Sept 17 Test

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danielfaraday
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Sept 17 Test

Postby danielfaraday » Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:48 pm

It's lit!
Who's taking it?
Feel ready?

stronglycoupled
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Re: Sept 17 Test

Postby stronglycoupled » Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:35 pm

This guy. I'm going over some sections in Conquering, will go over their sample tests and write their third sample test for the first time. I still have the 2001 test to try but I've heard it's quite different from the recent ones. I really have no idea whatsoever what to expect, since it's my first time writing it. Hopefully my last time, as well. In case I don't feel too well about my performance, I'll register for the Oct 24th one. Best of luck to everyone taking this stupid test that is just bad physics.

milkywayguy
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Re: Sept 17 Test

Postby milkywayguy » Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:57 pm

Taking it for the first time this Saturday!
I've been preparing for the last few weeks using the infamous Conquering the PGRE text but I can't help but feel unprepared.
Best of luck to all those taking the PGRE this Saturday! May we all prevail :)

Qwaps
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Re: Sept 17 Test

Postby Qwaps » Tue Sep 13, 2016 12:34 am

Just a heads up, guys. Remember to sleep well the day before the test.

queenbee
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Re: Sept 17 Test

Postby queenbee » Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:45 am

I'm taking it. Feeling very nervous--I'm almost 8 years out from college and 2 months ago I couldn't even remember what an eigenvalue was. Worked through all of Conquering the Physics GRE, the 2001, 1996, and 2008 tests, and a huge pile of notecards. On the last practice test (2008) I got a 670. Not at all where I want to be (I was a 4.0 physics student), but we'll see how it goes. I signed up for the Sep because I wasn't sure where I would be living in Oct, but now that looks settled so I can take the Oct again if need be.

Biggest problem at this point seems to be time. Once I start working on a problem, it's hard for me to let it go and move on to the next, even if it ends up taking way too long to work out.

queenbee
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Re: Sept 17 Test

Postby queenbee » Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:28 pm

queenbee wrote:I'm taking it. Feeling very nervous--I'm almost 8 years out from college and 2 months ago I couldn't even remember what an eigenvalue was. Worked through all of Conquering the Physics GRE, the 2001, 1996, and 2008 tests, and a huge pile of notecards. On the last practice test (2008) I got a 670. Not at all where I want to be (I was a 4.0 physics student), but we'll see how it goes. I signed up for the Sep because I wasn't sure where I would be living in Oct, but now that looks settled so I can take the Oct again if need be.

Biggest problem at this point seems to be time. Once I start working on a problem, it's hard for me to let it go and move on to the next, even if it ends up taking way too long to work out.


Got my score today--820 (74%). Can't be upset with that, given my constraints. I won't be retaking, going to push forward with my applications. I got a 170/170 on the general so I think that should shore up my "she is passably decent, look at other things" angle.




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