I will be applying to PhD Clinical programs in the fall of 2009. Before then, I need to take the psychology subject GRE and retake the general GRE (my current score is an 1170). Maybe this is a really silly questions, but I'm trying to decide which test to study for and take first. I like to strategically plan everything. Advice welcome! Option 1 - Study/take the general GRE first Pros: - While not all clinical programs require the subject test, all schools definitely require the general test, so maybe this should be my first priority. Without a good score on the general test, how much does a great score on the subject test really matter? Cons: - While, in my opinion, the psychology subject test is more finite in the information tested, the vocab words, etc. you could study for the general test go on forever. This makes me feel like I should get the psychology test out of the way and then spend the rest of the time I have endlessly studying for the general test. Option 2 - Study/take the psychology subject test first - in April. Pros: - I'll receive my scores long before it's time to apply, so if I didn't do well, I can take it again in November. - I think I'll do very well on the subject test, so it'll be a nice go-to thing I can highlight in my application if my general gre score isn't as strong... If I wait and take the subject test in November, however, I won't know how I did, so I won't be able to put it in my application... and, I'll have to blindly send it to schools. Cons: - Many programs don't require the subject psychology gre, so maybe it's more important to focus on the general and put all of my efforts there.