Pressed by application deadlines for doctoral programs in the United States, I have booked myself to write the Graduate Record Examination on November 16th.
In an ideal world, I would have more time to prepare for the GRE. As it is, American programs require complete applications including GRE scores between December 1st for the earliest schools and January 15th for the latest. November 17th is the last possible day to write the test and get formal results by December 1st.
In addition to dealing with the GRE, I need to assemble references, statements of intent, research proposals, and so on.
It is all a bit daunting. I am thankful for the efforts of a particular young woman who is doing more than anyone to keep me sane and generally on track.