About the GRE General Test:

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.

Who Accepts It?

The GRE General Test is accepted at thousands of graduate and business schools as well as departments and divisions within these schools.

Test Content and Structure:

The GRE General Test features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you’ll do — and the skills you need to succeed — in today's demanding graduate and business school programs. The test-taker friendly design lets you skip questions within a section, go back and change answers and have the flexibility to choose which questions within a section you want to answer first. Get a look at the structure of the computer-delivered or paper-delivered GRE General Test.

The GRE General Test measures your verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills — skills that have been developed over a long period of time and are not related to a specific field of study but are important for all. Here's a look at content covered in the three test sections — Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing.

Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal Reasoning section measures your ability to:

  • Analyze and draw conclusions from discourse; reason from incomplete data; identify author's assumptions and/or perspective; understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative and author's intent
  • Select important points; distinguish major from minor or relevant points; summarize text; understand the structure of a text
  • Understand the meanings of words, sentences and entire texts; understand relationships among words and among concepts

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning section measures your ability to:

  • Understand, interpret and analyze quantitative information
  • Solve problems using mathematical models
  • Apply basic skills and elementary concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis

The Quantitative Reasoning section includes an on-screen calculator. If you are taking the paper-delivered test, a calculator will be provided at the test center.


Analytical Writing

The Analytical Writing section measures your ability to:

  • Articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively
  • Support ideas with relevant reasons and examples
  • examine claims and accompanying evidence
  • sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion
  • control the elements of standard written English

The Analytical Writing section requires you to provide focused responses based on the tasks presented, so you can accurately demonstrate your skill in directly responding to a task.


Modified Versions of Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning Questions

The test you take may include questions that are modified versions of published questions or of questions you have already seen on the test. Some modifications are substantial; others are less apparent.

Even if a question appears to be similar to a question you have already seen, it may in fact be different and have a different answer. Pay careful attention to the wording of each question.

Computer-delivered GRE General Test Content and Structure:

The overall testing time for the computer-delivered GRE General Test is about three hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.

Structure of the Computer-delivered Test

Measure Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing (One section with two separately timed tasks) One "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task 30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning (Two sections) 20 questions per section 30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections) 20 questions per section 35 minutes per section
Unscored Varies Varies
Research Varies Varies

1. An unidentified unscored section that does not count toward your score may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. Questions in the unscored section are being tried out either for possible use in future tests or to ensure that scores on new editions of the test are comparable to scores from earlier editions.

2. An identified research section that does not count toward your score may be included in place of the unscored section. The research section will always appear at the end of the test. Questions in this section are included for ETS research purposes.

The Analytical Writing section will always be first. The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and unidentified/unscored sections may appear in any order; therefore, you should treat each section as if it counts toward your score.

Test Design Features

The advanced adaptive design of the GRE General Test allows you to freely move forward and backward throughout an entire section. Specific features include:

  •    Preview and review capabilities within a section
  •    "Mark" and "Review" features to tag questions, so you can skip them and return later if you have time remaining in the section
  •    The ability to change/edit answers within a section
  •    An on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section

Paper-delivered GRE General Test Content and Structure:

The overall testing time for the paper-delivered GRE General Test is about three hours and 30 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the second section.

Structure of the Paper-delivered Test
Measure Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing (Two sections) Section 1: "Analyze an Issue" task Section 2: "Analyze an Argument" task 30 minutes per section
Verbal Reasoning (Two sections) 25 questions per section 35 minutes per section.
Quantitative Reasoning ` (Two sections) 25 questions per section 40 minutes per section.

The Analytical Writing sections will always be first, while the other four sections may appear in any order.

Test Design Features
  •    When taking a Verbal Reasoning or Quantitative Reasoning section, you are free, within that section, to skip questions and come back to them later or change the answer to a question.
  •    There are paper-delivered equivalents for most of the question types, including text completions and numeric entry.
  •    Answers are entered into the test book, rather than a separate answer sheet.
  •    You will be provided an ETS calculator to use during the Quantitative Reasoning section; you may not use your own calculator.

The Score Select Option:

Send Only Your Best Scores!

GRE tests all provide the ScoreSelect option, which means you can take a GRE test once now, or again in the future, and only send the GRE test scores from whichever test date(s) you want schools to see. Best of all, you always have five years to decide. Here's how it works:

On test day, when viewing your scores at the test center, you can choose not to send your scores at this time OR you can select either option below for each of your four FREE score reports:

  • Most Recent — Send your scores from your current test administration.
  • All — Send your scores from all General Test administrations in the last five years.

