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The GRE® General Test: The Smart Choice for Your Future

If you are looking to advance your current career or hoping to head in a new direction, pursuing postgraduate study can be the answer. It all starts right here.

What is graduate school?

Whether you are adding a master’s degree or a doctoral degree to your resume, graduate school is a commitment to your career trajectory and a powerful way to build both professional and personal skills.

There are many positions that prefer graduate-level education. And data shows a 30% wage premium when comparing those with a graduate degree to those with just a bachelor’s degree. This is often true in areas such as health services, finance, STEM and education.

You can choose to attend graduate school full-time, often immediately after obtaining your undergraduate degree. Schools also offer a range of part-time and online programs for those who would like to work full-time while pursuing their degree.

Graduate programs feature focused studies in a specific discipline and smaller classes than undergraduate programs, as well as work experience through required internship, teaching or research programs.

One of the best features of the GRE® General Test is that scores are accepted by graduate programs, business schools and even some law schools. So you can take one test and have all of your potential options covered. Learn more here.

The benefits of an advanced degree can include:

  • Developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Becoming an expert in your field
  • Increasing your earning power
  • Potentially receiving a promotion
  • The opportunity to launch a new career
  • The chance at greater employment opportunities
  • Possibly achieving greater recognition throughout your career

How to get into graduate school.

Research graduate school programs well ahead of time to narrow down the list to which you will apply. Consider rankings, location, program size and reputation. Then be sure to devote plenty of effort to perfecting each aspect of your application.

Your graduate school application:

  • School Application & Essay – Don’t underestimate its importance. Focus while you complete it.
  • Financial Aid Application – Don’t forget this one. Every bit will help.
  • Personal Statement – Spend time thinking about and drafting a memorable statement specific to each program.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Seek out professors, colleagues or clients who can give you the strongest recommendations.
  • Interview – This can be in person with an individual or in a group discussion, or sometimes via video conference call. Be sure to know which to expect, prepare adequately and practice ahead of time.
  • Transcripts – Work to maintain a strong GPA, and if you have some challenges on your transcript, be prepared to address them directly in your interview.
  • Test Scores – Prepare well and put the features of the GRE® General Test to work for you.