Should I take the GRE a third time?

I have taken the GRE twice now. My scores were as follows:

Attempt 1
Quant 155
Verb 154
AWA 4.5

Attempt 2
Quant 157
Verb 157
AWA 3.5

As can be seen both my verbal and quant scores increased on my second attempt. However despite feeling that my AWA portion was stronger iny wecond attempt, I actually did a whole point worse. I dont want to take the GRE a third time just to get a higher AWA and risk getting a lower quant/verbal. On thw other hand, im not sure how much a 3.5 on the AWA portion will hurt me on my applications.

Should I take it again?

Brian A Page

Posted Nov 11, 2015

1 Explanation


Gravatar Cydney Seigerman, Magoosh Tutor

Hi Brian,

Whether or not to retake the GRE can be a difficult decision and depends on a variety of factors, including how much time you have to prepare, your goal scores, and how test day went. I'd recommend reading through the ideas covered in these post from our GRE blog:
1. http://magoosh.com/gre/2015/to-retake-or-not-to-retake-ets-has-the-answer/
2. http://magoosh.com/gre/2012/how-to-study-for-a-gre-retake/
3. http://magoosh.com/gre/2012/should-i-take-the-gre-again-is-it-worth-it/

We've also created a flowchart to help students decide if they should take the GRE again or not :D

Additionally, it's good to keep in mind that you can choose which scores you send to the programs you're applying to. In other words, if you do decide to retake the exam and don't do as well as you would have liked, you don't have to send that score.

Finally, for information about how your AWA score could potentially impact your application, I'd suggest contacting the programs you're considering to see if they can give you any insight. Also, you may want to check out this blog post on exam scores by program major: http://magoosh.com/gre/2013/gre-scores-by-program-major/

I hope this information helps :)

Nov 18, 2015 • Comment

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