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During Your GRE® General Test at Home

Your entire test session will be recorded by ProctorU® and monitored by a human proctor, and your photo will be taken.

Interacting with the Proctor

  • During the test, the proctor will monitor you (via video camera) and your computer screen to ensure you follow all testing procedures.
  • Make sure you can be seen on camera by the proctor. Suspicious movements could invalidate your test.
  • If you need to contact the proctor during your test, speak to get their attention and/or use the LogMeIn chat. It may take 30–60 seconds for the proctor to reply.
  • If the proctor is attempting to chat with you, the blue owl will bounce up and down.

Testing Policies and Procedures

Be sure to follow all testing rules. Otherwise, your test can be canceled and your fee won't be refunded.

  • Do not use any unauthorized materials, including mobile devices, prewritten notes or textbooks.
  • Personal recording devices of any kind are strictly prohibited.
  • You must disable any screen-sharing or remote-access software (such as Apple Remote Desktop™, Microsoft Teams, Skype, TeamViewer and Zoom) prior to the test. It must remain disabled throughout the test. Make sure that the software will not open automatically during the test.
  • Do not communicate with anyone other than the proctor.
  • There may be references to using a headset during your test. Ignore these: headsets are not allowed when taking the GRE® General Test at home.
  • There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section and one-minute breaks between the remaining sections. You are required to remain in your seat for the one-minute breaks. You are allowed to leave your seat during the 10-minute break. You must return on time. Unscheduled breaks during the at home test are not allowed.
  • ETS is monitoring reuse of devices and testing locations for unauthorized purposes. Frequent, inappropriate reuse of shared testing devices and common testing locations may result in score delay and/or score cancellation and could impact your eligibility to take future ETS exams.

Score Reporting Options

At the end of the test, you will be given the option to report or cancel your scores. Learn more about canceling your scores.

If you choose to report your scores, you will be able to view unofficial Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores. Because of the essay scoring process, you will not be able to view your Analytical Writing scores at the end of your test.

If you elect to report your scores at the end of the test, you will be asked to designate up to four score recipients as part of your test fee. If you don't choose your score recipients on test day, you can order score reports later for a fee.

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