When was the last time GRE revised their test fee? Well, it has been over a year. On the 3rd of January, 2013, ETS increased the general test fee from $175 to $185, and now, they have done it again!
Just a couple of days ago, ETS has announced the revision of the GRE test fee. With effect from the 16th of May, 2014, the GRE will cost $195 for the test takers around the world, as opposed to $185 previously. The new test administration fee reflects an increase of $10, so applicants should take the new fee into consideration when paying for the GRE.
In addition to the test fee, some of the other costs that are related to the GRE have also been raised. As it was earlier, the price for taking the test also includes free score reporting to as many as 4 universities. However, additional score reports will now cost $27 per university, as opposed to $25 previously. Score review for AWA has been increased from $50 to $55, and score reinstatement fee has been increased by $5, to $30. However, there is no increase in the fee for rescheduling the test, or for changing the test center. But, if you wish to cancel your appointment, you will have to forfeit the entire test fee.
Though this isn’t good news for students internationally, especially for those from Asian and African countries, it can be said that there has never been a better time to take the GRE. The revised GRE test is now very widely accepted into thousands of graduate schools, and an increasing number of business schools around the world. A user-friendly design and a year-round availability has made the GRE a popular test among wannabe graduate and business students around the world.
So, sign up early if you are looking to take the GRE, because studies have shown that those who book a slot early, prepare better and hence score higher on the test. A lot of students plan to book a slot only when they have confidence in taking the test, which isn’t good for two reasons: Firstly, the GRE is a popular exam, and thousands of students take it every day. So you may not always find a suitable slot, and it is better to plan and book a slot as early as possible. Another reason for signing up early is, it gives you motivation to study, so you won’t procrastinate. Hence, we recommend you register for the GRE as soon as possible.
So what has changed and what hasn’t?
Here is a comparison between the old and the current GRE fees.
|Previous Fee||Current Fee|
|GRE® revised General Test — worldwide.||$185||$195|
|Changing your test center||$50||$50|
|Additional Score Reports (ASR) — per recipient||$25||$27|
|Score review for Analytical Writing measure||$50||$55|
|Score Reinstatement Fee||$25||$30|
To find out more about the current fees for the GRE revised General Test and related services, visit http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about/fees/
So, when are you planning to take the GRE? And what do you think about the new GRE fee increase? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!
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