How to Give GRE at Home?

4 minute read
How to Give GRE at Home?

GRE or Graduate Record Examination is an admission test required for taking admission in master’s and doctoral degree courses in countries such as the USA, UK, Canada, Singapore and Australia. The GRE is offered in both offline and online modes. The online mode, also known as the GRE General Test at home, is a convenient option for those who prefer to take the test at home rather than at a test centre. But how do you take the test at home? Read on to know about giving GRE at home.

GRE Graduate Record Examinations
Purpose Admission to Master’s and Doctoral PhD Courses
Duration  3 hours and 45 minutes 
Required for US, UK, Canada, Singapore, Australia etc.
Validity 5 Years
Average Score 292+
Maximum Score 300+
GRE Exam Fee USD 213 (INR 17K)
GRE Exam Eligibility  No specific eligibility criteria
Age Limit 18 years or above
Academic Qualifications A Bachelor’s Degree

What is GRE at Home?

The GRE General Test at home allows students to take the exam from anywhere in the world. While the exam dates and fees remain the same for this test, there are certain requirements that must be met in order to take the GRE at home.

Also Read: GRE Syllabus

GRE at Home Requirements 

Taking the GRE at home is not as easy as it seems. To take this test at home, your computer and the surrounding environment must meet the requirements mentioned below. Any uncertainty in meeting the requirements might cause a hindrance to the student taking the GRE at home.

Equipment Requirements

Computer  Desktop or laptop computer
Licensed operating system
PC: Windows® operating system, versions 10 or 8
MAC®: Mac OS X® 10.5 or higher
Chrome™ or Firefox® browser
Speaker Internal or External Speaker
Microphone Internal or External microphone 
Camera Inbuilt or a webcam 
(The camera must show a 360-degree view of the room, including your tabletop surface, before the test)

Environment Requirements

Privacy Be alone in a room with no one else entering during the test
Do not the test in a public space such as a park, internet cafe or restaurant
Close all doors in the room before beginning the test
Tabletop and Seating The computer and keyboard must be on a desk or other tabletop surface
The table and chair must be visible to the proctor
The surrounding area must be clear of all items not approved for use during the test such as cellphones
Get seated in a standard chair
Food and drink are not allowed during the test
Clothing and Appearance Ears must remain visible throughout the test, not covered by hair or a hat. Religious headwear is allowed if your ears are visible 
Face masks are not allowed
Dress appropriately as you will be monitored by the proctor, and your photo will be shared with institutions that receive your scores
Note-taking materials Do not take notes on regular paper
Use a desktop whiteboard with an erasable marker
One sheet of paper is inside a transparent sheet protector, with an erasable marker. 

How to Begin GRE at Home?

To begin with GRE at home, you will first have to use the ETS GRE at Home test activation link to check in and start the GRE test. You must check in with the test activation link 12 minutes before the scheduled start time or else the test would stay cancelled.

How Will You Be Monitored?

While taking the GRE test at home, you will be monitored throughout the test by the proctor who will walk you through the check-in process. Before starting with the test, you will be required to show your ID, and computer screen through a small mirror or a mobile phone. Then you will have to use your computer camera to show a 360-degree view of the test room. 

After Taking the GRE at Home

After finishing the GRE Test at Home, you will be given the option to report or cancel the GRE Scores based on your overall performance. If you choose to report your scores, you will be given access to view your unofficial scores in the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections.

The Analytical Writing scores will not be made available due to the marking process. However, the GRE Scores will be reported to you 10-15 days from the day of the test in your ETS Account. 

Check out: How to Ace GRE verbal reasoning section

GRE At-Home Fee

The fee for GRE at home is the same as that available in offline mode i.e. USD 213 (INR 17,298). 


For how long are the GRE Test scores valid?

The GRE exam scores are valid for up to 5 years.

How many times can I attempt a GRE?

You can take the GRE test 5 times a year, once every 21 days.

How can I start my GRE test at home?

To start the GRE at home, you will first have to use the ETS GRE at Home test activation link to check in and start the GRE test.

Leverage Live, offered by Leverage Edu, is an A-class online preparatory class for popular competitive exams such as GRE. In order to get high scores, you need to look for proper guidance, hence, through our interactive online classes, you can have one-on-one personalized sessions. For more information call us any time at 1800 572 000.

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *



10,000+ students realised their study abroad dream with us. Take the first step today.
Talk to an expert