The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is held by the Educational Testing Service(ETS) in more than 1000 centers and in more than 160 countries. Taking the test benefits the students who are seeking to gain admission into graduate, managerial or doctorate courses. There are two types of GRE tests available: GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test. The General test is offered in computer and paper-based form, while the Subject test is offered in just the paper-based form. The registration process for both the forms of the test are the same as they have to be done online.
There are two very important things you need before you book your slot for the exam. They are:
(i) a valid passport
(ii) and a credit/debit card with which you can pay the test fee of US$205.
In this article, we go through the steps required to book a slot for the GRE exam online.
GRE Slot Booking
Some Important points to know before Registering
- Your ETS GRE application form must match the name as mentioned in the authenticate ID like the passport. In case, of discrepancies in the name, the test authority can barred you to entering the test center.
- The name that you register in the ETS page should be the same as the one in your passport. There has to be an exact match with the name in the ID and the name with ETS. You may not be allowed to enter the test center if the names don’t match.
- Before filling the application form, read the policies about changing the test date/center, cancelling the exam, etc carefully.
- Find which test taking format is available in your location and which one you’ll be comfortable with.
Register your Account
Creating an online ETS account before taking GRE test is important to schedule the test, reschedule, cancel, receive the marks, sending scores to universities, etc. To register, go to the ETS website and click on ‘Create My GRE account’.
Plan your Test Date
Choosing the test date is in your hands. However, it is advisable to book your test date slot three months before incepting the GRE preparation. As it will hit you with the punch of motivation for a regular study. In case you’re unhappy or dissatisfied with the test score, you can retake the test after the 15 days from the day of actual test taken. Plan the test in such a way that you have enough time for preparing for the test and time to send in your applications to universities before the deadlines. The GRE computer-based test can be taken in either one of the three sessions: morning, afternoon and evening also. Moreover, if you plan to retake the test, you have to wait for 15 days after you’ve given the first test.
Choosing the Test Provider/ Location
After choosing the test date, you will have to select the test center. After you will enter your location, the ETS website will show the nearest available test centers. The test centers are powered by Prometric, the official GRE test provider. But there are other test providers from which you can choose as well.
Check Availability of the Test Centre
After choosing the date of the exam and the location, you will proceed further to select the actual test centre. In this step, the ETS will show if the test centre is available to take the test or not. Occasionally the slot gets free later when some other candidate cancels their appointment.
Complete your Registration
To complete the slot booking process, you have to complete your payment for the GRE exam fee through any of the payment modes available. The common mode of payment is through credit/debit card or through Paypal.
The US$205 fee includes one attempt of the GRE test and free sending of GRE Score Reports to four universities or fellowship organisations shortlisted by the candidate.
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