What Name to Use When Registering for GRE Test?

Raghuram Sukumar GRE 30 Comments

Lot of international Test Takers  run into problems when registering for GRE Test due to

So, how do you register for GRE when your name falls into one of the above category?

What Name to Use for GRE

  • The name you use when you register — and the spelling of that name — must exactly match (excluding accents and spaces) the name printed on the your passport or identification (ID) documents that you will present on the day of the test.
  • If Name used for Registration does not, you may be prohibited from taking the test or your test scores may be canceled after you take the test.
  • First Name (or Given Name)
    • Be sure to provide your entire first (given) name (excluding accents and spaces).
    • Do not register under a nickname and do not register with only an initial as your first name.
  • Last (family/surname) name.
    • You must enter your entire last (family/surname) name.
    • If you have a two-part or multiple last name, enter your complete last name as it appears on the ID documents without spaces and accents that you will present on the day of the test.
    • For example, a last name of Raghu John Sukumar would be entered as RaghuJohnSukumar.
  • No Surname in the ID (or passport)
    • If you do not have a last name, enter your Given Name as your first name and again as your last or surname. ( I don’t recommend this option, apply for new passport with surname)
  • Register by Phone
    • I recommend using Online GRE Registration (to avoid name mismatch and mis-spelling)
    • If you register by phone, please be sure you are registered under your entire first and last names as they appear on your ID (excluding accents and spaces).
  • If your online account has already been created, please confirm that the name on your ID documents still matches the name that appears in your account (excluding accents and spaces).
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your ID documents (excluding accents and spaces) match your admission ticket on the day of the test.

Passport Names

  • Register for GRE Only after you have your passport with you.
  • Have a copy of the passport with you during the registration process.
  • Does your passport have Surname (or Last name or Family Name)?
  • If Surname is empty, don’t register for GRE. You could run into several issues later while in USA.

GRE Registration Name problem

As listed above, you could run into GRE registration name problems when there is

  • Name Mismatch with ID and registration info
  • Missing Surname
  • Lengthy Names

GRE Registration Name Change

Is it possible to change the name in GRE registration info?

  • Spelling Mistakes can be corrected at Test Site (atleats in India)
  • ETS might not allow adding or completely changing a the name
  • You may have to cancel the registration and register again

Comments

  1. Hi ,

    I have to apply for gre exam . In passport my
    Given name : Lalitha madhurima gayathri ——– 26 letters
    If removing spaces they are exactly 24 letters
    Can I remove spaces and write?
    Thanks in advance

    1. Author

      Read the instructions. I believe you can write without spaces.

  2. hello sir/Madam,
    I have slight confusion regarding my name which has to be entered while creating ETS account for gre test. my name is long, it is as follows,

    Bollepalli premasai vani naga sreenidhi

    in passport it is as follows:

    surname: BOLLEPALLI

    given name: PREMASAI VANI NAGA SREENIDHI

    i tried entering this given name in the website, it was showing me the limit as 24 characters while my name exceed that. hence i require your assistance in filling my name.
    some of my queries are:

    can i skip spaces and write ?

    can i use sreenidhi as my given name (it is actually my main name) and P.V.N as my initials?

    i request you to let me know as soon as possible ,because i am running late to book gre exam slot.

    Thanks and Regards,
    Sreenidhi

    1. Author

      Please get a new passport with a shorter name. Something like Sreenedhi Bollepalli.

  3. Hello Sir,
    My name is Ipsita and my passport has given name as Ipsita and surname is empty.
    I have registered for GRE as Ipsita in both First name and Family name fields. Also, all my documents and id proofs bear Ipsita and no surname. What problems might I face later on? Is there anything I can do for that?

    Thank you

  4. Hello,

    My First name is Harika Reddy (as per passport)
    While creating GRE account I entered my first name Harika Reddy (not entered as one word as you stated above) and created an account.

    I guess it should not be an issue, but want to check 🙂 .

    Thanks.

  5. In my passport name is in all upper case.

    ROHAN SINGH

    In gre registration form only first letter of first and last name is capital.

    Rohan Singh

    The issue is only with capitalization of letters.

    There is no issue with first and last name.
    There is no error with spelling

    Will it create any problem?

  6. Hi, my brother is registering for GRE. His name as per the passport is Given Name as “Jitender Pal Singh” with no last name. While registering for GRE, last name column is mandatory. Please suggest how to register for this.

  7. hello sir.i had registered for gre with first name as Greta ,middle initial as P and my family/surname as Parumati . but my passport has my name as Parumati Greta Reddy. will there be any problem?

  8. I have few queries regarding registering for GRE.

    My name on passport is KASHIKAR MEGHA SUBHAKAR.

