am

I wonder if it exist , cuase i noticed some people here say "advanced physics gre" rather than "physics gre" or pgre

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Re: Is there an "Advanced Physics GRE " ?

Postby blackcat007 » Wed Sep 02, 2009 11:37 am

ali8 wrote:I wonder if it exist , cuase i noticed some people here say "advanced physics gre" rather than "physics gre" or pgre

no they are all the same.. :D

ali8
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Re: Is there an "Advanced Physics GRE " ?

Postby ali8 » Wed Sep 02, 2009 5:19 pm

thanks a lot :D

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Re: Is there an "Advanced Physics GRE " ?

Postby physics_auth » Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:30 pm

ali8 wrote:thanks a lot :D


ETS calls Physics GRE subject "an advanced test", but my judgement is that this a misnomer. If the physics test was computer adaptive then it could probably be called ... "advanced". :?

ali8
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Re: Is there an "Advanced Physics GRE " ?

Postby ali8 » Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:34 pm

I think PGRE is intended for testing students applying for master programs

Students who are applying for phd programs are tested via other methods (research exp. etc) so no real need for introducing something thst could be called "advanced physics GRE"

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Re: Is there an "Advanced Physics GRE " ?

Postby physics_auth » Sat Sep 05, 2009 12:02 pm

ali8 wrote:I think PGRE is intended for testing students applying for master programs

Students who are applying for phd programs are tested via other methods (research exp. etc) so no real need for introducing something thst could be called "advanced physics GRE"


This is a wrong perspective, GRE is a prerequisite both for those who pursue a M.Sc and for those who pursue a PhD (especially for the latter case). A more reliable criterion for testing physics background is physics qualifying exams in which the physics background of everybody is revealed ... . Keep in mind that an 990 PGRE does not entail a strong physics background, ... simply because it is impossible -for anyone non-physicist- to master all undergraduate physics material within a few months of preparation for the PGRE test. And this diffence in the physics background is reflected in the qualifyings where you are not examined on superficial learning of sth but on deep understanding.

And as a final word -> for me and maybe many other students, the hardest thing of PGRE is only the time-constraint. If the time allotted included an extra hour ... then some candidates would probably achieve higher scores. Another bad factor is stress that can hurt one's efficiency ... .




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