MIT Undergraduate Women in Physics

Preparing for the GRE


The physics GRE is a standardized physics test that covers the material of most of the undergraduate physics courses you take at MIT. It is a test designed to help graduate school admission committees and fellowship sponsors assess your understanding of the field. Thus, you will be required to submit physics GRE scores in most grad school and fellowship applications. Your raw score is the number of questions you answered correctly minus one-fourth of the number you answered incorrectly. Then, your raw score is converted to a scaled score ranging from 200 to 990. The conversion between the raw score and scaled score depends on the difficulty of the administered test.

The Physics GRE official website has information about the format of the GRE, as well as a breakdown of the topics.

Tips from MIT grad students

Here are some tips given by graduate students in the physics department on how to prepare for the physics GRE: