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Choosing the right time to appear for GRE

by Deepa Mittal

Are you in final year of graduation and looking towards doing master's program from U.S University? Firstly you would be required to take GRE. To get more info on GRE, click here. Now, you must be wondering when should I appear for GRE. If you plan to study in U.S university you should begin the process 12 - 14 months in advance before the academic year in which you plan to enroll.




Though GRE can be given anytime of the year but the best time to write GRE is during August-October and apply for Fall(August/September) session. The academic year in the United States generally lasts nine months, from late August or early September until the middle or end of May, and it may be divided into two (Fall and Spring) or three,(Fall,Spring,Summer) academic terms depending on the institution. The student have the option to enroll for either Fall, Spring or Summer session. An optional summer term is often available and provides the opportunity to continue courses if the student wishes to accelerate the programme. However, it is always better to start the programme in the Fall(August/September) since the academic year starts in Fall. It is recommended to spend around 3 months to prepare for the exam and this is the perfect time to start preparing for GRE so that when you appear for the test in October, you are well prepared.
Here is your plan for admission into graduate school:

June 09

Research 10 to 15 universities
First, shorlist around 10-15 universities based on the requirements, location, course, ranking where you would like to study. Gather information pertaining to the GRE test and admissions procedure to each of the universities you are considering attending. Contact universities you shortlisted above to request application forms, financial aid forms or any other information you would like to have. Find out the possible sources of financial assistance.

July 09 - September 09

1. Register for the test date
2. Start preparing for GRE. Make a study plan and adhere to it.
3. Start giving mock tests 15 days before the test date.
4. Select four universities where you would like your scores to be sent on the test day.

October 09

Practice full length mock tests. Take GRE and TOEFL test.



October 09 - November 09

Start preparing SOP, letter of recommendation, academic transcripts and other documents to be send to the university. Create a shortlist of potential universities based on your test scores and send your prepared documents to each university you wish to apply to before the deadline.

March 09 - May 09

Notification of acceptance. Once you have received acceptance from the university send in your confirmation and apply for Visa.
It is better to apply for Fall semester unless there are some exceptional circumstances. Applying for Fall offers following benefits:

1. More chances of getting a financial aid. Most of the universities either offer very less financial aid or do not offer financial aid at all in the spring session.

2. The academic year in US Universities begins with the Fall semester, so there are more seats available in Fall and hence more chances of admission being granted.

3. Most core courses are offered in Fall. So if you enroll in a spring session, some of the core courses may not be available and you may find it a little difficult to plan your coursework.


To join in 2010 fall, you will have to apply this year itself. Most of the application deadlines start in late November and early December and can extend to March and even April for some universities. It is advisable to take both these exams before the end of October this year so that you have time to get your other documents ready and shortlist your universities too.




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    akkaladevilavanya
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    akkaladevilavanyaMon, 21 Jul 2014 07:41:26 -0000

    Hi..
    I am travelling to US in september 1st week of 2014,I would like to do MS.Am i eligible for spring 2015(January semister).if yes,when do i need to write GRE and TOFEL exams,is it possible if i write in october month 2014 from US itself.Do i have chance to join for spring season.

    Please share your suggestions

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    mdhmanjunath
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    mdhmanjunathTue, 05 Mar 2013 09:09:00 -0000

    hi, i m madhu i want to apply for fall 2014.can u suggest me when i should take the gre test.

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    Sun, 21 Oct 2012 11:22:28 -0000

    I am currently in BTech Electronics and communication branch 5th Semester
    when should I give my tests(GRE and TOEFL) to apply in 2014 fall program
    Am i too late

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    florida
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    floridaThu, 27 Sep 2012 13:42:03 -0000

    sir,i m preparing for GRE.i am appearing student in 2013 .Please guide me for which session shall i fill the form

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    simu_simu
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    Simrandeep K CheemaTue, 25 Sep 2012 11:04:15 -0000

    I am in 4th year B.Tech. student. I have taken both GRE and Toefl. My B.Tech will finish in May 2013….. Can I apply for Fall 2013 now? i.e. during my final year .??

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    tej_sanju
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    tej_sanjuTue, 26 Jun 2012 10:32:50 -0000

    hi,
    I completed my btech graduation in 2012..i haven't attempted the gre test.so suggest me when to take the GRE test and then TOEFL such that i shouldn't waste my time..
    please do the needful..

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    samcarbon3Mon, 29 Aug 2011 09:36:54 -0000

    Hi,
    I finished my B.E in 2010, and right now i'm working in Tech Mahindra Bangalore. I'm planning to do my M.S, and thereby have decide to go for 2012 fall. So when would it be the right time to start preparing for GRE and also please let me know on what criteria or on what basis are we supposed to choose the colleges? Also please tell me some universities where network security courses have good scope…as i see the above posts, i believe it's already time to take the gre test s for 2012 fall, so please suggest me as to is it better to take it now or postpone it ans take the exam later i.e somewhere around next year ?

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    manjunath_dbitTue, 09 Aug 2011 15:27:45 -0000

    i'm currently in my 3rd yr engg…. i'm plannin to get into US university in august/september 2013….. can u plz suggest me when do i have 2 start preparin for GRE.. and when do i have to give my GRE xams..
    thnx in advance…

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    Rubina SinghFri, 14 May 2010 08:58:48 -0000

    Hello,

    As you are planning to apply for admission in the year 2011 so then you are required to begin the process 12 â€" 14 months in advance.

    Though GRE can be given anytime of the year but the best times to write GRE is during August-October and apply for fall (August/September) session.

    As a counselor I would suggest you that you should at least spend around 3 months to prepare for the exam and this is the perfect time to start preparing for GRE so that when you appear for the test in October, you are well prepared.

    For more information and preparation for GRE exams i would suggest you to join our GRE community where you'll get free of cost practice tests and you can take assistance from our experts as well. So start preparing for it.

    All the best!!

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    lavanyasMon, 10 May 2010 12:45:24 -0000

    hi.. i m doin my 3rd year engineering.. i want to get into some good university right after completion of my engineering.. ie is in may 2011..
    will u plz tel me the right time to start preparin for GRE..

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    zabembeTue, 27 Apr 2010 18:07:59 -0000

    Hello, my school graduates first week in november this year('10) and will like to apply for fall(usa) next year('11) using my gre. What should please be my style and mode of preparation? Could you please help with the choice of graduate schools offering theoretical physics?

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    rubinasingh
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    Rubina SinghTue, 27 Apr 2010 08:29:28 -0000

    Hey,

    GRE exam is used to evaluate the verbal, analytical and mathematical skills of the candidates. It is developed by Educational Testing Service (ETS) based in the US. The GRE® Board oversees GRE tests, services and research in consultation with its committees. It establishes all policies for the GRE Program, which ETS administers.

    ETS can send your GRE scores to a maximum of four universities chosen by you. The costs of sending these scores are in-built in the fees that you pay for appearing in the test. GRE test result comprises of 1600 as maximum marks allotted.

    There are two versions of GRE test:

    GRE General test: This test is open to all candidates, irrespective of their age or educational background. Generally taken by prospective graduate students, this test measures verbal reasoning, analytical writing, critical writing and quantitative reasoning skills of a candidate.

    GRE Subject test: This version of GRE exam assesses candidates’ knowledge level and accomplishments in a specific field of study. Unlike the GRE General test, this test is available only thrice in a year and can be taken only as the paper-based test.

    GRE General test is conducted all the year round from Monday to Friday, twice a day. GRE Subject test is only conducted three times in a year in the months of:

    October,
    November, and
    April.

    The test scores of the test are valid only for five years.

    If you are planning to take admission in October then you should give the test at least 40-45 days prior to your admission because you come to know about the scores as soon as you appear for the test but the original transcript or score card is provided within a span of 25-30 days of the test date.

    So as a Counselor i would suggest you to appear for GRE ASAP because it is valid for five years and you'll be able to submit your application on time.

    All the Best!!

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    vamseepriya
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    vamseepriyaThu, 22 Apr 2010 14:46:28 -0000

    When should I take the GRE exam so that you can apply for Spring 2011 session.
    I am looking at only a few universities in the southeast where the last date of admission is 1st Oct or onwards.Considering this when is the latest i can appear for GRE exam to be safe for 1st October deadline.

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    Rubina SinghThu, 22 Apr 2010 09:13:10 -0000

    Hello,

    If you want a regular student status you require a F-1 visa, but people on H/L visa can also go to school in the USA, with a few limitations and conditions. People who are on dependent visa like H-4/L-2, can also get education in USA.

    Higher studies like B.S, B.A, M.S or M.B.A etc, one can join any university. Universities do welcome international people with visa other than F-1, depending on their policies and the curriculum available. But to get an admission for Graduate degree like M.S and MBA, you will have to pass the GRE or GMAT respectively. And SAT or TOEFL for undergraduate degree courses.

    for more information on this please Click Here

    Good Luck!

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    rachana_kiranFri, 02 Apr 2010 07:08:09 -0000

    i am pursuing my b.tech final semester.i am planning to write gre for spring 2011.i am a h4 dependent visa holder.can i wirte gre in u.s.?i am planning to write it in july?i am planning to go to u.s. by the end of may.

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    Ron AhmedSun, 27 Dec 2009 22:05:35 -0000

    http://www.scholarshipforusa.com/2009/12/paying-for-graduate-school-49-awards-and-fellowships/

    This lists 49 awards and fellowships in US universities for grad students. Helpful list if you are looking for financial aid for graduate school as an international student.

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    noble vermaMon, 23 Nov 2009 17:16:49 -0000

    hii.. m in 3rd year of graduation.. n wan to get into some good university rite after i complete my graduation.. ie in may 2011..
    can u plz tel me the rite time to start prepring for GRE..
    i hav keen interest in automobiles.. n m currently persuing my graduation in ME engineering…
    also tel me about some good universities that offer automobile courses..
    thnx in advance..

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    deepa mittal
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    Deepa MittalMon, 30 Nov 2009 05:00:25 -0000

    The best time to start preparing for GRE is to start as early as possible. You should plan to take the exam by Oct 2010 so that you can apply for FALL 2011 session. Though three month are enough to prepare but you can start on building the vocabulary right now.

    You can use Learnhub School finder to search universities in the said field. Also, you can get list of top graduate schools here

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    noble vermaThu, 03 Dec 2009 15:48:49 -0000

    thnx a ton deepa.. :)

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    VikasTue, 21 Jul 2009 07:43:43 -0000

    http://www.happyschoolsblog.com/spring-or-fall-graduate-school-admission/

    I agree that some courses might not be available. But that is because of budgetary constraints imposed by the state. And if u are good enuf u might get an aid for spring as well

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