Hello fellow Psi Chi members! I am going to be your new blogger and I hope I can make this a great learning experience for you and I both. I have been thinking long and hard about what I should talk about and have been lost on the topic for the most part. And while sitting in the library with a fellow lab member stressing over our upcoming research project I had an epiphany; I should blog about my experience applying for graduate schools. Each post I am going to focus on a different adventure I have endured with the arduous and gruesome task of applying to grad school. This post and the next couple will focus on my experience with the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
The deadline to take the GRE for a fall 2014 PhD program has already passed, as the application deadline for most schools is December 1st or 15th. However, the deadline for many master’s programs applications is February or March. In that case, there is about 2 months left to take the GRE. Schools use the GRE as a predictor for how successful you will be in grad school. Graduate school is all about research, and the GRE is not a good representation of your researching capabilities. Although many professors don’t believe the GRE should be given as much weight in relation to the overall application, it is still one of the determining factors of acceptance.
The GRE general test IS required for acceptance into any graduate psychology program. There is a Psychology GRE Subject Test, although many programs do not require it, taking the test will strengthen your application. Some programs require certain scores and others do not, however the higher your score, the better. Make sure you research the specific program you are interested in to see if they have specific GRE requirements.