GRE registration doesn’t need to be complicated, but there’s a lot of little details to consider. A bit of planning ahead can save you headache down the road. We’ve put together a complete guide of everything you need to need to know about registering for the GRE.
✅ Choose your preferred test schedule and mode of test.
ETS offers the computer-delivered test all year round and is on a first-come, first-serve basis based on their published seat availability within a two-month period. As for the paper-delivered version, test takers are required to choose a testing center before being provided with the center’s seat availability. The vast majority of students take the computer-delivered test.
✅ Prepare for the applicable test fees.
The standard test fee worldwide is $150, but fees also vary depending on location. There are also applicable Special Handling Services for fees related to late registration and test rescheduling.
✅ Prepare the necessary ID requirements.
The registration process itself requires a proper identification provided by the test taker. A valid and acceptable ID must be provided with the first and last name clearly stated. The ID must be:
The names should match those you provided during registration. In the event that the ID does not exactly match the name on the registration, you will not be permitted to test and your test fee will not be refunded.
✅ Be familiar with the test’s rescheduling and cancellation policies
If you didn’t realize how long to study for the GRE or some other reason, you may need to reschedule. The process of rescheduling or cancelling a test schedule is dependent on the test type availed:
You must create an ETS account to register for the GRE. Your ETS account will be used for registration purposes and also gives you the following features:
By having an ETS Account, you get the most up-to-date test center information and helps you determine which graduate institutions or fellowship sponsors you want to receive your scores. As part of your test fee, you can designate up to four score recipients. If you prefer to send score reports later or want to send score reports to more than four recipients, you can send additional score reports for a fee.
Reminders on creating an ETS Account
|✅ Step 1: Log in to ETS|
The name you use when you create your ETS Account is the name that will be reflected on your GRE General Test registration. It must exactly match (excluding accents) the name printed on the identification, or ID documents that you will present on the day of the test (especially its spelling).
|✅ Step 2: Create an Account|
The ETS Account you are about to create will allow you to register for the GRE General Test, GRE Subject Tests and apply for testing accommodations.
It will let you view, change or cancel your registration and purchase test preparation materials prior to test day. Then after test day, you will use your account to view your scores, order Additional Score Reports, access the FREE GRE Diagnostic Service, amongst many others.
|✅ Step 3: Fill out your Personal Information|
|✅ Step 4: Create Username and Password|
|✅ Step 5: Review and Submit|
|✅ Step 1: Log in to ETS|
|✅ Step 2: My GRE Home|
|✅ Step 3: Select Date and Test Center|
|✅ Step 4: Review and Finalize|
|✅ Step 5: Checking Out|
Be sure to check your confirmation page and your registration confirmation email for accuracy.
The GRE test is taken by people who want to pursue further studies through graduate school programs. Apart from this, the test is also taken by students who are planning to take up Masters, MBA or PHD degrees.
Applicants may come from varying educational and cultural backgrounds and the GRE General Test provides schools with a common measure for comparing candidates’ qualifications. The GRE test scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study.
Interested applicants can avail of the GRE test at more than 1,000 test centers in more than 160 countries in either computer-delivered or paper-delivered tests all year round. In areas such as Mainland China; Hong Kong, China; Taiwan, China; and Korea, the computer-delivered test is available up to three times per month. The paper-delivered test is available up to two times a year in November and February.
It may also be worth checking the GRE percentiles of your target school.
The ETS website contains all the complete guidelines and forms required for the GRE Registration and Test.
If you are still deciding on the test center you prefer to take it, you can search via the ETS portal.
Similarly, you can proceed to review the checklist and the registration process via the ETS page.
Here is the fees breakdown of the GRE test based on region:
|Region/Country||Standard Test Administration Fee|
|All other areas of the World||$205|
All fees are inclusive of any value-added tax or similar taxes that ETS is liable to pay. ETS also accepts different modes of payment depending on the test type.
ETS has released a COVID-19 update regarding the GRE test by temporarily offering a GRE General Test at home option.
While test centers are closed due to the pandemic and in keeping with everyone’s safety, interested applicants around the world (except in Iran and mainland China) will be able to take the GRE exam from home. GRE registrations have started for the June 2020 dates.
The test is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the GRE General Test taken at a test center and can be taken on your own computer at home, monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU®.
At home administrations are currently available around the clock Friday through Monday until June 30, 2020, and seven days a week from July 1 through September 30, 2020. Appointments may be available as early as 24 hours after you register.