Eggs, whole-grain waffles, peanut butter and coffee. Let me tell you, this is a protein and caffeine-filled breakfast of champions that would make Dr. Oz proud. This protein power punch was my fuel at 6 am in preparation for the GRE at 8 am that same day. I was so “on it” that morning that I even arrived at the testing center at 7:25. After getting through security that could rival an airport, I was sitting at the computer and away I went by 7:30.  After a while, I sensed the first part of the test was loading rather slowly, and the time in between the questions were getting longer. Not ever taking the test before, I figured the time span was created by imagination due to nerves. After leaving for my 10 minute allotted break, I looked at the clock and when I saw that 4 hours had passed for just the first part I finally said something to the proctors. Turns out my software had been completely messed up the whole time I had taken the first portion of the test! I had to sit in the waiting room while they rebooted everything. After that didn’t work, they had to make a call to the GRE gods to see what else they could do to fix my test. My protein punch had worn off. I was tired and hungry, which was not beneficial to finishing the test after everything was finally fixed.


What did I learn? To plan ahead. If I would have taken the GRE a lot sooner, I could have opted to come back at a later date to finish and let them work out their bugs. Even better, if I would have taken it earlier, I possibly would have taken the test twice, which would have benefited me by knowing the amount of time it should have taken between particular tests and questions. Don’t let this scare you: this was a one-in-a-million occurrence. Take my experience and please, please, please plan to take your GRE earlier than your last semester in college!