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!


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.

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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. 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.