The Graduate Record Exam or GRE is a standardized test created and administered by Educational Testing Services. The test is an admissions requirement for many graduate programs in the U.S. If you need to change your test date due to illness or any other reason, ETS makes it very easy for you to do.

Paper-based GRE test

Compile all information needed to process a paper-based date change: name, date of birth, address, registration number, test date, preferred test center and new test date.

Dial 1-866-473-4373 to cancel by phone. Request to speak to a customer service representative and provide the necessary information over the phone to reschedule the new test date.

Mail a signed letter including all of the information from Step 1 to ETS to reschedule by mail rather than phone. Include a statement requesting to reschedule your test and send to:

GRE — ETS P.O. Box 6000 Princeton, NJ 08541-6000

Computer-based Test

Log in to your existing GRE account at

Select "Change GRE test date" and proceed as directed by the ETS website. Select your new date and complete registration.

Reschedule by phone if you prefer. Dial Prometic Services at 1-443-751-4820 or 1-800-473-2255. Provide a customer service representative with your name and confirmation process. Request a date change and remain on the phone until the representative completes the process.

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  • The GRE costs $160. If you fail to reschedule either a paper- or computer-based test at least three days in advance, you will lose the full fee and have to pay another full test fee. You will not receive a refund for the original test and will be charged an additional $160 to schedule a new one.
  • If you reschedule either a paper- or computer-based GRE test at least three days in advance, you will be charged a flat fee of $50 rather than an additional $160.

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Christina Lee began writing in 2004. Her co-authored essay is included in the edited volume, "Discipline and Punishment in Global Affairs." Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and politics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Arts in global affairs from American University and a Master of Arts in philosophy from Penn State University.