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You need to bother about the registration fee once you have decided to take the GRE test. The cost of registration is not the same everywhere. If you live in US, US Territories or Puerto Rico, the GRE General Test will cost you $160. If you are from any other location, it will cost you $190 to take the test. However, you can take the test at a lower price if you register during August and September 2011. The revised version of the test has just been introduced, and ETS offers a 50% discount on the registration fee. As a result, the test will cost you $80 during August and September, if you are from US, US Territories or Puerto Rico; and if you are taking the test from anywhere else, you can register for the test for $95 during this time. Registration fees remain the same for the computer based and the paper based versions of the test.
You can also consider taking the subject tests along with General Test. ETS offers the Subject Test for eight different subjects. The cost of the Subject Test is $140 in US, US Territories or Puerto Rico. You need to pay $160 if you are taking the test from any other location. The subject test is available only in the paper based format, wherever you take it from.
There are certain registration related services that you may need to know about while registering for the GRE test:
Late Registration: Late registration option allows you to register for the test even if you miss the deadline. This option can be availed for one week after the regular registration period. Late registration is available only if you are taking the paper-based test. Also, you have to register online to avail this service. For the Late Registration, you have to pay an additional $25.
Standby Test: If you fail to avail even the late registration option, you may still be able to register for the test. The option for you is the standby test. You can try to register for the standby test if someone cancels the test at the last moment, and there is a vacant seat at the test center you want to take the test in. You can take the test as a standby candidate only for the paper based version of the test. The computer based version does not allow you to take the standby test, and it is not required either as the computer based format of the test is administered all around the year. However, if you are taking the Subject Test, you need to find a vacancy for the same subject you are applying for. As a result, you may need to consider all the nearby test centers. If you call ETS about a week before the test date, you may get a more specific answer about the availability of a standby test at any test center near your location. On the test day, if you find a standby test option available at the test center, you have to register there before taking the test. Apart from the regular registration fee, you have to pay $50 extra as the standby test fee.
The official GRE site allows you to cancel your registration or to change your test date or center. You have to pay $50 to reschedule your test date or to change the test center. However, you have to apply three working days before the actual test date. If you are a test-taker from Mainland China, you will have to reschedule your test at least 10 full days before the test date.
ETS lets you ask for a refund if you decide to cancel your registration, and you can get a refund of half the amount of your fee. In this case also, you need to cancel your registration three working days before the test date (10 days for test takers from Mainland China). However, you will not get a refund for canceling your test if you are taking the computer based revised General Test during August or September this year, and have availed the 50% discount on the fee.
The process of canceling or rescheduling your test differs depending on which version of the test you are taking, so be sure to check the official website for details. For example, online rescheduling option for the computer based test will not be available before October 2011. This is applicable for test takers outside Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan or Korea; if you are from any of these places, visit the official test site to know the online rescheduling process. However, you can cancel the computer based General Test online throughout the year.
The Fee Reduction Certificates, provided by ETS, allow you to get a 50% cut down on the fee. These certificates are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. You need to be a college senior or an unenrolled college graduate to be eligible. Check the website of the test to know about other eligibility requirements and the process of obtaining the Fee Reduction Certificates. This certificate can be utilized to get a discount on one General Test and one Subject Test. If you take the test more than once, you have to pay the full registration fee for those. Also, you cannot avail this option if you are taking the General Test during August or September 2011.
ETS offers various paid scoring services, too. Here are the scoring services that you can avail from the official GRE site:
Getting your scores by phone: Once the score reports are out, they are mailed to the candidates. Additionally, you can create a My GRE account on the official website to view your scores online. However, you can also get your scores by phone, for which you have to pay $12.
Additional score reports: Normally, ETS sends your score reports to up to four institutions that you specify at the time of registration. However, you can send additional score reports (ASR) to other institutions for $23 per report.
Other scoring services: The Question-and-Answer review service for the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections will cost you $50. For the Analytical Writing section, score review service will cost $55. There is a hand-scoring service for the multiple-choice questions of paper-based test, which can be availed for $30. The Score reinstatement service also costs $30. During registration, you can ask for up to four ETS Personal Potential Index (PPI) Evaluation reports for free; however, each additional report costs you $20. One year subscription for ETS My Credentials VaultSM Service is available for $19.
There are lots of free test preparation materials available from the official GRE site, including the PowerPrep software. However, there are a few paid services, too, that you can buy from the test makers. The study book, The Official Guide to the GRE revised General Test, can be purchased from the ETS online store or from many other book sellers. If you buy the book from the official web-store, it will cost you $35 with additional shipping charge. Moreover, ETS now offers a new service called ScoreItNow!TM which allows you to practice Analytical Writing assignments online. You can avail this service for $13. It will allow you to get two of your Analytical Writing essays checked by the e-rater software designed by ETS.
The GRE test costs less than some other tests like the GMAT test. As the revised version of the test is designed to appeal more to the business school authorities, more and more management students are considering the GRE test. Now that you are aware of GRE registration fee and the costs of related tools and services, register as soon as possible to get a test date fixed at your desired location.
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