I have a GRE score on hand but it is too low for the universities I am applying to and the deadlines are very near.

I am thinking of sending the application now with the current low score and I booked a slot to retake the GRE. Can I send an email to the university again to consider my new scores?

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    Generally, application deadlines are hard, and only complete applications are processed. In some cases, GRE or TOEFL scores may be submitted later, but this would be mentioned on the application website. Asking never hurts though. – wimi Dec 10 '19 at 8:22

This is entirely dependent on the program you are applying to.

Some programs are flexible with deadlines, particularly so if applicants are domestic students. Others, as pointed out are very strict. There may be some of both types of programs within the same university or even college.

You can always try and the worst that can happen is you're told no. For example, a few options:

  1. Call or Email the admissions staff or the director of graduate programs and let them know you're taking the exam on DD-MM-YYYY. Ask if they will consider you for a provisional admission that's conditional on you obtaining a competitive score.
  2. Just apply anyway with what you have. Incomplete applications rarely move into the decision process. Execute #1 as well.

Again, this is very program and personality-dependent so your chances of success will vary greatly depending on the situation.* Some programs consider your best GRE score. Some super score (take best from each category).

* And how far "off the mark" your GRE scores are currently.


Your record is what it is. Hopefully it has some very strong elements. When you make application stress that both your background and your personal elements make you a strong candidate for success. Few people have a perfect record.

Some universities will do cut-off at certain scores. You can't overcome that most likely. But others treat it as just one element among many. Still others ignore GRE altogether. But highly competitive programs need some way to do a quick separation into those likely to succeed and those with shakier prospects. Make the first cut and you have a chance.

But your application has to give a complete and positive picture of your preparation and your prospects. GRE scores are probably one of the least predictive measures.

On the other hand, you can ask to have the old scores replaced by newer ones. The request may be honored or not. But ask. And make sure all the other positive elements are there. If the GRE score is a clear anomaly, then you have a better chance.

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