A preliminary exam on undergraduate level physics must be passed. All graduate students will take this exam as a placement exam prior to the first semester of study. Depending on the outcome, the graduate committee may recommend or require the student to take selected 800-level courses before the corresponding 900-level courses.

The exam is offered twice a year before the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Students may take it up to three times and must pass before beginning their second academic year.

The exams below are presented as PDFs. If you need special accomodations, please contact the graduate secretary at pagrad@unl.edu or call (402) 472-2770. 

August 2011

May 2012

Part 1
Part 2
Test with Solutions
Part 1
Part 2
Test with Solutions
 

August 2012

May 2013

Part 1
Part 2
Test with Solutions

Part 1
Part 2
Test with Solutions

August 2013

Part 1
Part 1 with Solutions
Part 2
Part 2 wih Solutions