Happy holidays to everyone! I’ve been super busy doing absolutely nothing for the past few days to celebrate the completion of my first graduate school application! Three more to go!
So the other day during my happy little vacation, I was skimming our blog entries (such devotion!), and I noticed that we were lacking entries about our URL namesake — the new GRE! So let’s fix that. Here are five important things to think about when you ask yourself the question, “Should I take the new GRE or the current GRE?”
1. When do you have the most time to study?
This question is of particular importance to current students. When will you have the most time to prepare for the GRE? Probably during summer vacation. Ask yourself whether or not you’ll be able to spend an adequate amount of time studying for the GRE while juggling classes, homework, work, a social life, research, graduate school applications, and whatever else may eat up your schedule during the school year. I had considered taking the GRE during the school year, but I just couldn’t fit it into my schedule. For those of you who aren’t in school, the question still applies. Almost every job has a busy season of some sort. Don’t try to jam GRE preparation into a stressful time of the year. I know studying for the GRE during your downtime sounds like a real, well, downer, but just try to remember how important this is!
2. When do you need your score?
Do you need a score before November 2011? Then you really don’t have much of a choice — scores for the new GRE won’t begin coming out until after November of 2011. Even though administration of the new test begins in August of 2011, scores from August 2001 – September 2011 tests won’t be sent until after November. Scores are good for five years. Kind of a non-sequitur, but it needed to be said somewhere, right?