GRE Resources

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a test administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS). If you are applying for graduate school in physics, you will need to take the general GRE as well as the physics subject test. (And you thought you were done with the SATs… well, here they are again with a different name!) We have two different kinds of GRE preparation material for the physics subject test. The first kind comes directly from ETS:

ETS GRE Material:


Our own John Tamanas combined the 1986-2001 exams into this python game available here.


There are detailed solutions to each of these tests (except the 2008 test) available at GREphysics.net. Sometimes the answers are not correct, so use your judgement! Solutions for the 2008 test can be found here.

Case Western Reserve University has published a great set of Physics GRE flashcards. You can get them for free here.

We also have a set of guides made by an old SPS President (Javier D. Sanchez-Yamagishi):

GRE Study Guides:

Last, but not least, there are guides available at other Physics department/SPS websites. Here are a few that I found:

  1. MIT SPS
  2. Harvard SPS
  3. OSU Physics Department