After test day, you can send additional score reports for a fee and select from these options for each report you'd like to send:

  • Most Recent — Send your scores from your most recent test administration.
  • All — Send your scores from all test administrations in the last five years.
  • Any — Send your scores from one OR as many test administrations as you like from the last five years.

No matter which option you choose:

  • You will select by specific test dates, so your scores are all from the same testing session.
  • The schools you designate will only see the scores that you selected to send them. There will be no special indication if you have taken additional GRE tests.
ScoreSelect Option Availability

The ScoreSelect option is available for both the GRE General Test and GRE Subject Tests, and can be used by anyone with reportable scores from the last five years.

Getting Ready

Just knowing you have the option to decide which GRE scores to send to institutions should give you added confidence the first time you take the test. However, if you decide you want to take a GRE test again, that's okay. You can do so once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period (365 days), depending on test center availability.

Taking the GRE General Test for Business School is a Smart Choice

Business schools worldwide are using GRE scores as part of their admissions process for MBA, specialized master's and other graduate business programs. In fact, the GRE General Test is the most widely accepted measure of a student's readiness for graduate-level work — and the only test that can help you get into graduate and business school, giving you more opportunities for success.

The GRE General Test features a flexible test-taker friendly design that can mean an even better test experience for you. And the ScoreSelect option helps you approach test day with more confidence because it lets you decide which scores institutions see.

With the GRE General Test you can also:

Choose from thousands of graduate and business school programs around the world, including top-ranked MBA programs according to The Financial Times, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Keep your options openif you are unsure about what you want to do after graduation. Take the most widely accepted graduate admissions test and give yourself more opportunities for success.

Choose from many test locations. You can take the GRE General Test at more than 1,000 locations worldwide, in more than 160 countries.

Save money. The GRE General Test is less expensive than other graduate admissions tests that measure the same skills.

Get FREE test preparation materials and more — created by the test maker to help you do your best.

Get added value.Sign up for the free GRE Search Service to help schools find you.

Taking the GRE General Test for Law School

Considering law school? Use your GRE General Test scores when applying to law school as many are now accepting or are considering accepting GRE General Test scores — saving you time and money from taking another admissions test.

The GRE test is offered throughout the year and in more than 1,000 locations worldwide, making it easily accessible. Take the most widely accepted graduate admissions test and give yourself more opportunities.

Law Schools That Accept GRE Scores

Law schools that have recently announced accepting GRE scores include:

  • Brigham Young University Law School
  • Columbia Law School
  • George Washington University Law School
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Harvard Law School
  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  • St. John's University School of Law
  • Texas A&M University School of Law
  • University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
  • UCLA School of Law
  • University of Chicago Law School
  • University of Hawai'i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law
  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Washington University School of Law

GRE Test Fairness and Validity

ETS and the GRE Program make ensuring the fairness and validity of GRE tests throughout the test development, administration and scoring processes a high priority. To ensure that these goals are reached, ETS has developed a meticulous system of internal checks and balances, and audit teams routinely verify that all tests and services meet rigorous professional standards such as those outlined by the American Psychological Association, American Educational Research Association and National Council on Measurement in Education.

Fairness

Fairness concerns are an integral part of the development and scoring of all tests. The many activities that ensure fairness include:

  • fairness evaluations by trained reviewers
  • routine analyses of test questions to establish that questions do not unfairly contribute to group differences
  • rigorous training for all persons involved in the development or scoring of test questions to ensure that all examinees have an equal opportunity to demonstrate their skills and abilities
  • appropriate accommodations (e.g., alternate test formats, extra time) for examinees who have disabilities or health-related needs
Validity

Validity research and analyses establish that the test measures what it is supposed to measure. The GRE Program has documented evidence of the following types of validity in GRE tests:

  • construct validity (the test measures the skills/abilities that should be measured)
  • content validity (the test measures appropriate content)
  • predictive validity (the test predicts success)
  • consequential validity (the test demonstrates that adverse consequences are minimal)
  • external validity (the test has the expected relationship with other measures of the same construct)

Although ETS works to accumulate validity evidence at each stage of the delivery and scoring process, the initial impetus for validity research comes from feedback from members of the graduate school community, who provide information about the skills and abilities that they consider essential for success in graduate school.

