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That back-to-school feeling is in the air, but before you decide to get a graduate degree, there are several important things to consider. Do you need it? Do you need it now? How will you (or someone else) pay for it?
Do you need a graduate degree at all?
Should you work your way up through the ranks, or do you need another degree? If you want to be a doctor or lawyer, then the answer is obvious. Of course, the answer is not always so apparent. Do your research. Online research is a great place to start, but there is no substitute for talking, one-on-one, with someone who is already doing what you want to do.
Use you school’s alumni network and career center. Then, find a graduate program that interests you and contact the admissions department. Ask for referrals to current students who are willing to speak with prospective students.
Do you need it now?
This is a very important, and very personal, question you must ask yourself before jumping into graduate school. There is never just one path to your chosen destination. Once you know you need that next degree, take a deep breath and think for a moment before you continue. In fact, even if you are already in a graduate program, it is never too late to consider this question.
Consider the money, the time, and any debt you already have. Think about where you will be in your career, and life, when the you finish the degree. If you are not sure about the degree you are considering, don’t be in such a rush. It’s easy to feel like you need to get all this schooling over with, but slow down. A year or two spent working in the field might teach you more. Much more. In any field, there are sure to be specialties you don’t know about yet and options you have not considered. Consider finding a job that lets you get paid while you learn more about your chosen field.
How will you (or someone else) pay for it?
Ahh—now we’ve come to it. The elephant in the room. Extra degrees often mean you earn more at that first job, but schools usually insist on being paid while you are still a student. Now what?
Loans work and are often the right answer. However, take pity on the 35-year-old you will one day be, and think about it first. Those loans may follow you for a long time.
Is there another way? The answer, again, is face-to-face contact with people who already have your dream job. For example, getting an MBA now will let you get a better paying job when you’re done. However, many employers pay, or help pay, for business training and business degrees. Get back on that alumni network. This time, look for people who work in human resources for large companies of all kinds. They know the programs in their own companies and can give you an idea of who gets trained for free, and why. You may want to get that entry-level job, prove how valuable you are, and then take advantage of every corporate training program they have in-house, as well as any tuition-assistance programs you can find. Hint: bigger corporations have more programs.
So you have answered all three questions! Did the graduate program you are considering make the grade? Remember, be sure you are investing your time, talent and money in an education that will get you what you want. Once you know you need that degree, that you need it now, and how you’re going to pay for it, you can make that investment with confidence.
CATPrep is pleased to publish this guest post by Charlotte Andrews
Recently a student wrote to ask us a question regarding the scoring of our GRE practice tests.
Ben asked: “What kind of scoring do you give for GRE practice tests? An old score range like Kaplan i.e. 650-750 or the new score “151″?”
We were pleased to inform Ben that currently our GRE practice tests deliver scores using both ranges so that our students can compare.
Best of luck to all of you preparing for the GRE!
Jacob wrote us today with the following queries and we wanted to share our response:
Do your products reflect the change in the exam? If so, how were you able to anticipate those changes and adapt your products accordingly in such a short amount of time? Does your product or website explain the changes in the exam?
Thanks for your query Jacob. Yes we have updated all our GRE practice tests to reflect the new GRE format which began August 1st, 2011.
As a recognized leader in GRE Test preparation materials, we were given access to ETS’s proposed revisions well in advance. Thus we were able to release our updates for the new format by July 2011 so that our students could get a jump on preparing for the changes.
We published a short primer of the new GRE format changes on our website but generally do not recommend that students waste any time reviewing any comparisons of the old and new format. The new format is here to stay and it’s best to simply focus on the current format of the GRE and make certain that you prepare with updated materials such as our GRE Practice Tests.
We are pleased to announce that we’ve just added AWA scoring to our GRE Practice Tests!
Our latest update to our GRE Practice Test Simulator includes a new AWA scoring feature that provides real-time rating of your analytical writing assessment responses.
Students currently using our practice tests for study will automatically receive AWA ratings for any newly completed test sessions and previously saved test sessions will also receive AWA ratings when they are next loaded for review.
We are excited about this new offering and are certain that you’ll benefit from the AWA feedback provided by our new GRE practice tests. Best of luck in your preparations!
We’ve just updated the free demo of our GRE Practice Tests to the new Revised GRE format. Nothing is better GRE preparation than practicing under realistic conditions – so try it today!
Our revised GRE practice test software has been updated in the last 24 hours to address a few bugs and to enable a better fail-safe method of saving your progress should you decide to quit the test before completion and resume it at a later time. The update is available immediately and will be automatically loaded the next time you launch a revised GRE practice test.
We’ve just released two additional GRE practice tests in the new GRE format. Now we have four complete GRE practice tests in the new revised General Test format for students taking the GRE after August 1 of this year.
We are still offering a free practice test for facebook users and the offer applies to any of our revised format tests – so start your GRE practice today!
Many of you have been asking us about the scoring used by our New GRE Practice Tests for the revised General Test. So we wanted to write a quick note regarding the New GRE Score Scale and how it affects you.
It’s important to note that ETS will not be releasing any scores for the new GRE until November of this year. Only at that time will the “scoring curve” be set. Clearly, ETS intends to use the time between when they receive the first new GRE results in August and when they produce scores for those results in November to evaluate the various elements of the new format and how they will play into students’ overall scores. We expect they will provide a little guidance regarding score range percentiles and additional data at that time.
Until the “scoring curve” is set – we’ll continue to use a curve extrapolated from data gathered with the “old” GRE format to calculate revised scores in the new 130-170 point range for our practice tests. For your reference, our practice tests also provide an approximation of your scores under the “old” 200-800 score scale and will continue to do so until at least November.
Feel free to post any questions regarding this in the comments below – or reach out to us directly on facebook or twitter.
We’ve just posted our first two revised GRE General Test practice tests! Students planning to sit for the GRE on or after August 1st can now practice with a realistic simulation of the new GRE test.
Select a “Revised GRE” from our GRE Practice Test launch menu to start a new GRE practice test now!