Rahul posted the following comment in the post, Blank Surname in the Passport – GRE and Admission. Here’s what he said:
"I am Rahul Ramachandran. As posted by many people in this thread, I also don’t have a surname in my passport> But when registering for GRE and TOEFL, I gave Rahul as my first name and my last name, Ramachndran. I came to know all these only when I started applying at U.S. universities.
If I change my name in my passport (with Ramachandran as surname), will they make the changes in the same passport? Or in a new one? If I get a new one, won’t my GRE and TOEFL scores become invalid? I am in a big confusion whether to apply or not. What problems could I face later? Will I have problems while applying for a visa? Can I change my name in my passport after going there?"
GRE and TOEFL Registration
While registering for GRE and TOEFL, I gave Rahul as my first name and last name as Ramachndran.
You made the right decision by using Ramachndran as your last name when registering for GRE and TOEFL.
Many students either use their full first name as last name or don’t use the last name at all.
Name Change in Passport
If I change my name in my passport (Ramachandran as surname)? Will they change it in the same passport? Or in a new one? If I get a new one, won’t my GRE and TOEFL scores become invalid?
No you GRE scores will not become invalid because of changes in your name in your passport.
A passport is used to verify and validate one’s identity before taking an exam, that’s just about it. It will not serve any other purpose later.
So, you can go ahead and change the name in your passport and apply at U.S. universities.
You will not encounter any other issues later. Many students have to retake the GRE because they messed up the test completely. But you made the right decision to use Ramachandran as last name. This had saved you lots of time, money and headaches.