Updated April 2, 2020
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At Home Testing Available Worldwide
As of April 2, 2020, the GRE® General Test is available everywhere that the computer-delivered GRE General Test is normally available, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran. In Mainland China, ETS is working closely with NEEA to accommodate test takers impacted by test cancellations, including adding test dates once regular testing resumes. We are working to offer at home testing to Iran as soon as possible.
ETS launched the at home test to meet the needs of students affected by test center closures. It's the same valid and reliable GRE General Test, delivered to test takers at home. Monitoring of the test will be conducted using live remote proctors and artificial intelligence technology by ProctorU®, the leading proctoring solution for online testing.
We are hosting a series of webinars about at home testing to facilitate the sharing of information and answer questions from programs and institutions. We hope you and your colleagues can join us; register for the webinar to learn more. Should you have questions in the meantime, please see the FAQs below, visit the GRE General Test at home student microsite or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why did ETS decide to offer this solution?
- ETS is committed to supporting institutions and students during this global health crisis. This at home solution provides a convenient, flexible and safe option for testing, allowing students to complete their applications, so that institutions can make informed admissions decisions.
- Where is the solution available?
- As of April 2, 2020, the GRE® General Test is available everwhere that the computer-delivered GRE General Test is normally available, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran. In Mainland China, ETS is working closely with NEEA to accommodate test takers impacted by test cancellations, including adding test dates once regular testing resumes. We are working to offer at home testing to Iran as soon as possible.
- How long will this solution be available? Is this a long-term solution?
- At this time, taking the GRE General Test at home is available until test centers reopen and the situation returns to normality.
- How does this solution compare to the regular testing option?
- The GRE General Test taken at home is the same valid and reliable GRE General Test you know and trust. The test is identical in content, format, on-screen experience and scoring to the test given at a test center. Students can prepare for the test using the same prep materials. Only the delivery method has changed.
- How soon will scores be reported?
- Scores for the GRE General Test taken at home will be available in 10–15 days.
- Is anything changing with the scoring or the score scale?
- There are no changes to the method of scoring or the score scale.
- Will scores be delivered in all formats?
- Scores will be available in all current formats: electronically online via the ETS® Data Manager and automated server-to-server data feeds or paper score reports.
- Will the GRE General Test Analytical Writing essay responses still be available online?
- Yes, test takers' actual Analytical Writing responses will be available through the ETS Data Manager.
- What safeguards are in place to ensure the security of the home test?
ETS is employing multiple best-in-class security measures that use both real-time human monitoring and artificial intelligence technology to see and respond to even the hardest-to-detect incidents:
- Live proctors will ensure constant vigilance, including confirming the test taker's identity and scanning their home environment before testing begins, flagging any suspicious activity, and intervening if necessary.
- Artificial Intelligence technology — such as facial recognition, gaze tracking and video recording of the entire session — will guard against malicious activity. Examples of test taker activities that AI will flag as possible cheating incidents include attempts to open a new browser, run unpermitted software and use unpermitted objects such as a cell phone.
- How does the remote proctor confirm the test taker's identity and verify ID documents?
- Before the test begins, photos are taken of the information within the ID document and of the test taker. The proctor verifies the identification document is current, valid and acceptable, and then uses facial recognition to compare the ID document with the person sitting at the computer. Artificial intelligence is then used to randomly verify the test taker matches the identification document multiple times throughout the test.
Test Postponements and Rescheduling Fees Waived
Due to concern for the health and safety of students and staff, and in compliance with local and national government directives, GRE General Test centers have been closed in some locations for limited periods of time.
Other countries and regions have limited testing available. Test takers can search for currently available test seats on the GRE Test Centers and Dates page.
In addition, the April 4 GRE® Subject Test administration has been canceled worldwide. Test takers scheduled to test on that date will receive an email alert and will be issued a full refund. Subject Test administration dates for the 2020–21 testing year will be published in April 2020 and registration will open on July 1, 2020.
ETS is working to make the reschedule process as smooth as possible by automatically rescheduling or returning test fees to students so that they can reschedule their exam.
To minimize the impact of postponements on test takers, ETS is temporarily waiving rescheduling fees for all test takers — whether their test has been postponed, automatically rescheduled or they are concerned about visiting a test center that remains open.
Due to the mandatory business closures at ETS facilities as a result of COVID-19, ETS has temporarily suspended the printing and mailing of paper score reports for the GRE tests. Institutions expecting scores via mail delivery should expect delays.
Electronic score delivery will continue on the standard schedule. Score users are encouraged to sign up for the ETS Data Manager. Electronic scores reported to you during the past 2 years will become available the same day.
Other Support for Students
ETS and the GRE® program are committed to supporting students whose tests have been canceled. Recent initiatives include:
Test center procedures: All of our test centers are following prevention steps to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. This includes regular schedules for frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces and providing disposable wipes so that test takers can wipe down their testing areas. Test takers are permitted to wear surgical masks at the test center, removing as needed for ID photos.
Seat availability: ETS is working with on-the-ground partners to ensure test seats will be available once testing resumes.
Free test prep: Students whose tests were cancelled are being provided with a code to access ScoreItNow!™ Online Writing Practice Service for free. It is a web-based service through which they can sharpen their writing skills as they prepare for the Analytical Writing measure of the GRE General Test.
Other free GRE practice resources include:
- POWERPREP® Online offers two free practice tests and provides students with a simulation of the actual test — including timed and untimed options — allowing students to familiarize themselves with the design features they will encounter on test day.
- Math Conventions and Math Review are free, downloadable documents that provide detailed information about the content of the Quantitative Reasoning measure. Links to Khan Academy® instructional videos provide additional information about the math concepts covered in the Review document.
Information: The best resources for students to keep themselves apprised of GRE news include:
- The Official GRE® General Test communities on Chinese social media sites Weibo and WeChat (微信公众号：GREofficial), which, combined, have 312,000 followers
- The TaketheGRE.com/cn page
- The official NEEA page, gre.neea.cn
- The Official GRE® General Test community on Facebook®, which has 1.1 million followers
Support for Institutions
With their mobility limited, students are spending more time online, looking for information and opportunities to prepare and connect with others. The GRE Program can use its Facebook, Instagram®, Weibo and WeChat social communities to inform prospects of your online information sessions, workshops and other recruitment events. The service is complimentary to GRE score users and only takes a few minutes to provide event details.
Because of this situation, many test takers will be delayed in testing and sending scores. We ask that all colleges and universities understand that this delay is through no fault of the test taker. We are closely following national and local developments and will alert you if there are any significant changes.
Should you have thoughts regarding assistance that ETS can provide as we manage through this situation, please share those with us at +1-609-683-2002 or via email.
Archive of Recent Communications to Institutions
- Coronavirus Update: Webinar Series for TOEFL® and GRE® At Home Tests (March 24, 2020)
- Coronavirus Update: TOEFL® and GRE® Tests Now Available at Home (March 23, 2020)
- Coronavirus Update: TOEFL® and GRE® Testing (March 18, 2020)
- Coronavirus Update: Solution for GRE® Testing (March 6, 2020)
- Coronavirus Update for TOEFL® and GRE® Testing (February 25, 2020)
- GRE tests postponement in Mainland China is extended (February 18, 2020)
- TOEFL and GRE test prep resources for students in Mainland China (February 14, 2020)
- GRE Support for Those Affected by the Coronavirus (February 6, 2020)
- Important testing update from the GRE and TOEFL Programs (January 31, 2020)
For the update on TOEFL test postponements, visit www.ets.org/toefl/cv-update.