Verbal Reasoning Measure

The Verbal Reasoning measure of the GRE General Test assesses verbal reasoning skills. These skills have been identified by graduate and business school deans and faculty as critical for success in graduate and business school. The capabilities that are assessed include:

  • the ability to understand text (such as the ability to understand the meanings of sentences, to summarize a text, or to distinguish major points from irrelevant points in a passage)
  • the ability to interpret discourse (such as the ability to draw conclusions, to infer missing information or to identify assumptions)
Quantitative Reasoning Measure

The Quantitative Reasoning measure of the GRE General Test assesses quantitative reasoning skills. The skills assessed are consistent with capabilities outlined in the Mathematical Association of America's Quantitative Reasoning for College Graduates: A Complement to the Standards and are based on feedback from faculty surveys. The capabilities that are assessed in the GRE Quantitative Reasoning measure include:

  • reading and understanding quantitative information
  • interpreting and analyzing quantitative information, including drawing inferences from data
  • using mathematical methods to solve quantitative problems

Fees for the GRE General Test and Related Services

Fees are stated in U.S. dollars. Fees effective July 1, 2017

Standard Test Administration (GRE General Test)
Australia $230
China $220.70
All other areas of the world $205

Special Handling Requests
Standby testing (paper-delivered test only) $50
Rescheduling fee — China $53.90
Rescheduling fee — All other areas of the world $50
Changing your test center $50

Accepted forms of Payment:

Preferred Forms of Payment for Computer-delivered Tests
  • Credit/Debit Card (American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard or Visa).
  • Note: Any credit/debit card branded with one of the five accepted credit card logos can be processed.
  • PayPal
  • E-Check Service (drawn against U.S. bank accounts only)
  • Money Order/Certified Check/Voucher
  • If testing in Mainland China, refer to the instructions in your NEEA account for payment methods.
  • If you are testing in Nigeria, only Visa, PayPal and voucher numbers are accepted.

ETS reserves the right to add or delete payment options at its own discretion and without notice.

Preferred Forms of Payment for Paper-delivered Tests
  • Credit/Debit Card (American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard or Visa).
  • Note: Any credit/debit card branded with one of the five accepted credit card logos can be processed.
  • PayPal
  • E-Check Service (drawn against U.S. bank accounts only)
  • Money Order/Certified Check/Voucher
  • Western Union Quick Pay service — when completing the form, use the following under "Pay To": Company Name: Educational Testing Service; Company Code: GREPROGRAM NJ; Country: USA. Include your original Western Union Quick Pay Receipt with your form. Copies or facsimiles WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED as valid payment.

ETS reserves the right to add or delete payment options at its own discretion and without notice.

Other Forms of Payment
  • Payments may also be made by personal paper check. Make payable to ETS-GRE (drawn against U.S. bank accounts only). If paying by check, please comply with the following:
    • Bank name and its address should be preprinted on the face of the check.
    • Check must have a preprinted check number.
    • Check must include candidate or payee name and address.
    • Check date CANNOT be over 90 days old.
    • New bank account starter checks missing the preprinted name and address are not acceptable.
  • Note that cash payments will not be accepted.

Payments and Refund Policies:

Payment Policies
  • A check in U.S. dollars must be drawn on a bank in the United States. By sending your check, you are authorizing ETS, at its discretion, to use the information on your check to make a one-time electronic debit from your account for the amount of your check; no additional amount will be added. If you do not have sufficient funds in your account, an additional service fee of US$20 will be debited electronically from your account. Contact ETS to learn about other payment options if you prefer not to have your check used in this way.
  • If you do not have sufficient credit or funds in your account to cover a registration or service we have processed on your behalf, your scores will be withheld and an additional service fee of US$20 will be added to your account.
  • If you do not include the correct fee, your request for registration or service will be returned.
  • Taxes must be included where applicable.
  • There are no refunds for additional services.
  • Refunds will be made in U.S. dollars.
  • Services may be withheld for nonpayment of fees.
  • All test fee payments must be made in full, have the correct numeric and written dollar amount, and be received at the regional registration center (RRC) or ETS within 90 days of the date on the payment (e.g., check, money order).
  • All outstanding balances incurred from prior ETS tests and/or services must be paid in full in order to register for any future ETS test or service.
  • ETS reserves the right to add or remove online payment methods at its own discretion and without notice.
Refund Policy

If you cancel your registration no later than four days before your test date, you will automatically receive a refund equivalent to half of the test fee. For example, the deadline to cancel a Saturday appointment at a testing location in the United States is Tuesday. The remainder of your payment will be retained to cover expenses for processing your registration and holding space at the test center.

