GRE Information


In order to be accepted into the Masters of Organization program, you will need to first take the GRE test.  Depending on your scores, you'll either be accepted as a regular student or a provisional student.  (See those score numbers)

Often the GRE test can be intimidating so this page has been created to hopefully answer your questions.  The items below are those most commonly asked about by students wishing to enter the program.


How much does the test cost?

The test costs $185.


How does Southeastern or the Communication Graduate program receive my scores?

There are three ways.  When you take the test, you'll be asked where you want the scores sent.  Make a point of asking for the scores to be sent to Southeastern.  This takes at least four weeks to happen so make a point of taking the GRE a good month before the semester you wish to start.


You will also receive a hard copy of your scores through the mail.  You can take that letter to the Office of Records and Registration and hand it directly to them.  


The third method is quicker still.  In order to take the GRE, you will set up an account on the website.  As soon as the scores are posted to the Website, you can go to the Communication Graduate Coordinator's office and display the score on the office computer.  We do not accept emailed scores or screen shots.  You must display the scores on the office computer.  If those scores meet the admissions requirements, we will accept you provisionally - even if your scores are high enough to be a regular admission.


Once your hard copy scores arrive, and if they are high enough to change you to a regular admission, your status will be changed.


Can I bring food, drinks or electronics into the GRE test?

You cannot bring any type of food or drinks in the testing room and all electronics must be put into a locker outside of the testing room including your cell phone or even a digital watch.


How long is the test?

The full process is 4.5 hours including check in time, testing and breaks in between if you choose to take them.


Where can I take the test?

The GRE is offered year round but specific test dates and locations must be found on the GRE website (


Can I take it again if I don't pass?

You can take the GRE revised General Test once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period. This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously. If you take the paper-based GRE revised General Test, you can take it as often as it is offered.


You will need to take the entire test again, not just a specific section.


What does the GRE cover?

The test covers three main skills which are verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and writing. For the writing section, you can't only rely on being a good writer. You will be given two different essays that have to be answered differently. Studying the format will help you with this section.


Do I need to study?

Yes, it would be wise to study for this test. It is difficult to pass with little-to-no preparation.  Also, the sooner you study for the test and take practice tests, the better it will be.


How can I prepare?

There are free test prep tools on  We believe they have the best resources for the test and even a practice test that is close to the actual test. There are also practice books that can be found in any book store. One of the most popular GRE prep books is from Kaplan and costs no more than $25. Make sure to get the latest book because the test itself is revised often.


How do I register for the GRE?

You can register online at the official GRE website, You can also register by calling ETS at 1-800-GRE-CALL.


How is the test administered?

It is computer based and will be taken in a room with several other people who will also be taking tests but there are dividers between everyone. The test itself allows you to move at your own speed and skip questions, come back to them later, and mark questions that you want to have a second look at.


There is also a paper test version as well if you request it.  


What do I need to take with me?

ID verification at the test center may include fingerprinting, thumbprinting, photographing, videotaping or some other form of electronic ID biometric confirmation. If you refuse to participate, you will not be permitted to test and you will forfeit your test fees. This is in addition to the requirement that you must present acceptable and valid identification.


Where can I find more information about the GRE?

You can find more information about taking the test, what you need for it, your scores, etc. on the GRE website.


Will your program accept older scores if I have already taken the GRE?

Yes.  We will accept GRE scores that are up to seven years old.  Any scores older than seven years are no longer viable though.  You'll need to retake the GRE test to update your scores.


Is there a trick to passing the GRE?

Yes.  Sign up, prepare and study.  Do not visit blogs or websites that claim to know the "secret" or give you tips and tricks.  They will only get you into trouble.  We've heard the horror stories.


The only real trick I can give you is, if possible, take the GRE test three months in advance of your starting the program.  I say that because it gives you the ability to retake the test if you do not achieve a score high enough to be accepted into the program.


If you cannot take the test more than once, then please take the GRE when you can, but make sure it is at least a month before starting the program.  There is simply no method of speeding up the scores than what I have suggested above.


And one more thing:  If you do not achieve a score high enough to enter the program the first time, try again.  This is a standardized test.  It can trip some people up.


I had a student come through the program who needed to take the test three times before his scores were high enough.  He graduated with a 3.75 GPA and is now an executive with a Fortune 500 company in Baton Rouge.


Good luck.  I know you can have success.