GRE Exam's Cost

How to Minimize GRE Exam Cost

The GRE i.e. Graduate Record Examination is the most popular standardized test taken by prospective graduate students the world over. This test comprises of two parts, namely the GRE revised General Test and the GRE Subject Test. It is mandatory for all students to take the General Test in order to seek admission in most universities. Alternatively, the Subject Tests are usually taken by those students who are majoring in one of the following subjects:

  • Literature in English
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Computer Science

The Subject Tests may or may not form a part of the admissions requirement for a particular program or course. The admissions office of that university will have to be contacted to find out further information. The Subject Tests are still a great way to display specific strengths and show a level of seriousness towards the course.

The exam cost is a sum total of all costs that a student will have to incur in order to attempt the test. It is an aggregate of the exam fee, fee for late registration, standby testing and many other charges.

Cost of Taking the GRE

The  cost for taking the revised General Test in the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam or Puerto Rico is $160. A fee of $190 is charged from applicants taking the test in all other locations. The fee for taking the Subject Test is $140 for each subject test for applicants residing in the United States, its territories or Puerto Rico. All other applicants will be required to pay a fee of $190.

Cost of Availing Related Services

The following fees that form a part of the exam's cost are the same for the revised General Test and Subject Tests. If candidates get delayed in applying for the test, they have an option of late registration (only provided if online registration is done) that can be availed by paying a fee of $25. Requests for rescheduling the test or changing the test center will be fulfilled on the payment of a fee of $50. A further fee of $50 is to be paid if a candidate wishes to avail standby testing services.

Additional services related to score reports such as receiving scores by phone or ordering additional score reports are also offered by ETS. To receive scores by phone, a fee of $12 is to be paid. Registering for the test entitles a candidate to have four free score reports sent to institutions of his choice. Each additional score report will cost $23. Previously cancelled scores can be reinstated by paying $30. If a candidate has attempted the test in the Paper-based format, he has the option of getting his test hand-scored by paying $30.

Ways to Minimize the Exam Cost

The cost can be minimized to a great extent by taking some simple measures. Candidates can make sure to register for the test in time. Preparing well for the test will result in saving the additional charges that will be incurred in case of retaking the test. Candidates should avoid changing their test centers. The test date should be selected carefully so as to avoid rescheduling the test.

ETS also offers a Fee Reduction Program ( for students who come from weak financial backgrounds. Beneficiaries of this program will have their fee cut by half. These fee reduction certificates are limited in number and are issued on a first-come, first-served basis to deserving candidates. This facility is only provided to U.S. citizens or resident aliens who are college seniors or un-enrolled college graduates fulfilling certain criteria. An eligible college senior must already be receiving financial aid from his undergraduate university and must either be a dependent having an ISIR (Institutions Student Information Report) showing parental contributions of less than $1400 for senior year or be a self-supporting individual having an ISIR showing own contribution for senior year as less than $1800. Un-enrolled seniors should have already applied for financial aid and should have a self-supporting status testified by their ISIR showing a contribution of not more than $1800.