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Things to Keep in Mind for Selecting GRE Exam Dates

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Is your mind reeling at the thought of preparing and most of all selecting an exam date? Fear not! You are in safe hands. We will guide you about how to select a date, and other things that you should keep in mind while you are at it.

Things to be kept in mind while you select an exam date

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  1. Decide when you want to join a graduate school – fall semester or spring semester and the year of joining.
  2. Check if you have selected a school and course along with a few back up schools and courses
    • a. Begin researching for the schools and courses right away; it will save you few shocks in terms of score requirement, under graduation grade requirement, etc.
  3. Calculate the time you have, to join the school.
  4. Select a  date for GRE.
    • a. Check if you have sufficient time to report your score to the school within the given timeframe.
      • i. Remember there are different last dates for applications for international students and domestic students
      • ii. If you are trying to avail scholarship or financial aid, check for the relevant last score reporting and application submission date in the school.
  5. Check if you have sufficient time to prepare for the test
    • a. If you have less than a month’s time, it is crucial to rethink if you want to take up the exam and you are confident that you will score well with limited preparation time.
      • i. If your answer is “No” for at least one of the two mentioned questions above, you SHOULD change your exam date. Otherwise, it is just a waste of money and time.
      • ii. Most of all, if you still attempt the exam, your score, if not cancelled, will be registered in your database for the next five years. Any time in the five years, you want to send your scores to the school, the poorly attempted score will also be sent and it might not create a positive impression with the school administration if your scores are a series of ups and downs.
  6. Check if you have consistent grades in your under graduation.
    • a. Many schools do not consider your test score even if it may be very good, if your under graduation grades are very low or inconsistent.
    • b. If you still have enough time, concentrate equally on the under graduation exams as well.
  7. If you have selected an exam date, check where you want to attempt the test.
    • a. Some students prefer attempting the test at a test centre that is closer in proximity to their residence.
      • If you are a student who wants to attempt the test at closest proximity to your residence, you must register for the test as soon as you have decided you want to take up the test. The test centres have limited seating capacity and if you delay, you may have to pick a test centre that is far from your home.
    • b. Some students want to take this opportunity to visit places around the world.
      • i. If you are a student who wants to take up the test at an international location, you should consider registering sooner too.
      • ii. At the time of registering, you have to process for your passport and visa and any other documents that are required for the country in which you want to take up the test.
      • iii.Also consider registering sooner for the same reason that the test centres have limited seating capacity.
  8. When you have selected a test centre and the exam dates, along with 2 – 3 back up test centres, it is now time for registering for the test.
  9. Check if you have the necessary primary identification card to register in the particular country.
    • a. Registrations in some countries mandate you to hold a passport as the primary identification card even if you are a citizen of that country.
    • b. If your primary identification card is not written in English letters, you must present a supplementary identification card.
    • c. Your name and other important details used for registering for the test must match the primary identification card. There are no exceptions.
    • d. You cannot use your nick name for registration.
  10. Picking the exam dates is not sufficient; there is more to it – registering for the test. Think twice before you register for the test, if necessary, think a hundred times before you register.
    • a. Although there are cancellations and rescheduling allowed, they may cost you more bucks.
    • b. You must cancel or reschedule not later than three full days before your exam date. This excludes your actual exam date and the registration date.
    • c. If you cancel your test before the above mentioned date, you only get a refund of half the original test fee.
    • d. If you reschedule, you incur a reschedule fee of US $50.
    • e. If you wish to change your test centre, you incur a fee of US $50.
      • i. You cannot reschedule between sites served by different Regional Registration Centres.
      • ii. If you are attempting a paper based test, you can report to the preferred test centre on the test day, and if the centre can accommodate you, there is no additional charge.
      • iii.The test centre changes cannot be always guaranteed due to limited seating capacity.
    • f. You can only attempt the GRE general test only once every 60 days, and no more than five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period.
      • i.If you cancel the test, it is still included in the count – that is, you cannot take the test immediately or any time before 60 days or if you have already attempted the test four times before cancellation, and if you cancel the test, you cannot take the test in the 12 month period.
      • ii.If you only take paper based test, you can attempt the test as often as it is offered.
  11. Check your GRE admission ticket when you receive it.
    • a. Check if the right exam date and the test centre are provided on the ticket.
    • b. No name transfers are allowed.
    • c. Only spelling mistakes in the name and other important information printed on the admission ticket can be changed.
      • i. If there are any mistakes in the spelling, contact the GRE services through mail of fax and send the document for correction immediately.
      • ii. If your name does not match the primary identification card, you will not be allowed to take up the test.
  12. After you have decided to take up the test on the required exam date, there is no going back (if you do not consider cancellations and rescheduling, of course!). You should now get rigorous in your preparation.

Things are not as complicated as it appears, and if you put your best foot forward, there is always light ahead!

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