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GRE Exam Registration Guide

Do you aim to take the GRE but are striving with the time-consuming and excruciating registration process? Do you aim to develop profound knowledge about slot booking and GRE registration fees? Are you worried about the nitty-gritty associated with the GRE registration process?

If you have nodded your head in affirmation to all of these questions given above, you have landed on the right page. Today's comprehensive post aims to walk you through the GRE registration process in detail and everything associated with it, all in one place without shifting tabs.

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GRE Exam Registration Process: A Quick Overview

GRE, or the Graduate Record Examination, denotes the standard and eminent entrance exam students undertake to qualify for an undergraduate or postgraduate course, especially in English-speaking nations. A New Jersey-based company, the Educational Testing Services or ETS, is responsible for conducting the GRE.

It is a computer-based, multiple-choice, standardized exam that is often needed for admission to graduate programs and graduate business programs (MBA) globally. The test consists of verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. This 3-hour and 45-minute exam is accepted by over 1500 universities across the globe.

Most people undertake a GRE to secure admission into grad school or get a merit-based fellowship for grad school. The GRE scores are also a common requirement for both Master's and Ph.D. programs. The present date, thousands of Master’s and doctoral programs accept GRE scores, with the inclusion of 1200+ business schools. And most of them are highly-ranked MBA programs. Additionally, GRE scores are accepted by countless fellowship sponsors. Hence, chances are at least one of the programs you intend to apply to will demand GRE scores.  Additionally, the GRE General Test enables admission committees to get a complete picture of the applicant's strengths through the scores on an applicant's reasoning, critical thinking, and GRE analytical writing section. What's more, the GRE test scores help in evaluating the preparedness of an applicant for grad school and their potential for academic success.

Every year more than half a million candidates from 160 countries are seen to appear for the GRE General Test across 1000 test centres.  The number of Indian students taking the GRE doubled in the past decade to 1.14 lakh. Now, there exists only a gap of 10000 examinees between India and the USA. This indicates the popularity of the GRE with every passing year. Hence, it is crucial to be well-versed in the intricacies associated with the GRE registration process. This is because an unsuccessful registration can make you lose a coveted seat in your dream university.

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GRE Exam Registration: What are the Ways to Register Successfully?

Everyone in the world likes choices. Do you know ETS also provides you with the leverage of selecting the best medium to register for your GREs effectively? According to ETS, one can now complete the GRE registration in 3 ways, based on the method that suits them the best. And the most outstanding part is that all of them are equally easy and feasible.

The 3 effective ways for GRE registration are –

Online Registration

One of the best and most effective ways to register and book your slot on the GRE is the online mode, which provides students with the utmost convenience. The first and foremost step includes creating an ETS account and logging in to enter all the crucial details. Then, you must select your date and pay the GRE registration fee through debit or credit cards under American Express, Master Card, Visa, Discover, or JCB.

You can also use e-check services or PayPal to pay the registration fee for the GRE if that seems convenient. However, it is essential to send money orders and paper checks through mail along with the GRE General Test Authorisation Voucher Request Form to make sure of successful registration.

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Phone Registration

If you reside in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, or the US Virgin Islands, you can give a call at 1-443-751-4820 or 1-800-473-2255 to register for the GRE. You also can give a call to the RRC (Regional Registration Centre) or Prometric at Gurgaon in Haryana. In this scenario, the phone number will be 91-124-4147700. The call should be made at least 2 business days before the chosen GRE test date.

Additionally, the confirmation number, address of the GRE Test Centre, and time of reporting will be provided to you over the phone.

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Mail Registration

GRE registration can also be completed over mail by following  the simple steps listed below –

  • Fill in the GRE General Test Authorisation Voucher Request Form and send a mail to the address printed on it. If you are a test taker in India, you can mail it to –


2nd Floor, DLF Infinity Tower-A,

Sector 25, Phase II,

DLF City, Gurgaon



But, if you are a test taker in the US or any other country, you can mail

  • Remember to enclose the payment fees along with the form filled out properly. The payment must be done via money order or paper check.
  • Also, make sure to mail your form at least three weeks before your preferred test date. After this process is completed successfully, you will get a confirmation number, the time of reporting, and the address of the examination centre.

