Week 1: Practice Test GR8677


The official 1986 GRE Physics exam is posted below to download.  Find a quiet spot to take the exam in a realistic exam setting.  You will need 3 hours.  Do not use a calculator on the exam.  The last two pages has the answers and score sheet; it is recommended that you remove these before you take the practice test to avoid looking at them during the practice.

Once you have taken the practice test and know what your score is, evaluate by asking yourself the following questions:
What score would I like to get on the exam?  How many points do I need to increase by?
How many questions did I answer overall?  What percentage of these were incorrect?
Of the incorrect answers, how many did I guess on versus having an educated guess?
What topics stood out as areas you need to improve on?


You can spend the rest of this week working through the problems you got wrong.  A solutions guide to the test can be found here: http://grephysics.yosunism.com/ans/all-solutions_list.php

A list of the most "popular" incorrect answers is here (feel free to add yours to the list): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AnE4Mer3NcZmdG9rd3dXTkNhTFZ4cG8zOXdrX2twM3c

A PDF of the solutions (from the same website) is also found below.
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Sarah Garner,
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Sarah Garner,
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