Frequently Asked Questions
- Am I eligible to take the GRE® General Test at home?
The option to take the GRE General Test at home is available in select locations affected by the coronavirus where test centers have been closed due to health and safety concerns for students and staff. To find out if this testing option is available in your area visit the Am I Eligible page or sign in or create an ETS account. If it is available in your area, you will have the option to select test at home.
- The test is not available in my country. When will it be available here?
ETS is working to ensure that as many test takers have an opportunity to test as possible. We will continue to assess the center closure impact worldwide and, as technology and capacity allows, we look to making the at home solution available in additional locations in the coming weeks.
- Is there an at home testing option for the GRE® Subject Tests?
The at home test option is not available for the GRE Subject Tests.
- What do I need to do before I register for an at home test?
Before you register, make sure the at home test option is available in your location, and that your equipment meets the system requirements needed to test at home.
- How do I register for the at home test?
Before you register, make sure the at home test option is available in your location and that your equipment meets the system requirements needed to test at home. If your equipment doesn’t meet the requirements, you won’t be able to test.
To register for an at home test, you must sign in or create an ETS account and select and pay for the test. After you do so, you will receive an email from ProctorU® with instructions on how to schedule your test date and time. Your registration will not be complete until you have scheduled your appointment with ProctorU.
- Is the test fee different to take the test at home?
The test fee is the same. For more information on registration fees, see Fees for Tests and Related Services.
- Do I need to schedule my at home test with ProctorU ?
Yes, you will schedule your test with ProctorU using the link in the ProctorU email that you receive after you select and pay for the test in your ETS account.
- Can I select my own test date?
Yes, you will be able to select from available dates and times. You will schedule your test date and time in your ProctorU account.
Rescheduling or Canceling a Test
- Can I reschedule from a test center to an at home test?
Yes. If you are located in an area where at home testing is available and wish to reschedule to an at home test, you will need to contact ETS. Test takers that have a test center appointment scheduled through June 2020 will be allowed to reschedule to an at home test.
- Can I reschedule my at home test to another date?
Yes, you are able to reschedule your at home test free of charge through your ProctorU account. You can reschedule your test any time prior to your appointment date and time.
- Can I reschedule my at home test to a physical test center?
No, you will not be able to reschedule an at home test appointment to a physical test center appointment. You should contact ETS to discuss your options.
- Can I cancel my at home test appointment?
Yes. If you need to cancel your at home test appointment, contact ETS. If you cancel your at home test appointment no later than four days before your test date, you will receive a refund equivalent to half of the original test fee.
Identification (ID) Requirements
- What are the ID requirements for my at home test?
Your primary identification (ID) document should be a current, valid passport that shows your name, photograph and signature and is written in English-language letters. If you are unable to present a valid passport, see information on what other forms of ID can be accepted. Make sure the name on your ID matches the name you used in your ETS account.
Test Environment and Equipment
- Where can I take the test?
In order to take an at home test appointment, you must have a private room that includes a desk or table where you will take the test. Your desk or table must be cleared of all non-testing materials.
- What type of devices (hand-held, tablet, PC) can be used for testing? Can I use a Mac®, phone or tablet?
You must use a Windows®-compatible laptop or desktop computer. You are not able to use a phone, tablet or Mac computer. Verify your equipment will meet the technical requirements.
- What if I have technical issues while I’m testing my equipment?
If you have technical issues while testing your equipment, contact ProctorU for assistance.
- Will I be allowed to use scratch paper during my exam?
You will be allowed to use an erasable marker with small whiteboard or one blank piece of paper inside a transparency sheet during your exam. You will be asked to erase all notes in view of the proctor at the end of the test.
- How do I prepare for the test?
The same test preparation material that is available for the computer-delivered GRE General Test can be used to prepare for the at home test, because there is no difference in the test content.
On Test Day
- What should I wear during my test?
Dress comfortably and refrain from wearing such items as tie clips, cuff links, ornate clips, combs, barrettes, headbands and other hair accessories. You will be recorded during your test session and a photo from the test session will be made available in the ETS® Data Manager as part of your score record to the institutions you designated.
- What is the check-in process like?
You can review what to expect during the check-in process by watching the At Home Testing with ProctorU® video.
- Will there be someone monitoring me during my at home test session?
Yes, you will be monitored by a human proctor during your entire test session. The proctor will connect with you during the check-in process, verify your identification document, and will monitor you throughout the entire session to ensure you are following all testing procedures. The proctor assigned to monitor you could be male or female.
- Will I have to submit a photo?
Your photo will be taken at the beginning of your at home test. Your photo from the test session will be made available as part of your score record to the institutions you designated to receive your scores.
- Will I be recorded during my test?
Yes, a video will be recorded during your entire test session.
- Are there breaks during the test?
The GRE General Test includes an optional 10-minute break after 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 permitted to leave your seat for the 10-minute break. Unscheduled breaks during the at home test are not allowed. Note that if you do not return on time from the scheduled 10-minute break, or if you take unscheduled breaks, your test may be terminated by the proctor.
- Will I be able to see my unofficial scores at the end of my test?
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, 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.
- What if I have a technical issue during my test?
If you have technical issues immediately before your test, contact ProctorU via the Live Chat feature in your ProctorU account. If you have a technical issue during your test that prohibits you from speaking to the proctor, call ProctorU at 1-855-772-8678 for assistance.
- Can I wear a headset or earphones during my test?
No, you are not allowed to wear a headset or earphones during your test.
- Is scoring the same as for a test taken at a test center?
Yes. Because this is still a GRE General Test, the scoring criteria, scoring process and score scale are exactly the same. See details about GRE General Test scoring.
- Will there be an indication on my score report that I took the GRE General Test at home?
Your GRE score report will not indicate that you took the test at home.
- Will schools accept scores from the at home GRE General Test?
The test taken at home is identical in content, format, on-screen experience and scoring to the GRE General Test taken at a test center. There is no indication on the score report that the test was taken at home.
- How and when do I get my scores?
Your official scores will be available in your ETS Account and sent to the institutions you designated approximately 10–15 days after your test date.
- How do I send my scores to an institution?
Your test fee entitles you to request that scores be sent to as many as four graduate institutions or fellowship sponsors at no additional cost. You will be asked to designate your score recipients at the end of the test, or you can choose not to report your scores at that time.
You can also send score reports to institutions after test day for a fee. See Ordering Additional Score Reports
- Can I retake the test?
You can take the GRE General test once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period (365 days). This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously.
This policy will be enforced even if a violation is not immediately identified (for example, due to inconsistent registration information).
If the violation is identified after registration, but before the test date, your test appointment will be canceled and your test fee will not be refunded.
If the violation is not identified until after your scores have been reported, your scores will be canceled. You and any score recipients will be notified by a cancellation letter. Your test fee will not be refunded.