When Should I Take the GRE Again?

If you have decided to take the GRE again, you need to put your best foot forward. A big part of retaking GRE is the timing of the next attempt. Before deciding on your next exam date, it is important to understand the rules for retaking the exam.

The ETS states that you can take the computer-based GRE once every 21 days, and five times within one rolling year. This is true even if you have cancelled scores on a test. In case of a paper-based version, students can take it as often as it is offered.

Unless you have really bombed the GRE in your previous attempt, a moderate amount of preparation time would be good enough for the exam. So, if you want to improve your scores, we recommend a preparation time of atleast 3 months. Of course, it is a generalized figure and your own abilities may demand lesser or more time for preparation. Take a few practice tests and see whether you are getting close to your desired target scores before finalizing on a date again.

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Also, when retaking the GRE, you need to factor in the admission deadlines for the college of your choice. Chances are that you may not have much time between the retake and the application deadlines. You will also need to keep in mind that the final scores including writing are available to you only after 10-15 days of the exam. Obviously, the amount of time you can spend on preparation is also an important factor that you will need to consider.

The GRE is an important exam. The very fact that you are retaking the exam means that you should strategize very carefully. Keep the above factors in mind and give yourself enough preparation time to be confident of a good GRE score.

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