GRE Test Day

What Happens on GRE Test Day?

Plan to arrive to the Testing Center 30 minutes early. Bring valid photo ID and be aware that there may be other identification procedures at the center, such as fingerprinting, photographing or some other form of electronic identification. Test takers must comply with these identification procedures in order to sit for the test.

Friends, relatives or other guests are not allowed inside the testing center. There is a limited waiting area and guests are not allowed to contact test takers during the test. Personal items are not allowed either, and this includes cell phones, electronic devices, calculators, food, snacks, papers and other items. Watches might also be confiscated.

There is limited storage space, and testing personnel may ask to inspect coats, hats or other items brought to the testing center. There is no access to these items during the test.
Testing centers might be videotaped and test takers might be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement.

The testing center personnel will assign the seats. Scratch paper will be handed out by the test center personnel. Test takers can not bring their own scratch paper and may not take the scratch paper out of the testing center.

There is a ten minute break after the third section and a one minute break between other sections. Test takers may not leave the center except to go to the bathroom.

Viewing or Cancelling Scores on Test Day

After the test is over test takers may see their unofficial Verbal and Quantitative scores. They may also send scores to four graduate schools free of charge using the ScoreSelect feature described in the GRE scoring section. Test takers who decide to see their scores will not be able to cancel their scores. Test takers may choose to cancel their scores, but they must do that before viewing them.

Remember, scores are only sent to schools at the request of the GRE test taker, and with the new ScoreSelect Any feature, test takers may choose to send the scores from one test and not from another. This pretty much eliminates the need to cancel scores – if scores are low, the test taker can simply choose not to share them.