The GREs is probably one of the most difficult parts of the entire graduate application process.
The General exam:
- Most schools don’t put a huge emphasis on this part of the exam but it’s no excuse to do poorly! If you’re applying to big-name schools, they will use it as an indicator any problems.
- Do a practice exam, see how well you do and decide if you need to study more.
By FAR the more difficult exam is the Physics GRE, it is fast and really tests your ability to solve problems in a timely fashion, which means there is a lot of memorization involved. They are usually offered in April, September, and October.
The official ETS website for the Physics GRE
- Study EARLY!
- Some students event take the April exam their Junior year as preparation.
- Past exams: When studying for past exams, try also doing them in a “test environment” where you are timed and under pressure. It’s much harder but well worth it!
- Prep Books (there are mixed reviews on their helpfulness)
- Flashcards, a huge part of the test is speed, so flash cards are big help:
- Case Western
- Make your own
- Websites for more resources