Time Taken By ETS To Send GRE And TOEFL Score Cards

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Question From Ravi

Hi, I am following your Blog for quite sometime and it’s really Good and Informative. I have a query though. My Query is “How long does ETS takes to send the GRE Scorecards to my Home and How long does ETS takes to report my GRE Scores to the selected Universities?” Please clarify this doubt as I haven’t found any information regarding this on your site. Thanks in advance. I suppose many students might be having the same query.

Answer From Admin

1) GRE Score Cards To Reach Your Home: –

For Official GRE Score Cards to reach your home via post will depend on which Country you live in. With respect to India and Asia as a whole it takes a maximum of 2 months to get your official GRE Score Cards via post from ETS. The time taken might change but it will reach your home at most by 2 months and not more than that. Until that time you can view your Scores by logging into your GRE Account. Your Scores will be online within a week and your AWA Scores will also be online by 7 days.

2) GRE Score Cards To Reach The Universities: – 

With respect to Time taken by ETS to send your Scores to the Universities, it takes about 5 to 7 Business days and not more than that. You can track from your GRE Account the Universities to which you have sent and whether they have received your Scores or not. ETS won’t take more than 7 days to send your scores. Generally ETS sends your scores earlier than 5 days, but it can take a maximum of 7 Business days.

3) TOEFL Score cards To Reach The Universities And Home: – 

I thought of including the time taken for your TOEFL Scores to be sent to the Universities and to your Home. It’s similar to GRE Score Cards. It takes a maximum of 2 months to get your TOEFL Scores at your home and 7 Business days for your TOEFL Scores to be reported to the Universities.

I Hope this solved your Query. If students have any query/views regarding this, then  please use the comment box to express it.

124 thoughts on “Time Taken By ETS To Send GRE And TOEFL Score Cards

  1. So the scores will be sent by ETS to the initial 4 universities we will apply for. But if I will want to send the scores to some other universities then what are the procedures? Do I have to order my GRE score card for it or some online procedures are there?? Plz reply fast. its urgent. I have more doubts also.

    • You can send your scores to the Universities online. Login to your ETS GRE Account and there you will find the steps to send the scores. You have to pay some amount for sending scores to each university.

      • I contacted ETS and they say they do not mail the score report to your home . So how do i obtain the graduate institution report because the one online is the examinee report which is not valid for transmission to institutions or in embassies . Do i request for additional score reports?which cost 25$ are these reports going to be the ones i require plz help.

        • ETS mails the Scorecard home. I do not have an idea whether they have changed the rules. or Univs you can directly send your scores online by logging into your Account. For Visa Interviews, take a print out of your online score-card if they won’t give the scorecard.

  2. Is it true that the scores appear online in a week of time? At the ETS site it shows that it would take about 10-15 days to view the scores online.

  3. I took my GRE on monday 24-Jun-2013. Today , WhenI logged in to my gre account and clicked “view scores online”, All I get is ” Absent or not avaialable”. Should I contact Prometric or ets?

    • It will take a weeks time for your scores to be displayed online. Wait for a maximum of 10 days before contacting the ETS regarding the issue. All the students get their scores online within 10 days.

      • My son took the GRE on Saturday 17/10/2015. Today , When I logged in to my gre account and clicked “view scores online”, All I get is ” Absent or not avaialable”. Should I contact Prometric or ets?

  4. We can choose 4 universities for free of cost after the exam….
    When can we expect the scores to be online?(Please specify by an example)
    Also some universities are asking to send the scores Electronically? What does that mean?
    Does it mean the scores which were sent to online are to be sent?How long does ETS take to send the scores?
    Will it be possible to apply for the universities without getting the score card(Original) to our home only?(as they need scores electronically)
    Please give your analysis in both the exams…..Plzz reply ASAP

    • You can expect your scores to be online by 1 week from the date you give your Exam. Electronically means sending it online. So you have a option in your ETS Account to send your scores electronically. ETS has said it takes 6 – 8 days to send the scores but it generally is sent in a shorter time.

