Steps for Taking the GRE
A great number of graduate and business school hopefuls take GRE every year. This is a standardized exam which is used as an admissions criterion in addition to undergraduate scores, letters of recommendation, etc. Students who are not sure of which stream they want to pursue in the future should take GRE rather than any other test as it leaves open a lot of avenues for the students. GRE scores are accepted by a lot of graduate schools including the best MBA schools in the world. If you are planning to take GRE any time soon, you should be aware of certain information like the fee structure, application procedure, disability accommodations as well as what to expect on the day of the test. This information varies depending on which format of the test you wish to take: Computer-based Test or Paper-based Test.
Application Procedure for the Computer Based Test
Applicants wishing to take the Computer-based Test and who reside within the United States, Canada, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico can apply for the test online, by mail or by telephone. Applicants who reside outside the aforementioned territories (or outside US) can register by fax in addition to the above mentioned options. Note that applicants who are requesting fee reductions, standby testing, Monday testing, special testing accommodations or residing in Nigeria cannot register online. However, test takers in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea have no other option but to register online.
- Online Registration: You can register online using a My GRE account which you will have to make on ETS's (Educational Testing Service) website (https://mygre.ets.org/greweb/login/login.jsp) for GRE. Payment is accepted only via Debit/Credit Card. The cards of Visa, MasterCard, Discover, JCB and American Express are accepted.
- Registration by Phone: To register by phone, residents outside the United States are to call their Regional Registration Center (RRC) while the rest can directly call Prometric Services or their nearest test center. Payment is accepted by the same credit/debit cards as permitted for online registration as well as through voucher numbers. ETS will confirm your registration and give you a registration number as well as assign you a test center and date.
- Registration by Mail: Mail registration can be done by applicants outside the US by downloading the International Test Scheduling Form (http://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/intl_test_scheduling_form.pdf) and mailing it to their RRC along with the requisite payment. Applicants within the U.S. have to submit the Authorization Voucher Request Form (http://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/cbt_authorization_voucher_form.pdf) and mail it to the address printed on the form. All this has to be done at least three weeks prior to the test date. Your registration will be confirmed via phone, mail or email.
- Registration through Fax: Applicants residing outside the United States have a fourth option of registering through fax. They can fax the International Test Scheduling Form to their RRC and pay through the accepted debit/credit cards. The form must be submitted at least 7 days prior to your chosen test date. If your chosen test date is not available, you will be scheduled for the next available test date. You can contact your RRC if that is not suitable for you. For more information, visit http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/register/cbt/.
Application Procedure for the Paper Based Test
If you take GRE in the Paper-based format because of the location of your test center, you can register online or through mail. Online registration is similar to what has been described above. For mail registration, download the form (http://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/pbt_registration_form.pdf) and mail to the address printed on it. Visit http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/register/pbt/ for further information.
The fee for taking the test in U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and U.S. Virgin Islands is $160. It is $190 in all other locations. For the paper based test, the late online registration fee is $25 and fee for standby testing is $50. Fee for rescheduling the test as well as changing the test center is $50. Visit http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about/fees for further information. ETS extends fee reduction facilities for U.S. residents and resident aliens so as to encourage graduate studies, despite having weak financial backgrounds. For further information about this facility, visit http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about/fees/reductions/.
For the convenience of those who have disabilities and are planning to take GRE, ETS has provided special accommodations that include altered testing conditions, providing the test in Braille/large print, scheduling extra breaks, etc. To find contact information, forms as well as other information in this regard, go through the following two bulletins:
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