Being ready for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) requires more than just purchasing a GRE test study course. Part of your GRE test preparation should be learning the various rules and procedures associated with taking the Graduate Record Examination.
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When you arrive at the GRE testing center, be sure you have the appropriate identification. In order to take the GRE examination you will need to have a valid ID that contains both a signature and photo.
There may be other identification requirements for tests taken outside of the United States; for more information on these requirements, visit the Educational Testing Service website. If you do not have the appropriate identification, you will not be allowed to take the GRE test.
Besides identification, you will not be allowed to bring any personal items into the testing area. If you are taking the GRE examination in its computer-based format, you will be required to sign a confidentiality statement as well as the testing center log before and after the test. You will be given some blank paper on which to make notes during the examination.
In the event that you have to leave your seat during the examination, you should raise your hand and ask permission; the time given for that section of the GRE test will continue to run. There will be an optional ten-minute break at the completion of the analytical writing section.
If you are taking the paper-based version of the GRE examination, you should bring several No. 2 pencils with good erasers. If you arrive after the test materials have been distributed, you will not be allowed to sit for the GRE test. You will not be allowed to bring any papers of your own into the testing area; all of your GRE test review must be completed before you enter the testing center. Cellular phones must be turned off.
Finally, your GRE test scores may be invalidated if you do any of the following: attempt to take someone else’s test; create a disturbance; use any improper aids; attempt to give or receive assistance; tamper with a computer; attempt to remove scratch paper or test materials from the test area; bring weapons, food, drink, or tobacco into the test area; take excessive unscheduled breaks during the examination; or leave the testing area without permission. In general, you should follow all of the directions given by the GRE test administrator.