The test attempts to determine the extent of the examinees' understanding of fundamental principles of physics and their ability to apply them in problem solution.
The scope of the test is largely that of the first three years of a standard United States undergraduate physics curriculum.
MAJOR CONTENT TOPICS  Percentage 
1. Classical mechanics

20% 
2. Electromagnetism

18% 
3. Optics and wave phenomena

9% 
4. Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics

10% 
5. Quantum mechanics

12% 
6. Atomic physics

10% 
7. Special relativity

6% 
8. Laboratory methods

6% 
9. Specialized topics

Also:
Mathematical methods and their applications in physics
Range of Raw Scores Needed to Earn Selected Scaled Scores on Three Physics Test Editions That Differ in Difficulty 

Scaled Score  Raw Scores  
Form A  Form B  Form C  
900  75  71  6061 
800  61  57  45 
700  47  4344  33 
600  3334  2930  22 
Number of Questions Used to Compute Raw Score  
100  100  98 