Why Rising College Seniors (and Recent Grads) Should Take the GRE

Congratulations, seniors! Whether you just graduated from college or are gearing up for senior year, we know the last thing on your mind is taking yet another test. Especially if you don’t have plans to immediately apply to graduate school.

But if you think you might want to go to grad school in the near future, taking a graduate school exam like the GRE (or the LSAT) as a rising college senior or recent grad can be a smart decision.

1. GRE scores are valid for 5 years.

You can take the test now and use your scores when you need them. The same is true for LSAT scores, too!


2. You can give yourself time for low-stress review.

You can study now on your flexible college or summer schedule without the added pressures of a 9 to 5 job.



3. Take the GRE with your brain in tiptop condition.

The GRE tests skills like evaluating claims and evidence, logic, and analysis—all part of the skillset you flex daily in your college courses.


4. You’re already used to the discipline of studying.

Midterms, finals, capstone projects: You’re a pro at making academic study plans. Adding GRE prep to your study routine might feel more natural now than in a few years when you’re also juggling a job.


5. The GRE is offered year-round.

No need to register for the GRE months in advance. You can schedule your GRE test date when you feel ready. This open testing schedule is perfect for taking (and prepping for) the GRE over the summer.


6. You can concentrate on making yourself a strong overall candidate.

With your GRE scores in the bag, you’ll be able to devote your attention to drafting your statement of purpose and to other important pieces of your application. Dedicate time to activities like writing and research that could strengthen your candidacy.

The bottom line is that you should take the GRE when it’s right for you. Many students decide to take the GRE after a period away from school with some real-world, professional experience under their belts. Rest assured: whenever you’re ready to take the test, we’re here to help you build the right GRE prep plan to reach your goals.


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