Planning Your Future Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions are ones that often come up when thinking about applying to grad school. If your question is not here, please email.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I take a year off does psych grad school care?

It is common for students to take a year off in between undergrad and graduate. If you do, start some of the applying steps during the time. Note it is important to contacting people for references in advance and book time to see them, particularily if you will be out of contact for the year off. In addition, it is important to try to do some relevant work, even if it is volunteering, during the year off. In short, make use of the time after undergrad in a way that will help your chances when applying.

Do I really have to do the GREs?

Pretty much all American grad programs required or recommend it. Many of the Canadian schools recommend it, some require it. So it is up to you to decide if you want to close that many doors by not writing. In short, the GRE-General and the GRE-psych are not fun, and neither are applications, but your options and chances are better if you write them. Lastly, Study for them!

I'm not sure what I want to do...

The easiest first step is to start listing what you enjoy and why. Second step would be to talk to someone at the career center. There are books and seminars available through the PSA that can help. Before you start applying anywhere make sure you've figured out a plan. In short, there is help and people to talk to.

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