themast3r wrote:Hello, I am a newly registered user to this forum but have been lurking as a guest for quite sometime. I came to this site to learn how to prepare for the PGRE from the people who performed well on it. Over the past couple of weeks I slowly read every thread in this 'Physics GRE Forum' part of the website. After reading through all of the topics I've come up with a general plan of attack for preparing for the PGRE and would like some final advice on my strategy.
1. Read an entire undergraduate textbook and answer all of the questions. I will take notes on key concepts for review later.
-The point that the PGRE contains mostly questions from the first two years of undergraduate study has been echoed many times on this forum. The book I am most likely going to use is 'Physics' by Halliday Resnick and Krane. I know many recommend 'Fundamentals of Physics' by Halliday Resnick and Walker but is there a big difference between the two? I heard that one of the books is more in depth than the other but since I only own 'Physics' I cannot analyze the validity of that comment.
2. Review my upperlevel physics coursework.
- I will go through my notes/books/problems from my upper level coursework in Mechanics, Modern, E&M, Quantum Mechanics, Thermo, and Solid State physics.
3. I will then take a practice test. After taking the test I will review areas where I was weak and had difficulty. After this I will take the remaining 3 practice tests under timed conditions. After each test I will again review my weak areas.
That is my very general three step plan. I have no time-outline other the the boundary times of starting next week and ending in October.
Well that's it, thank you to all who post on this forum for your great advice and first hand accounts of the PGRE and grad-school admission process. Any advice on my preparation path would be great!
siddmn4u1 wrote:I have not taken any UG courses in Physics.
siddmn4u1 wrote:I am also planning to take the test in October 2009, and I am unsure of the date, on which I need to register. I feel that the dates for October PGRE has not been fixed by ETS.
As soon as the test dates are out, I shall register for it, or else, I may not get the appropriate date for the test.
I am from Instrumentation backgrond (3rd year, B.Tech), and have not taken any UG courses in Physics. I am planning to start by April end, as starting now may dwindle my performance in my end semester exams.
I am looking for suggestions from you all, if you can share with me.
themast3r wrote:3. I will then take a practice test. After taking the test I will review areas where I was weak and had difficulty. After this I will take the remaining 3 practice tests under timed conditions. After each test I will again review my weak areas.
ceyhanb wrote:I found only 1 practice test on the ETS site. Where did you find the other 3???
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