The sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic last year has put almost all industries on hold, and the education sector was no exception. Because of the lockdown due to the pandemic, most entrance examinations like the GRE have been canceled as most test centers have shut down. As a solution, ETS, the conducting body of GRE has introduced an alternative, GRE Home Edition that can be taken from home, however, with some rules and regulations set in place. In this article, we will tell you all about the rules and guidelines for the at-home version of the exam. So, read on!
GRE At Home: Important Guidelines
The GRE at-home test is similar to that of the test center examination. However, while you have to go to a test center to take an in-person exam, you can give the home version of GRE on your own computer from the comfort of your home or any other secure location. But, all these at-home versions will be monitored by a human invigilator online through ProctorU, a computer software that provides a secure and automated online proctoring service.
Unlike the test center exam, at-home testing is available 24/7. If you are planning to give the at-home GRE test next year, you must know the registration process for the same. The GRE 2022 registration for the home version is more or less similar to that of the regular GRE. To register, you have to first create an account on the official website of GRE. Then, select the option to register and fill in the details required. Once you fill in all the required information, you will be redirected to a page where you can find test centers and available dates for the exam. Here you have to select the ‘Test at home’ option, choose a test date and time, and pay the registration fees. After this, you will receive a confirmation from ETS, with a link, that has to be used to start your test on the test day.
There are some requirements that you should meet for taking the at-home test such as:
- You are only allowed to take the test on a laptop or PC, with Windows 7, 8, or 10 operating systems.
- Dual screens are not permitted.
- Earphones are not allowed. You can only use the internal or external speaker to communicate with the proctor.
- Only separate webcam or built-in cameras are allowed.
- You must ensure the Internet is stable before taking the exam.
- You must download the ETS browser to start the test.
- You cannot take the test from a public space, and even if you are taking it from a room, you must ensure that nobody enters your room during the test.
- You must position your table and chair in a way that the whole room is visible to the proctor.
- You can only use a small desktop whiteboard, or sheet of paper inside a transparent sheet protector, for taking notes.
The marking scheme and the other test-taking strategies for the at-home test are similar to that of the test center test. Hence, you need to be well prepared for the exam. The best way to do this is by solving the GRE previous papers. The ETS website itself offers some GRE previous year papers with solutions for the test takers like you. You can start your preparation by solving those questions and see where you stand.
These are some essential points that will help you be prepared for the GRE at-home exam. However, do not forget to follow a study plan and get ready for the exam beforehand. Good luck!