  • Refunds will be in U.S. dollars.
  • Cash refunds are not available.
  • Refunds will not be given if you do not follow proper registration procedures and/or fail to present the required identification documents at the test center.
  • If you are taking the test in Korea, see the specific refund policy for test takers in Korea.
Payments by Credit/Debit Card
  • A refund will be processed and credited back to the original credit/debit card or bank account.
Payments by E-Check and PayPal
  • A refund will be processed and credited back to the original PayPal or bank account.
Payments by Check
  • If original payment was a check, allow eight weeks after your cancellation for your refund to be processed.
Test Takers in Mainland China

For test takers in Mainland China, you will need to reschedule or cancel your test registration no later than 10 days before your test date. Follow the instructions on the NEEA website for requesting a partial refund and additional payment policies.

Fee Reduction Program:

GRE Fee Reduction Program

At ETS we believe that the cost of taking a GRE test should not be a barrier to graduate study. ETS provides the Fee Reduction Program for individuals who demonstrate financial need and for national programs in the United States that work with underrepresented groups.

For Those with Financial Need

ETS offers a limited number of GRE Fee Reduction Certificates on a first-come, first-served basis that are available for college seniors and unenrolled college graduates who meet eligibility requirements. A Fee Reduction Certificate may be used for one GRE General Test and/or one GRE Subject Test. Individuals meeting the eligibility requirements will be required to pay 50 percent of the full test fee.

To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien who is a college senior or an unenrolled college graduate.

College seniors must be:

  • Receiving financial aid through an undergraduate college in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico, and
  • A dependent, who has an Institutional Student Information Report (ISIR) that shows a parental contribution of not more than $2,500 for the senior year, or
  • Self-supporting and have an ISIR that shows a contribution of not more than $3,000 for the senior year

Unenrolled college graduates must:

  • Have applied for financial aid, and
  • Have an ISIR that indicates self-supporting status and a contribution of not more than $3,000

To apply for a GRE Fee Reduction Certificate:

  • Contact the financial aid office at your undergraduate institution or prospective graduate institution to see whether you qualify.
  • Once your eligibility is established, the financial aid office will issue you a Fee Reduction Certificate and a copy of your ISIR.
  • Follow the instructions on the certificate. Allow up to three weeks for processing and mail delivery.

Letter requests, photocopies and faxes of Fee Reduction Certificates will not be accepted. Fee Reduction Certificates are not retroactive and they cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. There are no refunds for unused Fee Reduction Certificates and no refunds will be provided to examinees who are not admitted to the test for any reason (including unacceptable identification).

Individuals who have met the eligibility requirements and received a GRE Fee Reduction in the past year may retake the GRE General Test and/or a GRE Subject Test with a Fee Reduction without submitting a Fee Reduction Certificate and a copy of their ISIR. Download the Declaration of Eligibility for the Need-based GRE Fee Reduction Program (PDF) and follow the instructions on the form.

Fee Reduction Certificates/Vouchers cannot be combined with other offers.

For Those who are Unemployed

ETS offers a limited number of GRE Fee Reduction Certificates to individuals who can confirm that they are unemployed and receiving unemployment compensation. Qualified individuals can register to take the computer-delivered GRE General Test for half the cost of the regular test fee.

For National Programs in the United States

GRE Fee Reduction Certificates/Vouchers are also made available to the following programs:

  • Gates Millennium Scholars Program
  • GEM: National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science Program
  • Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program
  • Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)
  • Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program
  • Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program
  • TRIO Student Support Services Program
  • Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) Program

About the GRE Subject Tests

What Are the Subject Tests?

The GRE Subject Tests are achievement tests that measure your knowledge of a particular field of study.

Show what you know about a specific subject and graduate schools will take notice. The Subject Tests can help you stand out from other applicants by emphasizing your knowledge and skill level in a specific area.

Each Subject Test is intended for students who have an undergraduate major or extensive background in one of these six disciplines:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Literature in English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

Note: The GRE Computer Science Test was discontinued following the April 2013 administration. Scores will continue to be reportable per GRE score reporting policy. The GRE Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test was discontinued in December 2016. Scores will continue to be reportable per GRE score reporting policy.

Who Takes Them?

Prospective graduate school applicants take the Subject Tests. Applicants come from varying educational and cultural backgrounds and the GRE Subject Tests provide a common measure for comparing candidates' qualifications.

