GRE® Test At Home and Other COVID-19 Updates
Updated October 21, 2020
Please bookmark this page. It will serve as a consolidated resource for important information about GRE® test administrations and test-taker support initiatives. There will be ongoing updates.
Newest updates: The GRE® Subject Test administration scheduled for October 17 has been canceled. Test centers that administer the GRE® General Test are reopening worldwide, including in Mainland China. See below for details.
At Home Testing Available Worldwide
ETS launched the GRE® General Test at home to meet the needs of students affected by test center closures. It's the same valid and reliable GRE General Test, delivered to test takers at home. Monitoring of the test is conducted using live remote proctors and artificial intelligence technology by ProctorU®, the leading proctoring solution for online testing. See what your peers are saying about the at home solution. For business schools, see how the GRE General Test at home compares with GMAT® Online.
The GRE General Test at home is available everywhere that the computer-delivered GRE General Test is normally available, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran. Test centers are reopening in Mainland China and Iran, as well as many other countries. View Test Center Reopenings below for more information.
Download At Home Graphics for Your Website
We invite you to inform prospective candidates about the availability of the GRE General Test at home by providing graphics that you can post on your admissions web pages, including FAQ pages. View and download the graphics.
We are hosting a series of webinars about at home testing to facilitate the sharing of information and answer questions from programs and institutions. We hope you and your colleagues can join us; register for the webinar to learn more or download the latest version of the webinar presentation.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why did ETS decide to offer the GRE General Test at home?
- ETS is committed to supporting institutions and students during this global health crisis. This at home solution provides a convenient, flexible and safe option for testing, allowing students to complete their applications, so that institutions can make informed admissions decisions.
- Where is the GRE General Test at home available?
- The GRE General Test at home is available everywhere that the computer-delivered GRE General Test is normally available, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran. However, some test centers have reopened in Mainland China and Iran.
- How long will the GRE General Test at home be available? Is this a long-term solution?
- The GRE General Test at home is expected to be available until test centers reopen and the situation returns to normality.
- How does the GRE General Test at home compare to the regular testing option?
- The GRE General Test taken at home is the same valid and reliable GRE General Test you know and trust. The test is identical in content, format, on-screen experience and scoring to the test given at a test center. Students can prepare for the test using the same prep materials. Only the delivery method has changed.
- How soon will scores be reported?
- Scores for the GRE General Test taken at home will be available in 10–15 days.
- Is anything changing with the scoring or the score scale?
- There are no changes to the method of scoring or the score scale.
- Will scores be delivered in all formats?
- Scores will be available in all current formats: electronically online via the ETS® Data Manager and automated server-to-server data feeds or paper score reports.
- Will the GRE General Test Analytical Writing essay responses still be available online?
- Yes, test takers' actual Analytical Writing responses will be available through the ETS Data Manager.
- Our institution is receiving scores from test takers in countries where test center testing was not available at the time they tested. We concluded that they tested at home; however, at home testing was not available in their country. Are these scores valid?
- Yes, these scores are valid and can be verified through the existing process. The ability to register for the GRE General Test at home is dependent on the country name entered by a test taker in their ETS account, not their physical address or IP address. If the test is available in the country entered, the test taker will see the "Test at Home" option in the registration system; they can then complete the registration and scheduling process, take the GRE General Test at home and submit scores. We are aware of this activity, and we monitor it; it is not a security violation. The actual test administration, including its rigorous security standards, is exactly the same regardless of the physical country of the test taker.
- What safeguards are in place to ensure the security of the home test?
ETS is employing multiple best-in-class security measures that use both real-time human monitoring and artificial intelligence technology to see and respond to even the hardest-to-detect incidents:
- Live proctors will ensure constant vigilance, including confirming the test taker's identity and scanning their home environment before testing begins, flagging any suspicious activity, and intervening if necessary.
- Artificial Intelligence technology — such as facial recognition, gaze tracking and video recording of the entire session — will guard against malicious activity. Examples of test taker activities that AI will flag as possible cheating incidents include attempts to open a new browser, run unpermitted software and use unpermitted objects such as a cell phone.
- How does the remote proctor confirm the test taker's identity and verify ID documents?
- Before the test begins, photos are taken of the information within the ID document and of the test taker. The proctor verifies the identification document is current, valid and acceptable, and then uses facial recognition to compare the ID document with the person sitting at the computer. Artificial intelligence is then used to randomly verify the test taker matches the identification document multiple times throughout the test.
- Are there accommodations for test takers with disabilities?
- Yes, accommodations are available when taking the GRE General Test at home. Test takers can request accommodations via their ETS account before registering for a test. If they receive approval for accommodations of extended time, extra breaks, screen magnification or selectable colors, they can register for a test directly in their ETS account. For all other approved accommodations, test takers must register through ETS Disability Services.
