Test Centers For GRE

How to Select a GRE Testing Center

The GRE is available in two formats: the Computer-based Test and the Paper-based Test. Most of the students take the Computer-based Test; however, the Paper-based Test is offered in those test locations where there is no feasibility of conducting the Computer-based Test.

Factors Affecting Test Center Selection

Test-takers have to systematically plan before choosing their test centers and examination dates. They have to consider the following 2 factors while selecting their test centers and dates:

Test Center Availability

Firstly, test-takers should remember that all the centers might not be available on all the declared test dates. This especially applies to the Paper-based Test. If you select a test date on which your chosen center is not available, your entire plan and strategy may suffer a setback.

Admission Deadlines

Secondly, test-takers should collect information about their preferred institution's admission requirements and deadlines for submitting the admission applications. Test-takers' GRE scores should reach their preferred institutions before the expiry of admission application submission deadlines. ETS takes 10 to 15 days to send the Computer-based test-takers' GRE scores to the chosen institutions. Note that the Computer-based test-takers can view their scores online. The Paper-based test-takers have to take extra care while selecting their GRE testing centers and test dates as score-report mailing process may get delayed.

Steps for Locating Test Centers

There are Approximately 700 GRE testing centers in 160 countries. The Computer-based GRE Test is offered frequently in a year around the world; but the Paper-based GRE Test is offered merely 3 times a year. In order to find out which format of the GRE test is offered in your centers or locations, visit the following URL: http://www.ets.org/bin/getprogram.cgi?test=gre ; select your country and click on 'Go' to get the required information. Visit the following URL to view the list of Computer-based GRE test centers and the Paper-based Test centers: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about/bulletin

Other Points to Remember

  • Test-takers can take the GRE Paper-based or Computer-based Test once in 60 days only. However, they can take the GRE Paper-based Test as frequently as it is offered
  • The GRE Computer-based Test cannot be taken more than 5 times in a 12 months period
  • Test-takers get the opportunity to take the GRE Computer-based Test on first-come, first-served basis
  • Visit the following URL to acquire up-to-date information about the availability of centers and about the declared GRE test dates: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/register/centers_dates

Registering for GRE test centers

Computer-based GRE test-takers can register online by phone, by fax and by mail. The Paper-based test-takers can register online and by mail.

Test Center Regulations

  • Friends, relatives and others are not allowed into the test center during the test
  • Valid identity proof documents should be produced at test center
  • Test-takers should agree to record their identification electronically through thumb-printing, photographing and video-recording
  • Personal items are not allowed in the test room except test-takers' identity proof documents
  • Test-takers are not permitted to bring food items, eatables and refreshments in the test room
  • ETS will reschedule the test or refund test-takers' fee if the test-taking gets hindrances due to any technical mistakes at test centers
  • The paper-based GRE test-takers must bring their own pencils and erasers; they will not be provided by test centers; mechanical pens and pencils are not allowed
  • The Paper-based GRE test-takers will not be admitted to the testing room if they enter after test-paper distribution

If test-takers fail to follow these regulations and procedures, they will not be allowed to take the test and their fee will not be refunded.

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