Home » Study in USA » Application Info » Passport, GRE Registration Name mismatch – Correction at Test Center in India

Passport, GRE Registration Name mismatch – Correction at 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)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 ?


Other Articles


  1. hey
    I have my exam in two days
    and I have an issue with my name

    my name is written as

    and my surname is
    eeeeee rrrrrr

    but i only registered as
    e r

    can they resolve this at the test centre?

    • Hi,
      I am going to register for gre but I am confused as the registration page is as follows :
      First/Given Name :
      Middle Initial :
      Last/Family Name :

      but in my passport it is as :
      given name : AAA BBB CCC
      surname : DDD

      kindly help

  2. Hi Guys,

    I was recently sending my scores to grad colleges and I noticed that there was slight mistake in my name in the gre score report.

    passport name:
    given name:- AAA BBB
    Last name:- CCC

    GRE registration name:
    given name:- AAA
    Last name:- BBB CCC

    So, Will it be any problem for me in my application process.
    pls help. Thanks

  3. Hi all,

    Just a simple question, my name is first name AA, middle name BB, and last name/Surname CC as on my passport but on some school /college documents it is in the format like Last name/Surname CC, First name AA and then middle name BB. is it a mismatch or it will work?

    Thank you

    • Dear all,
      I recently completed my GRE exam and even got the scores. However, there is a slight deviation in the GRE name when compared to that on my passport.

      Name on Passport: Varsha Sunilkumar
      Name in GRE score report and account: Varsha Sunil Kumar

      Will this be a problem?

  4. Hello there ,
    i want to register for GRE but in all my academic certificate my name is mentioned without Surname but for GRE test they required Surname as well. I am also applying for fresh passport,so kindly tell me which name i should mention in my passport with surname or without surname as per my educational documents.

  5. Hello all,
    While registering for my GRE name is as
    First name: XXX
    Last name: ZZZ
    But in passport my name is as
    Given name: XXX YYY
    Last name: ZZZ

    Was I supposed to register with the first name as XXX YYY?
    If so, how can I do that?

    • I have the same issue. Did u find any solution? I am thinking about registering the same as it is on the passport? will it create any problems ahead?

  6. GRE Name:Mahavir D Chhasatiya
    Passport Name:Mahavirsinh Dilipsinh Chhasatiya
    All academic related Document,Transcript:Mahavir Dilipsinh Chhasatiya
    Difference:Mahavir and Mahavirsinh
    sinh will create problem on test day?or Is it ok?
    What should I do?

  7. Hai Friends,

    In passport given name is Aditi Chabda, surname is blank. In visa application form I mentioned first name as Adtiti Chabda, surname and family name left blank.
    In visa my name is Printed twice as Aditi Chabda, Aditi chab.
    Will it be a problem? Please let me know

    • Aditi,
      I am not sure, usually, it should be printed as FNU, if the surname is blank. I suggest you check with Consulate to see, if you can get it fixed and understand implications.

  8. I need yo hlp as I registered in gre with first name as Sharath, last name as Kumar where as in my passport it is lik sur name as Shivaraj and given name as Sharath Kumar…. In toefl also I did a mistake where first name as Sharath middle name as s and last name as Kumar…. What shld I do nw plz do hlp me I booked d slot too

  9. I too have same problem
    I registered as naveen bandaru
    But in all my certificates and passport and date of birth my name was writen as naveen sai teja bandaru
    How can I correct my name in gre registration
    Please suggest me

  10. Guys
    I made a small mistake…..
    My family name:XXX
    User name:YYY
    In my gre i gave it reverse
    Will there be any problem?

  11. I am from India . I have spelling mistake in father’s name in my B.tech and 12th class mark-sheet but the name is same in my 10th class , birth certificate and Passport is it make any problem for TOEFL in USA? Is it problematic for getting visa for education?
    Basically i am on H4 visa what should i do to convert H4 to student visa?
    Please suggest me what should i do.

    • pratibha,
      It should not be an issue. You need F-1 visa for studies. You can study on H-4 as well, but if you want to avail OPT and get H-1 under Advanced Degree cap, then you need to be on F-1.

  12. Dear Seniors,
    In Passport name given as under,
    Surname JAIN
    Given Name(s) RASHMI KIRTI (There is no title of Middle name in passport)
    Than how to register name on GRE
    Option 1
    Given Name(s) RASHMI
    Middle Name K
    Surname JAIN
    Option 2
    Given Name(s) RASHMI
    Middle Name (Blank)
    Surname JAIN
    Option 3
    Given Name(s) RASHMIKIRTI (GRE registration not allowing space between words)
    Middle Name (Blank)
    Surname JAIN

  13. My name is Amulya A S and i have applied for GRE exam by above name itself. But in my passport it is mentioned as Amulya Alur Shivananjegowda and i contacted GRE people they are telling me to cancell and re-register it. So please reply me for further step…..

