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)gmail.com
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 ?