Additionally, you can also complete the GRE registration process through fax. Once you are done filling out the form, ensure to send your application to 91-124-4147773.  Please note this application form is received 7 days before the chosen date. So, make sure to send it on a proper date while keeping enough time in hand.

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How to Register for the GRE Exam?  A Step-By-Step Guide

The process for registering for the GRE may appear long, tedious, and baffling. However, it is pretty simple, provided you implement the below-enlisted steps. You should also be well-versed in what to do if you have accidentally filled out any wrong information.
Before you start the process, ensure to have the below-enlisted documents with you –

  1. A valid passport
  2. A credit or debit card

Now, let's take a look at each of the steps to register for the GRE examination in detail –

Log in to the ETS Website

Commence the GRE registration process by heading to to create your account. Fill in with your below-enlisted personal information details –

  1. First name/Given name (as per your passport)
  2. Middle Initial – type the first letter of the word only if you have a middle name and only if it is mentioned on the passport.
  3. Last or Family Name (Surname as exactly mentioned on the passport)
  4. Date of birth, email address, and permanent address
  5. Contact information

You also need to agree to the terms and conditions. Then, you need to set up your username, password, and security question. This will enable you to create your login credentials. Once you have provided all your details and reviewed and submitted the form, the account will be created. 

In the final phase, you will receive a link for email verification on the ID you filled in the form while creating your account. Click on the same to complete the verification process. 

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Select a Test Centre Location and Test Date

Next, you need to choose the country where you will need to undertake the GRE. After you are done selecting the state, country, and city, you will be shown a list of testing centres and their addresses. Click on 'Continue to Seat Selection' to choose the preferred centre of testing.

You will be then redirected to a page with a couple of information on test policy, like when you need to arrive at the centre of the test and what you need to carry. Click on the 'Next' tab and enter the address or even a part of the address into the search bar. You will be shown the locations of the nearest test centres.

Search through the various locations to opt for one that works best for you. Once you have found the perfect test centre location, click 'Schedule an Appointment'. The dates available over three months will be shown to you. Click on any of them that suits you the best. 

Complete the Registration

After you've finished choosing the date and time you want, click on 'Next.'  The page you will be redirected to will have a couple of questions you need to answer. Answering all of them is not mandatory.  But make sure to complete the handful with a red asterisk next to them.

Then, you will be redirected to the payment page. You need to pay $205 to take the GRE, which can be paid via any major debit or credit card. On the next page, you need to go through the essential information you submitted and confirm the appointment.

Once the registration has been processed, you will receive an email informing you that the admission ticket is available on the MyGRE account.  Ensure to print this and carry it with you on the test day. Or else you won't be able to take the exam.

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Essential Documents Required for GRE Exam Registration

When registering for the GRE, applicants need to submit certain necessary documents. There can be a couple of exceptions; however, the below-enlisted requirements should be met by citizens of all nationalities –

  1. The ID document submitted should be original. Photocopies of the documents or e-copies are not accepted as valid proof of ID for the exam.
  2. The ID you procure should be in the physical form. Any form of electronic ID that is issued to a mobile number or any other electronic device cannot be entertained.
  3. The ID card must be a government-issued national/state/province identity card. It should prove the nationality of the applicant undertaking the GRE.
  4. The ID card produced should be valid. The ID cards that are expired will not be accepted by the ETS.
  5. The ID card should include the candidate’s first and last name (excluding accents), similar to the name they used to register for the GRE test.
  6. The ID should incorporate a current and recognizable photo of the applicant.
  7. The ID document should incorporate the signature of the candidate (the name and the signature on the ID document must match)

GRE Exam Registration Fees in India

The Educational Testing Services (ETS) has introduced a new set of GRE fees effective from November 1st, 2022. Now, the GRE registration fees in India for 2023 are $228 or Rs 18,863 approximately. GRE subject tests also cost $150 around the world. This would require Indian students to pay around Rs 12,410.07.

It is also essential to note that if an applicant is required to change the centre or reschedule the exam date, they would need to pay an extra fee for the same.

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Important Things to Remember at GRE Exam Registration

While starting the GRE registration process, a long list of crucial fields in the registration form can intimidate you. The process seems even more challenging when there are no clear guidelines on the ETS website.

