Register for GRE

What you need to know to register for GRE

Now that you have made plans to answer your GRE exams, there are certain things you need to know to register for the test. Before registering you must select an appropriate test date so that your scores will reach well before the admission deadline of your prospective schools.

GRE Register for Computer based GRE: If you are taking the computer based test then you can register online, by mail or by phone.

Online Registration:You can register online at You can pay through American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, and VISA credit or debit cards. However online payment option is not available for examinees from Nigeria. If you are testing in Mainland China then you will have to refer to the instructions given in NEEA account for payment methods.

Telephone Registration: To register by phone you need a valid credit/debit card or a voucher number. All the aforesaid cards are accepted. If you are planning to take the test from United States, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico or Canada then call 1-443-751-4820 or 1-800-473-2255. If you are testing from any other part of the world then you can call the Regional Registration Center (RRC) for details.

Telephone registration however, is not available for examinees testing from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan and Korea.

Mail Registration: If you want to register by mail then you can pay by money order or certified check. You have to complete the International Test scheduling form given on the bulletin and mail the payment to the appropriate regional Registration Center.

For those who are testing from United States, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico or Canada, you have to complete the Authorization Voucher Request form of the bulletin and mail it with your payment, written on the address form. You will receive an authorization voucher from ETS in about three week’s time and once you have received the voucher, you can call to schedule your appointment.

Mail registration is not allowed for test takers from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea.

Your registration form and payment should reach the concerned authorities at least three weeks before your earliest test date choice. If you are not happy with the test dates provided then you can contact the appropriate RRC within 24 hours of receipt of your registration confirmation and if you do not receive a confirmation of your registration then you must contact the RRC on a full working day which should be at least, three days before the registration deadline from your earliest test date choice.

GRE Register for Paper based GRE: If you are taking the paper based revised General Test or Subject Test then registration can be done online or by mail.

Online Registration: You can use debit/credit cards from American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, and VISA. You can also make the payments by Pay Pal or by e-check (drawn against U.S. bank accounts only).

This option is not available to examinees testing in Nigeria.

Mail Registration: If you are doing your registration by mail for paper based revised test then you have to complete the paper based testing registration form on the bulletin and mail it with your payment to the address listed on the form. You can pay by certified check or money order.

After you have registered for the paper based test, ETS will send you an admission ticket by mail. You should bring this admission ticket to the test center. On the admission ticket there is a correction stub wherein you can make changes such as address change or change in score recipients (no name change is allowed) and this should be sent to the ETS by the Friday before the test date.

If you have not received your admission ticket or have lost it then you can print your admission ticket from

Whether you are taking the computer based test or the paper based test you need to register as early as possible, as seats fill up quickly and the appointment is on first come first served basis. If you get registered early then your chances of getting your preferred test center and date is higher. Even though there are provisions for late registration you will not only be paying late fees US$25, for registration but also, there will be no guarantee that you will get your preferred test center and date for the exam. Moreover late registration closes within one week after the regular registration date.

There are certain important points you need to know when you register for GRE:

  • You should keep checking the GRE online registration system for the latest update on the various test centers as not all the test centers are open on all the dates.
  • Never ever transfer your registration to someone else or else you could get into serious trouble.
  • If you are taking the GRE revised General test between August 1st and September 30th, 2011 then you can avail a discount of 50% on revised General Test. This exclusive offer is only for those test takers who are among the first to take this test. If you are registering for the test directly with a test center to take the test in August or September, 2011, you will initially pay the full test fee of which 50% will be reimbursed, after your registration is processed.
  • As a part of your test fee you will be asked to designate four score recipients, when you register. If you do not select your score recipient at the time of registering before your test date, then you will need to submit an Additional Score Report request form with US$23 fee per recipient.
  • Testing fees and registrations are not exchangeable between paper based tests and computer based tests.
  • When you register your name, it should match exactly as it is written on your identification documents, (ID) (without any space or accents) which you are going to present on the day of the examination, otherwise you may not be allowed to take the test or your test scores will be canceled after you have taken the test.
  • When you register you must write your name and surname. If you have two- part surname then, you should write it exactly as it is written on your ID documents (without any space or accents) which you will present on the day of the test.
  • You should not register with your nickname or with only an initial as your first name.
  • If you are registering by phone then make sure that you are registered under your first and last names as they appear on your ID
  • If your online account has already been created, then the name on your ID documents should match with the name that appears on your account. If they do not match then contact the GRE Services.
  • You should be responsible enough to ensure that your name on the ID matches with your name on the admission ticket on the day of the test.
  • Make sure you are seated at the test center well ahead of time.
  • If at all you are planning to reschedule or cancel your test date then you should do so within the prescribed time or you will forfeit your full test fee. For more information visit