Taking the GRE During COVID


COVID-19 has disrupted global supply chains, economies and has changed everyday lives. While there has been disruption, businesses and individuals have adapted to the pandemic situation and are carrying out their activities to achieve their objectives. The same is true for taking standardised tests and applying to universities and business schools.

Although several business schools and universities have waived submissions of standardised test scores as part of their admission requirements during the pandemic, most institutions now seem to be returning to the previous norm of submitting test scores. So how do you take the GRE during the pandemic? Read this article to learn about what are the options ETS offers for you to take the GRE during COVID.

GRE Testing at Home

If you’re taking the GRE during pandemic times, then you’ll be pleased to learn that ETS now offers the option of taking the GRE test at your home without having to travel to any test centre. However, there are certain requirements that a test taker needs to meet to successfully register for a test. To successfully register for the GRE home testing feature, you should comply with the following requirements:

  1. Equipment requirements – A Mac or PC with MAC OS X and Windows OS version 10 or 8 respectively.
  2. Browser requirements – Downloading the ETS secure testing browser and running a Proctor U equipment check.
  3. Speakers
  4. Microphones
  5. Camera – The camera can be a built-in webcam or separate. It should also be movable such that it can be rotated to provide a 360° view of the room.
  6. Environment and Testing Space Requirements

Once you meet these requirements, you can begin the test on your computer. While the testing environment is being altered keeping your safety in mind, the GRE paper pattern, however, will remain the same whether you test at home or at a centre.

All in all, ETS allows you to test at home negating the risk of your carrying a contagion or getting infected. Hence, taking the GRE does not become a major hurdle in your ambition to study at a prestigious university. Although you should not know that the administering of the test has strict protocols that you will have to comply with and not meeting those norms may result in your examination being cancelled. Furthermore, the GRE test fee will also remain the same which is $213 or about INR 16,104 depending on the exchange rate at the time of your registration process.

Now that you know about taking the GRE during pandemic and ETS’s home testing feature, you’re better prepared to plan your GRE test and decide for yourself whether you’d like to take the test at home or at a testing centre.

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