Registration, Test Centers and Dates
The GRE® General Test is available at more than 1,000 test centers in more than 160 countries. It is offered as a computer-delivered test year round at most locations around the world and as a paper-delivered test up to three times a year in areas where computer-delivered testing is not available. Review the following information carefully. There are a number of policies you should familiarize yourself with before registering.
Before you begin the registration process, it's important to review fees, make sure you pick the right test date and understand the policies and procedures. See the Registration Checklist.
Your ETS Account
In order to register for the test, view your scores, and access other services, you'll need an ETS account. Prior to creating your account, be sure to review important information about The Name You Use When Registering, including what to do if you have a name change.
You are responsible for bringing valid and acceptable identification on test day, and it must bear the same name you used when you created your account and registered for your test. See ID Requirements.
Test Centers and Dates
View test centers and dates for the GRE General test. For the computer-delivered test, you can also view seat availability, though you won't be able to register without signing into your GRE Account. See Test Centers and Dates.
Register for the Computer-delivered Test
The computer-delivered test is offered year round, and you can register online or by phone. How you register may vary depending on where you will test. Register for the computer-delivered test.
Register for the Paper-delivered Test
The paper-delivered test is offered up to three times a year in areas of the world where the computer-delivered test is not available, and you can register online or by mail. Register for the paper-delivered test.
ETS is committed to serving test takers with disabilities and health-related needs. Download the necessary bulletins and forms and learn more about available accommodations and registration procedures in Disability Accommodations.
Reschedule or Cancel Your Registration
You can reschedule or cancel your registration at any time. To avoid forfeiting your test fee, you must do so no later than four days before your test date (10 days in Mainland China). The process, fees and refunds vary depending on the test you're taking. Learn more about Rescheduling or Canceling Your Registration.
Score Reports and Services Available with Registration
- The ScoreSelect® option allows you to send scores from your Most Recent test administration or from All the times you have taken the GRE General Test in the last five years.
- Help potential schools find you! Sign up for GRE®G Search Service when you register for your test, or at any time through your ETS account.
One Test for Graduate and Business School. More Opportunities for Success.
Getting an advanced degree can create many opportunities. In fact, recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development illustrates how education pays in higher earnings and lower unemployment rates. Whether you are planning to go to graduate school or business school — or just exploring your options — you are taking an important step toward your future. It is a smart move to show schools your best and with the GRE General Test, you can! The GRE General Test helps you do your best on test day. With the GRE General Test, you decide which scores to send to schools. If you feel you didn't do your best on test day, that's okay. You can retake the test and then send only the scores you want schools to see. It's all part of the ScoreSelect® option, only available with GRE tests. Plus, the GRE General Test is the only admissions test for graduate or business school that lets you skip questions within a section, go back and change answers, and have control to tackle the questions within a section you want to answer first. The GRE General Test features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you'll do in graduate or business school.
- Verbal Reasoning — Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.
- Quantitative Reasoning — Measures problem-solving ability using basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.
- Analytical Writing — Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.
Who Takes It?
Prospective graduate and business school applicants from all around the world who are interested in pursuing a master's, MBA, specialized master's in business or doctoral degree take the GRE General Test. Applicants come from varying educational and cultural backgrounds and the GRE General Test provides schools with a common measure for comparing candidates' qualifications. GRE scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement your undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study.
When and Where Do People Take It?
The GRE General Test is available at more than 1,000 test centers in more than 160 countries. In most regions of the world, the computer-delivered test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year. In Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea, the computer-delivered test is available up to three times per month. In areas of the world where computer-delivered testing is not available, the paper-delivered test is available up to three times a year in October, November and February.