While GRE practice is usually recommended, people often wonder if retaking the GRE after receiving a less-than-stellar score is really the best idea. While every applicant is unique and every grad school program has its own particular guidelines and preferences, there are a number of general factors to consider before deciding to test again and shoot for a higher GRE score.
5 Things to consider before retaking the GRE
1. Taking the GRE multiple times will not harm your chances of admission. Last year, the ETS (Educational Testing Service—the makers of the GRE) introduced a new feature for test-takers applying to grad school called ScoreSelect.
The introduction of this option allows you to decide which test scores you’d like to send to schools. In other words, if … Read full post
More and more veterans returning from military service in Iraq and Afghanistan are going back to grad school and leveraging their transferrable skills from their time in the military into winning applications that will help them in their new academic careers.
More than one million veterans have returned from service in the 13 years since the 2001 terrorist attacks, and they come back to face much higher unemployment rates than the general population. Going back to school for an advanced degree can help veterans unlock the good life by drastically improving their job outlook.
As a returning veteran, how can you emphasize the skills you have acquired in your military service?
Transferable skills for vets to highlight in their grad school applications
Whatever your rank in the military, you’ve performed the role of both leader and follower. In grad school, you will often lead discussions, small groups, … Read full post
By Megan Weyrauch on October 22, 2013
Where will you go after you earn your graduation cap?
Many students go to graduate school. What is the first year of grad school like? I spoke with two graduate students to get a picture of year one.
Brooke Felts is a second year graduate student. She was a political science major and history minor at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Felts is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration from the Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. She said she has a research interest in reproductive healthcare policy.
Felts described Denison as a small, residential liberal arts college.
“It was common to have classes with ten or less students and get … Read full post
Maybe you’re doubting your career path and starting to think that going back to grad school can help you break into a new field. Or maybe you’re still earning your bachelor’s and wondering if a graduate degree is the natural next step. The decision to pursue your master’s or doctorate is a personal one that depends on your personal goals, motivations, financial situation, and timeline.
Why grad school?
There are always compelling reasons—personally and financially—to go to grad school, whether you’re thinking of earning a master’s or a doctorate. Here are some things you can look forward to as the holder of an advanced degree:
- Increased knowledge: When you are passionate about a particular topic or industry, your work life can be more fulfilling and rewarding. Expertise also leads to engagement.
- Employment stability: A Bureau of Labor Statistics study found that in 2013 the unemployment rate
Need to catch up on your GRE studying?
Maybe you didn’t meet your GRE study goals last weekend because it was a holiday and you were busy barbecuing? Maybe your boyfriend visited before that, so you actually missed the whole week? Or maybe you couldn’t possibly have found time to study this month because you’ve been tirelessly finishing your papers for school like the model student that you are?
Hey, we’re not here to judge. Nobody’s perfect, and life can get hectic. It’s normal to miss out on some of your allotted GRE study time, but it’s also possible—thankfully—to catch up if and when you do.
Not only is it possible to catch up on studying for the GRE; it’s really quite simple.
In fact, simplicity is key. If you’ve been out of the game for too long, trying to force yourself back in it with an elaborate plan … Read full post
A Kaplan colleague sent me a recent article on the top master’s degrees that graduate-level students go for, broken down by gender. I initially expected these results, which were first published in a report by the National Center of Education Statistics, to reflect very different choices, but what immediately jumped out at me were the similarities in what men and women pursue in their efforts to unlock the good life—the following two data points in particular:
- The MBA is the most popular degree for both women and men. However, the percentage of each group that pursues this degree is very different: 22.3% of men get an MBA, while only 11.4% of women do.
- Various degrees in education appear multiple times in the “Top 5” lists of most popular degrees for both men and women. Once again, though, there is a big difference between the specific degrees and programs that
That’s the simplest answer to the question, but it begs the next one: “How can I get a good GRE score and get accepted into the graduate program of my choice?”
What you need to know about the GRE score
GRE scoring occurs on a 130–170 scale in each section. This relatively limited range of possible scores means that small improvements in performance can increase your score quite a bit. It also means that those little increases on your GRE test score can make big differences in your percentile ranking. Sometimes even a one-point increase in your score can boost your percentile ranking by 5 points (check out the test maker’s chart of percentile rankings).
Your score does not stand alone. Whether or not you are admitted to a graduate program (or … Read full post
Strong vocabulary skills are necessary to earn a high score on the GRE, so we often hear the question, “How can I increase my GRE vocabulary before Test Day?” The GRE Verbal Reasoning section tests your vocab in a few different ways. To master Sentence Equivalence and Text Completion questions, you should start building your vocabulary now.
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By Elena Novak on October 7, 2013
One year ago, Sarah Allen heard the inevitable words that strike a mixture of fear and excitement in the heart of an overworked undergrad: “Three classes and you’re graduated.”
An Editing, Writing, and Media major at Florida State University, Sarah had little idea what to do next. She sat across from her adviser and panicked for a few seconds, then regained her composure and asked the question of a go-getter: “What do I need to do to get into graduate school?”
In case you’re wondering, there’s a lot – the GRE, applications, a personal statement, letters of recommendation, maybe a resume. With impressive ambition Sarah went home that September day and registered for the GRE, scheduled to take … Read full post
By Elena Novak on September 27, 2013
With the cost to attend graduate school being more than any 20-something can realistically afford, students, educators, and employers are beginning to debate the necessity of a Master’s degree. At a Council for Graduate Schools’ conference held late last year, “attendees…said it is unethical to keep admitting students to programs and training them for jobs that don’t exist while they are racking up piles of debt,” and upon graduation their fate may lead to becoming an adjunct at a university, a low-wage job that doesn’t require a graduate degree, or ending up on food stamps. Nonetheless, here is a list of lucrative master’s degrees that will almost certainly guarantee success in the fields to which they lead.
1. MBA (Master’s … Read full post