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To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the GRE® General Test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering a GRE General Test at home option. The test is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the GRE General Test taken at a test center. It is taken on your own computer at home and is monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU®. At home administrations are currently available around the clock Friday through Monday until June 30, 2020, and seven days a week from July 1 through September 30, 2020. Appointments may be available as early as 24 hours after you register.
Am I Eligible for This Test?
The option to take a GRE General Test at home is available to those who meet the following criteria:
1. The test is offered in your country or location. The GRE General Test at home is now available everywhere that the computer-delivered GRE General Test is offered, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran.
2. Your computer must meet the equipment requirements for the test, including the installation of the ETS Test Browser for Windows® or Mac® and the ProctorU Systems Check.
3. You must have a room that provides an acceptable environment for the test.
Please follow the steps below, IN ORDER, to ensure that you meet the requirements and properly register for the test. Use the at home preparation checklist to help guide you through the steps.
Step-1 : Equipment and Environment Requirements
Be sure that your computer and testing room meet the following requirements before you register for the GRE® General Test at home. If they don’t, you will not be able to test.
• Must be a desktop or laptop computer, not a tablet or mobile device.
º PC: you must use the Windows® operating system, versions 10, 8 or 7.
º MAC®: you must use Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (10.13 High Sierra is recommended). It is no longer required for candidates testing on a Mac computer to have Windows software loaded.
• Must use Chrome or Firefox browser.
• Download and install the ETS Test Browser on the computer you will use for the test. To fully install the browser, you must run the file after downloading it.
º Download the Windows version. If you receive an error message, please follow these troubleshooting steps (PDF).
º Download the Mac version.
• Run the ProctorU® System Check from the computer you will use for the test.
• Must use an internal or external speaker to hear the proctor
• Headsets or wireless earphones are not allowed
• Must use an internal or external microphone that is not part of a headset to communicate with the proctor
• Can be a built-in camera in the computer or a separate webcam
• Camera must be able to be moved to show the proctor a 360-degree view of the room, including your tabletop surface, before the test
Environment and Testing Space
• You must be alone in a room with no one else entering during the test.
• Testing in a public space such as a park, internet cafe or restaurant is not allowed.
Tabletop and seating
• Your computer and keyboard must be on a desk or other tabletop surface.
• The tabletop and surrounding area must be clear of all items not approved for use during the test.
• You must sit in a standard chair; you may not sit or lie on a bed, couch or overstuffed chair.
• Food and drink are not allowed during the test.
Clothing and appearance
• Your ears must remain visible throughout the test, not covered by hair, a hat or other items.
• You must be dressed appropriately for your test. You will be monitored via camera by the proctor, and your photo will be shared with institutions that receive your scores.
• Avoid wearing such items as jewelry, tie clips, cuff links, ornate clips, combs, barrettes, headbands and other hair accessories.
• You may not take notes on regular paper, for security purposes.
• You may take notes using one of the following:
º White board with erasable marker
º Paper with transparent sheet protector and erasable marker
• You will be asked to erase all notes in view of the proctor at the end of the test.
If all of these criteria are met, you can register for your at home test appointment.
Step-3 : Complete Your Registration with ProctorU®
Please note: If you already have a ProctorU account from another test, you will need to have a new account for the GRE® General Test.
Once you’ve registered with ETS, you can complete your registration with ProctorU and pick the date and time for your appointment. Currently, at home administrations are available around the clock Friday through Monday until June 30, 2020, and seven days a week from July 1 through September 30, 2020. Appointments may be available as early as 24 hours after you register.
Register Through Your ProctorU Account
For a demonstration, watch the Schedule a ProctorU Session video.
