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About the At Home GRE

I just got off a webinar with ETS where they shared some additional details about the new at-home GRE testing option, and I wanted to pass them along right away. Matthew Bashi-Kadlubowski, Associate Director of Global Client Relations at ETS, delivered the following information.

About the At Home GRE

As you probably know by now, the ETS is enabling candidates to take the GRE at home in all markets worldwide with the exception of Mainland China and Iran. They’re working to make it available in those locations as soon as possible. 

The at home test is the same research-based, valid and reliable GRE test you know and trust, delivered a different way while some test centers are closed due to the Coronavirus. Testing is available 24 hours a day in multiple time zones. The GRE home test will be available until test centers reopen and the disruption from COVID-19 returns to normal.

Why Offer At Home Testing?

While some GRE test centers are closed due to Coronavirus, the at-home GRE provides an alternative that is:

  • Convenient
  • Flexible
  • Safe

What is the Same?

  • Content
  • Length
  • Format (including the ability to skip questions, go back and change answers, use an on-screen calculator, etc.)
  • Scoring algorithm and score scale
  • On-screen experience
  • Cost

What is Different?

  • Test delivery method
  • Testing will take place through test takers’ personal computers at home
  • Test sessions will be monitored through the use of live human proctors AND Artificial Intelligence technology

How and When will you Receive GRE At Home Scores?

  • Scores will be available in 10-15 days electronically via the ETS Data Manager and automated server-to-sever data feeds
  • Score users are encouraged to sign up for ETS Data Manager at www.ets.org/institution-portal/data-manager (you will be approved within 24-48 hours)
  • Test takers’ photos and actual AWA responses will be available through the ETS Data Manager
  • Remember: There will be no changes to the method of scoring or the score scale

Eligibility – Equipment and Environment Checklist

Get all the details here: https://www.ets.org/s/cv/gre/at-home/equipment/


To ensure the safety, validity, and reliability of the GRE at-home edition, the exam will be proctored in two ways:

  1. Live human proctors. Human proctors will ensure constant vigilance. Human proctoring is provided by ProctorU, an organization with 10+ years of experience delivering innovative solutions to over 1,000 organizations, including universities, colleges, and public and private enterprise.
  2. Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI technology includes such things as facial recognition, gaze tracking, and video recording of the entire session — all of which will guard against malicious activity.

Examples of Activities that will be Flagged for Cheating

  • Attempting to open a new web browser
  • Trying to run un-permitted software
  • Trying to use un-permitted objects such as a cell phone
  • Taking notes on non-permissible paper

For more details about the At Home GRE, visit: https://www.ets.org/s/cv/gre/at-home/.