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Taking the GRE. - August 6th 2017, 12:03 AM

Hey guys,

So, I am one semester away from graduating with my Bachelor's Degree. From there, I don't think I am going to go to graduate school right away after all given the fact that I have gotten advice from people including professionals in my field that it is best to gain a little bit of experience first and be sure of the path I want to go down, since my field is very broad.

That being said, one of the grad schools I am looking at for when I do go back to grad school doesn't require the GRE. But, that college is only good if I go down one specific path of my major, health education. A lot of the schools I was looking at for things like environmental health or epidemiology do require that I take the GRE.

Do you think it's okay for me to wait to take the GRE until I know for sure when and where I'm going to grad school? Or should I just take it soon to get it out of the way?

For those who HAVE taken the GRE, how much prior to applying to a grad school should I take the GRE? I don't want to start applying for somewhere and then realize I can't continue because I don't have my scores.

I hear your scores are good for seven years and then you'd have to take it again, is that correct?

For whenever I do take the GRE, how should I prepare?


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Re: Taking the GRE. - August 6th 2017, 04:38 AM

I don't know if I can offer much but I had a few acquaintances who didn't take the GRE till they figured out what they wanted to get their Master's in and if they even wanted to go further and get their Master's. I think they did this because they wanted to take a break from school and just work and figure things out.

They ended up studying for the GRE by taking some of the classes that you can take online and in person but I've looked that option up and they are quite pricey.

I do think that a lot of people skip the classes and just study on their own. I know that the library has a lot of GRE prep books that you can check out. My library has a whole section for GRE, SAT, PSAT etc. It's likely that your public library will have something like that or you might be able to request it or find them online.

I know there are people on the site who have actually taken their GRE so they will be able to help you a lot more. I just picked up a few things from people in my life who have pursued a Master's.

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