The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a profound impact on graduate management education, closing business schools and test centers around the world.
In response, the Educational Testing Service (ETS), owner and administrator of the GRE, has announced an at-home testing solution for students in locations affected by coronavirus.
The test was initially available for candidates based in the United States, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Hong Kong, and Macau. However, since April 2nd, the test is now available worldwide with the exception of Mainland China and Iran.
In Mainland China, ETS is working to accommodate test takers impacted by test cancellations, including adding test dates once regular testing resumes. ETS is also working to offer at home testing to Iran as soon as possible.
Test-takers must have computer equipment that meets the requirement for the test, and a room that provides an acceptable environment for the test. The test will be monitored using live remote invigilators by ProctorU, a leading invigilator provider for online test taking.
Online GRE Test
ETS have released a step-by-step guide covering how to ensure you meet the requirements for the online version of the test. Starting with adequate computer equipment and room, students register and pay as normal, and then complete their registration with ProctorU.
There are then guidelines on what to expect from the test experience, before students take the test and then receive their scores afterwards. There are then guidelines on what to do if you need to retake the exam.
The online GRE admissions test is identical in content, format, on-screen experience, and scoring as the in-person test. The test is invigilated from start to finish online.
Students can begin taking the test at home from Friday, March 27th 2020. ETS are continuing to assess the impact of the pandemic on test centers worldwide and are attempting to introduce the online solution to additional locations impacted by coronavirus.
ETS’s response comes as Coronavirus closed test centers around the world and suspended GRE testing in affected locations. The decision came out of concern for the health and safety of students and staff and was made in collaboration with governments and test centers.
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GMAT vs GRE
The GRE is an alternative to the GMAT. While the GMAT is a more specifically tailored exam for business schools, the GRE can be used in applications for a variety of graduate programs.
GMAT testing has also been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. If you’re taking the GMAT exam, you can also follow our live updates on GMAT testing.
The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the creators and administrators of the GMAT exam, have also responded to the coronavirus pandemic, launching the GMAT Online Exam.
This article was originally published on March 24 2020 and updated on April 3 & April 15.