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GRE expiration? 
14th-Jan-2008 01:26 pm
Ziva red
I decided to wait and apply next year, thinking it would give me more time to strengthen my application and to finish my current program.  However, after the application deadlines passed, I realized that my GRE scores are going to expire in November 2008.  I'm going to have to take the damn thing again, aren't I.  By the time of application, I'll have an MA in History and an MLIS (Archival Studies).  It will probably be program-specific as to whether I'll need it with other grad work, but I really hate the thought of having to take it again.

Thoughts?  Any chance I can squeak by Dec. 1 deadlines with scores that expire in November if I apply early?
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14th-Jan-2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
Probably, if you send the scores to the schools before they expire.
14th-Jan-2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
Contact the school and ask what their policy is with that.

All the same, you wouldn't want that to be the one thing that will keep you out; unlike a transcript or a statement of purpose, that's not something that can be quickly sent if it turns out it didn't arrive.

If I end up not entering a program this year, I'll have to retake them again too since mine expire Jan 2009. It's close enough it might not matter, but at the same time it might, so just in case, I'd do it.
15th-Jan-2008 01:47 am (UTC)
I dealt with this this year. In the spring, I contacted the schools I was interested in and asked about their policies. Every one was different. Furthermore, some schools had changed their policies by the fall. I'd say 6 out of 9 schools took over a day to figure out their policies on this question, as this request is apparently not as common as you'd think. One program was willing to place the scores on file "now" and apply them indefinitely to applications years into the future, even if they were technically expired in ETS's system. Another program told me they wanted GREs taken with the last three CALENDAR years. So these policies really run the gamut.

I just decided I wouldn't apply to programs that wouldn't accept my scores, and this ultimately only was a conflict with one program. My scores expired in September. I sent them all in the fall, doublechecked to make sure they were on file, and sent my applications in December and January. One school misplaced the scores, and I was like, "you'll have to find them because they're no longer on file with ETS." They did.
15th-Jan-2008 04:16 am (UTC)
Three calendar years? That's scary!

That's great you were able to apply to the schools you wanted. Mine expire in Nov 09 so it's good to know I may be able to eke out another round of applications.
17th-Jan-2008 02:14 pm (UTC) - You can do it!
I applied this year and had taken the GRE 5 years ago this Nov. as well as Feb. 2007. I did not intend for my Nov. scores to be sent to schools at all. However, because I completed most of my applications before Nov. 1st and forwarded all of my GRE scores before then, all of my schools received both sets of scores. I called the schools to see if they could just consider the new set but several said that they cannot delete what ETS sends them from the record so the grad. committees would see both sets of scores. The point is- ETS has the 5 year limit- if you get your scores in before that has expired and it is in the same year as the application cycle- they will use those scores. Good luck!
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