Taking GRE as High Schooler

<p>Do you think it'd make sense? I think I can get about two-thirds of the questions right.</p>

<p>The GRE is a hoop you pass through to get to grad school. Don't give them any more money than you need to!</p>

<p>Well, is it the first two-thirds you get right, or the last two-thirds? It makes a very big difference on an adaptive test like the GRE.</p>

<p>No it wouldn't make sense to take the GRE in high school. Most grad programs I have looked at (in physics) seem to want the test taken within 2-3 of application to grad school. Sure the scores are valid for 5 years as said by ETS, but the universities may have a preference for more recent scores. If you take longer than 4 years for undergrad for whatever reason than your scores wouldn't be valid, if you waited a year after undergrad, they wouldn't be valid. Why risk it?</p>

<p>Secondly, I think it might be a more reasonable question to ask why take it now? You haven't done undergrad, you don't really know for sure if you will go into grad school, and you're just throwing down $140 or whatever it is for the heck of it, almost for practice (again, looking at the 5 year thing). </p>

<p>Just wait. If you have a good reason to take it now (apart from your thinking that you will get 2/3 of it right, and by that logic you should only do better later, shouldn't you? More English classes, etc) then feel free to list them, but I can't think of any.</p>

<p>Of course you can get 2/3 of the questions right -- it's not very different from the SAT, and it's not a particularly difficult test.</p>

<p>There's no reason to take the GRE as a high school student. It's not used for college admissions, and a high GRE score would not be any more impressive than a high SAT score for college admissions.</p>

<p>If you're planning on going to grad school, two thirds is not a very good prospect. Its an easy test. Practice for it and give it once you're almost through with your under-grad studies. Plus, snowcapk is right, On the adaptive test, i makes all the difference which questions you get right.</p>

<p>Also, every grad program evaluates the score differently. If you're going into, say, languages, the grad school will pay special attention to your verbal score and not so much to your math score. If you're an international student, then again your writing and verbal scores will be looked at closely. Only time will tell what you want to graduate in; its better not to give it now. There's no point.</p>

<p>What's the point behind taking the GRE now?? You should be practicing for your SATs and/or ACT exams. Plus, it's definitely not something I would "choose" to do. It's expensive, time consuming, and stressful. Why put yourself through that for nothing?</p>

<p>Just to offer an opposing point of view:</p>

<p>It's not a wacky idea at all. The preparation for the SATs and the GRE is similar. If you do really well on the SATs, you should do really well on the GRE also. Why wait five or so years and have to take another prep course to re-learn all that math?</p>

<p>Why not? Because it costs $170! and while many say they will go on to graduate school before they even attend their undergrad freshman orientation, many will not follow through. just wait... no harm in doing that.</p>

<p>^And don't forget that it's not just the cost of the test, it's also the cost of sending the scores to schools ($15/school) -- if you're not going to apply for at least 4-5 years, you can't know which programs you're going to send scores to, and you'll have to re-send your scores when and if you actually do apply (rather than using the free score-sending that you'd use if you were taking the GRE in the year you were applying).</p>

<p>If you do really well on the SAT, you should do really well on the GRE without a prep course. And if your scores are decent, there's no need for a prep course anyway -- the GRE is less important than other aspects of a typical graduate school application, as long as it's above some threshold.</p>

<p>I'm not talking about the GRE in general. I'm referring to the Chemistry GRE...</p>

<p>EDIT: In reference to SATs I've finished them already last year. Lol.</p>

<p>If you are an overachieving student who is always trying to be 1-up on your classmates (or as you might think of them, "competitors") there are much better ways to achieve this than by writing an easy exam before you're required to.</p>

<p>How do you know that you'll even need to take the chemistry GRE in the future?</p>

<p>You shouldn't validate yourself in this way. It's a waste of money if not used for its purpose and doesn't impart any new knowledge to you.</p>

<p>I don't think a high school student knows enough chemistry yet to take the Chemistry GRE and score as well as someone who has four years of college-level chemistry under his/her belt. Even if you did set the curve in AP chem, it's not enough to get you through.</p>

<p>Colleges will also question the timing -- why take a test so early if it's designed for outgoing college students?</p>

<p>I agree with most of the replies in this thread. I would like to add that the GRE (especially a field-specific GRE) is meant to assess a student's skills after having been at a university. Taking the GRE in high school might indeed be easier, because you have experienced other standardized tests, etc., but it would not be the most accurate assessment, based on the nature of the test. </p>

<p>Good luck, either way! :)</p>

<p>"Why wait five or so years and have to take another prep course to re-learn all that math?"</p>

<p>The GRE math is easier than the SAT. I mean, we're talking 7th to 9th grade math here, guys -- formula for area of a circle, knowing pi is ~3, what are prime numbers, etc.</p>

<p>I was talking about the field-specific GRE i.e. Chemistry GRE. Not the SAT-analogue... But thanks for the advice y'all, I won't take it.</p>