GRE Subject Test scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement your undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study. Some Subject Tests yield subscores that can indicate the strengths and weaknesses in an individual student's preparation and may also be useful for guidance and placement purposes.

Where and When Do People Take Them?

The Subject Tests are given at paper-delivered test centers worldwide three times a year, in:

  • September
  • October
  • October
  • April
Who Accepts Them?

GRE Subject Test scores are accepted by thousands of graduate schools, including individual departments or divisions within these schools. Although the scores may not be a requirement for admission to a particular program, admissions committees are likely to consider the scores if they are submitted. It's best to contact the specific graduate program you're interested in and inquire about their requirements.

ScoreSelect Option:

The ScoreSelect option lets you decide which GRE scores to send to the institutions you designate. Approach test day with more confidence knowing you can send the scores that you feel reflect your personal best.

Here's how it works:

When registering to take a GRE Subject Test, you can choose not to report your scores when they are available OR you can select either option below for each of your four FREE score reports:

  • Biology
  • Most Recent — Send your scores from the test administration for which you are currently registering.
  • All — send your scores from all Subject Test administrations in the last five years.

After test day, you can send additional score reports for a fee and select from these options for each report you'd like to send:

  • Most Recent — Send your scores from your most recent test date.
  • All — Send your scores from all test dates in the last five years.
  • Any — Send your scores from one OR as many test dates as you like from the last five years.

Institutions will receive score reports that show only the scores that you selected to send to them. There will be no special indication if you have taken additional GRE tests. If you are unsure of which scores to send, refer to the GRE score reporting policies for the graduate and business programs to which you are applying.

ScoreSelect Option Availability

The ScoreSelect option is available for both the GRE® General Test and GRE Subject Tests, and can be used by anyone with reportable scores from the last five years.

Test Fairness and Validity:

ETS and the GRE Program make ensuring the fairness and validity of GRE tests throughout the test development, administration and scoring processes a high priority. To ensure that these goals are reached, ETS has developed a meticulous system of internal checks and balances, and audit teams routinely verify that all tests and services meet rigorous professional standards such as those outlined by the American Psychological Association, the American Educational Research Association and the National Council on Measurement in Education.

Fairness

Fairness concerns are an integral part of the development and scoring of all tests. The many activities that ensure fairness include:

  • fairness evaluations by trained reviewers
  • routine analyses of test questions to establish that questions do not unfairly contribute to group differences
  • rigorous training for all persons involved in the development or scoring of test questions to ensure that all examinees have an equal opportunity to demonstrate their skills and abilities
  • appropriate accommodations (e.g., alternate text formats, extra time) for examinees with disabilities or health-related needs
Validity

Validity research and analyses establish that the test measures what it is supposed to measure. The GRE Program has documented evidence of the following types of validity in GRE tests:

  • construct validity (the test measures the skills/abilities that should be measured)
  • content validity (the test measures appropriate content)
  • predictive validity (the test predicts success)
  • consequential validity (the test demonstrates that adverse consequences are minimal)
  • external validity (the test has the expected relationship with other measures of the same construct)

Although ETS works to accumulate validity evidence at each stage of the delivery and scoring process, the initial impetus for validity research comes from feedback from members of the graduate school community, who provide information about the skills and abilities that they consider essential for success in graduate school.

Fees

Fees for Tests and Related Services

Fees are stated in U.S. dollars. Fees effective July 1, 2017.

Standard Test Administration  
Subject Tests — worldwide $150

Special Handling Requests  
Late registration fee (online registration only) $25
Standby testing $50
Rescheduling fee $50
Changing your test center $50
Changing your Subject Test $50

Accepted Forms for Payment

Preferred Forms of Payment
  • Credit/debit card (American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard or Visa).
  • Any credit/debit card branded with one of the five accepted credit card logos can also be processed.
  • PayPal®
  • E-check Service (drawn against U.S. bank accounts only)
  • Money order/certified check/voucher
  • Western Union® Quick PaySM — when completing the form, use the following under "Pay To": Company Name: Educational Testing Service; Company Code: GREPROGRAM NJ; Country: USA. Include your original Western Union Quick Pay Receipt with your form. Copies or facsimiles WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED as valid payment.
  • If you are testing in Nigeria, only Visa, PayPal and voucher numbers are accepted.
  • ETS reserves the right to add or remove online payment methods at its own discretion and without notice.
Other Forms of Payment
  • Payments may also be made by personal paper check. Make payable to ETS-GRE (drawn against U.S. bank accounts only). If paying by check, please comply with the following:
    • Bank name and its address should be preprinted on the face of the check.
    • Check must have a preprinted check number.
    • Check must include preprinted candidate or payee name and address.
    • Check date CANNOT be over 90 days old.
  • Note that cash payments will not be accepted.