      You can apply to the Universities after you give your GRE Exam. You can send your scores to the Univ electronically/online.

  5. Also in ETS website it is saying for international applicants it takes around 4-6 weeks to get score cards?
    it means to get score cards to our home or online?
    I am pretty confused with getting score cards home and Online? and Sending Electronically….
    Please clarify it sir…..

  6. Hi Shrinivas,

    I’ll be giving my TOEFL on Nov 17th..I know its pretty late as I could not find any dates prior to this in my city..Most universities have deadlines by December end..I’ll get my scores on 1st December..I’m concerned whether my scores can be sent before time as soon as I get them online through my TOEFL account..Also,should we send GRE & TOEFL scores together for a university or can I send my GRE score first & then my TOEFL scores?Do reply..

  7. I AM APPLYING FOR FALL 2014 I AM WRITING MY GRE IN NOVEMBER AND TOEFL IN DECEMBER I WILL BE GETTING MY GRE SCORE BY DECEMBER AND TOEFL SCORE BY JANUARY AS I WILL BE GETTING SCORE CARD IN 4-6WEEKS WILL I BE ABLE TO APPLY FOR COLLEGES IN JANUARY WITH FUNDING

  8. hi,
    i have few questions. . .
    i vl write my gre on nov 16 2013 and i am applying for spring 2014 intake. . is it possible that my score will reach in time before the deadline and will i recieve i 20 for interview. .
    and i ve applied to 2 universities before for fall2013 and was rejected in visa interview. . is it good if i deffer admission and go with same universities and write gre for interview purpose . . plz help its urgent

  9. i have a query abt sending my gre scores to universities.i have booked a date to take gre in november first week . can apply for spring?can i send my scores aftr i finishes my gre exam.?

    • November is too late for applying for spring. Generally good Univs have deadlines in July, August and October. So I feel November is too late but you can try for Fall. You can send your GRE scores after your exam finishes.

  10. I have taken the general gre exam twice. I scored 162 in quantitative, 157 in verbal and 3.0 in AWA the first time and 162 in quantitative 155 in verbal and 3.5 in AWA the second time. If I send both my scores then which ones will be considered by the admissions committee of the universities?

  11. HI..I took GRE on 27 June 2013..and getting ready to apply to universities for fall 2014..will appear for TOEFL in end of october. I have certain questions regarding the score reporting:
    1) I have still not received my Official paper GRE score card! Do we need to request for it or is it sent to everyone who appears for GRE?
    2Also, since all the universities require electronic scores so when do we actually need the official paper scorecard during the whole application process, visa interview etc???
    3) do we require just 1 copy of the official paper score card or more?
    4) when should we ideally report our scores- before filling the online application form of the university, after it or when ?

    Please help!

  12. sir i doubt i wrote both gre and toefel exams in gre my name is avinashreddy(without spaces) in my toefel my name is avinash reddy(withspaces) does this cause any problems

    • It might cause a little problem when you send all your docs to the Univ and there is a little mismatch of your name, in this case a space. Try changing the name if possible or else go ahead with it but just inform the Univ regarding the same.

  13. hi,

    I have one doubt regarding scores received by the universities.
    Do the GRE scores reach the universities approx. 7 days “after the test” or “after official score shows up i.e. with AWA” ?
    If later is the case, it would take more than 2 weeks to reach the universities.

    thanks

  14. Hi
    I gave my GRE on 28th october 2013. My GRE scores are available in MY GRE ACCOUNT. However, I have not yet received the hardcopy of GRE score card from ETS. I am more concerned because one of my friend who gave her gre in May received the score card withinn 10 days. Is there any problem with my score card? Please reply. Thanks in advance :)

  15. I have sent my GRE and TOEFL score through ETS on Nov. 22-25 and so far my universities have not yet received the score. Is there any valid email id of ETS where I can inform them?

  16. I haven’t received my score which I paid to be delivered at my home for 9 months. I stay in India. I guess I wasted my efforts since I don’t have the prove to show my score.