    (1)What should I mention my first name? is it MEGHA or the full name as KASHIKAR MEGHA SUBHAKAR (As in passport and without spaces)???

    (2)And secondly, what should I mention the last name, is it only surname as KASHIKAR? or KASHIKARMEGHASUBHAKAR???

    Please clarify my doubts

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  11. Hi ,
    In my passport the surname is my husband family name and in my education certificates its my family name. If I go for GRE/TOEFL exam with the name as is in passport will there be any problem? (In my husband passport, its mentioned with my family name – will it become problem in future). please suggest.

  12. Hello sir,

    Currently, I am working at Hyderabad. My permanent resident address is not in Hyderabad. My passport has my permanent resident address. While registering for GRE, should I register with my permanent address only or I can give my Hyderabad address?

      1. Where else the address I use for registering for GRE used? Are there any implication on actual application process with university? As I shall be leaving Hyderabad and going to my home town and complete all the other application related followup from there only.

  13. HELLO SIR,
    I HAD A PROBLEM REGARDING MY NAME DURING MY REGISTRATION PROCESS IN GRE ETS WEBSITE .SIR, MY NAME AS IN THE PASSPORT IS AS FOLLOWS

    FIRST NAME – VEERAVENKATA HANUMAN SWAROOP KRISHNA

    SURNAME- WUYYURU

    SINCE THERE ARE NO SPACES AVAILABLE IN THE GRE WEBSITE FOR FIRST NAME DURING MY REGISTRATION I HAD CHANGED IT AS

    FIRST NAME- SWAROOPKRISHNA

    SURNAME- WUYYURUVEERAVENKATAHANUMAN

    AND REGISTERED AND KEPT THE SLOT ON AUGUST 14TH ,2014 .SIR WILL THERE BE ANY PROBLEMS REGARDING THIS CHANGE AND CAN YOU SUGGEST ME WITH ANY SOLUTION OF WHAT TO DO.

    THANKING YOU SIR,

    SWAROOP KRISHNA

    1. Author

      So yourself a favor – get new passport with small first name.

    2. HI SWAROOP,

      I am satish. I would to register for GRE Exam and i have the same problem as my name has to big to register for GRE test in ets.org website.

      Did you attend the exam as the date mentioned above.Please reply me as soon as possible.

      Thanks ,
      G.V.Y.A.Satish

    3. hello sir , i would like to know whether there was any problem because of the name later , i have register for gre now and currently have the same problem.

      I have slight confusion regarding my name which has to be entered while creating ETS account for gre test. my name is long, it is as follows,

      Bollepalli premasai vani naga sreenidhi

      in passport it is as follows:

      surname: BOLLEPALLI

      given name: PREMASAI VANI NAGA SREENIDHI

      i tried entering this given name in the website, it was showing me the limit as 24 characters while my name exceed that. hence i require your assistance in filling my name.
      some of my queries are:

      can i skip spaces and write ?

      can i use sreenidhi as my given name (it is actually my main name) and P.V.N as my initials?

      can i write P V N SREENIDHI as my first/given name ?…

      i request you to let me know as soon as possible ,because i am running late to book gre exam slot.

      Thanks and Regards,
      Sreenidhi

      1. Hi Srinidhi,

        What did you do for this ? How did you give the name ?My name is also big like yours . Please help me out.

        Passport details:

        GivenName: Lalitha Madhurima Gayathri
        character limit is present
        What did you do then?

        Thanks

  14. hello !
    how can I change my name in my account of ETS website……….
    help me please , I immediately need to register for a Computer based general test…
    I am from India , my given name is Tauqueer Noor in my GRE account , but in my passport it is written as ( Given Name ; TAUQUEER & Sur Name ; NOOR) ie. “TAUQUEER NOOR”
    So please tell me how do I change my name ‘Tauqueer Noor’ to “TAUQUEER NOOR”

    And if this cannot be done again, did i able to appear in exam…
    Also let me know, Is it allowed for me to create another My GRE account..
    With Regards
    Thanks

  15. in my passport it was (arun kumar ) space between arun and kumar and surname varala but during signup in ets space is not allowing me in given name what should i do please help out in this as fast as possible

  16. I am intending to go to USA for MS. In my passport ,ID proof,All cerificates my name mentioned as BHUVNESH SINGH i.e. without sirname.Pl. guide if sirname is mandatory.

  17. Sir,
    I have registered for GRE general test on 28 March 2014 with the name PAWAN KUMAR but the name in my passport is PAWAN KUMAR ELANGOVAN. Is there any way of editing my name ? Will i be refunded if i have to cancel and apply fresh ?

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