Test Center Reopenings
As the world begins to open again from the pandemic, so are test centers. Openings vary by country and are dependent on the prevalence of the coronavirus and local government mandates. The availability of test centers could change due to these factors, which are out of ETS’s control. Test takers can search for currently available test seats on the GRE Test Centers and Dates page.
In Mainland China, GRE General Test and TOEFL iBT® test administrations resumed on a limited basis in July. Test locations and dates are added monthly as conditions permit.
In Iran, our test center network is operational and resumed GRE General Test and TOEFL iBT testing in June.
Enhanced Test Center Procedures
All test centers are following prevention steps to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. This includes frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces and providing disposable wipes so that test takers can wipe down their testing areas. Test takers are required to wear surgical masks at the test center, removing as needed for ID photos.
ETS is working to make the reschedule process as smooth as possible by automatically rescheduling tests, returning test fees, or providing a free, self-serve reschedule link in test takers' accounts so they can reschedule their exams. Tests postponed by ETS do not incur a fee for rescheduling.
GRE® Subject Test Administrations
The Subject Test administrations scheduled for September 12 and October 17 have been canceled due to impacts from the pandemic. Health concerns and local COVID-19 restrictions are preventing many institutions that have hosted paper-based GRE® Subject Test administrations in the past from being able to provide a safe testing space this fall. The Subject Tests will not be offered online at this time. Those who have already registered to take a Subject Test are being informed of the cancellations and their test fees will be refunded. Assuming that public health conditions have improved, the next opportunity to take the GRE Subject Tests will be April 2021.
Other Support for Students
ETS and the GRE® program are committed to supporting students whose tests have been canceled. Recent initiatives include:
Free test prep: ETS offers a variety of free GRE practice resources, including a simulation of the actual test and full practice tests.
Fee reduction: Fee reduction vouchers are available to eligible test takers directly and through 13 organizations. They can be used for all GRE tests, including the at home tests. Learn more about the GRE® Fee Reduction Program.
Information: The best resources for students to keep themselves apprised of GRE news include the Official GRE General Test communities on Facebook® and Chinese social media sites Weibo and WeChat (微信公众号：GREofficial).
Other Support for Institutions
Free event promotion: ETS can inform prospects about your online information sessions, workshops and other recruitment events through the official GRE General Test communities on Facebook and Chinese social media sites Weibo and WeChat. Combined, these social media communities have more than 1.4 million followers. The service is complimentary to GRE score users and only takes a few minutes to provide event details.
Recruitment support: ETS offers information and services that help institutions reach qualified applicants who are actively looking for a program like yours. Please join us for a complimentary webinar about how to cost-effectively target graduate and professional schools. You can also explore our online recruiting resource, the GRE® Search Service and HigherYield® recruitment and enrollment management platform, a partnership with Liaison.
Prepaid voucher service: In addition to our fee reduction program for eligible test takers, ETS also offer a prepaid voucher service. Through this service, institutions, programs, organizations and individuals can pay GRE test fees on behalf of test takers. Learn more about the GRE Fee Reduction Program and GRE® Prepaid Voucher Service.
Should you have thoughts regarding assistance that ETS can provide as we manage through this situation, please share those with us at +1-609-683-2002 or via email.
Archive of Recent Communications to Institutions
- COVID-19 Update: TOEFL® and GRE® Testing (September 23, 2020)
- COVID-19 Update: TOEFL® and GRE® Testing (September 4, 2020)
- Important COVID-19 Updates — GRE® Testing (August 20, 2020)
- Coronavirus Update: TOEFL® and GRE® Testing (July 1, 2020)
- Graduate Admissions During Coronavirus (May 21, 2020)
- Business Schools: Don't take our word for it. Why the GRE® test is the best at home test. (May 12, 2020)
- Law Schools: Don't take our word for it. Why the GRE® test is the best at home test. (May 11, 2020)
- Coronavirus Update: Increased Availability and Accessibility of TOEFL® and GRE® At Home Tests (April 14, 2020)
- Coronavirus Update: TOEFL® and GRE® At Home Tests Now Available Worldwide (April 2, 2020)
- Coronavirus Update: Webinar Series for TOEFL® and GRE® At Home Tests (March 24, 2020)
- Coronavirus Update: TOEFL® and GRE® Tests Now Available at Home (March 23, 2020)
- Coronavirus Update: TOEFL® and GRE® Testing (March 18, 2020)
- Coronavirus Update: Solution for GRE® Testing (March 6, 2020)
- Coronavirus Update for TOEFL® and GRE® Testing (February 25, 2020)
- GRE tests postponement in Mainland China is extended (February 18, 2020)
- TOEFL and GRE test prep resources for students in Mainland China (February 14, 2020)
- GRE Support for Those Affected by the Coronavirus (February 6, 2020)
- Important testing update from the GRE and TOEFL Programs (January 31, 2020)
For the update on TOEFL test postponements, visit www.ets.org/toefl/cv-update.