GRE & TOEFL in Nov., University Deadline Dec. 15 – Can I Apply?

Raghuram Sukumar GRE 2 Comments

I had a question from a reader about GRE and TOEFL exam dates, as well as university deadlines.


I have GRE and TOEFL exams this month’s end, but a couple of universities I’m planning to apply at have college application deadlines on Dec 15, 2008.
I will not get the GRE and TOEFL score sheets by Dec 15. What should I do? Can I still apply at those schools?


If you have all the documents ready, then you can already send the application. This is what you should do.

  • Fill out the application form with your GRE Scores
  • For TOEFL – Write the date when you took the TOEFL exam and write "awaiting scores".
  • Complete all other required sections in the application
  • Submit the application documents along with application fee, so all the documents reach the university before the December 15 deadline.

When you receive your exam scores, you can forward your scores to those universities. This way, you don’t need to worry about sending the scores to universities before the deadline.

You should be aware that almost all U.S. universities are flexible about that.

In any case, universities will accept only the official scores and if scores reach the school 2-4 weeks late, you should still be in good standing. So have all the documents ready to be sent right after the exams.

Finally, make sure you are aware of the 11 common college application mistakes which could delay your admission decision.


  1. i am nitish.

    i hav a query for hsb.

    recently i realised that the universities in the usa follow a tier system.

    according to my profile i will b getting a 3 tier university.

    i just need to know is it ok if i get in to a e tier university or should i try for a better 2 tier university.

    please clarify

  2. can i know what is the deadline give by the universities for spring intake 2011,
    my TOEFL exam is on AUG 21 & GRE is on SEP 7 am i tooo late to take the tests ?

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