Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Students planning to enter graduate school after receiving a baccalaureate degree normally are expected to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The computer-based revised General Test is administered in a secure environment on a continuous basis in ETS-authorized test centers.

Preparing for the Physics Subject GRE Test

The Ohio State University Society of Physics Students in conjunction with the OSU Office of Undergraduate Studies have put together a FREE GRE preparation course. The idea is to provide materials and course structure that will help students prepare for the Physics Subject GRE Test. The OSU Undergraduate Physics page is the primary source for materials, schedules, and links to solutions. Additional useful information may be found at the GRE Guide Physics page.

How Physics Majors Perform on the GRE revised General Test

Results of a recent study published online show that, as a group, physics and astronomy majors outperform essentially all other majors on the GRE revised General Test!

MAJOR AREA OF STUDY

MEAN COMBINED VERBAL AND QUANTITATIVE GRE SCORES (2011-2013)

Physics and Astronomy 317
Mathematical Sciences 316
Economics 313
Philosophy 313
Chemistry 310
Engineering 310
Political Science 307
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 306
Computer and Information Sciences 306
English Language and Literature 306
Anthropology and Archaeology 305
Foreign Languages and Literatures 305
History 304
Architecture and Environmental Design 304
Accounting 301
Psychology 301
Business Admin. and Management 300
Sociology 300
Communications 299
Education 299