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GRE Registration, Canceling GRE Scores, and Retaking the Test

Here you'll find out where and when the GRE is available; you'll also learn about GRE registration and about canceling your scores and retaking the test.

NOTE: All references to the official GRE website of ETS are to www.ets.org/gre (new browser window).

GRE Availability—Where and When the Exam is Offered

The computer-based GRE is available at about 700 computer-based testing centers in more than 160 countries. Testing centers are located at various, colleges, universities, secondary schools, ETS field offices, and Prometric testing centers.

The computer-based GRE is offered on a continual basis (except that in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Korea the computer-based exam is offered on only 1-2 days each month). Testing hours and days may vary among test centers. Although you might be able to take the test within as little as two days after scheduling an appointment, busier testing centers may experience longer backlogs.

In remote regions where the computer-based GRE is unavailable, the paper-based edition of the exam is offered instead. Depending on the location, the paper-based test is administered up to three times a year: in February, October and November.

Registering to Take the Computer-based General Test

Registration for the computer-based General Test is by appointment at one of the computer-based testing centers. A complete list of testing centers and their locations is available at the official GRE website. Registration options vary by geographic region, as outlined below.

North America. For computer-based testing in the U.S., Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico or Canada, you can register by any of these three methods:

  • Online registration. A valid debit or credit card is required.

  • Telephone registration directly with a testing center or through the the Prometric Services central number: 1-800-473-2255. Either a voucher (see below) or valid debit or credit card is required.

  • Registration by mail. Complete and mail an Authorization Voucher Request Form (available from ETS), along with payment. Within three weeks after ETS receives your form and payment, you should receive a voucher form that you'll use to schedule a testing appointment by telephone. (You must use this method if you do not have a valid debit or credit card.)

Outside North America. Except for individuals testing in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Korea (see below), registration for computer-based testing outside North America is by any of these four methods:

  • Online registration. A valid debit or credit card is required.

  • Telephone registration through the appropriate Regional Registration Center (RRC) at least two days before your preferred testing date. Either a voucher (see below) or valid debit or credit card is required.

  • Registration by fax. At least 7 days before your preferred testing date, fax a completed International Test Scheduling Form (available from ETS), along with payment or voucher number, to ETS. In response, a confirmation notice will be emailed, faxed or mailed to you. The notice will provide a confirmation number and will indicate the test date, time and location based on the preferences you indicated on the form.

  • Registration by mail. At least three weeks before your preferred test date, mail a completed International Test Scheduling Form (available from ETS), along with payment or voucher number, to ETS. In response, a confirmation notice will be emailed, faxed or mailed to you. The notice will provide a confirmation number and will indicate the test date, time and location based on the preferences you indicated on the form.

Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Korea. Online registration through the official GRE website is the only method available. Payment is by valid debit or credit card, by an E-check drawn against a U.S. bank account, or through Paypal.

Canceling or postponing your test appointment. You can change your test appointment by phone within 24 hours after receiving your appointment confirmation, without incurring an additional fee. But if you can cancel your appointment, or if you wait until after that 24-hour period to change it, you'll forfeit either part or all of the testing fee (and you'll need to pay an additional fee to take the exam).

Registering for the Paper-based GRE General Test or a GRE Subject Exam

Registration for the paper-based GRE General Test and/or any of the GRE Subject Tests by either of two methods:

  • Online registration. Payment is by valid debit or credit card, by an E-check drawn against a U.S. bank account, or through Paypal.

  • Mail-in registration, using the registration form included in the official GRE Bulletin. The completed form with payment must be received by ETS on or before the registration deadline date.

Retaking the GRE revised General Test

You may retake the GRE revised General Test as often as you want, but within two constraints:

  • You must wait more than 60 days before retaking the exam. This rule applies each time you take the exam.

  • You can take the exam no more than five times during any rolling (not calendar) 12-month period. This rule applies even if you cancelled your scores for any of those five tests.

Canceling Your GRE Scores

You may quit the test and cancel your scores at any time during the test. You can also cancel your scores immediately after testing — before you leave the testing center. You can elect to view your unofficial Quantitative and Verbal scores immediately after testing, but once you do so you forfeit your option to cancel any of your scores, including your Analytical Writing score.

Score reports sent to the schools note score cancellations, although the reports do not note the scores themselves. You may reinstate canceled scores by either mail or fax within 60 days after testing. (Your request for reinstatement must be received by ETS within that time.)

For Further Information about GRE Registration Policies and Procedures

For detailed information about GRE registration procedures, consult the GRE Bulletin at the official GRE website. A printed version of the Bulletin, published annually, is available directly from ETS as well as through career-planning offices at most four-year colleges and universities. The digital and printed versions of the Bulletin provide detailed information about:

  • test center locations, telephone numbers, and hours of operation
  • accommodations for disabled test-takers
  • credentials and requirements for admission to the GRE
  • test center procedures and regulations
  • scoring and score reporting
  • registration and reporting fees
  • procedures for filing complaints about the test

The Bulletin also provides a list of graduate schools and their institution codes for the purpose of score-reporting requests.

Contacting Educational Testing Service (ETS) about the GRE Exam

The first place to go for answers to your questions is the official GRE website (www.ets.org/gre). Should you have further questions, you can contact ETS through an e-mail form at the site's "Contact Us" area.

You can also contact ETS by telephone or mail:

Telephone:

  • To schedule a computer-based GRE appointment: 1-443-751-4820 (Prometric) or 1-800-GRE-CALL

  • For general inquiries: 1-609-771-7670 or 1-866-473-4373

  • To order priced GRE-preparation materials: 1-609-771-7243 or 1-800-537-3160

  • TTY: 1-609-771-7714 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the deaf or hearing impaired)

Mail:

GRE-ETS
P.O. Box 6000
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6000