  17. My question would be – How long does a university retain your GRE/TOEFL/IELTS report before discarding?

    I ask this because, I wrote my gre in sept-2013, sent my scores then to CMU, but when I check my cmu application. It says gre report not received.

    Thanks

  18. To all who are worried about time taken by ETS to send TOEFL and GRE scores (personal experience):

    Here’s the deal:

    – ETS is a scam organization with a lot of lobbying clout and hence it has positioned itself as the favoured agency of sending scores and at the same time enjoying tax-free non-profit statis (Google on it if you want). While taking the tests you need to be careful about the timing.

    – In one sentence: ETS takes too much time to send the scores, especially if it’s not in the USA; TOEFL score sending is even worse.

    – I sent my TOEFL score to one European university. They charged $18 (yes for every test score dispatch), well and good (It’s their service and their choice).
    – Then they declared there they will ship the score within 2 weeks. You should note it here that it’s “shipping date” i.e. when the score leaves ETS office.

    – Then they also mention that if the institute is not in the USA it will take somewhere between 2-4 weeks to reach the institute. I have lost it here. I am an Indian and believe me, even the cheapest international letter, run by Indian Govt’s India Post, reaches anywhere in the world faster than that!

    – So, basically they are a bunch of sadists sitting over there who send your score after weeks when you have paid them. Then they somehow manage to send your scores via real-real-real snail mail such that it doesn’t reach the institute before further 2-3 weeks.

    – Here, you should note that they take your test online. Both GRE and TOEFL, in real-time. So, it’s not an organization which is run by luddites and hence they prefer hard copy and as they are old fashion relaxed guy the believe in “the late the better”.

    – There might be a point that they actually need to prepare your scores. No, that’s a blatant lie! They don’t prepare any f*****g score! As a matter of fact if you compare your score results with anyone else then you’ll see that it’s the same comment everybody has got. Yes, the same! Verbatim! They don’t prepare no score reports! They send what you see on the website after two weeks of test date.

    – There customer care is practically non-existent! You email them, there’s no response. You call them, they ask you to call the local customer care where nobody knows anything. Even if you get an email response it’s doesn’t even touch the question and I have reasons to believe it’s a generic copy-paste answer!

    Verdict:

    In case of GRE you do not have much of a choice. Even the world’s top universities seem to believe that if someone scores bad in GRE then he/she is not fit for research or higher education. But if that same test taker takes the test again in say 3-4 weeks with preparation and scores better then bingo!! That test taker is suddenly “fit for research” in 10-20 days!! So, you are stuck here. Take the test as early as you can.

    TOEFL: I’ve not taken IELTS but read about it and even a university official once responded to me that IELTS are much faster and better. It’s a lot cheaper too: in sending the test scores. It’s also conducted face-to-face and it’s a pen-and-pencil test. So, if that’s your thing, you should seriously consider IELTS.

    My rant: Yes, it’s my fault I didn’t plant it earlier, didn’t gather information it; and now I am paying for it. But I really didn’t except such a huge scam going on on this scale!

    TAKE THE TESTS AS EARLY AS YOU CAN! Decide the universities you want to send the scores to, then send it at least 2 months before deadline (especially if these are non-USA university and the score you want to send is TOEFL).

    • Hey Amar I have a question for you. I would really appreciate if you could answer me asap. I have my GRE on 10 Oct, 2014. I will be applying in the US univs only. I guess my official scoes will be sent to the designated universities up till 25 Oct. Do you have an idea how many days will it take my score cards to reach universities? I am applying for the PhD program so the deadline is mostly Dec 1.

      If I could buy some time then I would re-schedule my exam to 19 Oct as I am not keeping well. But I can do that only if I will be able to meet the deadline. Please help.

  19. I gave my GRE on the 21st of december and my scores are not available online. How long is it going to take? I am extremely tensed and stressed out. How do I contact ETS??

  20. I took my GRE on 20th August 2013 and recently on 18 th december 2013,. I didn’t get any one of my score card which has to be sent to my home address..what i have to do?

