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Registering for GRE Without Surname in the Passport and Problems

Indian Passport

How much of a hurdle am i going to face if i do not have a surname?

Indian PassportMost people have names as XXXX YYYY , but my family thought I could do without a surname and named me as just XXXX.

I already obtained my passport where they left my surname field blank.

I also took my GRE and TOEFL, where i was asked to fill the surname field with periods ( . ) .

But in the score card my name came out as ‘XXXX XXXX’, where both my first and last name fields were filled with the same given name(XXXX).

When I called ETS , i was told that this was the standard procedure followed for people with no last name.

GRE Registration – No Surname

Refer to the following articles

How can you think or assume that you can get away without surname in the passport?

It’s not the end of the world. But, you have to put in the effort to add last name to your passport. It’s long and time consuming, but in the end it will be worth your effort.

If you are thinking about studying in USA, get new passport with Last Name.


  1. veenasa on July 23, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    i have provided my birth month as october which was august actually while registering for ets gre account. Now to book slot for gre i am facing with a big problem that it cannot be editable.So, i have tried to create another account which is impossible as it is showing as user name already exists. Please help me in either deleting my account permanently so that i can create a new account with correct details or to edit my details………..thank you

  2. rohit on December 19, 2012 at 2:34 PM


    This post is regarding doubts of NO SURNAME in my passport.
    My situation is like this:

    My Passport:
    Last Name: blank
    First Name: ROHIT KUMAR

    Last name: Kumar
    First Name: Rohit

    My universities where I had applied:
    Last name: Rohit Kumar
    First name: Rohit Kumar

    Its a big conundrum .
    Please suggest me what should I do in this case.

    1) Should I add my surname(XXX) in my passport.
    Eg. Surname: XXX
    First name: Rohit Kumar

    2) Bifurcate my name in passport
    eg Surname: Kumar
    First name: Rohit

    Please revert as I am in big problem now.
    Thanks in Advance.

    • Anvaya on October 6, 2016 at 9:42 AM

      Hey Rohit,

      Hope this reaches you. I’m in the same situation as you were. How did you get around this?

  3. vinthna on November 11, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    i have my last name/family name blank so how could i register for gre n tofel

  4. Adarsh on August 6, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Even I had heard same issue when one of my senior colleague had similar problem, in fact he was rejected from writing GMAT. Even I have my surname a blank, can somebody help me in finding a solution. May one solution is to change in our passport itself..

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