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Things you need to know before you retake the GRE

Posted on October 27, 2017


If you are looking at retaking the GRE because you either feel that the score doesn’t reflect your potential, or you messed up on your test for some reason, there are a few things you should take care of. Here are a few points to help you plan and approach your next GRE attempt better.


Booking your retake


The GRE can be taken every 21 days. You can take the GRE a maximum of five times in a 12-month period. We’re not suggesting that you should do this, though!

While taking the test twice will not have any negative impact on your chances for admission, becoming a serial test-taker will!


Make sure that you realize the reasons behind your botched attempt; analyse and list out the areas in which you require improvement. Plan your retake test date after considering the time you need to improve on these areas. Typically, a time frame of one to three 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 for improvement, ETS does provide a nifty tool: The GRE diagnostic service that does exactly this.


This tool shows you your performance on each question type and helps you evaluate your areas of weakness. This diagnosis will help you plan an effective study plan, and schedule a test date, realistically.


The Score Select Option

This option enables students to select the scores they want to send to the universities of their choice. This option is great if you’ve attempted the GRE multiple times and want to send a score that best represents your performance, or will fulfil the performance requirement that a university is looking for.
Right after the test has been taken, a student can decide to send either ALL scores or the latest scores to a maximum of four 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 example, if a 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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