Key Takeaways

  • GRE stands for Graduate Record Examination
  • The test is conducted by the Education Testing Service
  • The registration fee for the GRE General test for Indian students is $213
  • The registration fee for the GRE General test for students worldwide is $150
  • The schedule of GRE exam fees also includes need-based costs like rescheduling fees, score review and reinstatement fees, additional score reports, etc.

GRE Fees Structure - A Detailed Perspective

If your life plan includes going abroad and earning a post-graduate degree, chances are you’ve already heard of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Introduced by the Education Testing Service (ETS), GRE is of two types – The GRE General Test and the GRE Subject Tests. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, GRE test makers have also introduced the home edition of the GRE General Test, the details of which can be found on the official ETS website. The GRE fee you have to pay depends on the type of test you take. A good GRE score helps you book a seat in some of the most prestigious post-graduate programs worldwide.

GRE Exam Fees

The GRE exam fee you have to pay depends on whether you opt for the GRE General Test or the GRE Subject Test.

GRE Registration Fee:

The GRE fee for the General Test is $205 (USD) for students from all countries, except five, one of which is India. Unlike the GRE General Test, the registration fee for the GRE subject test is standard worldwide. Here is a schedule of GRE costs for registering for the two types of exams:

Type of Exam

GRE exam cost

GRE Cost in INR (Approx)

GRE General Test (For Indian Students)



GRE General Test for students from other countries (except Turkey, China, Australia, Nigeria)



GRE Subject Test for students from all countries



*The exact INR amount depends on the USD to INR Forex rate as of the registration date.

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Other Costs Associated With GRE

The exact GRE test price, however, differs. It depends on whether you choose to reschedule your appointment and avail a bouquet of additional services. Here’s how GRE fees are further broken down.

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GRE rescheduling fee

Rescheduling entails two actions and applies to both GRE General and Subject Tests:

Rescheduling action

GRE exam cost for rescheduling

Changing the exam date


Changing the test centre


GRE Fees For Scoring Services (GRE General Test)

The following schedule of fees is applicable if you choose to avail of the optional GRE scoring services:

GRE service

GRE fee

Additional Score Report

$27 (per report)

Analytical Writing measurement


Score Reinstatement Fee


GRE Fees for Subject Tests

GRE Subject Test service

GRE price

Late registration fee (applies to online registrations only)


Standby testing


Changing the Subject Test


Additional Score Report

$27 (per report)

Score review fee


Score reinstatement fee


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GRE Cancellation & Refund Policy

ETS allows you to cancel your appointment up to 4 days prior to the exam date to be eligible for the refund. Irrespective of how much in advance you place the cancellation request, you will be eligible for a refund equivalent to only 50% of the registration fee, i.e. $106.5. For instance, if you were scheduled to appear for the test on a Friday, you must place your cancellation request no later than Monday. GRE retains the remainder of the registration fee to cover the expenses associated with processing your registration request and holding a seat for you at the test centre. All refunds are processed in US dollars, and ETS does not provide cash refunds1.

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Types of GRE Tests

As mentioned above, GRE is administered in two ways. The first is the GRE General Test designed for students intending to pursue Master’s, doctorate, Juris Doctor (law), and MBA programs. There is also the GRE General Subject Test which you can take if you intend to specialise in specific subjects, including Maths, English Literature, Psychology, Physics, Biology, and Chemistry.

GRE General Test

Unlike most competitive tests where you have to answer all questions in serial order, the GRE General test is perhaps the only competitive level test that allows candidates to skip questions within sections and go back and change answers. It allows you to control the test and answer questions in sections where you feel you can score better. It largely analyses three crucial skills:

  1. Verbal Reasoning: This section measures your ability to analyse and infer from discourse, understand literal and figurative meanings and the author’s intent, and reason from incomplete data. It also assesses how well you can summarise texts, understand words and their meanings, and relationships between words and concepts.
  2. Quantitative Reasoning: This section measures how well you can comprehend, interpret and analyse quantitative information, including solving mathematical problems and applying basic arithmetic concepts.
  3. Analytical Writing: This section gauges your ability to critically analyse, articulate and support complex ideas in words. It checks your ability to reason and provide examples and accompanying evidence in the written form.

