Preliminary Examination Examples

A preliminary exam on undergraduate-level physics must be passed in order to receive a graduate degree. 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: once before the beginning of the fall semester (August) and once after the spring semester ends (May). Students may take the exam up to three times and must pass before beginning their second academic year.

The exams below are presented as PDFs. If you are unable to access these files, please visit the Main Office in Jorgensen Hall 208, call 402-472-2770, or contact the graduate program associate at pagrad@unl.edu and we will provide the sample exam in the format that you need.

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Semester Examinations Solutions

August 2011

Part 1
Part 2
Test with Solutions

May 2012

Part 1
Part 2
Test with Solutions

August 2012

Part 1
Part 2
Test with Solutions

May 2013

Part 1
Part 2
Solutions Unavailable

August 2013

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

May 2014

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

August 2014

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

May 2015

Part 1
Part 2
Part 1 Solutions
Part 2 Solutions

August 2015

Part 1
Part 2
Part 1 Solutions
Part 2 Solutions

May 2016

Part 1
Part 2
Part 1 Solutions
Part 2 Solutions

August 2016

Part 1
Part 2
Part 1 Solutions
Part 2 Solutions

May 2017

Part 1
Part 2
Part 1 Solutions
Part 2 Solutions

August 2017

Part 1
Part 2
Part 1 Solutions
Part 2 Solutions