Thursday, May 5, 2011

What to do, what to do?

A UCLA gown, naturally!  [Source]
One of the big items on my Life List is to get my doctoral degree.  I'm an "in-class" kind of student - I'm not a fan of online programs.  I'd much rather be in a classroom environment than work online.  All of that considered, my options locally are somewhat limited.  I'm not 100% sold on a doctoral program that is specific to special education.  UCCS offers a degree in Education Leadership, Research, and Policy, which would be in line with what I'd like to do eventually.  I don't see myself ever being interested in administration as a principal, but I could see myself directing special education services for a school district.

My big master plan is to use my GI Bill money to fund this educational program.  Of course, if I want to apply to this program, I have to take the GRE first.  The GRE has recently been revised, and if you take it in August or September, you can get a 50% discount!  Everyone who's taken a standardized professional/academic exam knows how expensive they are.  My program also has an application deadline of late February.

So, do I register to take the GRE in the only available Saturday slot in September, the 17th, which is the first weekend when I get back from tech school?  Or do I just eat the cost and register later?  I'm a pretty good test-taker, and I don't know how much studying I'd really do anyway.  Hopefully I'm even back in time, since I don't know how quickly they'll send us home from tech school.  My last day at tech school is supposed to be the 13th of September.

How crazy am I feeling, folks?  I'm all about achieving goals!

5 comments:

Megan Dub-Yuh said...

Register to take the GRE even if you decide not to use it they are good for 2 years and at least it will be out of the way. I am looking at schools right now too. I decided to give up on my alma mater because their online program is way too pricey.

Jessa said...

I would register as long as you think you can have a good level of certainty that you will be back in time to take the test.

Taryn said...

My recommendation is that you take the test at a later point in time; good test taker or not -- the GRE is designed to be difficult; if you think you can simultaneously learn your craft at Tech School AND continue prepping for the GRE, then take the Saturday slot. But if it were me? I would register at a later time when I can allow myself adequate time to prepare; because the GRE is NOT an exam I want to retake. Just my 2 cents.

pro said...

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Lacey said...

I think the GI Bill will cover the costs of the GRE. You may want to look into it. I know it will cover my praxis exams as well as other exams I will have to take. Your GI Bill will be the post 9/11... I am still under the montgomery GI Bill for another 6 months or so until my months run out, so its might be different. http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/Post911_changes.html Check here, it says "Allows reimbursement of fees paid to take national exams used for admission to an institution of higher learning (e.g., SAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT)" I assume GRE would be the same?? And I'm not sure if the benefits are different for reserve compared to AD. I would just call them and find out. They have always been helpful.