mobytish wrote:Have you taken the general GRE yet?
I have not taken the General GRE exam yet. How hard is this exam compared to the Physics GRE? Does it require as much studying?
I haven't contacted any schools or nothing yet, but I looked into UW Madison and UW Milwaukee and noticed that the deadlines for applications and GRE stuff are sometime between now and the next few months (before April). I just assumed it was too late and I would try shooting for the next set of deadlines.
The problem is Fall of 2011 is quite a long time to wait, especially given the fact that I should have my plan down solid by the time April comes around (probably earlier) and I get my scores.
The general GRE consists of 3 sections, quantitative, verbal, and analytical writing. They're relatively easy. You should consider picking up a prep book and going through some practice stuff.
If you haven't taken the physics GRE, you cannot apply for UW-Madison. I also believe Madison does not take spring students. It might not be the best lace for you to apply. UW-Milwaukee sort of requires the physics GRE. In some places they indicate it's required; in other places they indicate it's not required. UW-Milwaukee does take spring students I believe. You may want to double check what I've just said (I'm an applicant to both of those schools, so I tried to recall of the top of my head what I read on their websites).
If you want to go in fall 2010, you need to sign up for the general GRE almost immediately. I think the absolute latest deadline I've ever seen for a school is March 1 (that was Arizona State University last year). There are a fair number of schools with a February 15th deadline (UW-Milwaukee is one I believe) or Feb 1st as their deadline. If you took the regular GRE in the next 2 weeks, you could probably get applications for Jan 1 or maybe even Jan 15 in on time. Your GRE scores would be late, but that would probably be okay. When you finish taking the general GRE, it will give you an unofficial score on quantitative and verbal. You can unofficially report those to schools while they wait for your official scores.
You do have a couple options at this point:
1) Try to get general GRE done soon. Apply to programs that don't require the physics GRE for fall 2010.
2) Take the physics GRE in April, get regular GRE done at some point as well. Apply to programs that accept spring students for spring 2011.
3) Take physics GRE and regular GRE in the next year. Force yourself to be patient and apply for fall 2011.
You might have some other options; I don't know. Some schools might have summer terms you could enter or something.