I’m not going to grad school next year, but I am taking the GRE’s in physics this saturday. Few things I’m doing to prepare for it: sleeping < 3 hours last night to drastically shift my sleep schedule into alignment with the 8:30am start time of the exam. And, of course, relearning all the physics I learned freshman/sophomore year, starting a week ago. From what I hear, MIT students tend not to do as well on the exam as they should, considering their preparation. The physics GRE tests very shallow knowledge of a broad range of topics, it will be unlike any test you’ve taken at MIT (well, maybe those tricky PRS questions you get in TEAL). I know math is the same way. Don’t know about other subject tests. Anyways, since I’ve got plenty of time before I actually need to use this score, doing well on these GREs is more a matter of pride than anything else. Well, no not exactly, GREs cost $$$ and are a real pain in the neck, it’d be nice to call it quits after this.
In any case, last night, I picked a classroom in building 66, parked my butt down for 3 hours and took a full length exam. I got up to leave at about 3am, gathered my stuff, pretty tired and confused, turned around and saw this:
(Someone’s conclusion at the end of a lengthy economic analysis.)
…and everything was illuminated.