gliese876d wrote:Has anyone else heard that the difficulty levels of the physics gre go on a 3 year cycle so that every three years is a hard exam?
Hahahah oh geez. I'd love to learn where such a random myth came from.
Helio wrote:he says that they are making the tests easier, whatever that might mean.
Yeah who knows what that means... easier problems? or more generous score scaling? lol. I had similar concerns of the difficulty of the tests and scaling etc... Nobody I knew was taking it in October, and nor did most users on the forum, so I thought maybe only the strongest and most prepared students would try taking it in October, and that I'd therefore get a lower score than if I took it in November. Haha talk about being paranoid. But someone here pointed out that ETS's info packet says they use mysterious "statistical methods" to make sure your scaled score is determined entirely by your performance on the test, not on the difficulty of your particular version, or the sample of students who took it the day you did.
So I have two words of advice... firstly, try not to worry about the test difficulty because it is the same for everyone... and secondly, make sure you are strategically prepared for both an easy and a hard test... meaning that you'd be able to skip problems judiciously in a hard test so that you could get to problem 100, and that you double check your computations in an easy test.
Helio wrote:I think anybody will agree with you that three tests dates and the time of those tests is utterly ridiculous. one of things that makes ETS so extremely popular.
Yeah, I totally agree. Nobody here knows why ETS offers such inconvenient test dates, but I certainly know the situation is way better than it was in previous years, when the only fall test dates were in November and December!! The December test was virtually useless, so everyone had to take their test in November and while the scores were received by all the schools just barely in time for the applications, students did not get their scores in time to help them decide where to apply.
I was so thankful that they changed the dates the year I applied. I had the peace of mind that if I couldn't function during the October test or felt I bombed it, I could retake it in November. I was also able to blow off my fall semester classes until I took the test on 10/6, and catch up on them afterward. I couldn't have blown them off for two whole months if I had to take it in November. I also got my scores by phone more than a month before apps were due, which was so helpful! If I couldn't hear my score until December like the students from 2007 and before, I would've probably applied to 10 or so schools. But thanks to the new October test date, I heard it on November 3rd, and I crossed all the safety schools off my list