I recently got my results for the April Physics GRE. I scored 850 (77%), which (as an international male currently doing a masters) I feel is not good enough for the schools I want.
So right now my chances are,
- Improve all of my other stats (which I'll do anyway)
- Aim lower (which I won't because I'm stubborn)
- Aim different (lots of people tell me to go to Europe instead, but I'm really stubborn!)
- Retake the Physics GRE in October and try to get a better score
I read "Conquering" start to finish, did all the end of the chapter problems, did all practice exams in the book and the released 2001-2008 and 2017 tests in real-test conditions on weekends, during a systematic plan 12 weeks long. I did flashcards with anki and studied every single day. Near the end, when I realized I was plateauing around 800 I also started doing older released tests during the week and heavily reviewing and redoing all practice tests.
So where did I fail? Time and accuracy. When I tried to answer fast, I fell into obvious traps/made algebra errors. When I tried to be accurate I ran out of time...
Let's say I chose to retake the test in October. What should my plan be? Should I retake the same practice exams? I know them by heart almost, it would be ridiculous. Should I change the numbers around? invent my own practice tests? how do I even do that... I'm getting kind of desperate here, someone must have been in a similar situation before, right?
Anyway, thanks for reading and see you on the 2020 thread! there's still plenty of time, go go go go!