Although different timelines work for different people, this 1.5 year timeline worked very well for me:

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER/DECEMBER: Take GREs (General Test and Psychology Subject Test)

FEBRUARY: Start thinking of programs to apply to

MARCH/APRIL: Retake GREs if necessary

MAY: Start working on personal statement

JUNE/JULY: Email people you want to work with, work on personal statement

AUGUST: Finalize list of programs to apply to, finalize personal statement

SEPTEMBER: Reach out to recommenders, start working on applications, request GRE scores and transcripts to be mailed to your schools

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER: Finalize applications

DECEMBER – JANUARY: Prepare for interviews

FEBRUARY: Interview

MARCH: Decide on programs

APRIL: Celebrate or regroup




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