Test Center Procedures and Regulations
By submitting your registration for a GRE® General Test, you are agreeing to abide by all procedures and policies in the GRE® Information Bulletin, on the GRE website or communicated to you at the test administration for which you have registered.
- Dress so that you can adapt to any room temperature.
- Report to the test center at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled testing time. If you arrive late, you may not be admitted and your test fee will be forfeited.
- Food, beverages and tobacco are not allowed in the testing room.
- Weapons and firearms are not allowed in the test center.
- If you have health-related needs that require you to bring equipment, beverages or snacks into the testing room or to take extra or extended breaks, you need to follow the accommodations request procedures described in the Bulletin Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs.
- The test administrator will assign you a seat.
- You are not permitted to go outside the test center building unless it is to use the restroom only during the test administration, including breaks.
- Test-related information written on clothing, ID documents or on any parts of the body is prohibited.
- Friends or relatives who accompany you to the test center will not be permitted to wait in the test center or be in contact with you while you are taking the test. Except for ETS-authorized observers, visitors are not permitted in the testing room while testing is in progress.
- The testing session will be actively monitored by test center staff. This includes staff walking around and entering and leaving the testing room.
Note: ETS reserves the right to take appropriate action and/or notify appropriate authorities including, but not limited to, law enforcement authorities, if a test taker responds in a threatening or disturbing way to essay questions or communicates with ETS either verbally or in writing in a threatening or disturbing manner.
If you refuse to participate, you will not be permitted to test and you will forfeit your test fees. This is in addition to the requirement that you must present acceptable and valid identification.
- Personal items other than identification documents are not allowed in the testing room. This includes any phones, PDAs, all watches, including digital, analog and smartwatches and other electronic, recording, listening, scanning or photographic devices. If you are seen using or accessing any of these electronic devices and/or transmitting data, including but not limited to text messaging, email and photographs, your device may be inspected and/or confiscated. You may not access your phone during the test or during breaks to check messages, make a call or to check the time.
- You may be required to remove your eyeglasses for close visual inspection. The inspection will take a few seconds and will be done at check-in and upon return from breaks.
- Jewelry is prohibited, except for wedding and engagement rings. Do not wear other jewelry to the test center.
- Clothing and other personal items that include, but are not limited to, hair accessories, neckties, bowties, hats, scarves, jackets and outerwear are subject to inspection by the test center administrator. Refrain from wearing such items as tie clips, cuff links, ornate clips, combs, barrettes, headbands and other hair accessories on test day, as you may be prohibited from wearing them in the testing room.
- Before the test, you will receive instructions from test center staff regarding where to store personal items. You may also be asked to empty your pockets. You will not have access to your personal items during the test administration except for food, beverages and medications, which may be accessed during your break.
- If you fail to follow the instructions of the test center staff, you will not be permitted to test and your test fee will not be refunded. Any violation of this procedure during the test or during breaks may result in dismissal from the test and/or cancellation of scores.
- Test centers and ETS assume no responsibility for personal items, including watches, jewelry or devices that you choose to bring into the test center.
For Computer-delivered Tests Only
The following procedures and regulations apply during the entire test session, which begins at sign-in, ends at sign-out and includes breaks.
- If you requested and received an authorization voucher from ETS, you must take it with you to the test center.
- Plan to be at the test center up to four and one-half hours.
- You will be required to write and sign a confidentiality statement at the test center. If you do not complete and sign the statement, you cannot test and your test fees will not be refunded.
- ETS reserves the right to ensure the security of test content by using electronic detection scanning devices (e.g., hand-held metal detectors/wands). Failure to comply may result in dismissal from the test and forfeiture of your test fees.
- You may be required to sign the test center log before and after the test session and any time you leave or enter the testing room.
- You will be asked to remove your watch and to store it during the test administration. Watches are not allowed in the testing room.
- The test administrator will provide you with scratch paper for use during the test. Scratch paper is not to be used before the test or during breaks. All paper, in its entirety, must be returned to the test center administrator at the end of the testing session. If you are observed using any document or paper other than the scratch paper given to you by test center staff, it will be confiscated. You may not bring your own paper and you may not remove any paper from the testing room at any time, or write on anything other than the paper provided (e.g., computer or workstation).
