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There’s no easy way around it. COVID-19 has changed the way we live — at least for the immediate future.

Around the world people are adjusting to a new way of life. By now, you’ve likely settled into a new routine that may consist of staying six feet away from others, increased hand washing, and wearing a face mask to prevent exposure to COVID-19. Living under a stay-at-home order can feel isolating and scary, as the future of the coronavirus remains uncertain. 

But not every aspect of your life has to be put on hold. In fact, social distancing provides the perfect environment for exam preparation. And if your plans for continuing your education in the future depend on taking the GRE, you’re in luck.

As of April 2, 2020, ETS, a nonprofit that administers more than 50 million achievement and admissions tests each year, has temporarily made the GRE exam available as a home test for students around the globe.

“ETS has expanded the availability of at home testing for the GRE® General Test to everywhere the computer-delivered GRE General Test is normally available, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran. In Mainland China, ETS is working closely with NEEA to accommodate test takers impacted by test cancellations, including adding test dates once regular testing resumes. ETS is working to offer at home testing to Iran as soon as possible.

At home testing for the GRE General Test is for students who have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19). Monitoring of the test will be conducted using live remote proctors and artificial intelligence technology by ProctorU®, the leading proctoring solution for online testing.

The test is identical in content, format, on-screen experience and scoring to the GRE General Test taken at a test center. It is monitored online by a trained human proctor from start to finish to maintain test security.”

Source: https://www.ets.org/s/cv/gre/the-americas/ 

GRE Fast Facts

  • The GRE, or Graduate Record Examination, is the most commonly-required admission test for graduate school.
  • It is a computer-based test offered continuously throughout the year.  
  • The exam assesses a student’s knowledge in the following areas: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing.
  • Graduate program representatives generally review GRE scores during the admissions process to determine an applicant’s qualifications for admission.
  • Students are permitted to retake the exam as many times as they’d like. They have the option of submitting only their best scores for review. 

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Stay up-to-date with testing announcements and learn more about how to register for the at home GRE exam by visiting www.ets.org.