Passport, GRE Registration Name mismatch – Correction at Test Center in India

Passport and GRE Name Mismatch,  TOEFL Test center in India

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One of our readers had minor name mismatch between his passport and GRE registration. He wrote a small article describing the issue and his experience dealing with it.  Thanks to him for sharing his experience. If you have any similar experience, please send to redbus2us(at)

Passport , GRE Registration Names different  issue :

My original name is XXX YYY ZZZ

Where, first name=XXX, middle, Last.

In short it is given in academic certificates as XXX Y ZZZ.

But in my passport my name was printed as

First YYY and Surname=ZZZ.

During GRE registration my friend wrongly put entry as follows:

First name= XXX YYY middle-name=YYY and Last-name=ZZZ.

Later I figured out the mistake after registration. I contacted ETS regarding this issue but the response was negative, stating that its impossible to change the name adding that if minor issues are their I could change it at the center. On the test day at the Testing center, while taking GRE, I struggled in arguments with the supervisors and finally they modified it in accordance with my request as first name== XXX middle and Last-name=ZZZ. The final conclusion is that there is no need to worry if the difference is minor and if you could reasonably give proof for your identity. On the other hand if the names are totally unrelated of that on the passport then you have to cancel the exam and re-register. Also, at during taking TOEFL exam it was not at all an issue. They allowed me to attend it. Also we can make name modifications in TOEFL exam too at the center.


Irrespective of the details of the situation, the experience clearly tells us that if there are genuine minor mistake in your name while registering, they do consider the changes  at the  test center.  But, it is always wise to avoid any kind of issues with your name by booking for GRE and TOEFL properly after you get your passport. Read article: Why to apply for Passport before registering for GRE and TOEFL.

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ulku February 19, 2014 at 10:51 am

My real nsme is ulku pala but I mistakenly wrote it ulku o pala. There is a middle name o in my GRE account. Is it a big problrlem? Should I contact ghe ETS?


vivek February 12, 2014 at 11:06 am

my name in my passport is
in my gre registration i gave my FIRST NAME – VIVEK
i missed out my middle name. i dint even gave the middle initial.
will it be a problem during the admissions??
kindly reply me.


sudheer February 26, 2014 at 6:40 am

what was the solution for your query????


sri vasudha January 21, 2014 at 6:31 am

My original name is XXX YYY ZZZ

Where, first name=XXX YYY
my last name =ZZZ

But in my GRE account it is printed as

First name= YYY middle-Y and Last-name=ZZZ.
MY exam is on 13feb ..
please help me.


vyuha January 14, 2014 at 10:37 am

Hi my last name(surname) is repeated twice i e.(vyuhareddymatta matta) so im worried.I contacted ets regarding this issue but the response is to change my name at exam center. is it possible?is it minor or major prblm.what should I do to slove my prblm?plzz plzzz help me


vijayy January 3, 2014 at 5:25 am

no need to worry gre member will send u another password… can register again


murty November 30, 2013 at 6:09 am

hi there my name in all my 10th to b-tech certificates v v s narayana murty p
but in passport veeravenkatasatyanarayanamurty with sir name it is (36 char long )ind gov extend my name is there any problem with my name in exam time and admission time and visa process time please clarify me here


Vidya Sagar September 24, 2013 at 1:53 am

for Indians facing problem with middle name
i.e they have no middle name and there given name is Xabc Ydef and surname is Zghi
you can give
given name as Xabc
middle intial as Y
and last name as Zghi

i did the same mistake and got the reply from GRE

Thank you for contacting the GRE Program.

Dear Candidate,

Regarding your inquiry:
Please be informed that when registering for a GRE test, your first (given) name and last (family) name are required fields. You have the option to indicate your middle initial on your registration, but it is not a requirement.

Also be informed that if you have initialized your middle name. Therefore you will not face any issue while testing.

We hope this explanation is helpful.

GRE Services India | Himanshu Sharma


SD February 6, 2014 at 1:26 am

If the name in my passport has one extra alphabet (which doesn’t majorly alter the name) but all my certificates have the correct spelling, and I have an affidavit to prove that my correct spelling doesn’t have the extra alphabet, can I apply for GRE with the correct spelling? Can the issue be resolved at the exam centre? Please please help.


abhishek September 15, 2013 at 10:38 am

hello ppl,
plz help me my exam is on 26 sept 2013

In my passport my name goes like this
Surname: xxx
given name : abhishek yyy

In my gre appointment

first name : Abhishek
last name : yyy

so finally my name is showing as
Abhishek yyy

is this a problem plz help

what should i do plz help me


Sriram October 1, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Hey Abhishek,
I have the same problem as yours, was there any problem with the name at the test center ?
Can you please tell me what to do, you can contact me sriram180792 gmail com


vinay reddy polati August 30, 2013 at 12:39 pm

my name is printed as vinay reddy polati in passport,but I gave my name as
vinay polati instead of vinay r polati during gre regristation.
how can I overcome this problem.
will they allow me to test center .
please do give reply


Rachana August 19, 2013 at 10:21 am

Hi, I have a similiar prob with my name. in my passport its given as

Given Names: Rachana XXX
Surname : [This field is empty]

But while registering for my GRE Exam, I have given as the following

First/Given Name: Rachana
Last/Family Name: XXX

Pls Help. Thanx


abhay July 22, 2013 at 11:58 am

my name is abhay, i have made a error in last name column .in my passport it is channagiri but here i have given i m very worried somone help me out..should i cancel or is there a way out..wat are documents that they will check at the venue..i have made minor errors in selcting countries and subject..will they someone help me out…pl pl pl pl,,


viswa August 12, 2013 at 8:17 am

i too have the same problem and if you find solution pls mail me at visu.jpr at gmail dot com


chandu December 7, 2013 at 8:26 am

Hi Guys,

Please help.

I have written my GRE on dec 4th 2013, actaully i did a small mistake while registering a letter is missed in the name. I asked the test center people to change it, but they asked to call customer care for that. I completed my exam and submitted the scores to the college.

But, after reading this blog i realised that name should be changed at Test Center itslef. Please help me, how can i overcome this problem. Will it be any problem for me in getting admission into college.

Please respond.



vasudha January 8, 2014 at 1:25 am

i had same problem … please suggest me.


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