Many students take the Graduate Record Examinations, or GRE, before applying to graduate or business school. The GRE is offered in more than 160 countries in both computer-based and paper formats. You can take the computer-based test at any time in most parts of the world, but the paper test is only administered in October, November and February, and only in areas where the computer-based test is not available. On Test Day, you should arrive at the test center early to ensure you will be admitted.

Arriving Early

You should arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled testing time for both the paper and computer-based tests, according to the Educational Testing Service (ETS). If you don't arrive early enough, you may not be admitted to the test. ETS doesn't provide refunds to students who arrive late. Make sure to leave enough time for traffic and parking, especially if you're going somewhere unfamiliar.

What to Bring

Bring your identification, such as a passport or driver's license, to the test. ID requirements vary by country, but all documents must be original, valid, match your name and feature your photograph and signature. If you have an authorization voucher from ETS, bring it to the test. Computer-based test centers will provide scratch paper, but students taking the paper test should bring sharpened No. 2 pencils and an eraser. You can't bring food, drinks, tobacco, cell phones, calculators, weapons or other personal items into the test center.

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