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

Passport and GRE Name Mismatch,  TOEFL Test center in India

by Kumar · 122 comments

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.

Do you have any similar experience with Passport Name and GRE and TOEFL ?

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Krishna Gowda September 20, 2014 at 11:41 am

I hav filled my lastname wrongly plz help me with your kind comments.


arun September 25, 2014 at 6:51 am

even i filled my last name wrongly for my toefl exam pls help me


arun September 26, 2014 at 12:24 am

hey krishna,
even i have same problem…can u tell me if u have got any suggestion.i have exam tomorrow,i am really worried


anand.m August 31, 2014 at 7:02 am

dimple i have problem in my dob and name plz suggest me to over out 4rm my prblems plz its my humble requst plz plz plzzzzz. on my old pasport and present dob andname at ending.i am going to higer studies 4r abrod.its my titilate


Jitendra August 31, 2014 at 12:27 am

Dear Seniors,
In Passport name given as under,
Surname SHARMA
Given Name(s) ANIL NATVARLAL (There is no title of Middle name in passport)
Than how to register name on GRE
Option 1
Given Name(s) ANIL
Middle Name N
Surname SHARMA
Option 2
Given Name(s) ANIL
Middle Name (Blank)
Surname SHARMA
Option 3
Given Name(s) ANILNATVARLAL (GRE registration not allowing space between words)
Middle Name (Blank)
Surname SHARMA

Please help me to complete my registration process with ETS-GRE


neha August 2, 2014 at 5:07 am

I have registered for gre. My friend filled the form , she used my surname when asked while registering. But i hvnt used my surname in my documents n either in my password . I have although mailed gre website regarding that… But still can you help me regarding the matter…? What should i do now..??


Rohith R Pai July 27, 2014 at 5:00 am

Hi guys,

I recently registered for the GRE test, While registering I typed my name to be ROHITH R PAI, while in my passport it states ROHITH RAMDAS PAI.

Will it affect my chances of taking the test. And how do i go around rectifying it. Please help in in this regard.


Achyutha W Madhusudhan August 13, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Hi there,
I think i’m also in a similar kind of problem. Please let me know if there’s any rectification needed.


ranjith July 21, 2014 at 11:14 am

hi my name in passport is
middle name:
last name: KONDRU

but while creating ets gre account i have registered eith
given name: srinivasapremranjith
middle name:
last name: kondru

is there will be any problem ..??
plz rply guyz….thanks in advance :)


shoaib July 15, 2014 at 8:21 am

My passport name is as follows MOHAMMAD SHOAIB(GIVEN NAME) but in gre slot which i booked it is as follows MOHAMMAD-SHOAIB MOHAMMAD SHOAIB ‘TWICE ‘ will it be a problem ,any issues with that on the test date any kind of help would be appreciated .But there are no spelling mistakes in the name.
thanks, shoaib


Aravindhan July 10, 2014 at 1:21 am

HI, My First name: ARAVINDHAN and SurName: CHITTAPURAM PRAVEEN KUMAR in the passport. But during GRE exam registration i have give my First name: ARAVINDHAN and LASTNAME as PRAVEEN and registered for the exam. Now my GRE exam schedule is having the name ARAVINDHAN PRAVEEN. My question is “will i be able to attend the GRE exam?” when my last name in passport and in GRE Exam is having different name. or should i cancel and apply new


karthik July 1, 2014 at 8:37 pm

hi my name in passport is XXX YYY(in capital)
and in my ets gre website its xxx yyy(in small letters)
will it be a problem ??? if yes what should i do i have aready booked my test date


Kumar July 1, 2014 at 8:40 pm

No, it should not matter. Capitals or small letters, it should be fine as long as the name is spelled correctly.


phaniteja May 22, 2014 at 7:59 am

my name ch.v.v.phani teja i registered with this name in gre exam but in passport full name is printed i am getting nervous about this help me , can change my name at center. plzzzzzz help me


Fardeen May 17, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Hello sir,
I’ll be appearing for my GRE shortly.My name in passport goes as follows –
since ets doesn’t accept any spaces in first name I entered my name as
Given Name-FARDEEN
Middle initial-A
The middle initial A is for AHMED.
Do i need to change it at the centre and even if I’m allowed to appear for the exam with the same,will there be any problem when i send my scores to the Universities.
Please do reply


saurabh June 18, 2014 at 11:51 am

I have the same querry how was your problem resolved?


ravi kiran June 20, 2014 at 9:27 am

even i am having same problem please help me am getting nervous please any body help


ravi kiran June 20, 2014 at 9:33 am

even i am having same problem please help me am getting nervous please any body help………


Amrutha July 7, 2014 at 11:41 am

Hello Fardeen! Did you face any problem at test center?


Jitendra August 30, 2014 at 6:31 am

Dear Fardeen, Please please reply, what happened to your case. It will be helpful to all others.


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????


harish October 16, 2014 at 5:01 am

hello.. even i have same problem… whats the solution… have you taken your exam or canceled the exam..


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


k sriram July 1, 2014 at 5:32 am

what reply did u get..can u please tell me ..coz i too have the same problem. thank you


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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