Benefits of Passing The GRE

 The Graduate Records Examination General Test, more frequently referred to as the GRE, is a pre-graduate examination taken by people who plan to apply to graduate programs. The GRE is utilized by many types of graduate programs and can apply to disciplines ranging from business to biology. With nearly two million Americans taking the GRE each and every year, competition is stiff. Here are several benefits of earning a high score on the GRE.

You'll Save Money

The base fee for the Graduate Record Examinations General Test is $150. All test-takers who want to submit their scores to one or more colleges or universities must pay an additional fee of $50 to have their tests officially scored. In total, the least you'll pay to take the GRE as a prospective graduate student is $200. 

Further, many people who take the GRE seek out assistance from a leading GRE prep course online. These test preparers usually charge at least a few hundred dollars to prepare for the GRE. Although you'll find some practice material for the GRE online for free, there aren't any comprehensive, trusted, tried-and-true resources for quickly, thoroughly learning the concepts needed to beat the socks off of the GRE available for free right now. 

If you do well on the GRE the first time you take it, you'll spend less money on test-taking fees. Further, you won't have to purchase any prep materials. Keep in mind that if you're retaking the test, you're most likely not pleased with your score, meaning you'll be more likely to spend money on such material. 

You'll Also Save Time

Test-takers who score relatively high on the GRE usually study for dozens of hours before they even schedule their exams. If you don't score high enough on your first go around, you'll need to study more on the second go around to reliably perform better than on your first attempt. 

If you take the GRE two times, you effectively kick all your hours of studying for the first exam to the curb. Also, you'll spend time studying for your second attempt. You will unarguably save more time by studying a little bit longer, earlier, and smarter before taking the GRE for the first time. 

Higher Chance Of Earning A Scholarship

Schools and government agencies rarely, if ever, give out scholarships based on nothing but GRE score. However, you're more likely to receive scholarship offers from universities and governments if you earn a relatively high score on the admissions test. 

You may also qualify for a stipend at some graduate programs if you score high enough. However, fewer schools offer stipends than scholarships, so don't get your hopes too high until you've thoroughly researched whether the programs you're interested in offer stipends to advanced students or not. 

You Won't Need To Build Your Resume As Much

Of the 1.7 million people who took the GRE last year, the average total score was 302.85. People who score much higher than their desired programs' average applicants are more likely to get in than applicants with lower GRE scores and better, more diversified resumes. 

Although the best course of action to ensure you stand a tall chance of getting accepted into the graduate program you're hoping to gain entry to is to work towards an outstanding, well-rounded resume from the time you enter an undergraduate program, you will likely be able to get away with a less impressive application to graduate schools if you boast a high GRE score.
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