- The GRE General Test uses a standard English-language (QWERTY) computer keyboard. It takes its name from the first 6 letters in the third row of the keyboard. If you haven't used this kind of keyboard before, practice on one before test day to become familiar with it.
- If at any time during the test you have a problem with your computer, or for any reason need the administrator, raise your hand.
- Testing premises are subject to videotaping.
- The GRE General Test includes an optional 10-minute break after the third section and one-minute breaks between the remaining sections of the test. These break times cannot be exceeded. You are required to remain in the test center building or in the immediate area. You are not permitted to go outside the test center building unless it is to use the restroom during the test administration, including breaks.
- If you need to leave your seat at any time other than the break, raise your hand; timing of the section will not stop.
- You will have access to an on-screen calculator during the Quantitative Reasoning sections. Personal calculators are not permitted in the testing room.
- 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, those scores will become a part of reportable history and cannot be canceled. Although you have the option to cancel your scores, consider very carefully before doing so because the score reporting choices available with the ScoreSelect® option allow you to report only the scores that you feel reflect your personal best. Your scores will be reported to GRE score recipients only at your request. If you choose to report your scores, you will be able to view your unofficial Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores at the test center. Because of the essay scoring process, you will not be able to view your Analytical Writing scores at the time you test.
- Test centers cannot provide printed copies of unofficial score reports.
- After you view your scores at the end of the test, you will be asked to designate your score recipients and choose the ScoreSelect option regarding which scores should be reported (Most Recent or All scores). If an institution is not listed, ask the test center administrator for the appropriate form to indicate unlisted institutions. Complete the form and turn it in before you leave the test center. The form will not be accepted after you leave the test center.
- If you do not select score recipients on the test day, or you would like to send your scores to more than four score recipients, you will need to submit an Additional Score Report request for a fee of US$27 per score recipient. See Ordering Additional Score Reports.
- On occasion, weather conditions or other circumstances beyond the test administrator or ETS's control may require a delayed start or the rescheduling of your test appointment. In the event that a technical problem at the test center makes it necessary to cancel your test session, or if it is later determined that your scores could not be reported, you will be offered the opportunity to schedule another test appointment free of charge or receive a full refund of the original test fee. In addition, you may seek reimbursement from ETS for reasonable and documented expenses associated with traveling to the test center, even though technical problems are generally not the fault of ETS. To request reimbursement, contact GRE Services with the following information within 30 days of your original appointment: your name, date of birth, mailing address, daytime telephone number, email address, original test date and registration or CBT appointment number, and a brief description of what occurred at the test center. All reimbursements will be made in U.S. dollars.
For Paper-delivered Tests Only
The following procedures and regulations apply during the entire test session, which begins when you are admitted to the test center, ends when you leave the test center and includes breaks.
- Test administrators will not honor requests for schedule changes.
- Plan to be at the test center up to four and one-half hours.
- No test taker will be admitted after test materials have been distributed.
- With the exception of your confirmation email, paper of any kind is not permitted in the testing room. Your confirmation email cannot be used as scratch paper.
- You will be provided with an ETS calculator to use during the Quantitative Reasoning sections. You may not use your own personal calculator. Sharing of calculators with other test takers is not permitted.
- The GRE General Test includes a 10-minute break after the second Analytical Writing section. This break time cannot be exceeded. You are required to remain in the test center building or in the immediate area. You are not permitted to go outside the test center building unless it is to use the restroom during the test administration, including breaks.
- You must have the test administrator's permission to leave the room during the test. Any time lost cannot be made up. You are required to remain in the test center building or in the immediate area unless it is to use the restroom only during the test administration, including breaks.
- You may work only on the test section designated by the test center administrator and only for the time allowed. You will not be permitted to continue the test or any part of it beyond the established time limit.
- You will write your essay responses and enter your answers to test questions in the test book, rather than on a separate answer sheet.
- At the end of the test you will be required to return your test book to the test administrator. This material is the property of ETS.
