Venkat Asks

hello sir,i took my gre last month but got a low planning to take the test again at the end of jan.can i take test in jan and still apply for fall semester.please reply for my query.

First of all it’s hard to understand why a student planning to study in US cannot write an email/comment without mistakes . If you happen to write something like above question in AWA or Email to professor, chances are your are not going to reply and get score less than 2.0

Second Time GRE Exam

When students take GRE Exam for the second time in 1 or 2 months, because of low GRE score in their first attempt, they assume that GRE score will improve automatically.

In last 4 days, 3 students have appeared for GRE second time and couple of them scored less than first GRE attempt and other student improved the score by mere 60 points.

Unless your skill level level have changed considerably in 2 months before second attempt, you will get similar score as first time around ( -100 to +50). If you have scored 1000 in first attempt and during second attempt you can expect to score between 900 to 1050.

You might argue that ” I was well prepared, but somehow during exam day, I was not at my best. Second time around, I will score above 1300.”

GRE CAT scores exactly reflect your skills. If you don’t score above 1100 in Powerprep practice test consistently,  for sure you can expect to get similar score in second attempt.

There are exceptions to above scenario. If one student were scoring 1300 consistently in PowerPrep practice and got 900 in actual GRE test, then during second attempt, that person can score well above first attempt.

But, during your practice test, if you were scoring on an average of 1000, don’t expect to score above 1200 in actual GRE test. You score exactly reflects your SKILLS. Out of the blue, you are not going to get magic skills on exam day and get 1300+. GRE Score Range Calculator was designed on basis of above said statements.

Fall Semester 2010

If you take GRE in Jan, you will still be able to apply for Fall 2010 semester. You will have to be prpeared with list of Universities and apply by end of February.


If you decide to retake GRE, lets given an challenge for you. Can you report your score to Happy Schools blog readers after taking GRE for second time? If above statements were to be truen, you will NOT see huge improvement in your Scores.



  1. hii! i have a gre score of 309 and i feel its low coz i used to score around 312-316 in the mock tests. i am from biotech background and thinking of applying for MS (applying for fall). Please suggest me what would be wise to do now??? thnx!

  2. hi sir….i took gre today.i got 820 score (verbal-330,quant-490).i have completed my graduation in electrical engineering.i wanna pursue ms in ee.will i get any universities in us.and what score is better for ee students and could u give the some details about it …i il wait for ur replay sir…..

  3. hi everyone,recently i have taken GRE exam,i got a very less score of 880(verbal-330,quant-550).im going to apply for the fall of 2011.kindly tell me what can be the universities in california that accepts low GRE scores if i want to do masters in Electronics & telecomm.what are chances of getting into CSU northridge,CSU long beach,CSU fullerton.

    also if i need to retake the GRE what would be the last deadline month.

    please please help me

  4. Dear sir,
    I wish to tell you that due to an average score of 1250 (q-680 v-570), i want to write the GRE exam again. But, my problem is, that I want some tips to start working again. I know i scored less in verbal section and even less in quantitative section, but i don't know the key areas for improvement. All that went wrong in the test were calculations. I lost most of my marks in calculation errors; although i knew the basic fundamentals to be implemented in the question that were asked.
    Reading comprehension section was one area where i performed badly. Fellow readers can contribute to my better score with their valuable suggestions.

  5. hi, i took gre dec 1st.. got a very disappointing score of 930(Q-660 and V-270). i was really disappointed.. now i am confused whether to takeup gre again in march 1st week or take up gre later and apply nxt year for fall 2011..please guide me..waiting for ur reply..

  6. Dear sir,

    i'm an international students and i tend to take a master's degree in US, i want to take the GRE tsst in february, so please I would like to know whether i would be able to apply for fall semester 2010?? Moreover, suppose i've got on the GRE TEST 1100(quant 750 and verb 350) so do i have a chance to be admitted in a good university, or i must take some intensive courses abroad.

    N.B i've gotten 6.5 on the EILTS.

  7. Hello Sir…I took my gre today..I got 1230(Q-660, V-570). .I completed my undergraduation in Mechanical Engineering..Am I capable of pursuing my ms in any engineering subject in Usa? Will I get tuition fee waver,TA,RA, in a middle or low ranked university? Will u plz give me some university names?

  8. Hi everybody,

    I have taken Gre this year and scored 590 (verbal 280, quntative 310, analitic 2.5) Could you please tell if I have to retake the test because of the low score that I got? I mean is there any chance of being accepted at the university? Thanks

  9. Mayank Says – yeah u can take GRE exam,
    In a year u can take GRE exam 5 times,so must try for another one

    Reddy – YES ,venkat u can take gre exam in the month of janauary but still u can apply for fall ,write gre in janaury and apply to universites based on gre score ,with out tofel exam.u write tofel in march and u can send directly toefl scores to universites u have applied .

    • Hi

      Can any one guide me as to whether the previous score of GRE will be accounted / averaged on improvisation. Can HSB throw some light on this issue.
      My assumption is that only the new score will be reckoned

  10. Hi venkat,

    If your planning to apply for Fall 2010 then you can still apply by taking test in Jan. Admission deadlines for international students usually ends 2 months prior to commencement of the semester.However some schools enroll students on a rolling basis i.e you can apply in Jan but if they’re seats are full they won’t accept applications, but it’s usually rare that seats fill up for fall during Jan(spring).

    Hope this info was useful. Best of luck.

  11. Dear Sir,

    I am planning to apply for fall semester 2010,but i have my current GRE date at the end of February, I would like to know whether i would be able to apply for fall semester 2010??

    Please Advice As soon as you can,


  12. what will i have to do to be a premium member? I want my profile evaluated and need help with university selection.

  13. HEllo venkat,ya its a vice decision to take gre because u got very less gre score,Yes ofcourse you have a chance to apply for the fall.all the very best

  14. I gave my GRE last October. I scored 1360 (Qaunt:770; Verbal:590 & AWA: 3.5). I am not satisfied by this score as I have consistently scored in the range of 1420 – 1450 in all the mock tests I have taken (there were at least 10 including Powerprep, Barron and some others). I plan to apply for Fall 2011, due to some economic compulsions. I am contemplating to retake the test in and around May 2010. I am doing so because I have observed a certain threshold at 1400 in selections by the relatively higher ranked universities. What I ask is for you to advise me whether I have perceived it wrong and there is no real necessity to take the test again. I want to make it clear that I am confident of pulling up my scores to the range of 1420-1430, but no more.

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