Just wanted to bring to your attention that the UC Irvine Physics & Astronomy department has recently voted to exclude the use of the Physics GRE score in its admissions process. We are the first Physics PhD program to do so. We will still seek to recruit excellent graduate students by considering a student’s complete application, this includes their recommendation letters, personal statements, CV and coursework.
Please note that submission of a physics GRE score is still required for the official application (our vote did not come in time to change this year’s online application), but it will not be factored in by the internal admissions committee. More details can be found on our application page
Speaking now as just one faculty member’s opinion, I feel this change is important and reflects a growing impression that the physics GRE is not a great predictor of success in physics graduate school, especially when trying to recruit from diverse backgrounds.