The GRE is an incredibly daunting test - there’s no doubt about it. Sometimes we may feel like we’re completely running out of time, and a few extra study sessions would help us nail it.
Fortunately, you can reschedule the GRE. Whether or not you should reschedule, however, is a different question altogether.
After checking the official ETS website, we are able to guide you through rescheduling your GRE, both online and by mail. We’ll also let you know about the fees, as well as when you should reschedule your test.
Is It Possible to Reschedule the GRE?
If you can’t attend your GRE for whatever reason, you can reschedule the date. However, there are a few conditions you’ll have to stick to in order to reschedule.
If you’d like to reschedule, there are two things you must do:
- Reschedule no later than 4 days before your GRE - If you miss the deadline for rescheduling your exam, you will lose the fee you paid for the test. So, if your exam is on Monday, you will have to reschedule the date by Thursday of the week before .
- The date you choose has to be within one year of the original GRE - You will only be given one year to take your GRE. If your test is scheduled for April 2nd, you have until April 2nd of the following year to reschedule. If you are taking the paper-delivered test, keep in mind it is available only 3 times a year. Therefore, you will have to pick one of these 3 dates within the same year.
GRE Rescheduling Fee
If you decide to reschedule your GRE, you will be asked to pay a fee. This will leave you $50 out of pocket ($53.90 if you’re taking it in mainland China.)
So, all in all, you will be paying $255 to take your GRE instead of the initial $205.
You will be asked to pay this fine if you want to change the date, time, or location. So, when you first book your GRE, it is vital that you have no scheduled commitments.
“A key way to earn your highest possible GRE score is to minimize exam-related stress and mitigate any anxiety that pops up on test day.” - Target Test Prep
The good news is that if you need to reschedule both the date and location, you can do so at the same time and for a flat fee of $50. You will not be asked to pay $100 unless you submit a request to change both things at different times.
If you want to cancel your test altogether, you can do so 4 days before your GRE date. However, you will only receive half of your test fee in this case.
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Step-By-Step Guide to Rescheduling Your GRE Online
If you want to reschedule your GRE without the hassle, you can do so online. Even if you are taking the paper version of the test, they still allow you to apply to reschedule online.
Step 1: Log onto the ETS website and click on the “Upcoming tests” section on the home page. Find the test you wish to reschedule and click on it.
Step 2: You will be redirected to a page that lists all the information about your upcoming GRE. Go to the right column and click “Reschedule appointment.”
Step 3: Choose the date or location you would like to reschedule to and click “Find Available Test Centers and Dates.” You will then be shown a list of available dates and places. Ensure you choose the date within a year of your original GRE date.
Step 4: Once you have found your desired date or location, you can click “Register.” You will then be asked if you’re sure you’d like to change your test appointment. Clicking “Yes” will take you to the next page, and clicking “No” will take you back to the selection page.
Step 5: When you’ve found a date or location that suits you, you will be asked to pay a $50 rescheduling fee.
Rescheduling a Paper Delivered GRE
There are 3 ways to reschedule a paper delivered GRE if you choose not to do it online.
1. By Phone
For test-takers in the USA, Canada, and U.S territories, you can call 1-609-771-7670 or 1-866-473-4373 toll-free. They are open Monday - Friday from 8 AM - 6:00 PM .
Be sure to have all this information ready:
- Date of birth
- Registration number
- Original test date/time
- New test date
- Testing center
You should also have your preferred method of payment handy.
2. By Mail
You can also send a request to schedule via mail. There isn’t a specific form you need to fill out; just make sure you include all the above information as a phone call. You should also include $50 for your rescheduling fee.
You can reach the GRE Services at:
P.O Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000 USA
Ensure you send your request on time. If it is received any later than 4 days before your original test, you will have to forfeit your $205 test fee.
3. By Fax
Include all the relative information above and faq your rescheduling request to 1-610-290-875. Ensure you send your $50 fee along with it.
Should I Reschedule My GRE?
The GRE is expensive, so you really don’t want to be taking it twice. If you are thinking about rescheduling your GRE due to not studying enough, or stress and anxiety are getting the best of you, you should consider rescheduling - if you can afford the $50 fee.
If you can’t afford to pay this fee, you have no choice but to take the test. Try to study as much as you can before the test day and find a way to destress.
If you choose to reschedule your GRE, always remember to do it at least 4 days before your test.