Things you need to know before you retake the GRE!
If you are looking to retake the GRE (you either felt the score didn’t reflect your potential or you screwed up for whatever reason), here are a few things that will help you plan and approach your next GRE attempt better.
Booking your retake
The GRE can be taken every 21 days. You could take the GRE a maximum of 5 times within a 12-month period. We’re not suggesting that you should do this though!
While taking the test twice will not have any negative consequence on your admission chances, becoming a serial test-taker will!
Make sure you realize the reasons behind your botched attempt; evaluate the areas that you require improvement in. Plan your date to retake the test giving yourself enough time to improve on these areas. Typically, a time frame of 1 to 3 months is realistic.
Identifying Areas that need Improvement
So you took the test the first time and your scores were disappointing. Although the score report doesn’t really help with giving you specific perspectives on areas of improvement, ETS does provide a nifty tool: The GRE diagnostic service that does exactly this.
It shows you your performance on each question type and helps you evaluate your areas of weakness. This subsequently will help you plan an effective study plan and also schedule a test date realistically.
The Score Select Option
This is an option that lets students select the scores they want to send the universities of their choice. This is great if you’ve attempted the GRE multiple times and want to send a score that best represents your performance or the performance that a university is looking for.
Right after the test has been taken, a student can decide to either send ALL scores or the latest scores to a maximum of 4 universities (for free). A student can also decide not to send the scores to the universities (Scores can be sent at a later date for a fee).
The Score Select option therefore gives a student flexibility with respect to choosing the most pertinent set of scores to be sent to a university. For instance if a particular university requires a high quant score – you might want to report the test score with the highest quant score.
Visit the official GRE Score Select Option page to get a better perspective.
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