Imagine you are sipping tea or coffee while discussing various issues with a broad and diverse network of students, colleagues, and friends brought together by the common bond of physics, graduate school, and the physics GRE.
This question is not related whatsoever to whether the PGRE is a good test of ability, or whether it should be kept or changed or eliminated. I am simply curious if the PGRE score is a weak point or strong point for most applicants.
In a randomly organized system such as education, some standards have been produced, however, these have been described vaguely. The standardized test is the white knight riding into town to rescue the maid (in this case the admissions committee in all its wisdom) from the sheer attempt to comprehend what other universities are doing. it gives the guideline of what is supposed to have been learned and shows what the university is clearly lacking.
It is like the SAT... dumb test made by people who have already been through grad school