The standard test that most veterinary schools require when you apply is the Graduate Record Exam also known as the GRE. The weight that the GRE carries depends on the school. Some schools weigh it very heavily while others do not. Here are some things to consider before taking the GRE…
1. Some schools also have a minimum score that you have to get in order to apply. If you are applying to a school that has a minimum score, it is important you know what it is.
2. What is the average score from the previous year’s accepted class at the schools that you are applying to? Acceptance into veterinary school is competitive and just making the minimum required score most likely will not be enough.
3. When are your scores due to the schools you are applying to? This is important because if you don’t turn your scores in on time, then your application may not be considered.
4. How does the school decide your GRE score? Some schools average all of your scores together, which is an issue if you get a low score, while others just take the highest. If you are applying to a school that averages all scores, you need to prepare so that you don’t throw off your average with one poor performance.
5. Give yourself time to take the test multiple times. The GRE has specific restrictions on how often you can take the test, so check them to be safe and then allow yourself the necessary time to take the test at least twice before your scores are due.
6. Study the first time! I made the mistake of not studying as hard as I should have before I took the GRE the first time. I did okay, but after studying the second time I raised my score considerably. Bottom line, I wished I had studied more the first time. The GRE isn’t cheap, so make the most out of every time you take it.
7. How do you study for the GRE? Well that depends on the person, but I found it helpful the second time around when I really studied to use flash cards and the practice tests found in several recommended books. I also searched the internet for other free study materials.