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

Passport and GRE Name Mismatch,  TOEFL Test center in India

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 ?

132 comments… add one

  • Jones Jan 27, 2015 Reply


    My passport name is

    In ETS
    FIRST NAME: HenryJones
    LAST Name: JebasinghElilarasu

    Have I done it correctly?

  • raxa Jan 6, 2015 Reply

    Hi Guys,

    I have applied for B1 visa on 14 Nov 2014 & my interview was on 17 Nov 2014. During interview visa officer said from mine side your visa is approved , now it will go for some administration process. She also asked me to submitted my CV on email id which is given on 221(g) form & write down my previous travel history on sheet given by her.

    But still I didn’t get any response from embassy.

  • prathap Jan 5, 2015 Reply

    Hai freinds are you put wrong surname when you are booking slot time?
    no problem !
    When i booked slot my surname was put wrong, that time iam so suffered i searched for alternatives even i called to helpline they said thay agian you apply a fresh one.
    But i dont apply new one, just i went PSK and there is Citizen Service Executive (CSE),. he asked one request letter for what “surname “you want instead of “wrong name” to Regional passport officer.thats it simply solved my problem.

  • MPriya92 Dec 1, 2014 Reply

    Hi ,
    I gave my GRE before a week and there is some name mismatch. It seems like minor, but i want to know, whether it will affect my score card or college admissions ? I stated the mismatch below:

    First Name : Mohana Priya
    Last Name : Asokan

    I GAVE
    First Name : Mohana
    Last Name : Priya

    and i made the same mistake in TOEFL too but 18 days left for TOEFL… Is there any solution for this issue ?
    I request anyone to reply…

  • Priya Dec 1, 2014 Reply

    Hi ,
    I gave my GRE before a week and there is some name mismatch. It seems like minor, but i want to know, whether it will affect my score card or college admissions ? I stated the mismatch below:

    First Name : Mohana Priya
    Last Name : Asokan

    I GAVE
    First Name : Mohana
    Last Name : Priya

    and i made the same mistake in TOEFL too but 18 days left for TOEFL… Is there any solution for this issue ?
    I request anyone to reply…

  • faraz ahmed Nov 23, 2014 Reply

    my name in passport given name:”faraz ahmed”.what should be last/family name in gre registration

  • Krishna Gowda Sep 20, 2014 Reply

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

    • arun Sep 25, 2014 Reply

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

    • arun Sep 26, 2014 Reply

      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 Aug 31, 2014 Reply

    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

    • priyanka Jan 6, 2015 Reply

      I made the same mistake. Instead of november 17 i wrote it as november 11.
      Could you please tell how did you resolve the issue.
      Do they correct it at exam centre?
      Do we need to make any prior request?
      Please let me know the process.
      Thanks in advance.

      • ashwinkumar Feb 3, 2015 Reply

        hi…i too have same problem…plz anyone suggest something. By the way,hav u take the test. you found any problem???

  • Jitendra Aug 31, 2014 Reply

    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 Aug 2, 2014 Reply

    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 Jul 27, 2014 Reply

    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 Aug 13, 2014 Reply

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

  • ranjith Jul 21, 2014 Reply

    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 Jul 15, 2014 Reply

    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 Jul 10, 2014 Reply

    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

    • Priya Dec 2, 2014 Reply

      I too have the same problem.So I wish to know whether yours is rectified or amplified ? please do reply… But i took my GRE and whether it is possible now to change ?

  • karthik Jul 1, 2014 Reply

    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 Jul 1, 2014 Reply

      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 Reply

    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 Reply

    Hello sir,
    I’ll be appearing for my GRE shortly.My name in passport goes as follows –
    Given Names-FARDEEN AHMED
    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 Jun 18, 2014 Reply

      I have the same querry how was your problem resolved?

    • ravi kiran Jun 20, 2014 Reply

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

      • ravi kiran Jun 20, 2014 Reply

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

    • Amrutha Jul 7, 2014 Reply

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

    • Jitendra Aug 30, 2014 Reply

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

  • ulku Feb 19, 2014 Reply

    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 Feb 12, 2014 Reply

    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 Feb 26, 2014 Reply

      what was the solution for your query????

    • harish Oct 16, 2014 Reply

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

  • sri vasudha Jan 21, 2014 Reply

    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 Jan 14, 2014 Reply

    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 Jan 3, 2014 Reply

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

  • murty Nov 30, 2013 Reply

    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 Sep 24, 2013 Reply

    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 Feb 6, 2014 Reply

      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 Sep 15, 2013 Reply

    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 Oct 1, 2013 Reply

      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 Aug 30, 2013 Reply

    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 Aug 19, 2013 Reply

    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 Jul 1, 2014 Reply

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

  • abhay Jul 22, 2013 Reply

    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 Aug 12, 2013 Reply

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

      • chandu Dec 7, 2013 Reply

        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 Jan 8, 2014 Reply

        i had same problem … please suggest me.

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