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UPDATES: GRE Test Center Closures

We bring you the latest live updates from ETS on GRE test center closures and testing suspensions caused by the coronavirus pandemic

Thu Jun 11 2020

Coronavirus (or COVID-19) is impacting countries, business schools, and students around the world. 

In response, the Educational Testing Service (ETS), owner and administrator of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) test, is closing GRE test centers and suspending GRE testing in affected locations.

As of April 2nd 2020, ETS has made an online version of the GRE test available to business school candidates worldwide, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran. However, online GRE test-takers must have computer equipment and an environment that meets the requirements for the test.

Some candidates may not have the capability to take the GRE test from home, or may simply prefer to take the test in a test center. 

Here, we update you on the latest news on GRE test center closures:

GRE Test Center Closures

Latest available updates from ETS.

As of June 11, China is the only country with countrywide test center closures. Check out our: 

Coronavirus Updates

What if your GRE test is cancelled?

ETS says that these country updates are provided for general guidance about test availability. If you have a GRE General Test appointment and your test is postponed, you will be notified by email and your test will be rescheduled. 

Check your account and your email regularly to confirm your testing status. If you want to register for a test, you can check test center and date availability in the GRE test registration system.

To help test takers during this time, ETS is also waiving all rescheduling fees.


The GRE is an alternative to the GMAT admission test. While the GMAT is more specific to business schools, the GRE can be used to get into a variety of graduate programs. 

GMAT testing has also been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), owner and administrator of the GMAT, has also launched the GMAT Online Exam to help candidates apply to business school this year.