(Closed) I’m sick and taking the GRE’s on Friday

posted 9 years ago in College
Post # 3
967 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I lived, but did so badly!! Like.. laughably badly. Like, I’m not even going to tell you how bad because you’ll wonder how it;s possible that I’m intelligent enough to post on here. Haha! But, to my discredit, I really didn’t study much. Some people do fine – at least we can retake it. I will probably not retake mine just because I am broke, and my GPA is really strong, so I’m hoping my GPA, essays and recommendation letters get me into the program I want. GOOD LUCK! One thing I can tell you.. study vocab flash cards like crazy!!! There are insane words that I have never even heard of, and I’m a proofreader/copywriter full-time!! 

Post # 4
5262 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m not taking the GRE yet, but I have finals tomorrow and still sick, so I feel ya!

Good luck, and get lots of sleep Thursday night. 

Post # 5
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club

I took the GRE several years ago, but I had a head cold, too! And I passed. 🙂 I do remember that the vocab/verbal part of the exam was MUCH harder.

Post # 6
1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Study STUDY STUDY your vocab! My sister started studying her vocab two years in advance…

Post # 7
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

i took it and did much better than expected…. i also studied like hell. good luck:)

Post # 8
3226 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve never had to take GRE’s and don’t see it in my near future. But good luck, and I hope you get rest and get better by exam day!

Post # 9
604 posts
Busy bee

Gross haha I feel your pain when I took the SATs years ago EKK, I was sick too It was horrible. Just get some sleep. I hope that when I take my LSATS I don’t get sick. Lots of liquids also!! Goodluck!

Post # 10
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - The Narragansett Towers

I took them, did poorly, and lived to tell about it (even got accepted to some schools!). Relax, eat healthy, drink lots of water and tea, get PLENTY of rest. And be warned–they don’t let you go into the test center with a scarf around your neck. And they told me if I took off my hoodie I’d have to tie it around my waist! It totally threw off my game.

Also–if you’re not sure where the test center is, do a drive-by the day prior. That totally eased my nerves, especially since I’m prone to getting lost.

Post # 11
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I lived but pretty much bombed but still got into grad school.  Remember, you can always take it again!  I got in based on my work experience, GPA, and rec letters.  GRE’s are not the be all end all.

Post # 12
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I took the GRE 5 years ago. (WHAT that was already 5 years ago! I’m only 25.) I bought a study book to prepare and focused mainly on the math…I hadn’t taken a math class since I was 18. As long as you a fairly good at math don’t worry about it, it’s much easier than SAT math. But study your vocab. The writing sections want you to argue a point. I went back to my 3-4th grade presuasive writing lessons. State your point/position and then develop  ideas to support your arguement writing a paragrph for each & then conclude. The prompts should be written where anyone could write on the subject.

The Friday before I took the GRE a police dective called me up and wanted me to come in for questioning. Apparently two girls got in a fight at a party the night before, one must have had my first name. They must have ran the name through the university database and been calling each person. I later got a phone call back from the detective to apologize. I remember telling him “Sir I can count on 1 hand how many times I’ve been out this semester, I have my GRE next week, I don’t have time to go out.”

Post # 13
1347 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Taking a test when you’re sick is the worst! Get lots of sleep tonight and tomorrow, and ditto on what potatochips said about checking out the test site if you don’t know where it is. I got a teensy bit lost on the day I took mine and was minorly freaking out about it.

I studied really hard for the GRE and was scared to take it because all my practice test scores were really low. I did well though, although I did better on the math than verbal, when I was expecting vice versa.

I didn’t get any rules about hoodies or scarves, but do dress in layers because you never know how warm or cold it will be. Good luck! You’ll rock it!

Post # 15
967 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

hahaha Nimiele, my score wasn’t too far from a 240!! 🙂

Post # 16
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Good luck on the GRE!  I’m not sure what it is like compared to the GMAT, which I took, but I was able to just squeak by the minimum score that I needed to get into my grad school!  Feel better!

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