To reiterate, I was suggesting that some other schools, like liberal/state schools, had courses of some sort designed to give students in intro to topics I listed earler-i have seen numerous of these schools that did while mine did not, for whatever reason. And I know every student has to teach themselves something for the gre-after all, if you're a 4th year student like me, of course there's no way to have had all the necessary background in physics courses. I had no prep at all, whatsoever, for instance, in thermodynamics, for instance, on top of not having prep in solid state, optics, particle/nuclear physics and other things. And has been said ad naseum, the gre does not test genuine knowledge of these topics, only basics, especially in regards to quantum mechanics. So yes, I also know the vast majority of sutdents don't know squat, so to speak, about these topics behind the introduction to it, but that may have been all they needed whereas I didn't have it and not giving myself enough prep was a mistake. It seemed that lesser known schools would not necessarily devote their cirriculum to the physics gr, but structure it so that students who want to go to grad school, as I would be from my school, have a better chance of acing it if they stay focused and perform well in their courses, because they know students from their school, even if to of their class, would critically need good gre scores to be comptetitive, since that is the only evidence they could use to show their worth.
Also to reiterate, my current concerns in many ways do revolve around finding out what happened behind my bad gre physics score. At the moment, I can't tell, and I don't know a lot of things I need to know. Was it a matter of forum members here were able to prepare for the physcis gre , including teaching themselves any material they had not even really recieved an introduction to, with in only one or two months of total prep whereas I couldn't even do that with prep starting in August? If yes, that may or may not imply I am so inept in physics and maybe other sciences as well, next to forum members here, that in fact I have been in the wrong field if I am looking for a place to make myself a strong grad student ready to contribute new ideas. It may mean that I am one of those types who needed, and currently, needs five years to be as prepared in physics as possible, since I was not able to spend a year or so in preparation as other four year students I know were. I know that five years of preparation in physics vs four makes a big difference at least for some people. If none of those things are true, it may go all the way back my being bad at taking certian kinds of tests, esp ETS ones. There of course could be numerous explanations to why my score os among the absolute worse of members on this physics forum. In any case, the bottom line is I feel my priorites have to be completely evaluated, and things I feel I spend 4 years trying to do may in fact be things I should not have been dedicating myself to