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August 21, 2012 10:41 AM Subscribe
Applying for PhD programs. My GRE scores have expired, and I'm signed up to take both the general test and the EngLit subject test within a month of each other. Is this insane?
posted by Miss T.Horn to education (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Firstly. My general test date is less than a month away. I've hardly studied. This will be my second time with the GRE, as I took it six years ago, so I sort of know the ropes.
But. The lit GRE is a monster. Difficult to get a seat, only held a few times a year, crazy breadth of reading. I've got a seat lined up for October, before I leave town for three weeks. My first application deadline is in early December. Also, I was a lit major. But that was a while ago now.
Also, will be away for 3 weeks mid-Oct to early Nov.
Is this insane? Should I postpone one of these tests? Thing is, all the programs I'm applying to require the general GRE; only one requires the lit. It happens to be my top choice.
Studying-wise, where should I focus my energy right now in order to do reasonably well on both tests? Note: my verbal and written scores are important to these programs. Math is not very important, but failing the math section wouldn't look too good. I'm also horrible with math -- have a number-related learning disability -- and had a math tutor the last time I wrote the GRE, when I thought the math score was more important than it was. Verbal-wise, I scored above the 95th percentile last time and am not terribly worried. I've got study guides for both tests.
Is anything from, say, Khan Academy useful here?
Totally stressed out. Any advice would be much appreciated.