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GRE Exam Dates and Exam Centres

Updated On - April 13th 2018

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardised test conducted by ETS (Educational Testing Services) for admissions in Masters Programme of various colleges all over the world. Prospective applicants must note that the GRE examdates are flexible and can be chosen according to their convenience.

ETS offers several dates all through the yearly calendar for conducting the GRE exam. There are two types of GRE tests – GRE Subject Test and GRE General Test. The details regarding how to select the exam dates for both these test formats are discussed below.

GRE Subject Test:

The GRE Subject test is aimed at evaluating the applicant’s achievement in certain subject areas. An undergraduate degree or equivalent background in the particular subject is required. The GRE Subject Test is available in the following fields:

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

The GRE Subject Test is conducted in pen and paper mode and the duration of the test is a total of 2 hours and 50 minutes. The test is held up to three times in a year in the months of September, October and April. It can be taken by a candidate as often as they wish. The applicant can select a suitable test date by following the given steps:

  • Visit the official website -
  • Click on “For testing in all other locations, including US Territories”
  • Refer to the test dates given and the corresponding registration deadlines.
  • When selecting a test date, make sure that the test scores will be delivered by the mentioned deadlines.

For selecting a test centre location, the candidate should log into the Online Registration System. According to their suitability and convenience, a test centre can be chosen. It must be kept in mind that not all test centres will be open on all test dates. Hence, the candidate must refer to the latest updated list of test centres from the Registration System for this purpose.

The list of all test centres in India for the GRE Subject Test is given below:

  • Ahmedabad, Ahmedabad International School, 10805
  • Bangalore, St. Joseph’s College Commerce, 10044
  • Coimbatore, South India Textile Research Association, 10110
  • Kolkata, Indian Institute of Psychometry, 10097
  • Mumbai, Mumbai Teachers Training, College 10091
  • New Delhi, St. Michael’s Senior School, 10172
  • Pilani, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, 10485

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GRE General Test

The GRE General Test is aimed at assessing the applicant’s general capabilities – skills that don’t relate to a specific field but are necessary for everyone. The GRE General Test has sections on verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills.

The exam is conducted in both online and offline mode. The duration of the test varies according to the mode. For the computer based test, the test takes a total of 3 hours and 10 minutes to finish. For the offline mode, the total duration is 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Paper Based

The GRE General Test offered in the paper based mode is available up to three times a year in the months of October, November and February. The candidate can choose to take the exam as many times as it is offered. Follow the steps given below to select the GRE exam date:

  • Visit the official link -
  • Click on “For Paper-delivered testing in all other locations, including US Territories”
  • Refer to the test dates given and the corresponding registration deadlines.
  • When selecting a test date, make sure that the test scores will be delivered by the mentioned deadlines.

It must be noted that the GRE Paper Based General Test is not offered in areas where the computer based testing is available. Hence, paper based testing for GRE General Test is not offered in India.

Computer Based

The GRE General Test offered in computer based mode can be taken on any of the several GRE exam dates available all throughout the year. This exam is offered all year at Prometric test centres and also on some specific dates at additional testing locations that fall outside of the Prometric test centre network.

The GRE exam dates for this test are available on first-come first-serve basis. Hence, applicants must register for the exam at the earliest. The exam result reports are sent to the chosen score recipients about 10 to 15 days after the exam date. So, care must be taken while booking the test date to ensure that no deadlines are missed.

The computer-based GRE General Test can be taken by a candidate once every 21 days. This can be done a maximum of five times within a year, even if the test score for a previously taken test has been cancelled. Follow the steps given below to select the GRE exam date for the General Test:

  • Visit the official link -
  • Provide the country in the box “Where to take test”
  • Select the test city from the scroll down option.
  • After being redirected to the login page, provide username and password details to log into the account.
  • Alternatively, sign up if you don’t have a GRE / TOEFL account.
  •  After logging in, proceed to book the exam date for the chosen venue.

GRE Test Day Instructions

There are certain things that the candidate must keep in mind on the day of the GRE exam. The details of documents to be carried on exam day are summarised below:

Exam nameDocuments to be carried
Computer-based GRE General Test
  1. Valid Identification
  2. Authorised voucher, if applicable
  3. Confirmation email
Paper delivered GRE General Test or GRE Subject Test
  1. Valid Identification
  2. Confirmation email
  3. Three or four HB pencils and eraser

Identification Requirements:

The candidate must carry a valid and up-to-date ID document, when appearing for the test at the exam centre. The name on the id produced must match exactly with the name provided on the application form. It is advised to carry at least two forms of ID that match the mentioned requirements.

The ID must meet certain requirements to be acceptable. It should be produced in original and must not have expired. The name and signature on the ID must match those provided in the GRE application. The photograph on the ID must be recent and clearly match the candidate.

To refer to detailed specifications, the candidate should visit The following forms of identification will be accepted at the GRE test centre:

  • Passport
  • Driver’s Licence
  • State or Province ID Card
  • National ID card
  • Military ID card

In case the primary ID card produced is deemed unsatisfactory by the invigilator, the applicant will be required to produce a secondary ID card. These will be acceptable as secondary ID card – government issued ID, student ID, confirmation of identity letter from educational institution.

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GRE Test Centre Guidelines:

The test taker must keep in mind the following instructions on the day of the GRE exam:

  • Report to the test venue at least 30 minutes prior to the specified time.
  • No edible items, weapons and tobacco are allowed.
  • Dress comfortably so as to adjust easily to any room temperature.
  • Any electronic gadgets, mobile phones, calculators and watches are not allowed inside the test centre.
  • Outerwear, hats, scarves may be subject to inspection.

Follow the instructions given by the authority strictly.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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