On Test Day

Test Center Procedures and Regulations

By submitting your registration for a GRE® revised General Test, you are agreeing to abide by all procedures and policies in the GRE® Registration and Information Bulletin, on the GRE website or communicated to you at the test administration for which you have registered.

  • Dress so that you can adapt to any room temperature.
  • Test-related information written on clothing, ID documents or on any parts of the body is prohibited.
  • Test centers do not have large waiting areas. Friends or relatives who accompany you to the test center will not be permitted to wait in the test center or be in contact with you while you are taking the test. Except for ETS-authorized observers, visitors are not permitted in the testing room while testing is in progress.
  • ID verification at the test center may include fingerprinting, thumbprinting, photographing, videotaping, signature comparison, biometric voice identification or some other form of electronic ID biometric confirmation. If you refuse to participate, you will not be permitted to test and you will forfeit your test fees. This is in addition to the requirement that you must present acceptable and valid identification.
  • If an institution that you have designated to receive your scores requests to see your photograph taken at the test center, ETS will send that photo or other information in ETS's files to that institution as necessary to detect or prevent unlawful activity and to protect the integrity of the GRE test.
  • Food, drinks, tobacco and firearms are not allowed in the testing room.
  • If you have health-related needs that require you to bring equipment, beverages or snacks into the testing room or to take extra or extended breaks, you need to follow the accommodations request procedures described in the Bulletin Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs.
  • Do not bring cell phones, smartphones (e.g., BlackBerry® or iPhone® devices), PDAs, digital watches, smartwatches and other electronic, recording, listening or photographic devices into the test center. If you do, you will be dismissed from the test, your test fees will be forfeited and your scores will be canceled even if dismissal is not enforced on the day of the test. Test administrators are not permitted to collect and hold cell phones or other devices. If you are seen using or accessing any of these electronic devices and/or transmitting data, including but not limited to text messaging, email and photographs, your device may be inspected and/or confiscated. You may not access your phone during the test or during breaks to check messages or to check the time.
  • Personal items other than identification documents are not allowed in the testing room. You will be required to follow the procedures set by the test center for storage of your personal belongings. You may also be asked to empty your pockets. Storage space is limited, so plan accordingly. You will not have access to your personal items during the test. Personal items such as hats, scarves, jackets and outerwear that are taken into the test room are subject to inspection by the test administrator. Digital watches are not permitted and must be removed. Failure to comply may result in dismissal from the test and/or cancellation of scores.
  • Neither ETS nor the test centers assume any responsibility whatsoever for personal items or devices that you choose to bring into the test center.
  • The test administrator will assign you a seat.
  • You are not permitted to go outside the test center building unless it is to use the restroom only during the test administration, including breaks.
  • On occasion, weather conditions or other circumstances beyond the test administrator or ETS’s control may require a delayed start or the rescheduling of your test appointment. In the event that a technical problem at the test center makes it necessary to cancel your test session, or if it is later determined that your scores could not be reported, you will be offered the opportunity to schedule another test appointment free of charge or receive a full refund of the original test fee. In addition, you may seek reimbursement from ETS for reasonable and documented expenses associated with traveling to the test center, even though technical problems are generally not the fault of ETS. To request reimbursement, contact GRE Services with the following information within 30 days of your original appointment: your name, date of birth, mailing address, daytime telephone number, email address, original test date and registration or CBT appointment number, and a brief description of what occurred at the test center. All reimbursements will be made in U.S. dollars.
  • ETS reserves the right to take appropriate action and/or notify appropriate authorities including, but not limited to, law enforcement authorities, if a test taker responds in a threatening or disturbing way to essay questions or communicates with ETS either verbally or in writing in a threatening or disturbing manner.

For Computer-delivered Tests Only

The following procedures and regulations apply during the entire test session, which begins at sign-in, ends at sign-out and includes breaks.