To select your test date and time:
1. Use the link and temporary password from the ProctorU email to access your new ProctorU account.
2. Select Schedule next to your purchased exam.
3. Choose the date and time you’d like to take the exam and click Select, then Schedule.
4. When complete, you will receive a confirmation message on screen and via email.
Rescheduling an At Home Appointment
If you need to reschedule a GRE General Test at home appointment:
1. Log in to your ProctorU account and select the Reschedule button for your at home test. You can reschedule your test any time prior to your appointment date and time.
2. You can utilize the ProctorU Live Chat option within your account or call ProctorU at 1-855-772-8678. Support is available 24/7.
3. You may also contact ProctorU via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canceling an At Home Appointment
If you need to cancel a GRE General Test at home appointment:
1. Contact ETS Test Taker Services via Live Chat. Support is available 24/7.
2. Contact ETS Test Taker Services by phone at 1-609-771-7670 or 1-866-473-4373.
3. You must cancel at least four days in advance of your test date to receive a partial refund, which is the standard GRE General Test cancellation policy.
Learn about the Testing Experience.
Step-4 : The Testing Experience
Be sure that you understand the GRE® General Test at home testing procedures, have the appropriate materials and prepare the room where you will test.
Watch the At Home Testing with ProctorU® video.
Video and Online Monitoring
During the test, a human proctor will monitor you (via video camera) and your computer screen to ensure you follow all testing procedures.
Your entire test session will be recorded and your photo will be taken. Your photo from the test session will be made available in the ETS® Data Manager as part of your score record to the institutions you designated.
Test Environment Reminders
Make sure you are alone in a quiet, well-lit room.
Make sure your table and the surrounding area is clear.
Do not wear headphones or earphones.
Make sure your ears are always visible and not covered by hair, a hat or other items.
Recording devices of any kind are strictly prohibited.
Make sure your face is visible and not obscured by sunglasses or other accessories.
Avoid wearing such items as jewelry, tie clips, cuff links, ornate clips, combs, barrettes, headbands and other hair accessories.
Make sure you have acceptable note taking materials, such as a whiteboard or plastic transparency sheet, that can be erased in view of the proctor
Log in to your ProctorU account at your appointment time. You will have up to 15 minutes after your scheduled time to begin your check in. If you have not checked in by that time, your test will be canceled and your fee will not be refunded.
Select “Start Session.”
Complete the authentication steps, which include showing your ID to the proctor. The name on your ID must match the name on your ETS account.
The proctor will review the exam rules and request access to your computer screen for monitoring purposes.
The proctor will ask you to use either a hand-held mirror or cell phone to show your computer screen.
The proctor will ask you to use the camera on your computer to show a 360-degree view of the room, including your tabletop surface.
When directed by the proctor, you will launch the ETS secure web browser. The proctor will provide the password to access the test.
During the Test
Make sure you can be seen on camera by the proctor. Suspicious movements could invalidate your test.
Do not use any unauthorized materials, including mobile devices, prewritten notes or textbooks.
Do not communicate with anyone else.
There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section and one-minute breaks between the remaining sections. You are required to remain in your seat for the one-minute breaks. You are allowed to leave your seat during the 10-minute break. If you do not return on time, your test will be canceled and your fee will not be refunded. Unscheduled breaks during the at home test are not allowed.
At the end of the test, you will be given the option to report or cancel your scores. If you choose to report your scores, you will be able to view unofficial Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores. Because of the essay scoring process, you will not be able to view your Analytical Writing scores at the end of your test.
If you elect to report your scores at the end of the test, you will be asked to designate up to four score recipients as part of your test fee.
What’s next? Learn about score reporting and more.
Step-5 : After the Test
Most post-test procedures for the GRE® General Test taken at home are the same as for tests taken at a test center.
Your official scores will be available in your ETS account and sent to the institutions you designated approximately 10–15 days after your test date. You can order additional score reports from your ETS account.
You can register for another GRE General Test at home appointment, following the same procedures on this website.
You can register for a GRE General Test at a test center, as available dates permit, in your ETS account.
You can take the GRE General Test once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period (365 days). This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously.