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Understanding the GRE General Test at Home Exam

Updated: Jul 26, 2023


If you're wondering whether you can take the GRE exam at home instead of going to a test center, the answer is yes! The Educational Testing Service (ETS) allows GRE test takers to take the GRE general test exam from the comfort of their homes. Let's explore this topic further and discuss it in more detail.

Understanding the GRE General test at home exam
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All You Need to Know about GRE General Test at Home Exam

Here’s what you should be aware of if you're planning on taking GRE general test at home:

1. Equipment Requirements

A. Computer

  • You must use a desktop or laptop computer for the GRE exam; tablets, Chromebooks, and mobile devices are prohibited.

  • Your operating system must be licensed; unlicensed or test-mode versions are prohibited.

  • You must have a Windows operating system, version 10 or higher, for PC users.

  • Mac users should have Mac OS X 10.13 or higher.

  • You can use either the Chrome or Firefox browser.

  • Please note that you cannot use multiple monitors or dual screens during the exam.

B. Bowser and Software Check

  • You need to download and install the ETS Secure Test Browser on the computer you'll be using for the test. After downloading the browser, run the file to complete the installation. Once you receive the message "Success! You have installed the ETS secure test browser," you can close the browser.

  • From the computer you intend to use for the test, perform the ProctorU Equipment Check. If you encounter any failures during the equipment check, addressing and resolving those issues before the test day is essential. You can seek assistance from Live ProctorU representatives who are available to provide support.

  • The test delivery software may be affected by computer firewalls and security applications. If you encounter this issue, you might have to disable or reconfigure your applications before taking the test.

C. Microphone, Speaker, and Camera Requirements

  • To listen to the proctor, utilize either an internal or external speaker. Avoid using headsets or earphones. When communicating with the proctor, employ an internal or external microphone not integrated into a headset.

  • You can use either the built-in camera on your computer or a separate webcam for video. Before the test, ensure the camera can be adjusted to capture a complete 360-degree view of the room, including your tabletop surface.

2. Environment Requirements

A. Privacy Requirements

  • During the test, you must ensure that you are in a room where no one else enters.

  • Taking the test in public spaces like parks, internet cafes, or restaurants is prohibited.

  • Before starting the test, close all doors in the room.

B. Tabletop and Seating Requirements

  • Ensure your computer and keyboard are placed on a desk or flat surface.

  • Position your table and chair in a way that allows the proctor to view the room's door. The proctor may request you to make this adjustment during check-in.

  • Ensure the tabletop and the surrounding area are free from any items not permitted for use during the test. This includes cell phones (except for check-in purposes), cameras, notes, and study materials. You don't need to remove the furniture and décor in the room.

  • While taking the test, you must be seated in a regular chair. Sitting or lying on a bed, couch, or oversized chair is prohibited.

  • Please note that consuming food and drinks is prohibited during the test.

C. Clothing and Appearance

  • Throughout the test, ensure that your ears are visible and not covered by hair, hats, or other items. However, if you are wearing religious headwear, it is permitted as long as your ears remain visible.

  • Please note that face masks are prohibited during check-in or any part of the at-home testing session.

  • It is essential to dress appropriately for your test since the proctor will monitor you via camera, and your photo will be shared with institutions that receive your scores.

  • Avoid wearing jewelry, tie clips, cufflinks, ornate clips, combs, barrettes, headbands, and other hair accessories.

D. Note-Taking Materials

For security reasons, taking notes on regular paper is not allowed.

Instead, you can choose one of the following options:

  1. Utilize a small desktop whiteboard along with an erasable marker.

  2. Use a single sheet of paper enclosed within a transparent sheet protector, accompanied by an erasable marker. Please note that pencils and pens are not permitted.

Upon completion of the test, it will be necessary to demonstrate to the proctor that all notes have been erased.


Taking the GRE General Test at Home Exam provides convenience as you can take the test from the comfort of your own home. We've discussed equipment, environment, and note-taking requirements. Ensure your computer meets the specifications, install the secure browser, and check your equipment. Create a suitable testing environment with privacy and a clear tabletop. Adhere to the dress code, keep your ears visible, and avoid wearing face masks. You can use a small whiteboard or a protected sheet of paper for note-taking. Meeting these requirements will prepare you for a successful and secure testing experience.

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