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Sending GRE scores after taking the test? 
29th-Jun-2009 09:58 pm
Hello, I saw something similar to this in the memories but no real answer... I plan on taking the GREs as soon as possible (Aug/Sept) so that I can focus on other aspects of my applications, but do I need to state which schools to send my scores to on test day? Will it cost me extra if I wait to send my scores at a later date? I can't seem to find any clear info on the ETS website.
I'm not sure if I should be taking the GRE now to "get it over with" or if I should wait until I have everything else done (I'm still not sure if I'm applying this fall or next fall).
Also, how far in advance did you register? And how much studying did you do? I'm preparing now, so is that too far in advance and am I going to drive myself crazy thinking about the GREs for the next couple of months?
30th-Jun-2009 05:08 am (UTC)
Yes, it will cost you extra if you send scores later, as you will loose the free score reports you get with the test. That said, if you aren't sure which schools to send them to, you don't have to send them on test day. However score reports are rather expensive, so it might be a good idea to hold off on taking the GRE until you have an idea which schools you will be applying to.

I've registered anywhere from months before to a few days before. It depends on what time of year you're trying to register for how fast the spots fill up.

I honestly didn't study that much. The thing that is really important to study is GRE vocabulary words. Even if you have a good vocabulary, they use really obscure words.
30th-Jun-2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
I know which schools I am applying to, but I'm unsure of when I'm applying. (Hopefully this fall!) Can you indicate when you want your scores sent out? I wouldn't want to send them my scores before I even sent in my application. Wouldn't that be confusing to the admissions people?
30th-Jun-2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
It might be a little confusing, but most schools keep scores that arrive early on file. If you are uncertain if it will cause problems, consider asking the schools what they do with pieces of an application that arrive early.
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30th-Jun-2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Ok, well how far in advance did you register? While I might wait until later in the fall, I don't want to run out of time if I end up applying this fall. Also, do you have to say which schools you want to send your scores to BEFORE you take the test and know your scores or can you wait until after? The GREs have been stressing me out and I haven't been able to write a SoP or anything because I just keep thinking about this damned test. (I never took the SATs so I have no idea what to expect besides what I've studied so far).
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30th-Jun-2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's my form of self-handicapping? (Yes, I'm applying to cognitive psych programs) =D

I would like to take the GREs in August before I get really busy with research, but I guess I don't have to. It may be better to wait until September just to make sure everything else is going smoothly. I kinda just want to get it over with.
30th-Jun-2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
You *can* send additional score reports after you discover your score--you just have to go online or call ETS and tell them which schools you want your scores to go to.

Here's how it works:
-When you register, or on test day when you fill out the electronic forms before your test begins, you can specify 4 schools to which you can send your report for free. (In addition to these 4 schools, ETS can send a free report to your alma mater--which is useful if, like me, you're applying to a grad program at your undergrad institution).
-After test day, it costs $20/report to send a score report. You lose out on the four free reports if you don't select four schools to send them to on test day. You can send as many additional reports as you wish (ETS loves your money!)

To the OP: I've heard anecdotally that schools will start a file for you as soon as they get some of your information (a score report, say) and just add to that file if more information comes in. How long they keep those files varies, I'm sure, from school to school, but if you wait a year to apply, the worst that can happen is that the school won't have your scores and you'll have to send them again. I'd just pick 4 schools you're certain you want to apply to and send a report; don't let worries about reporting scores affect when take the GRE, but choose the test time that best fits into your overall plans. Schools understand that not all your materials come in at the same time, and it doesn't seem to be a problem at all. (But do make sure to see how a program goes about allowing you to confirm that your materials are in. You don't want to be the annoying applicant who calls the office every day, but you want to make sure your app is complete; many programs will let you check online.)

Also, this gets a bit more complicated if there's a subject test involved (is there one for psych? I'm not sure). In that case, if you take the subject test after you take the general test, the subject test score report will include your general test results. In my case, some schools required the (English) subject test while others didn't, so I was able to save some money by being clever about how I allocated the free score reports. I vaguely remember something about how my 4 general test score reports wouldn't include the subject test results, though (since I took the general test first)... so the bottom line is to call ETS with any questions about how this all works. Sorry if this is just confusing you further!
30th-Jun-2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
Not at all, this is very helpful! Yes, I think just including the schools that I KNOW I will want to go to eventually is the best bet. I can always apply to more later (which I most likely will). There is a subject test for psychology but it is not required for most (if any) institutions, however my professor says that taking it can make you look good by putting in the extra effort (but it can also probably hurt me) so I'm not sure if I will be taking that, but if I have time and money, I hopefully will. (Is the subject test taken at the same time as the general test or on a different day?)
30th-Jun-2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
A different day. It's paper-based vs. computer-based.

If it helps, I did meh on the general GRE but rocked the Psych subject test.
30th-Jun-2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you have a good plan!

The subject test is, thankfully, on a different day (can you imagine taking two tests at once?!). I assume it's the same for psych as for English (though most English programs *do* require the test) in that ETS offers it only 3 times a year--a Saturday in April, October, and November. Check the ETS website to be sure, but the general test is certainly independent of it, and has far, far more flexibility in terms of scheduling.
1st-Jul-2009 05:04 am (UTC)
Oh! That's good to know (about the scheduling dates). I hadn't thought about that. I'll look into that. So many things to do!
24th-Jul-2009 07:20 am (UTC) - $$$
If its money you are worried about who cares about $20 Think about it You are going to drop at least $20,000 on school Have schools prepared on test day and if you like the score send it if you think its horrible dont This way you can take it again later if you want By preparing schools ahead of time you will also have an idea what scores people are being admitted with
30th-Jun-2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
Send out scores right away. I know it seems annoying, but otherwise you will be paying a lot of money. Applying costs enough without having to send scores to four schools you really wouldn't have to pay for otherwise.
1st-Jul-2009 05:05 am (UTC)
I think that's the best idea. I really hope I get in..I would hate to have to apply twice..it can get pretty expensive it looks like.
27th-Nov-2010 02:13 am (UTC) - How are GRE scores sent?
I have a question and need urgent help.

I have taken both GRE General and Subject test, and only know the score for General so far. I want to send my General score now as the deadline is in 10 days and the subject score still needs a month to be available. If I choose to send both of General and Subject scores when I order the report, will the subject score be sent automatically too in the future when it is available, or I need to order again?

Thanks a lot for the help!
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