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 ... .