  • If you requested and received an authorization voucher from ETS, you must take it with you to the test center.
  • Report to the test center at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled testing time. If you arrive late, you may not be admitted and your test fee will be forfeited. Plan to be at the test center up to four and one-half hours.
  • Note for individuals testing in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea: The test will begin at 10 a.m. local time. Report to the test center no later than 9:30 a.m. on the test date.
  • You will be required to write in cursive (not print) and sign a confidentiality statement at the test center. If you do not complete and sign the statement, you cannot test and your test fees will not be refunded.
  • ETS reserves the right to ensure the security of test content by using electronic detection scanning devices (e.g., hand-held metal detectors/wands). Failure to comply may result in dismissal from the test and forfeiture of your test fees.
  • You may be required to sign the test center log before and after the test session and any time you leave or enter the testing room.
  • You may be asked to remove your watch and to store it during the test administration. Digital watches and smartwatches are not permitted.
  • The test administrator will provide you with scratch paper that may be replenished after you have used all pages of the scratch paper initially given to you. You may not take your own scratch paper to the test, nor may you remove scratch paper from the testing room at any time or write on anything other than the scratch paper provided (e.g., computer or workstation). Scratch paper is provided to assist test takers in working out problems and for appropriate note taking during timed sections of the test. Scratch paper should NOT be used during breaks or before the test. At the conclusion of the test, you will be required to return all scratch paper to the test administrator. If you are observed using any documents or unauthorized papers other than the designated scratch paper distributed by the test site, they will be confiscated by the test center staff.
  • If at any time during the test you have a problem with your computer, or for any reason need the administrator, raise your hand.
  • Testing premises are subject to videotaping.
  • The GRE revised General Test includes an optional 10-minute break after the third section and one-minute breaks between the remaining sections of the test. These break times cannot be exceeded. You are required to remain in the test center building or in the immediate area. You are not permitted to go outside the test center building unless it is to use the restroom during the test administration, including breaks.
  • If you need to leave your seat at any time other than the break, raise your hand; timing of the section will not stop.
  • You will have access to an on-screen calculator during the Quantitative Reasoning sections.
  • Personal calculators are not permitted in the testing room.
  • At the end of the test, you will be given the option to report or cancel your scores. If you choose to report your scores, those scores will become a part of reportable history and cannot be canceled. Although you have the option to cancel your scores, consider very carefully before doing so because the score reporting choices available with the ScoreSelect® option allow you to report only the scores that you feel reflect your personal best. Your scores will be reported to GRE score recipients only at your request. If you choose  to report your scores, you will be able to view your unofficial Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores at the test center. Because of the essay scoring process, you will not be able to view your Analytical Writing scores at the time you test.
  • Test centers cannot provide printed copies of unofficial score reports.
  • On test day at the test center, you will be asked to designate your score recipients and choose the ScoreSelect option regarding which scores should be reported (Most Recent or All scores). If an institution is not listed, ask the test center administrator for the appropriate form to indicate unlisted institutions. Complete the form and turn it in before you leave the test center. The form will not be accepted after you leave the test center.
  • If you do not select score recipients on the test day, or you would like to send your scores to more than four score recipients, you will need to submit an Additional Score Report request for a fee of US$27 per score recipient. See Ordering Additional Score Reports.

For Paper-delivered Tests Only

The following procedures and regulations apply during the entire test session, which begins when you are admitted to the test center, ends when you leave the test center and includes breaks.

  • Test administrators will not honor requests for schedule changes.
  • Report to the test center at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled testing time. If you arrive late, you may not be admitted and your test fee will be forfeited. Plan to be at the test center up to four and one-half hours.
  • Take your admission ticket and identification document(s) to the test center.
  • Take three or four sharpened No. 2 or HB pencils and a good eraser. Pencils and erasers will not be supplied at the center. Mechanical pencils and pens are not permitted.
  • No test taker will be admitted after test materials have been distributed.
  • With the exception of your admission ticket, paper of any kind is not permitted in the testing room.
  • You must have the test administrator’s permission to leave the room during the test. Any time lost cannot be made up. You are required to remain in the test center building or in the immediate area unless it is to use the restroom only during the test administration, including breaks.
  • You may wish to pace yourself with your own watch, but the test administrator is the official timekeeper. Watch alarms are not permitted to track time. Digital watches and smartwatches are not permitted.
  • You may work only on the test section designated by the test center supervisor and only for the time allowed. You will not be permitted to continue the test or any part of it beyond the established time limit.
  • You will write your essay responses and enter your answers to test questions in the test book, rather than on a separate answer sheet.
  • You will be provided with an ETS calculator to use during the Quantitative Reasoning sections. You may not use your own personal calculator. Sharing of calculators with other test takers is not permitted.
  • At the end of the test you will be required to return your test book to the test administrator. This material is the property of ETS.
  • The GRE revised General Test includes a 10-minute break after the second Analytical Writing section. This break time cannot be exceeded. You are required to remain in the test center building or in the immediate area. You are not permitted to go outside the test center building unless it is to use the restroom during the test administration, including breaks.
  • At the end of the test, you will be given the option to cancel your scores.
  • You will be asked to designate your score recipients and choose the ScoreSelect option regarding which scores should be reported (Most Recent or All scores) during registration or on your admission ticket correction stub.
  • If you do not select score recipients when registering or on your admission ticket correction stub, or you would like to send your scores to more than four score recipients, you will need to submit an Additional Score Report request for a fee of US$27 per score recipient. See Ordering Additional Score Reports.

