Here's what I learned...
Wait for it.
To start, you need a Windows or Mac desktop or laptop. No tablets or mobile devices (the "Mac" bit is also new; when I first tries this a few weeks ago Macs were prohibited)
We already know from virtual teaching this spring that not all students/prospective grads have access to this in their homes.
This checks your OS and bandwidth (better hope your home internet is up to scratch!), accesses the webcam & sound, monitors apps and keystrokes, and runs FLASH. Sure.
(seriously, get a webcam cover if you do this)
Given how much we've all seen of each other's roommates, partners, children, and pets over the past months, this is a tall order for a 4 hour exam...
When a rule's this specific there's ALWAYS a reason. I badly want to see the file folder that must have accompanied the Overstuffed Chair Incident.
Oh, this always goes well. Whatcha got, ETS?
"Ears must remain visible" and "avoid jewelry, tie clips, cuff links, ornate clips, combs, barrettes, headbands, and other hair accessories"
2) How do long-haired people avoid headbands and other "hair accessories" and also keep their ears uncovered?
3) Is there a "Tie Clip Incident" folder somewhere too?
So it's up to proctors to deem behavior "suspicious"? Can't imagine how this could go wrong
No notes allowed on paper. You may use either a whiteboard or a transparent sheet protector and an erasable marker. You must erase all notes in view of the proctor at the end of the test.
For the privilege of registering to take the GRE you will be paying $205.
So that's 6*27=$162, bring the total GRE sticker price to $367.
This means submitting forms detailing exactly what accommodations you're asking for (thought it's pretty unclear what they CAN offer for at-home testing).
Can't. The at-home test option is not available for the PGRE, or ANY of the GRE subject tests.
Also, subject test registration costs $150.
Taking the subject GRE tests also currently seems pretty gnarly due to COVID-19 and accommodation plans are unclear.
...even if a ready-to-take cheat-proof universally-accessible exam magically flew itself to your desk on the wings of a benevolent ETS Testing Dove...
...taking the GRE would still be awful right now because LOOK AROUND.
I know sometimes life is tough but these are GLOBAL tough times, & coping with them is easier if you're privileged.
Schools everywhere are removing ETS exams from admissions AT ALL LEVELS right now. There's a reason.
ETS themselves have demonstrated that their own tests' scores strongly correlate with gender, race, and socioeconomic status)
Support their ability to put their best foot forward.
Support their right to wear tie clips.
Overstuffed chairs did nothing wrong.
Support an equitable admissions process.