  21. I sent my gre scores on 3rd March to the required university and deadlines for the documents to reach the university is 15th. Will it reach before 15th and in application my status is incomplete official toefl and gre score required

  22. Hi…I will take my GRE in this August (2014) and i’ll apply to colleges for fall 2016 ..so around apply around Nov of 2015. I want to make use of 4 free sends that we get from ets but would they be useful if im applying in Nov 2015 or will I have to resend at the time of application? Pls anwer.

  23. i have my GRE test on 24 october 2014 and last date to apply in a college is 5th nov.
    So if I fill the college choice in the GRE list(where GRE people send the score themselves) will it reach before 5th november?

      • Hey Shrinivas I have a question for you. I would really appreciate if you could answer me asap. I have my GRE on 10 Oct, 2014. I will be applying in the US univs only. I guess my official scoes will be sent to the designated universities up till 25 Oct. Do you have an idea how many days will it take my score cards to reach universities? I am applying for the PhD program so the deadline is mostly Dec 1.

        If I could buy some time then I would re-schedule my exam to 19 Oct as I am not keeping well. But I can do that only if I will be able to meet the deadline. Please help.

  24. Hi Shrinivas,
    Firstly I would like to appreciate your efforts in helping prospective students.
    Coming to my query, I took my GRE yesterday and scored a 305 (V-146, Q-159). My name in GRE registration form is shown as LOHITH BOINAPALLY ( First Name : Lohith & Last Name : Boinapally). Problem is that my passport shows my name as LOHITH RAO BOINAPALLY (Given Name : Lohith Rao & Last Name : Boinapally). Is it actually valid? I know that I should not be allowed to take the test but don’t know why they luckily let me take it!!!!
    Can you please help me out with this? I’m planning to apply for this spring and is in a bit of tight schedule as university deadlines are approaching.
    Thanks,
    Lohith

  25. Hello,
    I had given my toefl on July 12 th 2014 and its august still haven’t received. As you said it take 2 months to reach but this was my second toefl . The official score repot of previous exam i received in 1 month.Sir I got admission and need to go on 13 th sept 2014 .I dont know whether university need original score sheet or not . But please guide me what to do.

  26. Hi,

    I have a query whether it is possible for me to attempt for fall 2015. I am writing my gre on 13 oct and toefl on 25 oct. Also i had one more important doubt, my CGPA is very low like it is really low will i have a chance to get good universities. I am hoping for this on the basis that i have done my UG from a top college and have done good internship. Also have a job experience of 2 yrs.

    Please do reply.

    Regards

  27. Hey Shrinivas I have a question for you. I would really appreciate if you could answer me asap. I have my GRE on 10 Oct, 2014. I will be applying in the US univs only. I guess my official scoes will be sent to the designated universities up till 25 Oct. Do you have an idea how many days will it take my score cards to reach universities? I am applying for the PhD program so the deadline is mostly Dec 1.

    If I could buy some time then I would re-schedule my exam to 19 Oct as I am not keeping well. But I can do that only if I will be able to meet the deadline. Please help.

  28. Hi…
    I gave my exams on 12th of july 2014
    But till now my score card has not reached my home…
    Address is: in thikaria, sarsa
    At and po. Sarsa
    Anand
    Gujarat
    India- asia
    Ehat shall I do to look at the status of the score card

  29. Hi…
    I gave my exams on 12th of july 2014
    But till now my score card has not reached my home…
    Address is: in thikaria, sarsa
    At and po. Sarsa
    Anand
    Gujarat
    India- asia
    What shall I do to look at the status of the score card??

  30. My GRE date is 1st Dec 2014. The deadline for the GRE score to reach the universities I am applying to is 15th Dec 2014. So if I provide the university codes right after the end of the test, will they reach them on time before 15th Dec 2014??
    In the ETS website is says that ETS takes 10 to 15 days to “send” the GRE scores. But it does not say how may days after that it actually “reaches” the universities. Does it mean that it is sent online, and reaches the universities immediately as they are sent by ETS…

    Arindam..

