Qwaps wrote:It would be a bad idea to take the actual PGRE before doing the 5 practice exams. It wouldn't bet THAT bad to do one or two of the existing 5 practice exams before delving into more advanced topics.
I don't know if it's possible to put an estimate on it, but I basically want to know what kind of score I could get assuming I am totally dominate at the level I mentioned, but am clueless about Taylor, Griffiths, etc. Of course I plan to study those topics, but I'm trying to gauge what kind of test this is going to be.
Well if you have the time and the money to take the PGRE just for fun, then sure it wouldn't be a "bad" idea to take the test before studying Taylor, Griffiths etc. and then take it again after you study that material and see what the difference is.
It would be hard for us to answer the question of whether or not it's a "good" or "bad" idea because if you are just taking the test for fun then a bad score has no consequences.
Note that the PGRE is only offered 3 times per year (once in Sept, Oct and April), respectively. This means that you will have to wait 3 months for the next test. One plan you might have is to study the basic material between now and Sept/Oct, take the PGRE then, and then study the advanced materials and retake in April.
If that timing doesn't work or if you don't want to pay for the PGRE twice, then I recommend studying the basic material and then taking the 2008 Practice test whenever you want. It's very similar to the real thing and you can completely simulate the test if you print out the scoring bubble sheet and time yourself. Then, you can study the advanced material and pay for and take the PGRE at the next offered time.