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How Coronavirus Pandemic has affected tests like GRE, GMAT, IELTS, TOEFL?

Because of the COVID-19 Coronavirus disease in 2020, various operations in the world are being affected immensely and due to this student’s exams have been impacted. Tests for entrance exams such as GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS, etc., which are necessary for candidates to qualify for admission in foreign universities. But the coronavirus pandemic has appeared to be the very sad news for all of us globally, also, it has forced the government to impose strict rules to hold these exams.

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However, according to some findings, we have discovered that many Indian students still wish to study abroad despite the Coronavirus pandemic. Hence, for such students, organizations like GMAC that direct the GMAT exam, ETC that conduct TOEFL and GREs are working on various technologies that will assist candidates to take tests at home.



At the home, a testing solution has been launched by ETS, namely TOEFL iBT test for all students who aspire to study abroad but are affected by the coronavirus disease. We have also found that the organization will conduct monitoring of tests using live remote proctors by ProctorU. From March 26th, 2020 the TOEFL special home edition test has been accessible in certain countries like the United States, Germany, Spain, Canada, France, Italy, and China, through which you can take a test at home. Secondly, Indian students will be able to take tests from April 11th, 2020.


International English Language Testing System (IELTS), is an entrance exam based on paper English test but since the COVID-19 has hit globally, this exam is now available through a mode of internet. Here is a list of some exam centers in India where you can give this test on computer:

  • Amritsar
  • Ahmedabad
  • Chandigarh
  • Delhi
  • Jaipur
  • Pune, and so on.



This entrance exam is conducted for your critical thinking, verbal reasoning, analytical writing, and quantitive reasoning skills. Based on our findings, just like TOEFL, ETC has also discovered the idea for the GRE test, which is also an at-home testing solution. However, it was first available only in the US, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, etc., but lately, on April 11th, 2020 is also accessible for Indian students.


This interim GMATTM exam will available online for all countries except China from mid-April, that will offer a similar structure, sum of items, and counting as delivered in test centers. This time students will find the change in the format of the GMAT exam than the usual syllabus.

What sections it will include?

This time the exam will have the verbal, integrated reasoning, and quantitative sections, except analytical writing analysis because it requires an essay assessment by an authority. GMAT Rescheduling can be checked on the site, where you will find appointment dates and other details.

Other necessary information


We have also found that certain colleges are providing standardized tests optional for international students for the Year 2021 admissions. For example, colleges in the US are conducting SAT or ACT exams for admissions with extended guidelines. Specifically mentioning the impact of Coronavirus pandemic worldwide, a sum of 17 universities have dropped the SAT or ACT for the 2021-2022 year entrance.

If you are planning to give online exams to take admission in foreign universities than you are required to install the ETS Test Browser and ProctorU System Check.

Apart from this, we have also discovered that Tufts University is announcing a test-optional entrance policy for all undergraduate candidates for 3 years. Below we have mentioned some of the universities that are preparing test-optional policies:

  • Boston University
  • Oregon state university
  • Tufts university
  • Case western reserve university
  • Scripps college
  • University of the Cumberlands

It was also declared by the Education Testing Service that due to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, international entrance exams such as TOEFL and GRE will be led by students at home except for China and Iran. As these countries are more prone to coronavirus disease and due to this these exams have been suspended.


Though our government is taking every possible precaution for the country’s citizens, also, ensuring that the tests applicants may take exams from home by fulfilling the highest standards for reliability, security, and validity.

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