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You should check with the admissions webpages of individual postgraduate programmes to see if an admissions exam score is mandatory, but the majority of universities in the USA will require all postgraduate applicants to have an admissions test score.
To find out more about the GRE and other postgraduate admissions tests and why they are important in the US university postgraduate application process, please visit our postgraduate admissions tests section.
You can find information on how to register for each test, as well as registration links on the Admissions Tests section of our website.
We highly recommend that you make time to prepare to take any postgraduate admissions test. A good GRE or other admissions test score does not guarantee entry, but it can set you apart from other applicants and can make you eligible for merit scholarships. Keep in mind that American students sometimes prepare for months before taking the tests, especially if they are applying to highly competitive programmes.
It will be in your best interest to go into the test having already become used to the test format and revised the subject matter that will be covered. To find out more about how to get ready to sit the GRE or other admissions test please visit our Preparing for Admissions Exams webpage.
Q: How do I submit my GRE or other admissions tests scores to my chosen universities?
When you register for the tests you will be able to choose a limited number of universities in which you will be able to send your scores for free. If you are unsure of which universities to send your scores to, you may sit the tests without having any universities listed to receive the report. Please note that if you decide on which universities to send your scores after you sit the test, you will need to pay to have the scores sent. Once you have received your scores you can submit additional score reports to other universities for a set fee. More information can be found on our Admissions Tests webpage.
You will want to check with each university whether or not you can submit your scores after the application deadline. Some may be a little lenient and allow you to submit your application by the deadline and your scores shortly thereafter, but again you’ll need to confirm with each institution.
Yes, you can sit the GRE and other admissions tests such as the LSAT and GMAT more than once. Be aware, however, that universities may see all your recent scores from the past five years. This means that if you score poorly once, it will appear on your score report for five years.
It is important that you prepare yourself for admissions exams each and every time you sit the tests.
According to the ETS website, the GRE provides universities with concordance information (PDF) to help compare scores from the prior score scales (200–800) to the new score scales (130–170). For individuals who tested prior to 1August 2011, concordance information is included on score reports (PDF) issued in November 2011 and beyond.
There are many organizations and individuals in the UK who can help you prepare to sit the GRE/LSAT/GMAT/MCAT. Many of our partner organizations offer test preparation services. You can also search for test tutors online.
There are many organisations and individuals in the UK who can help you prepare applications to American universities. Many of our partner organisations offer one-on-one support to students who are searching for and applying to universities in the USA. You can also search for educational consultants online.
A resource that has been helpful for students in need of a proctor in the past, is Mark to Market PLC. Other places to check include local schools, universities and libraries. We're afraid being a very small team running lots of US study advising events and activites means Fulbright staff are not usually available to proctor exams.
After reviewing the information provided on our website, feel free to contact our advising team. You can reach us via phone 0845 894 9524 (Mondays 1:30 - 5 pm and Thursdays 1:30 - 5 pm, 15p per minute); via email – firstname.lastname@example.org; or in-person during the Resource Library opening hours or at events.
If you need additional assistance as you apply for US study beyond what our staff are able to provide, you may wish to consider contacting one of the organisations on our Resources page. These test tutors and educational consultants offer a higher level of personalised, additional support and services to help you prepare for admission exams and complete a competitive application.