I thought the test was relatively easy... I answered i think around 90, with less than 10 of those being guesses of any kind. It's funny though listening to you guys talk it's hard to even believe it was the same test, I don't remember hardly any of this. It could be because I was really short on sleep.
As for atomic energy, I thought that the energy goes as Z, not the square of Z.
I think frankly that the test is stupid. I got a good chunk of questions from topics covered in high school (like the optics and waves stuff); nobody does bloody nuclear physics and the bohr model of hydrogen anymore. That stuff is fossilized by now... The level of the questions when you know what they're talking about, is generally pathetic. Not one question where I had actually encountered the material in a course gave me any serious pause. I mean, no offense to whomever had trouble but look at the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian problem. If you ever took a course in classical mechanics, those problems are too easy to even be discussed. This is like a 5 minute example for a quick comparison between Newton's equation and Lagrangian/Hamiltonian dynamics. The actual problems in the course were far far harder. Same for the QM problems, and the majority of E&M problems. I feel bad for people with the circuits problems, i imagine a lot of physics people don't do hardly any circuits stuff (I'm in engineering physics so I've had multiple courses on analyzing simple circuit using phasor analysis and designing bandpass filters, etc). Really, the test is retarded in every way. The only reason I imagine schools look at it at all is because:
a) They have so many good applicants, that a poor score on this is one more way to narrow the pool quickly.
b) People who apply from schools that the university doesn't know and they want to know if the marks are BS or not. I can tell you from experience that 95's mean very different things at different schools. A lot of schools definitely offer courses the level of which (for a physics major) is pathetic. I know someone who's course in classical mechanics didn't cover poisson brackets! Half the reason you take CM is for the analogies to QM, and I think we can agree that that's a pretty vital one.
PS This isn't bitterness. I got 850 on a practice test the night before, and I got 850, and i studied a lot after that so I'm sure I did better this time. I don't think it'll stop me getting in anywhere. i just think this test is dumb.