Some Details Regarding The GRE

When and How to Take GRE Test

Thousands of students endeavor to take GRE every year. These students are graduate hopefuls who wish to seek admissions to the world's best graduate schools, including the finest MBA institutes. This is because the examination provides a common standardized measure for evaluating key skills of students who come from different academic and cultural backgrounds. The test is administered in two formats (the Paper-based Test and the Computer-based Test) in more than 160 countries at around 700 test centers. This makes GRE the most popular graduate admissions test in the world.

When to Take the Test?

Students should take test only after they are fully prepared for it as the fee for taking the test is quite high. Test-takers will have to verify which format of the test is available in their location before deciding on a test date. This can be done by visiting the following link: The Paper-based Test is administered up to three times each year in the months of October, November and February. The Computer-based Test is offered on a continuous basis throughout the year; at a frequency of two times a month in some locations. To find out information about the test dates and test centers in your region, visit the following link

Application Procedure

While registering for the test, students should make sure that they write down the exact spellings of their names as they appear in their official identification documents. It is important to make sure all information is true. After a student has registered for the test, ETS provides a facility for having four free score reports to be sent to the institutions of his choice. Sufficient time should be allowed for receiving scores.

  • The application procedure is different for both formats of the test. If a candidate wishes to take GRE in the Computer-based format, he has three to four different options of registration depending on his location. Residents of the United States, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada can register online, through phone or by mail. Residents outside these territories can register online, by phone, by mail or through fax. To register online, students can follow this link: For more information on registering for the Computer-based Test, visit which will lead you to the relevant webpage on the official website of ETS.
  • To take GRE in the Paper-based format, students have only two options for registration. They can either follow the given link for online registration or they can follow mail registration. More information about these options can be found at

Fee for Taking GRE

The fee for taking the test in the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico is $160. It is $190 in all other locations. There is a late registration option available for those candidates who register online and the fee for that is $25. Special requests including standby testing, rescheduling the test and changing the test center cost $50 per request. Student can take test again (retest) only once every 60 days and a maximum of 5 times a year. The Paper-based Test can only be retaken 3 times a year as that is the maximum number of times it is administered.

Disability Accommodations

Students who suffer from disabilities that can hamper their test attempt can apply for special testing accommodations that would nullify the effect of their disabilities. These provisions include providing the test in Braille, large print, providing extra testing time, administering the test in a separate room, etc. Two special bulletins should be referred to for further information on these accommodations. The first one is the 'GRE Information and Registration Bulletin' ( and the second is the 'Bulletin Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health Related Needs' ( Consulting these two bulletins will equip students with all further knowledge related to applying for these special accommodations.

Students should not forget to bring their ID cards on the day of the test. Mobile phones and other electronic gadgets are not allowed inside the examination room.

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