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Thread: Should the GRE be taken about 2 weeks before app deadlines?

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    Should the GRE be taken about 2 weeks before app deadlines?

    Ideally you would take it long before applications are due, but for those of us who want to squeeze every last minute of study time out, what is the latest you should take the GRE so schools can still recieve scores by the deadline?

    Say the application is due Jan.3, should the GRE be done with by Dec. 20 (ish)?

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    Well I think 4 weeks is best. I take mine Dec 13 and most of my applications deadlines are around Jan 15. I think two weeks is okay but you have to be really careful you could be on a fine line there. Most people I have talked to at the grad school offices have said that four weeks is enough, but I dunno about 2. From what I know I think it takes two weeks alone just to get the results of the written part.

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    I took the GRE on October 18

    Got my scores in the mail on November 4 (over two weeks later).

    Many schools get their scores on a cd, which is mailed twice a month, so if you miss a 'cycle' it could take up to 4 weeks to get there. I think they'll give you grace period on the GRE, though.

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    find out when rolling admissions starts, if applicable. this date could be a month before the deadline.

    whatever the first date admissions starts opening applications, minus 4 weeks from that.

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