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The Testing Experience

Be sure that you understand the GRE® General Test at home testing procedures, have the appropriate materials and prepare the room where you will test.

Watch the At Home Testing with ProctorU® video.

Video and Online Monitoring

  • During the test, a human proctor will monitor you (via video camera) and your computer screen to ensure you follow all testing procedures.
  • Your entire test session will be recorded and your photo will be taken. Your 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.

Test Environment Reminders

  • Make sure you are alone in a quiet, well-lit room.
  • Make sure your table and the surrounding area is clear.
  • Do not wear headphones or earphones.
  • Make sure your ears are always visible and not covered by hair, a hat or other items.
  • Recording devices of any kind are strictly prohibited.
  • Make sure your face is visible and not obscured by sunglasses or other accessories.
  • Avoid wearing such items as jewelry, tie clips, cuff links, ornate clips, combs, barrettes, headbands and other hair accessories.
  • Make sure you have acceptable note taking materials, such as a whiteboard or plastic transparency sheet, that can be erased in view of the proctor

Checking In

  • Log in to your ProctorU account at your appointment time. You will have up to 15 minutes after your scheduled time to begin your check in. If you have not checked in by that time, your test will be canceled and your fee will not be refunded.
  • Select “Start Session.”
  • Complete the authentication steps, which include showing your ID to the proctor. The name on your ID must match the name on your ETS account.
  • The proctor will review the exam rules and request access to your computer screen for monitoring purposes.
  • The proctor will ask you to use either a hand-held mirror or cell phone to show your computer screen.
  • The proctor will ask you to use the camera on your computer to show a 360-degree view of the room, including your tabletop surface.
  • When directed by the proctor, you will launch the ETS secure web browser. The proctor will provide the password to access the test.

During the Test

  • Make sure you can be seen on camera by the proctor. Suspicious movements could invalidate your test.
  • Do not use any unauthorized materials, including mobile devices, prewritten notes or textbooks.
  • Do not communicate with anyone else.
  • 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. If you do not return on time, your test will be canceled and your fee will not be refunded. Unscheduled breaks during the at home test are not allowed.
  • 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.
  • 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.

What’s next? Learn about score reporting and more.