I'm sorry this is long, it's been wearing me down for a while and just helped to get everything out and unfortunatly I have no friends who went on to physics grad school other than continuing right at the same place as our undergrad where the application was just a formality....
I am taking the Nov 8th exam... while I haven't done any serious review (thanks to juggling what appears to be the QM class from hell with everything else I need to graduate in December!) a course of mine this semester wound up being what I imaging to be basically the same "touching up most every topic of physics you learned until now" studying most people do so I haven't felt too deprived.
However, I am always one to get overly stressed over tests, especially standardized tests when there's so much up in the air that I have no other way to be evaluated. I get very nervous easily, and I have been sick lately due to sinus migraines with the season changes. I did ok enough on the General GRE but even that make me so torn up inside that I know I didn't score as well on the math as I really should have otherwise (740Q). Hell, just typing this out makes me feel like I'm going to vomit from the stress
I'm in a bit of an interested situation, as I am applying for January admission - so it's already a crapshoot if there's going to be any slots then - at Rutgers (my physics department is joint with one of their campuses, and there is some overlap with faculty and such) which is the only realistic grad school option as I am limited by my fiance's job and cannot leave the area. I think that other than PGRE I have more than what it takes to get in.
The worst (?) of it is, some of my professors think I'm an absolute shoo-in for this school based on my GPA (3.85ish physics) being active in extracurricular physics things/summer REU, aiming for experimental/future teacher and being an underrepresented minority (though I'm not sure they'll say that last one aloud....
) and that they'll see my application and "make" a slot appear for me somehow. Don't know if that works in real life, alas.
I just don't think I'll do very well on the exam, maybe 500-600ish range tops given how likely it is I'll just break down from the stress or be ill that day, and *I* know it's not a reflection of how much I learned in the past 4 years. I just don't know how to convince them I'm not as dumb as this exam will say, or I'm the textbook case where the scores really don't matter as much as a solid GPA/good recommendations/etc. I'm tempted to try and schedule an interview after the 8th so I can be more than just some words and numbers on a piece of paper, but beyond that I'm not sure.
Thanks for reading the wall of text, guys.