What Should You Bring to the GRE?

Taking the Graduate Record Examination—also known as the GRE—is one of the most important steps when applying to business schools, graduate schools, and more. So many graduate programs such as MBAs require this test, so it’s often times necessary to take. This may leave you wondering what you need to know about the test and what you should to bring to the GRE. Take a look below to learn everything about the GRE.

Identification Requirements

First things first: you’re going to have to verify that it is, in fact, you who is taking the test under your name. That means bringing the appropriate identification. It’s important that you understand the basic rules of the ID you’re allowed to use:

  • Bring an original document. Don’t bring a photocopy of your driver’s license, for example—you’re expected to bring the real deal. Similarly, electronic versions of ID will are not allowed.
  • The ID should be provided by the government. In other words, it should be a national or state ID. Keep in mind that because the GRE is an international test, this may have different applications depending on where you are. For example, it may include provincial identity cards.
  • Bring a photo ID. A recent and recognizable photo is required so that the individual administering the test can look at you and verify that it’s you.

Remember that a good, valid ID will also likely include your signature. This allows them to verify the signature you sign to take the test.

Fees: What the GRE Should Cost

Depending on where you’re located, you may find that fees vary wildly. That’s why we’d point you to the GRE General Test fees website. You should also look at your individual circumstances to gauge whether you’ll have to bring additional fees. For example, in China, there is a rescheduling fee that you won’t find anywhere else.

Keep in mind that there are some accepted forms of payment that you’ll want to pay attention to. You can pay with credit/debit cards like American Express, MasterCard, and Visa, or even PayPal. It’s important to note that the GRE will not accept cash payments, so you’ll have to have that money ready to go in another account.

Test Prep: What You Need to Bring

With ID and payment taken care of, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of what you should expect to bring to the GRE. Make sure you have the following with you on the day of the exam:

  • Printed confirmation email of your registration
  • Pre-sharpened, non-mechanical pencils with erasers on them
  • A list of four schools to whom you want to send your GRE results (there are four free schools)

You don’t have to bring a calculator to the GRE, as there is an on-screen calculator available for the “Quant” sections of the GRE.

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