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MATTHEW BASHI-KADLUBOWSKI: Hello, and welcome to the GRE General Test at Home. My name is Matthew Bashi-Kadlubowski, and I'm with the GRE program at Educational Testing Service. Today, we're going to be providing you with information on taking the GRE General Test at home. So let's get started.
The GRE general test is one admissions test that could be used to apply to a wide range of master's programs, MBA, specialized master's in business, JD, and doctoral programs at top-ranked universities worldwide. In response to this global pandemic and with the restrictions placed on regular testing, ETS and the GRE program are proud to introduce this convenient, flexible, and most importantly, safe option for you.
This presentation will cover all important aspects of the test, including eligibility, testing requirements, accommodations, and things to know about registering, and what to expect on test day and how to get and send your scores. The most important thing to know about taking the GRE General Test at home is it's the same GRE test that you would take in a physical test center. It has the same content, the same format, and the same onscreen experience that you would have had. It offers the same test-taker friendly features such as skipping questions within a section, going back and changing answers, and the on-screen calculator feature that's available during the quantitative reasoning section of the exam. And it has the same scores and score report as well.
Because it's the same test, your preparation for the exam will remain the same. You can use the same strategies and the same official materials from ETS like The Official Guide to the GRE General Test and POWERPREP Online Practice Test. The primary difference about the at-home test is that you will be utilizing your own equipment, which must pass certain requirements for the test. You will also be monitored online by a human proctor as opposed to being monitored by a proctor within a test center.
So let's move on to eligibility, requirements, and testing accommodations. So where and when is the test available? The GRE General Test at home is available worldwide wherever the computer-delivered test is normally administered, excluding mainland China and Iran. And I'm pleased to announce that testing is available around the clock, seven days a week.
So what are the equipment requirements? The test needs to be administered either on a desktop or a laptop. The use of a tablet or mobile device is not permitted.
In looking at operating systems, if you're using a Mac computer, it must have an OS version of a 10.5 or higher. It is recommended for 10.13 High Sierra. If you use a Windows operating system, you will need an OS version of a 7, an 8, or a 10. And of course, a Chrome or Firefox browser is required.
To communicate effectively with the proctor, you will need a microphone, which can be an external device or internal microphone in your computer. You will also need an internal or external speaker. Headsets and earphones are not permitted for the at-home test.
The equipment you'll be utilizing must also have access to a camera. It could be either a built-in camera in your computer or a separate webcam. You will need to show a 360-degree view of your room, including your tabletop surface before your test.
ETS has always been the leader in test-taker accommodations, and we are committed to serving test-takers with disabilities and health-related needs by providing them with services and reasonable accommodations that are appropriate, given the purpose of the exam. You can request accommodations directly through your ETS account before registering for a test. If you receive approval for the following accommodations, you can register for the test directly in your ETS account. And those accommodations are extended time, extra breaks, screen magnification, and selectable colors. For all other approved accommodations, you must register through ETS Disability Services via the URL listed below.
So to ensure your registration goes smoothly, here's some important information you need to know. First, make sure your computer is ready for the test by downloading the ETS Test Browser. This is the software you need to run the test. Make sure that you run the .exe file after downloading it to ensure that it is fully installed. Next, run the ProctorU systems check to confirm that your computer, camera, microphone, and speaker meet the minimum requirements for the test.
Now you're ready to register. The registration process for the GRE General Test at home is somewhat different from the regular process and has two main steps. So let's take a closer look. Step 1 is to start your registration in your ETS account. You will need to create an account if you don't already have one and log in.
Follow the directions to register, and select the Test at Home. You will not see any test dates here because you will need to choose your test dates later during Step 2. Keep the following directions to continue your registration and pay for your test. After you finish this step, you will receive an email from ProctorU. The email is usually delivered within a few hours.
Step 2 is where you will select your test date and time and complete your registration. Use the link in the email from ProctorU to access your ProctorU account, and follow the directions to select your test date and time. Look for another email when you're done that confirms your testing. If you need to reschedule your test, you can do so, but please note that this process may be different depending upon your situation.
It's test day. So let's take a closer look at the at-home experience. For the test, make sure you can be in a room alone without interruption. Your computer must be on an empty desk or tabletop surface, and the area must be clear of all items. You must sit in a standard chair and cannot be on a bed, overstuffed chair, or a couch.
When you start the test, you'll need to bring the following items with you: your identification document that you used during the registration process, a mirror or mobile phone to show the proctor your screen, and any notetaking materials, which can be a whiteboard with erasable marker or a transparent sheet protector over a piece of white paper with an erasable marker. Here is what the whiteboard and sheet protector might look like. Either way, make sure you use a marker that can be fully erased.
Remember that the session is being recorded, so please dress appropriately. Your ears may not be covered by your hair, a hat, or other items, and avoid wearing a watch, jewelry, and other accessories. To start the test, log into your ProctorU account at your scheduled time. Make sure you're not running late, or your test may be canceled. You will be connected to the proctor, who is going to ask you to show your identification, show your computer screen, and do a 360-degree visual scan of the room and your computer area.
During the test, make sure the proctor can see, and avoid any actions that may look suspicious. After the third section of the test, there is a 10-minute break. You can leave your seat, but you must return on time. You will be monitored by the proctor and artificial intelligence technology throughout the test to verify your ID. If you have any technical issues during the test, you can ask your proctor for assistance, or contact ProctorU by phone if you have been disconnected.
At the end of the exam, you will have the option to report or cancel your score. If you choose to report, you will see your unofficial scores. You can choose how you want to report your scores using the ScoreSelect option, and you will also need to erase any notes that you have taken in view of the proctor.
As I mentioned earlier in this presentation, the score reporting process for the at-home test is the same process that you would have followed if you were testing in a physical test center. Your official scores will be posted to your ETS account 10 to 15 days after your test and also sent to the institutions that you have designated. Remember, scores are valid for five years, so if you're intending to take a gap year or go to employment directly after graduation and come back later and apply to graduate school, you will have that opportunity, and your scores will be kept on file, again, for five years.
Remember, taking the GRE General Test in the comfort and safety of your own home can help you test sooner, keeping your educational plans on track, and we are here to help you during this crisis. For more information about the test, visit the at-home website. If you need assistance, please contact us, as we are always ready and happy to help you.
Thank you for attending today's at-home session. Be well, please stay safe, and good luck on your GRE General Test.