  31. Hi …
    I took the GRE test on 8th October and it has been over a month and I haven’t received my online score. Do u think there is a problem? Or should I wait a little while longer

  32. I sent my scores on december 12 th , i have not seen any progress in universities web site till now, could any one tell me about whom to contact and how to react to this?

  33. hello,
    i have sent my TOEFL ibt test score online on 18th jan 2015, and also i paid $19. But, the university asked me couple of time to sent the TOEFL test score online…..what does that mean? Isn’t the university suppose to receive the score by now? or Am I suppose to contact TOEFL official site for it??
    plz, it would be great if I get to clear my doubts.

  34. Hi,
    I attempted my GRE exam on 9-12-2013 till now I did not received my score card.Can I apply to the universites which is available online copy?and there is a “Note: This report is not valid for transmission of scores to an institution.” I am not understanding what to do now.please help me in this case will it problem if we carry online copy to the visa interview ?Please reply me soon
    Thank in advance

    • hello,

      I got the same note too! I still have to call ets regarding this issue. Did your issue get solved? If so then can you please tell me how

  35. Hi All,
    I requested TOEFL additional score card report on 21st FEB 2015 to deliver my home location INDIA.
    Can anyone tell me how much time it will take to deliver TOEFL additional score card copy ?

    Regards,
    Pratik

  36. I appeared for my GRE in last week of Oct 2014. But I havent recieved by score card till now. Its already been 4 months since I am waiting. Now, since universities are rolling out admits and If I get one, I will be needing the score card for my visa interview.
    Please suggest what should I do?
    Should I drop a mail to the ETS asking for my score card?

  37. I have written my gre exam but on my score status it is showing absent or not available what i should do reply fast

  38. Hello Shrinivas ,

    I know it takes a maximum of 10-15 days for the official report to be available on our GRE account. My question is does ETS send the scores to the universities within those 10-15 days? I mean by the time the Official report is on our account, Do the universities also receive the scores at the same time? I had given my GRE on 15/06/15. The application deadline is on July 1st. Will the university receive my scores before 1st?

    Thank you

  39. I recently wrote GRE on 21st July 2015. I have 2 questions.
    First the scores in my gre profile says Absent or not available. Its been 4 days. Should I be concerned?
    second question: I got a score of 321 in GRE (Q:167 and V:154) Could you please suggest some universities where I stand a chance of Admit for MS in computer Science in the US.

    Thank You.

      • I missed to mention. I do have 2+ years work ex. I have an undergrad CGPA of 9.2. I have no research papers published. Taking these 2 factors into perspective, will it improve my chances on the above mentioned colleges or will it help me secure better college admits? Thank you.

        • Sorry to be maybe a little repetitive. What are my chances of getting an admit in TAMU, Stony Brook NY,Ohio State, UW Madison, Arizona State, USC and Georgia Tech,NC State Uni, NorthWestern University? If you could tell me ambitious,Mod and safe. .
          Thank You.

  40. sent my toefl score on 23aug2015 through ets. showed 27aug201 as shipment date. when will it reach university of texas dallas. any idea?

  41. Hello, My GRE exam date is 8th Dec. Will I b able to get good universities for fall 2016. Can I give TOEFL after applying for universities, probably in JAN 2016???

    Thanks

  42. I gave my toefl test on 25th july 2015. I got my scores online but still waiting for official score reports. Usally, it takes 4-6 weeks whereas, i have already waited for that time. I contacted ETS through email on 1st sept. they said to wait for 1-2 weeks. nw that time limit has also been passed away what should i do now ?

  43. Hi Shrinivas,

    First of all, appreciate the effort you take to answer questions.

    I will take my TOEFL on 14 Nov and GRE on 30 Nov, 2015. I have shortlisted a couple of Universities in the US which have their deadline on 15 Dec, 2015. My questions are the following –

    a) I checked on the internet and found that there is no public/official holiday(s) in the US during the period 30 Nov – 15 Dec (and hence there are 11 business days). Will it be be safe enough to give the GRE on 30 Nov for a 15 Dec deadline?
    b) Nowadays, do all (or at least most) of the better universities in the US receive the official test (GRE and TOEFL) scores electronically from the ETS? What is your opinion? Is there any way to know this with certainty?

