GRE Exam Dates 2020 : Check Schedule and Instructions

    Shishant Kumar Shishant Kumar
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    The GRE is held in two modes- online and on paper. While the computer-based (online) GRE is held around the year, the paper-based GRE General is held twice a year in November and February. GRE Subject tests are held only on paper thrice in a year in the month of April, September, and October.

    • Computer-based GRE General Test is held all around the year. Candidates can pick a date according to their convenience.
    • The paper-based GRE General Test is only held in locations where computer-based testing is not available.
    • No paper-based GRE General tests are held in India.
    • GRE Subject Tests are held thrice in a year worldwide.
    • Candidates need to register for either of the GRE tests online.
    • Registration fee for GRE General Test is 205 USD, whereas, fee for GRE Subject Tests is 150 USD.

    GRE Test Dates

    The online version of GRE General is held several times in a month at more than 1000 test centers across the world. The exam is available at all major cities in India. Candidates are required to select a test date based on the availability. To check seat availability and exam dates, students can visit ETS’s official GRE website.

    One of the major factors to keep in mind while selecting a test date is the application deadline of the program that you want to apply to. ETS takes 10-15 days to send your GRE scores to the designated institutes. Hence, aligning your GRE test date with the application deadline of the desired program is crucial.

    Candidates can take the GRE General test upto 5 times in a year with a minimum gap of 21 days between two tests.

    Some major Indian cities where GRE General tests are conducted throughout the year include:

    New DelhiPuneKolkataHyderabadNashik

    Test Dates for Paper-based GRE General

    Test DateRegular DeadlineLate DeadlineOnline Score Availability
    November 9, 2020*September 27, 2020October 4, 2020December 9, 2020
    February 1, 2021*December 20, 2019December 27, 2020March 2, 2020

    Test Dates for GRE Subject Tests

    Test DateRegular DeadlineLate Deadline**Online Score Availability
    April 4, 2020February 21, 2020February 28, 2020May 4, 2020
    September 14, 2020*August 2, 2020August 9, 2020October 14, 2020
    October 26, 2020*September 13, 2020September 20, 2020November 25, 2020

    *Note: Dates mentioned above are tentative and based on the GRE 2019-2020 calendar.

    **Note: A late registration Fee of 25 USD is charged by GRE.

    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.

    Booking Test Dates for 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

    GRE General Test offered in the paper based mode is available up to twice times a year in the months of 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

    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.

    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.

    BookingTest Dates for GRE Subject Test

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

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

    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

    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

    GRE 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 Supplemental ID Documents

    If your primary ID is questioned by the test center administrator, then he/she may ask you for a supplemental ID.  If you can’t present a supplemental ID that contains your signature, you can also present two government issued-IDs with photographs as long as they are in the same name you used when you registered. Generally acceptable supplemental IDs are as follows:

    • Government- Issued ID
    • Student ID card
    • Confirmation of identity letter from your educational institution: The letter must meet the ID requirements and must include your DOB and the date on which it is issued. A school official’s signature and school seal must be present and partially cover your photograph on the letter. Such letters are valid for only one year from the issued date. The letter should be typed or printed on the original letterhead of the educational institution you attend.

    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.
    • You must remain in the test center throughout the test session. It is your responsibilty to ask the administrator for permission before leaving for using the restroom.
    • Dress comfortably so as to adjust easily to any room temperature.
    • Unless asked for inspection, you are not allowed to remove your footwear in the exam hall. 
    • Outerwear, hats, scarves may be subject to inspection.
    • Any electronic gadgets, mobile phones, calculators and watches are not allowed inside the test centre.

    Follow the instructions given by the test administration authority strictly, violation of policies and procedures may lead to your dismissal from the test session or your scores may be withheld and ultimately canceled. 

    *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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