As a student appearing for the GRE General Test, you get to decide the score you wish to send to the schools you intend to attend. An optional aspect of the GRE exam fee includes retaking the test (by registering for it again). You can retake the test and send only those scores you want to your prospective schools. All of this is a part of the ScoreSelect®option, which is only available for GRE candidates.

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GRE Subject Test

The GRE Subject Tests are designed to measure your knowledge of a specific field of study. It allows you to show how well versed you are with a particular subject, thus allowing graduate schools to notice your expertise and stand out from other applicants. It emphasises your in-depth knowledge and level of skill in a particular subject area. You need to have an undergraduate major in one of the six disciplines, which include:

The GRE® Biology test: This test consists of approximately 188 five-choice questions. The content is organised into three specific areas – cellular and molecular biology, ecology and evolution, and organismal biology.

The GRE® Chemistry test: This test consists of 130 multiple choice questions, with content organised into four areas – analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry.

The GRE® Literature in English test: This test consists of approximately 230 questions in various fields of literature with content organised into four areas – literary analysis, identification, cultural and historical contexts, and history and theory of literary criticism.

The GRE® Mathematics test: This test consists of approximately 66 multiple choice questions, featuring 50% questions on calculus, 25% questions on Algebra, and 25% questions on additional topics like introductory real analysis, discrete mathematics, and other topics.

The GRE® Physics test: This test consists of approximately 100 five-choice questions, featuring 9 areas of content specifications, including classical mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, atomic physics, etc.

The GRE® Psychology test: This test consists of approximately 205 multiple choice questions across six areas of content specifications, including biological, cognitive, social, developmental, clinical & measurement/methodology/other.

Note that the ETS has decided to discontinue the GRE English Literature Biology Tests after April 2021. However, you may continue to report the scores for both the tests for five years, as per the GRE® score reporting policy.

GRE Exam Fee: Modes of Payment

The ETS allows you to remit your GRE exam fees in several different ways. The generally accepted modes of payment typically depend on whether you choose to appear for the computer-delivered tests or the paper-delivered tests. Note that the payment options may differ, depending on your location. Here’s a detailed look at modes of paying your GRE fees based on the test type.

Payment Modes of GRE Exam Fees for Computer And Paper- Delivered Tests

Credit and debit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club International, Discover, JCB & China UnionPay

  • Digital wallets: PayPal
  • E-cheques: These should be drawn of bank accounts in the USA
  • Miscellaneous payment modes: Money Orders, Vouchers and Certified Cheques

Other Accepted Payment Modes of GRE exam fees For Paper-Delivered Tests

Besides the modes of payments mentioned above, candidates opting for the GRE paper-delivered tests may also make payments via:

Western Union®Quick Pay℠ service:

If you choose to use this method of remittance, you need to mention the following details under the ‘Pay To’ section of the form:

  • Company Name: Educational Testing Service
  • Company Code: GREPROGRAM NJ
  • Country: USA

Remember to include the original Western Union®Quick Pay℠ receipt along with your form. Attaching photocopies instead of the original receipt will not be deemed as valid payments.

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Personal Paper Cheques:

You can pay your GRE fees using personal paper cheques drawn of US bank accounts only and addressed to ETS-GRE. Ensure that the cheque comes with the bank’s name and addresses printed (not stamped). It should also have a printed cheque number, as well as the printed account number, name and address of the account holder. Also, ensure that the cheque date is not over 90 days.

Please note that while you can remit money through online methods and cheques, ETS does not accept any cash payments.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of registering for the GRE General and GRE Subject Tests worldwide?

The cost of registering for the GRE General test is $205 for students from all countries worldwide, except 5 countries. These include India, where the GRE exam fee is $213, Turkey, where the fee is $255, Australia, where the fee is $230, Nigeria, where the fee is $226 and China, where the fee is $231.30. The GRE fee for the Subject Tests is $150 for students from all countries.

Are there any additional GRE fees that I should know about? Are these extra costs mandatory?

Yes, there are a few additional GRE costs such as rescheduling the exam date and centre, late registration fees, additional score reports, score review fees etc. These, however, are not mandatory and depend on whether you choose to avail of these services. 

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, I would prefer to take the GRE at home. Is that possible, and what does it cost?

Yes, the ETS has made arrangements for students to take the GRE at home. The GRE price for the home edition of the text remains the same as the test taken at a GRE exam centre.