Reporting Suspicious Behavior

ETS takes test security very seriously. Although tests are administered under strict supervision and security measures, testing irregularities may sometimes occur. Please contact ETS as soon as possible to report any observed irregular behavior — for example, someone copying from another test taker, taking a test for someone else, having access to test questions before the exam, or using notes or unauthorized aids. All information will be held in strictest confidence. Reports of cheating will be investigated thoroughly and offenders may be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Email:
TSReturns@ets.org
Phone:
1-800-353-8570 (United States only)
1-609-406-5430
Fax:
1-609-406-9709

Dismissal from a Test Center for Computer-delivered and Paper-delivered Tests

A test administrator is authorized to dismiss you from a test session and/or your scores may be withheld and ultimately canceled for any actions that violate the policies and procedures set forth herein and/or communicated at the test center including, but not limited to:

  • Attempting to take the test for someone else or having someone else take the test for you.
  • Failing to provide acceptable identification.
  • Obtaining improper access to the test, a part of the test or information about the test. This includes having test questions or answers in advance of the test administration and bringing pre-knowledge of test information into the test center and any form including, but not limited to, identification documents, prohibited devices and any other method listed as an aid in connection to the test.
  • Using or having any prohibited device in your possession in the test center. Cell phones, smartphones (e.g., BlackBerry or iPhone devices), PDAs, digital watches, smartwatches and other electronic, recording, listening and photographic devices are not permitted in the test center. If you bring them into the test center, you will be dismissed from the test, your test fees will be forfeited and your scores will be canceled even if dismissal is not enforced on the day of the test. Test administrators are not permitted to collect and hold cell phones or any other devices. If you are seen using or accessing any of these devices and/or transmitting data, including but not limited to text messaging, email and photographs, your device may be inspected and/or confiscated. You may not access your phone during the test or during breaks to check messages or to check the time.
  • Using any aids in connection with the test, including, without limitation: mechanical pencils, mechanical erasers, pens, pagers, beepers, digital watches, calculator, photographic, computing watches, smartwatches, books, pamphlets, notes, unauthorized scratch paper, rulers, highlighter pens, scan pens or scanning devices, watch alarms (including those with flashing lights or alarm sounds), stopwatches, dictionaries, translators, compasses, protractors and any handheld electronic, scanning, listening, recording or photographic devices.
  • Creating a disturbance (Disruptive behavior in any form will not be tolerated; the test administrator has sole discretion in determining what constitutes disruptive behavior.)
  • Attempting to give or receive assistance — Communication in any form is not permitted during the test administration. Discussion or sharing of test content or answers during the test administration, including breaks, and after the test administration, is prohibited.
  • Removing or attempting to remove test content from the test center. Under no circumstances may test content or any part of the test content be removed, reproduced, and/or disclosed by any means (e.g., hard copy, verbally, electronically) to any person or entity.
  • Tampering with a computer during a computer-delivered test administration.
  • Attempting to remove scratch paper from the computer-delivered testing room or using scratch paper before the test, during untimed sections of the test or during breaks.
  • Bringing a weapon or firearm into the test center.
  • Bringing food, drinks or tobacco into the testing room.
  • Leaving the test center vicinity during the test session or during breaks.
  • Leaving the testing room without permission. You are not permitted to go outside the test center building unless it is to use the restroom during the test administration, including during breaks.
  • Taking excessive or extended unscheduled breaks during the test session. Test center administrators are required to strictly monitor unscheduled breaks and report test takers who take excessive or extended breaks.
  • Referring to, looking through, or working on any test, or test section, when not authorized to do so, or working after time has been called.
  • Failing to follow any of the test administration regulations contained on the GRE website, in the GRE® Bulletin, given by the test administrator or specified in any test materials.

ETS reserves the right to take all action — including, but not limited to, barring you from future testing and/or withholding or canceling your scores — for failure to comply with test administration regulations or the test administrator's directions. If your scores are canceled, they will not be reported and your registration and test fees will not be refunded. Reports of cheating will be investigated thoroughly and offenders may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

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