  14. Hello Guys,

    I had given my GRE last week. In all my educational documents including GRE score card, my name is VM Reddy Kola.
    But in my passport it is Venkata Mohan Reddy Kola. With which name should i apply to universoWill there be any problem in applying to universities or during VISA? Do I have to change my name in passport.

    Many thanks,

    • You should apply with Venkata Mohan Reddy Kola. You can always attach a Name Reference Sheet with your application . You should not change your name in passport. My certificates in school and all only tell the initial, but not full surname, I had no issues. As your name also has the initials and not the full name, it should be fine. Just attach a name reference sheet, if you think of the need.

      • hi guys,

        in my passport :
        surname : soma
        given name: nihal reddy

        but in gre registration, my name is nihal reddy.
        i have my exam on 17th dec 2015.
        what should i do now?
        will there be any problem at the test center?
        please reply

        thank you

        • Niha, I suggest you call ETS and get it fixed. It is just to avoid issues. They may allow you to take test, but just in the long run, make sure your name fully matches with the passport details.

        • Dear friends,

          First I want to clarify reddy word in name,

          Middle Name: Reddy (always) — fixed in reddy community..

          Common in AP and Telangana states.

          First Name: Sarat Chandra ( one word or two words)

          Surname / Last Name: Kadiveti

          Please follow this standard for all documents….

          Lot of people from Reddy community have this doubt.

          Also if no Reddy tag in their name then

          Only first name and last name. This is for girls in reddy community.

    • Hello,
      Were you allowed to take the exam without having to face any issues? If any, can you please let me know what you went through and what did you do about it?
      Will notifying the ETS official about this issue and requesting them to expand the name work out? Haven’t taken the exam yet.
      Thank you.

  15. Surname: XXX(7)
    First name: AAAA(9) BBB(7) CCC(10)

    My first name is so long that there is no enough space for it. I removed spaces also, but still no enough space for my first name.please help me:-(

    • Phani, I suggest you can keep full letters of First AAAA(9) and just leave the initials for BBB(7) and CCC(10). Make sure you leave a space between the initials.

      • Hello Sir

        On my Passport

        GivenName : SAI KRISHNA
        Surname : ALLUKALAPALLI

        While Registering On ETS Site:

        First name: SaiKrishna
        Surname: Allukalapalli

        Do I Have A Problem?
        Please Help Sir!

  16. Hi

    On my Passport

    given name : AA BB
    surname : cc

    while registering on ets site:

    firstname : AaBb
    surname: CC

    Is that fine?
    Please help

  17. My name is Harinder Singh and I dnt have my surname on my passport. The surname field was mandatory so I accidentally put Singh in surname field. Is that a major problem?
    Reply ASAP

  18. In my passport my
    Given name: charan kumar

    And I registered for GRE as
    charan murarisetty

    Is that a problem? Do the ETS centers easily agree to edit our name?
    Please help!

  19. Hello sir.please help me regarding my name issue. On my gre registration. I have entered my first name as last name. And last name as first name.
    First name:yyyy.
    Last name:xxxx.
    Instead of this i entered.
    First name:xxxx.
    Last name:yyyy.
    In test center they allowed me to change this into proper…? Please help me…

  20. Hello frndss…please help me to answer my question….i have registered to GRE exam…i have given my first name as last name. As well as last name as first name….i can change my name in test center…? or i want to cancel or reschedule….plzzz help me brothers…thanx in advance.

  21. Hello sir…..while registering to gre exam….i entered my name in small letters…is there any problem with this
    First name:amudala
    Last name: harish
    Plzzzzzz reply for me sir…..

      • Not like that sir….i thaught after creating gre account,It will be having profile update option,but except name remaining details we can change,before i dont know about that sir….thats y it wont effect me know….?

  22. Hey guys ,
    Please help..
    In my passport my
    Given name: XXX YYY

    And I registered for GRE as

    Is that a problem? Do the ETS centers easily agree to edit our name?
    Please help!

    • Usually ets does not allow name changes . i had to cancel and reschedule my test because i had entered my name wrong but this was 3 years ago. Email or call ETS explaining the issue , they tell you what to do.

    • Hey Ragini,

      I am facing the same situation. I am appearing for GRE on 13th July 2015. What solution did you find for the same?

  23. Hi,

    My passport name is

    In ETS
    FIRST NAME: HenryJones
    LAST Name: JebasinghElilarasu

    Have I done it correctly?

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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…

  27. 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…

    • Hi Priya,

      I have done the same mistake too. Exactly as yours. and I have my GRE exam day after tomorrow. Can you pls tell me what is to be done and how u got it resolved?

  28. 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

    • Hi.
      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.

  29. 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

  30. 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..??

  31. 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.

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

  32. 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 🙂

  33. hello,
    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

  34. 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

    • 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 ?

  35. 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

  36. hi
    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

  37. 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

  38. 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?

  39. sir,
    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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

    • 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.

  44. 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

    • 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. hello
    my name is abhay, i have made a error in last name column .in my passport it is channagiri but here i have given channa..so i m very worried ..pl 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 matter..pl someone help me out…pl pl pl pl,,

      • 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.



Leave a Comment