- At the end of the test, you will be asked to indicate if you want to cancel your scores. You cannot cancel your score for one section of the test and have the remaining sections reported. If you do not cancel your scores, they will be sent to the institutions that you designated during registration. If you cancel your scores, they will NOT be available for your review online or be reported to any score recipients. No refund will be made. Canceled scores are not added to your reportable history. If you wish to take the test again you must reregister and submit another test payment.
Reporting Suspicious Behavior
ETS takes test security very seriously. Although tests are administered under strict supervision and security measures, testing irregularities may sometimes occur. Please contact ETS as soon as possible to report any observed irregular behavior — for example, someone copying from another test taker, taking a test for someone else, having access to test questions before the exam, or using notes or unauthorized aids. All information will be held in strictest confidence. Reports of cheating will be investigated thoroughly and offenders may be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the applicable laws.
- 1-800-353-8570 (United States only)
Dismissal from a Test Center for Computer-delivered and Paper-delivered Tests
A test administrator is authorized to dismiss you from a test session and/or your scores may be withheld and ultimately canceled for any actions that violate the policies and procedures set forth herein and/or communicated at the test center including, but not limited to:
- Attempting to take the test for someone else or having someone else take the test for you.
- Failing to provide acceptable identification.
- Obtaining improper access to the test, a part of the test or information about the test. This includes having test questions or answers in advance of the test administration and bringing pre-knowledge of test information into the test center and any form including, but not limited to, identification documents, prohibited devices and any other method listed as an aid in connection to the test.
- Using or having any prohibited device in your possession in the test center. Any phones, PDAs, all watches, including digital, analog and smartwatches, and other electronic, recording, listening and photographic devices are not permitted in the test center. If you bring them into the test center, you will be dismissed from the test, your test fees will be forfeited and your scores will be canceled even if dismissal is not enforced on the day of the test. Test administrators are not permitted to collect and hold cell phones or any other devices. If you are seen using or accessing any of these devices and/or transmitting data, including but not limited to text messaging, email and photographs, your device may be inspected and/or confiscated. You may not access your phone during the test or during breaks to check messages or to check the time.
- Using any aids in connection with the test, including, without limitation: mechanical pencils, mechanical erasers, pens, pagers, beepers, calculators, books, pamphlets, notes, unauthorized scratch paper, rulers, highlighter pens, scan pens or scanning devices, dictionaries, translators, compasses, protractors and any handheld electronic, scanning, listening, recording or photographic devices.
- Creating a disturbance (Disruptive behavior in any form will not be tolerated; the test administrator has sole discretion in determining what constitutes disruptive behavior.)
- Attempting to give or receive assistance — Communication in any form is not permitted during the test administration. Discussion or sharing of test content or answers during the test administration, including breaks, and after the test administration, is prohibited.
- Removing or attempting to remove test content from the test center. Under no circumstances may test content or any part of the test content be removed, reproduced, and/or disclosed by any means (e.g., hard copy, verbally, electronically) to any person or entity.
- Tampering with a computer during a computer-delivered test administration.
- Attempting to remove scratch paper from the computer-delivered testing room or using scratch paper before the test, during untimed sections of the test or during breaks.
- Bringing a weapon or firearm into the test center.
- Bringing food, beverages or tobacco into the testing room.
- Leaving the test center vicinity during the test session or during breaks.
- Leaving the testing room without permission. You are not permitted to go outside the test center building unless it is to use the restroom during the test administration, including during breaks.
- Taking excessive or extended unscheduled breaks during the test session. Test center administrators are required to strictly monitor unscheduled breaks and report test takers who take excessive or extended breaks.
- Referring to, looking through, or working on any test, or test section, when not authorized to do so, or working after time has been called.
- Failing to follow any of the test administration regulations contained on the GRE website, in the GRE® Information Bulletin, given by the test administrator or specified in any test materials.
ETS reserves the right to take all action — including, but not limited to, barring you from future testing and/or withholding or canceling your scores — for failure to comply with test administration regulations or the test administrator's directions. If your scores are canceled, they will not be reported and your registration and test fees will not be refunded. Reports of cheating will be investigated thoroughly and offenders may be prosecuted to the full extent of the applicable laws.
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