With a little preparation beforehand, the procedure of GRE registration may seem incredibly simple and accessible. Have a look at certain essential aspects to remember at GRE registration to prevent any mishaps –

  1. Ensure to go through the important policies of ETS and other crucial details like rescheduling registration and the like before you even start the application procedure.
  2. Ensure to create an account on the ETS website before even booking the slot. You should have a valid passport which is the only identification proof for test takers in India.
  3. The date on which you will undertake the GRE test should be determined based on your preparation and the application deadlines of the university. After logging into the account, make sure to choose the date and time. You could also opt to take the exam in the morning, evening, or afternoon.
  4. You will be provided with an option to select the country and city in which you would like to take the exam. Most cities tend to have Prometric centres, whereas some have ETS-authorized centres too.  Try to be fast as booking of dates happens on a first-come, first-served basis.
  5. ETS also allows applicants to cancel or reschedule their application only if they do it at least 4 days before the date of the GRE examination. Canceling your exam any later than 4 days will deduct your entire application fee. Cancellation could be done through a call or logging into your ETS account.

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Frequently Asked Questions by Students

The Educational Testing Services (ETS) has put forth a new set of GRE exam fees effective from November 1st, 2022. The GRE exam fee in India is $220 or Rs.18, 857 and $220 in other parts of the world. However, in China, the fee is $231. However, along with application fees, you should also be well-versed with other costs like late registration, rescheduling, cancellation, and the like.

Yes, it is completely possible to take the GRE General Test at home. However, you need to fulfil 3 essential criteria – availability at your location, a computer or a laptop with mandated equipment requirements, and a room that has a good test environment.

  1. Log in to the website of the ETS
  2. Create an account
  3. Fill up your personal information
  4. Set up a username or password
  5. Register for an appointment
  6. Choose your GRE exam date and time
  7. Verify the details
  8. Pay the registration fees for the GRE

There are three ways to find your GRE registration number –

  1. Go through the confirmation mail you were sent after registering for the exam. The registration number should be located in this email.
  2. After taking the test, you will get a score report with test scores and other essential information. The registration number can be found on the score report.
  3. Get in touch with the IELTS directly. They must be able to provide you with a registration number after you offer certain basic information, like your full name and the date of the GRE.

  1. Visit the official website of the ETS by using your email and password.
  2. Visit the 'Upcoming Test' section.  Here, you get to see two choices – Reschedule and Cancellation. Select the 'Reschedule' tab.
  3. Then, choose your new test date and time from the given available slots. If you desire to change your test centre, you can also select that too.
  4. If your selected dates are available, you will see a new window popping up to verify it. Proceed to click on the 'Register' button.
  5. You have now successfully rescheduled your test slot for the GRE. Check all personal details and pay the required rescheduling fees. After the fees are paid, you will get a confirmation email in the registered mail id.

Usually, ETS doesn't permit candidates to change their names after registering for the GRE exam. Hence, you can try –

  1. Getting in touch with the ETS help desk and assert that you will be able to submit documentation
  2. If they give approval, then send in a copy of the passport, and they will update the name accordingly.

Retaking the test doesn't impact your application to your dream university, as you get to make decisions about which score you wish to submit in the application. According to the official policy of the ETS, however, there exist no such restrictions on retaking the GRE exam. If you are not satisfied with the score, you can always retake the test once every 21 days. But, it is not allowed to take the test more than 5 times a year.

A passport is compulsory for the GRE exam for all applicants. There are no exceptions or alternatives to this requirement. However, the passport along with Aadhaar Card is accepted by ETS as primary ID proof for GRE for candidates taking their exams in India until further notice.

  1. Visit the official website of the ETS  by using your email ID and password
  2. Then, click on the 'My Account' and 'Upcoming test' option. You will get two options on the screen – Reschedule and Cancellation. Select the 'Cancellation' option.
  3. Click on the ‘Confirm Cancellation’ to cancel the test.
  4. You can also call on 1-443-751-4820 to cancel the registration. Or else, try to get in touch with the regional registration centre from where you’re scheduled to take the exam.

  1. When you choose 'Create an Account' option on the ETS website, you will be directed to a 3-stage process.
  2. Fill in all the personal information like Name, Address, and Date of Birth in the first stage.
  3. The second stage includes setting up the username, password, security question, etc.
  4. Select the desired date and time slot to complete the registration process.

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