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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 web page is the primary source for materials, schedules, and links to solutions. Additional useful information may be found at

How Physics Majors Perform on the GRE revised General Test

Results of a recent study published on-line 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
Mathematical Sciences 316
Philosophy 313
Chemistry 310
Engineering 310
Political Science
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Anthropology and Archaeology
Foreign Languages and Literatures
History 304
Architecture and Environmental Design
Accounting 301
Psychology 301
Business Admin. and Management 300
Sociology 300
Communications 299
Education 299

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