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Equipment and Environment Requirements

You must verify that your computer and testing room meet the following requirements before you register for the GRE® General Test at home. If they do not, you will not be able to test.



  • Desktop or laptop computer; you cannot use a tablet or mobile device.
    • PC: Windows® operating system, versions 10 or 8.
    • MAC®: Mac OS X® 10.5 or higher (10.13 High Sierra is recommended).
  • Chrome or Firefox® browser.

Browser download and equipment check

  • Download and install the ETS Secure Test Browser on the computer you will use for the test. To fully install the browser, run the file after downloading it. Close the browser once you see the following message: "Success! You have installed the ETS secure test browser."
  • Run the ProctorU Equipment Check from the computer you will use for the test.
  • Computer firewalls and security applications can interfere with the test delivery software. If you experience this issue, you may need to disable or reconfigure your applications prior to the test.


  • Use an internal or external speaker to hear the proctor
  • Headsets or earphones are not allowed


  • Use an internal or external microphone that is not part of a headset to communicate with the proctor


  • Can be a built-in camera in the computer or a separate webcam
  • Camera must be able to be moved to show a 360-degree view of the room, including your tabletop surface, before the test

Environment and Testing Space


  • You must be alone in a room with no one else entering during the test.
  • You cannot take the test in a public space such as a park, internet cafe or restaurant.

Tabletop and seating

  • Your computer and keyboard must be on a desk or other tabletop surface.
  • The tabletop and surrounding area must be clear of all items not approved for use during the test, including cell phones (except when used for check in), cameras, notes and study materials. The furniture and d├ęcor in the room do not need to be removed.
  • You must sit in a standard chair; you may not sit or lie on a bed, couch or overstuffed chair.
  • Food and drink are not allowed during the test.

Clothing and appearance

  • Your ears must remain visible throughout the test, not covered by hair, a hat or other items. Religious headwear is permitted if your ears remain visible during the test.
  • You must be dressed appropriately for your test. You will be monitored via camera by the proctor, and your photo will be shared with institutions that receive your scores.
  • Avoid wearing such items as jewelry, tie clips, cuff links, ornate clips, combs, barrettes, headbands and other hair accessories.

Note-taking materials

  • You may not take notes on regular paper, for security purposes.
  • You may use one of the following:
    • One small desktop white board with erasable marker
    • One sheet of paper inside a transparent sheet protector, with an erasable marker
  • At the end of the test, you will need to show the proctor that all notes have been erased.

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