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Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


19 Dec 2016 409 Book icon 2 mins Share

Retake or not to retake the GRE?

Not satisfied with your GRE scores? Planning to retake the exam? Let’s talk!

19 Dec 2016 409 Book icon 2 mins Share
Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


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retake or not to retake gre

Not happy with your Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores?

You must be thinking: ‘What went wrong? Should I retake the GRE? How can I score so low?’

It is not a bad idea to retake the GRE. In fact the ETS recommends that you should make a second attempt and consider retaking the exam if your scores are just satisfactory at first; see the infographic below–

Now before you decide anything, just ask yourself what could be the possible reasons for not scoring well in the last exam. The reasons could be as follows:

1. You didn’t have sufficient time to prepare for the exam

You messed it up! In wanting to score high and perform extremely well, you didn’t pay attention to the crucial part of the exam and went on practising almost every material you came across, thereby running out of time and ending up with confusions. Not all materials will help you to achieve a good score that you want. You need to choose wisely which material will really upgrade your knowledge.

2. You didn’t practise well

It could be either you thought anyway you are not going to make it this time so ‘better luck next time’ or it could be that you were busy attending a ceremony and you felt: ‘I have still two more weeks to dig everything out’.

3. You didn’t follow official GRE practice materials

Yes, this is really crucial and that’s where advices from experienced people come handy. There are a number of legit sites which will walk you through GRE Practice materials. You need not gorge on every single material that your friend or neighbour suggests you; instead try taking up a coaching class or at least speak to someone who can guide you wisely.

4. You were feeling low during the exam

Woke up late? Didn’t sleep well? Or did you miss your breakfast? Whatever the reason may be, you think that you would have been a better performer if you had locked your emotions and managed not to feel uneasy and low.

5. The exam day was not your day!

So you arrived late, and the confidence that you had before reaching the exam centre was soon diminished when you faced the grim look of the examiner. Next time you make sure that you arrive on time; not too early of course!

Key things to consider before retaking the GRE:

1. It is advisable that you consider retaking GRE only if you are confident that the next attempt should be your stellar one. Each exam involves some cost and a lot of efforts so please make sure nothing goes waste. Don’t just keep attempting; instead make sure the next attempt should be the last and best one.

2. Think carefully whether you really need to retake the GRE. If your current score is considerable enough to get you enrolled where you actually want to, even with minor hurdles, do you still need to give another try?

3.  It is true that higher the GRE scores, higher are your chances of getting scholarships so if you are not satisfied with your current scores and think you can score better, then go for it!

4. If you are able to identify your weak areas and are ready to work on them, then you can definitely improve. This means that the next time you retake the exam, make sure you know where to concentrate.

So get going now! Prepare well and good luck for the exam! Our counsellors can help you with your GRE-related queries and guide you on your hunt of universities abroad.

Infographic source: Magoosh.

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