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Is my profile/physics GRE strong?

Posted: Mon May 06, 2019 6:29 pm
by thisisphysics

Re: Is my profile/physics GRE strong?

Posted: Mon May 06, 2019 10:38 pm
by jabennett2194
What kind of research have you done? In the field you plan to pursue? Any publications/ talks/ posters?

How many out of the park/amazing letters of rec will you have? From well-known people in the field you're applying for?

I think your GPA (given it is at an ivy) is acceptable, hopefully it will raise with your grades coming out at the end of this semster, and then again after the fall semester (some schools with a 12/15 deadline allow you to resubmit your fall grades after the deadline).

Why are you not taking the pGRE in Septemeber or better yet October? For example, I took it in April Junior year... I got a 3rd percentile.... (btw some schools ask for your unofficial score report card, MIT and British Columbia are the two I experienced, just FYI) then took it Sept Senior year, 41tst percentile, and then in Oct I got 750 for a 59th percentile. If you got a 780 a a junior, you are absolutely capable of plus 85th percentile if you go ham and study over the summer and take both the fall pGREs[/list]

Re: Is my profile/physics GRE strong?

Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 1:33 am
by thisisphysics

Re: Is my profile/physics GRE strong?

Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 7:03 pm
by jabennett2194
I actually never knew about undergraduate journals, thank you for pointing these out to me. Do you have any publications in Physical Review A or Physical Review Articles via the work you did with your PIs?

I do not think your GPA is an impediment at all. Given that it is at an Ivy, I think anything over 3.5 is very impressive. This is just my opinion though, I'm not sure. I just think, your 3.7 GPA at an Ivy will look much better than my 3.9 from a small high admission rate liberal arts college.

Yes absolutely, your summer PI will make a great letter. My adviser over my junior year REU was pivotal in my success. This will be especially true if your adviser is well-known in a field you intend to pursue in grad school.

No question, you should retake it. Take your time over the summer to expand your comfort level with a variety of topics. What worked the best for me was, after studying all summer following the study plan I link below, was learning the 2008 and 2017 back exams to a tee, i.e. memorizing every aspect of the problems.

Study plan I will be following (includes old pGRE tests): ... est-gr8677

The "essential text" although I hate it: ... TS3MQ8H7WW

Go-to intro text for literally everything (free online pdf):
google "halliday and resnick fundamentals of physics pdf"

A supplementary text I love: ... wry+kirkby

Article/website with good info:

After you have gotten through all the practice tests, use this to study specific areas (I say after because these problems are from old tests):

Email this person(s) at Case Western Reserve for free online flashcards:

Re: Is my profile/physics GRE strong?

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 9:22 pm
by thisisphysics
Thank you so much! These resources will be helpful.