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When should I take the GRE?

artist193artist193 Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
edited March 2012 in Graduate School
Hi, I am a freshman in college and am just thinking ahead about when I should take the GRE. I currently have 60 credits. I have been told that summer after junior year is a good time to take the GRE, but since I am ahead with my credits, I am not so sure what time is best. Any advice?
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Replies to: When should I take the GRE?

  • eg1eg1 Registered User Posts: 647 Member
    Forget about the GRE for now. Get research experience, form relationships with profs, get good grades.
  • eaglesfan90eaglesfan90 Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    I don't really think it matters as long as the scores get to schools in time. I took mine in late November, and that was cutting it a bit close, but it was fine. Of course, taking it late means you won't get to take it again, but you just have to make sure you're ready the first time. I think it's better that way actually because you can put all your energy into taking it that one time (and you'd only have to pay $160 once).
  • NovaLynnxNovaLynnx Registered User Posts: 1,406 Senior Member
    My school recommends the summer after junior year. That way your scores are in and you don't have to worry about studying for it during your last semester.

    If you're looking at doctorate programs, many application deadlines range from December 1 - February 1, so you don't want to take the GRE too late in your senior fall semester. Masters degree applications range from March 1 - June 1, so you'd have some extra time if you're considering those. This varies by subject of course, but I agree with the first response - worry about the GREs as you're going into your junior year. Right now you need to think about what else you can do to pad your application, such as internships, researching experiences, socializing with profs so you can get good recommendations. The GREs and GPA aren't the most important factors in your application. You want them to be good, but you also want to show off a lot more than that.

    Also keep in mind that GRE scores are only good for 5 years, then you have to retake them. So you don't want to take them too early, then decide to take some time off after undergraduate school before applying to grad school, and then have to retake them.
  • hesdjjimhesdjjim Registered User Posts: 561 Member
    I took the GRE the day before Fall Quarter of my Senior year.
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