Registration, Test Centers and Dates
The GRE® Subject Tests are offered at paper-delivered test centers worldwide up to three times a year in September, October and April. You can register for a Subject Test online or by mail. If you register for a Subject Test, you are encouraged to download the free practice book for the specific Subject Test you plan to take. You can take only one Subject Test per test date.
You need to create or have a My GRE Account to register for a GRE test or to view your scores. Review the Registration Checklist below before creating a My GRE Account.
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.
- Check the fees and read the reschedule and cancellation policies before registering for the test.
- Read and understand the ID requirements. You are responsible for bringing valid and acceptable ID when you report to a test center.
- Create a My GRE Account to register online. Be sure that the spelling of the name you use when registering exactly matches the name printed on your identification documents (excluding accents and spaces) that you will present at the test center. For example, a last name of Fernandez de Córdova would be entered as FernandezdeCordova. See The Name You Use When Registering.
- Decide when you would like to take the test. Be sure to allow sufficient time for score reporting when scheduling your test so you can meet the admissions deadlines for the schools to which you are applying.
- Check the GRE online registration system for the most up-to-date test center information. Not all test centers are open on all dates.
- Determine which graduate institutions or fellowship sponsors you want to receive your scores. As part of your test fee, you may request that scores be sent to as many as four graduate institutions or fellowship sponsors. You will choose score recipients when registering for a Subject Test.
- Decide which ScoreSelect® option you will choose when registering for a Subject Test.
- Learn about the FREE GRE Search Service. You will have the option to sign up for the Search Service when you register for a Subject Test.
- When you are ready to register for a Subject Test, sign in to your My GRE Account and select from the registration options presented.
Note: Online registration is not available for test takers with disabilities or health-related needs requesting accommodations; or for test takers requesting fee reductions, standby testing or Monday testing.
- The name you use when you create your My GRE account will also be the name used when you register for a GRE test. Therefore, it must exactly match (excluding accents, apostrophes and spaces) the name on the identification (ID) documents that you will present on the day of your GRE test. If it does not, you may be prohibited from taking the test or your test scores may be canceled after you take the test. For example, a last name of Fernandez de Córdova would be entered as FernandezdeCordova.
- Payment by credit/debit card (American Express®, Discover®, JCB®, MasterCard® or VISA®), E-Check (drawn against U.S. bank accounts only) and . Note: American Express, Discover, JCB and MasterCard are NOT accepted for testing in Nigeria; only VISA and PayPal are accepted. ETS reserves the right to add or delete payment options at its own discretion and without notice.
To register by mail, download and complete the Registration Form for the GRE Subject Tests and mail the completed form with payment to the address printed on the form.
- The form must be received at ETS by the registration deadline.
- Allow four weeks for processing.
- Registration forms cannot be faxed.
- Payment by credit/debit card/money order/certified check (American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard or VISA). Note: American Express, Discover, JCB and MasterCard are NOT accepted for testing in Nigeria; only VISA is accepted.
Registration Code Lists
- Paper-delivered Test Center List
- Institutions and Fellowship Sponsors Approved to Receive GRE Scores
- Department and Major Field Codes
- Citizenship and Country or Region Codes and State and Territory Codes
Score Reports and Services Available with Registration
- As part of your test fee, you may request that scores be sent to as many as four graduate institutions or fellowship sponsors. Using the ScoreSelect option, for each of your four free score reports, you can decide to send scores from your Most Recent test administration or from All the times you have taken a Subject Test in the last five years. You will be asked to designate your score recipients when registering for the test. For more information, see Sending Your Scores.
- Your test fee also entitles you to send your scores to your undergraduate institution. You will be asked to indicate your undergraduate institution when registering for the test, and whether you want to send scores to it using the ScoreSelect option.
- You will be given the option to register for the FREE GRE Search Service when you register for a GRE test. For more information, see GRE Search Service.
Retaking a Subject Test
- It may be to your advantage to take a GRE Subject Test more than once if you think that the scores you obtained do not reflect your true abilities. If your scores seem unusually low in comparison with other indicators of your preparedness for graduate studies, you may want to consider taking the test again.
- If you are considering retaking a test, consider that large score increases are unusual, and for some test takers scores will go down.
- You may take Subject Tests as often as they are offered.
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