General Information about the Physics GRE Subject Test

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General Information about the Physics GRE Subject Test

Postby Grant » Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:02 pm

The Physics GRE subject test is required by the majority of Physics graduate departments. The subject test is a 170 minute exam that consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. These questions test your problem solving ability in several areas of physics. Your score on this exam will probably play a role in what programs accept you and how much financial aid you receive.

Like the general GRE and other standardized tests, effectively studying for the Physics GRE Subject Test can greatly improve your score. provides relevant information and study tips to help maximize your success. These services are offered for free, with the goal of assisting physics students in gaining admission to the programs of their choice while furthering their knowledge of physics.

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) creates and administers the Physics GRE Subject Test. Information such as test dates, fees, registration, FAQ, test descriptions etc. can also be found there. You will also find a concise overview of the Physics GRE Subject Test and the material it covers as well as a sample test pdf download.

A quick summary of the content topics is shown below:

  • Classical Mechanics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
  • Atomic Physics
  • Optics and Wave Phenomena
  • Specialized Topics
  • Special Relativity
  • Laboratory Methods

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