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No matter what you decide to do after graduation, taking the GRE® revised General Test now is a good way to plan ahead. Scores are valid for 5 years, which means you can use your scores later if you decide to go to graduate or business school. It's like having an insurance policy for your future!

Plus, it features a test-taker friendly design — for a better test experience — and the ScoreSelect® option that lets you decide which scores you want schools to see at any time. That’s the Power of Confidence — only with the GRE revised General Test.

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Whether you are planning to go to graduate or business school — or just exploring your options — you are taking an important step toward your future. And, it is a smart move to show schools your best. With the GRE® revised General Test, you can!

7 reasons to register for the GRE® revised General Test right now:

  1. Using the test-taker friendly design can help you do your best. The GRE® revised General Test is the only admissions test for graduate or business school that lets you skip questions within a section, go back and change answers, and have control to tackle the questions within a section you want to answer first.
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  2. Put your best scores forward. Show schools only the scores you want them to see with the ScoreSelect® option. So, if you feel you didn’t do your best on test day, it’s okay. You can retake the test and then send ONLY your best scores.
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  3. Get where you want to go with the most widely accepted test for graduate and business schools. Thousands of schools all over the world accept GRE® scores, so it may be the one test you need, saving you money and giving you more opportunities.
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  4. You have access to FREE, official test prep software and more — created by the maker of the GRE® revised General Test — which can help you do your best on test day.
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  5. Scores are valid for 5 years, so you can take the test now while you are still deciding what to do.
  6. Taking the GRE® revised General Test when you're still in school is a smart move because you are naturally in the habit of studying and practicing for tests. Plus, as a student, you are already using the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical skills measured by the GRE® revised General Test.
  7. You'll be a step ahead in the competitive job market. Why? Because you will already have your GRE® scores if you decide to go to graduate or business school to get the workplace advantage of having an advanced degree.

It’s a smart move to show schools your best. With the ScoreSelect® option and the test-taker friendly design, you can!

Another reason to register for the test today:

GRE® Repeaters Show Score Gains

New data: Most individuals who took the GRE® revised General Test a second time increased their scores

Since 2012, the number of people taking the GRE® revised General Test a second time grew considerably, and a new analysis by Educational Testing Service (ETS) revealed that most people who took the test a second time did better. Score improvements were noted on the Verbal Reasoning measure and on the Quantitative Reasoning measure.

"Performance differences, however, vary by individual and might occur for a variety of reasons including test-day jitters or how prepared he or she felt," said Dawn Piacentino, director of communication and services for the GRE Program at ETS. "Not everyone's score goes up, but in a study of the GRE test takers, on average, those who took it a second time increased their scores."

Some of the interest in testing a second time stems from the 2012 introduction of the ScoreSelect® option. With this option, individuals who take the GRE revised General Test to apply to graduate or business schools around the world can take the test more than once and can choose to report only their best sets of scores. That is an important benefit, according to a recent survey of GRE test takers. Furthermore, the survey showed that awareness of the ScoreSelect option has grown significantly in the last year, and nearly eight out of 10 test takers who responded said that they thought the ScoreSelect option was valuable.

Students can take the GRE revised General Test once every 21 days up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period, but only a small percentage of test takers took the test more than twice.

"Many of the changes that we have introduced have been designed to bolster students' confidence so that more people will take that step toward graduate or business school," said David Payne, ETS Vice President & COO, Global Education. "That means that individuals can approach test day with a backup plan. If they feel they did their best right away, that's terrific, but in 2013 about 20 percent of people did try again and nearly one out of two people across Mainland China, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan did try again. The ScoreSelect option enables a person to take it again and send schools only their best scores."

GRE scores currently are accepted by thousands of graduate-level schools worldwide including more than 1,200 business schools that now accept GRE scores for admission into their MBA programs.

The analysis is available upon request; please contact Jason Baran at jbaran@ets.org.

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