Payments and Refund Policies:

Payment Policies
  • A check in U.S. dollars must be drawn on a bank in the United States. By sending your check, you are authorizing ETS, at its discretion, to use the information on your check to make a one-time electronic debit from your account for the amount of your check; no additional amount will be added. If you do not have sufficient funds in your account, an additional service fee of US$20 will be debited electronically from your account. Contact ETS to learn about other payment options if you prefer not to have your check used in this way.
  • If you do not have sufficient credit or funds in your account to cover a registration or service we have processed on your behalf, your scores will be withheld and an additional service fee of US$20 will be added to your account.
  • If you do not include the correct fee, your request for registration or service will be returned.
  • Taxes must be included where applicable.
  • There are no refunds for additional services.
  • Refunds will be made in U.S. dollars.
  • Services may be withheld for nonpayment of fees.
  • All test fee payments must be made in full, have the correct numeric and written dollar amount, and be received at ETS within 90 days of the date on the payment (e.g., check, money order).
  • All outstanding balances incurred from prior ETS tests and/or services must be paid in full in order to register for any future ETS test or service.
  • ETS reserves the right to add or remove online payment methods at its own discretion and without notice.
Refund Policies

If you cancel your registration no later than four days (10 days in Mainland China) before your test date, you will automatically receive a refund equivalent to half of the test fee. For example, the deadline to cancel a Saturday appointment at a testing location in the United States is Tuesday. The remainder of your payment will be retained to cover expenses for processing your registration and holding space at the test center.

  • Refunds will be in U.S. dollars.
  • Cash refunds are not available.
  • Refunds will not be given if you do not follow proper registration procedures and/or if you fail to present the required identification documents at the test center.
  • If you are taking the test in Korea, see the specific refund policy for test takers in Korea.
  • See reschedule or cancel your registration for more information.
Payments by Credit/Debit Card
  • A refund will be processed and credited back to the original credit/debit card or bank account.
Payments by E-Check and PayPal
  • A refund will be processed and credited back to the original PayPal® or bank account.
Payments by Check
  • If original payment was a check, allow eight weeks after your cancellation for your refund to be processed.

Fee Reduction Program

At ETS we believe that the cost of taking a GRE® test should not be a barrier to graduate study. ETS provides the fee reduction program for individuals who demonstrate financial need and for national programs in the United States that work with underrepresented groups.

For Those with Financial Need

ETS offers a limited number of GRE Fee Reduction Certificates on a first-come, first-served basis that are available for college seniors and unenrolled college graduates who meet eligibility requirements. A Fee Reduction Certificate may be used for one GRE® General Test and/or one GRE®Subject Test. Individuals meeting the eligibility requirements will be required to pay 50 percent of the full test fee.

To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien who is a college senior or an unenrolled college graduate.

College seniors must be:

  • receiving financial aid through an undergraduate college in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico, and
  • a dependent, who has an Institutional Student Information Report (ISIR) that shows a parental contribution of not more than $2,500 for the senior year, or
  • self-supporting and have an ISIR that shows a contribution of not more than $3,000 for the senior year

Unenrolled college graduates must:

  • have applied for financial aid
  • have an ISIR that indicates self-supporting status and a contribution of not more than $3,000

To apply for a GRE Fee Reduction Certificate:

  • Contact your financial aid office to see if you qualify.
  • Once your eligibility is established, the financial aid office will issue you a Fee Reduction Certificate and a copy of your ISIR. Follow the instructions on the certificate. Allow up to three weeks for processing and mail delivery.

Letter requests, photocopies and faxes of Fee Reduction Certificates will not be accepted. Fee Reduction Certificates are not retroactive and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. There are no refunds for unused Fee Reduction Certificates and no refunds will be provided to examinees who are not admitted to the test for any reason (including unacceptable identification). Fee Reduction Certificates cannot be combined with other offers.

For National Programs in the United States

GRE Fee Reduction Certificates/Vouchers are also made available to the following programs:

  • Gates Millennium Scholars Program
  • GEM: National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science Program
  • Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program
  • PREP: Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program
  • Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program
  • Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (The McNair Scholars Program)
  • TRIO Student Support Services Program
  • Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) Program