gliese876d wrote:Has anyone else heard that the difficulty levels of the physics gre go on a 3 year cycle so that every three years is a hard exam?
Helio wrote:he says that they are making the tests easier, whatever that might mean.
Helio wrote:I think anybody will agree with you that three tests dates and the time of those tests is utterly ridiculous. one of things that makes ETS so extremely popular.
quizivex wrote:Yeah who knows what that means... easier problems? or more generous score scaling? lol. I had similar concerns of the difficulty of the tests and scaling etc... Nobody I knew was taking it in October, and nor did most users on the forum, so I thought maybe only the strongest and most prepared students would try taking it in October, and that I'd therefore get a lower score than if I took it in November. Haha talk about being paranoid. But someone here pointed out that ETS's info packet says they use mysterious "statistical methods" to make sure your scaled score is determined entirely by your performance on the test, not on the difficulty of your particular version, or the sample of students who took it the day you did.
So I have two words of advice... firstly, try not to worry about the test difficulty because it is the same for everyone... and secondly, make sure you are strategically prepared for both an easy and a hard test... meaning that you'd be able to skip problems judiciously in a hard test so that you could get to problem 100, and that you double check your computations in an easy test.
Don't feel bad about your QM exam. I'm sorta in the same boat, as in my QM midterm was originally scheduled for Oct 20, two days after the GRE! I somehow managed to convince the prof to delay it til that wednesday, the 22nd. But still, it's going to be hard to prepare for it being so close to the GRE. I have been pushing classes to the backburner while I prepare for the GRE, but that basically means I'll have to do last-minute cramming for my QM midterm after the GRE's done, so I'm not thinking I'll do that spectacularly on the QM exam. As for the GRE, I've been taking the practice exams available on the OSU site, and then going over the solutions afterwards on GREPhysics.net, plus memorizing a bunch of stuff on flashcards, still I feel it's not enough... But I guess all I can do is my best... I think the worst part will be the not-knowing my score until a month and a half later! I wish they would just take your answer sheet and give you the option to wait a few minutes while they run it through a scantron on the spot, and give you a "preliminary" or "unofficial" score, so you'd at least know what ballpark you're in...
gliese876d wrote:well quizivex also said he took the GRE on Oct 6, so that's 2 weeks before it's scheduled this year. Thus it would make sense if he got his scores two weeks before we'll get ours. Here's the dates for this year according to the OSU site: http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/undergrad/ugs_gre.php
It's too bad they didn't have a date for early October this year, because then I'm wagering it would have interfered less with midterm time for everyone. But I didn't want to wait til the November date because then you don't know your score til mid December, and at that point, considering most institutions have a Jan or Feb deadline for applying, you have to take whatever score you get, I suppose. Of course now that I'm looking at those dates again, it seems that even for the October date you still are stuck with what you get, because the deadline to register for the November date is already past (unless they make exceptions if you're retaking it?). In any case, I wanted to know how I did well in advance of sending in applications so that I could decide which schools I'd be more likely to have a good shot of getting into; thus the October date in the middle of midterm season...
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