    I know this is repetitive, but just wanted to double check. Once again, you reply will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
    Shyam

    • Hi Shyam/Shrinivas,

      Very much similar case as of mine… I have given TOEFL on 14th Nov. 2015 and have my GRE date on 27th Nov.

      Very good universities have the deadlines on 15th DEC. I don’t want to apply after 15th DEC. The main reason of worry is the time taken by ETS to send the scores to the universities. I have got that it is 5-7 days from previous queries. I have a very straight question

      Is it necessary that the universities should receive my GRE score by 15th DEC? Or only the scores sent with the application fees payed is fine ?

  44. hi ,
    I have my gre score , ielts score and toefl scores ready. I have not reported it yet. I am planning to apply to European universities and US universities for fall 2016. For few universities in my list, the applications are open now itself and have deadlines by november. If i start reporting scores now, will there be sufficient time for the scores to reach the universities withing those deadlines?????

  45. Hi,

    If i take GRE and TOEFL both in first week of november, would they reach the university before Dec 1.

    PS : i stay in Chicago, IL and would be requesting to send my scores to universities in chicago only.

  46. Hello, i had sent my additional score report on 7th octobet and now its already 23rd but still the university is saying that it has not received my score. My deadline is november 1 will i make it in time?. How long does it take for the additional scores to reach?

  47. I appeared for the test on 15 October 2015 but the scores are still not available (it is 2 weeks now).

    I called the test services and they said my analytical measure evaluation is on hold due to technical issue. does this mean my scores are gone? What should I do now?

    They gave no eta or anything more to move ahead with.

  48. Hello sir!

    My doubt is that the day we get results online ,on the same day will ETS send the results to the university we selected? Or how much time will ETS take?
    Please do reply

  49. Hiii, I had taken the test on 28th October 2015. I selected the 4 institutes for reporting the scores today i logged on to my GRE account it is shown that all the selected universities i sent the score, it is still pending.

    It is showing in report date as pending in all the universities. Does it take this much time for reporting or there’s any problem with my account?

    Waiting for your reply as soon as possible…Thanking you in advance…:)

  50. Hi Shrinivas,

    First of all very impressive blog. You are doing a job of helping the people who are eager to find the answers.

    I have given TOEFL on 14th Nov. 2015 and have my GRE date on 27th Nov. 2015
    Very good universities have the deadlines on 15th DEC. So, it would be my last date of application. The main reason of worry is the time taken by ETS to send the scores to the universities. From your previous answers, I got that it is 5-7 days.
    Say I receive my scores online with AWA on 7th Dec. I will be sending them to 4 more universities (in addition to the 4 uni at the time of exam) in 2 days after that. Will there be any problem if my scores don’t reach by 15th DEC ?
    Is it necessary that the universities should receive my GRE score by 15th DEC? Or only the scores sent with the application fees payed is fine ?

  51. hi……
    I applied to 4 universites after gre exam how can i know whether the university accepted my gre score or not.I didnot get any conformation from university. till date it is completing 2 months

  52. I have my toefl on 19th dec. The deadlines for submission of the scores to the university is 31st Dec. Will my scores reach on time. I am really worried. Plzz help me. Else shld i prepone my toefl to 13th dec?

  53. Hello,
    I have decided to apply for MSU, east lancing for MS – mech engg. my toefl scores reached the uni and today I have sent the gre score. since the deadline of the uni is 15 dec 2015,
    will my gre score reach the uni before deadline ?
    is it advisable to pay application fees and upload the docs meanwhile?
    what should i do?
    pls reply

  54. After sending score to 4 universities do we get reply as ‘selected’ or ‘rejected’ by the universities.

    Its almost a month but not received any reply from those universities.

    Thanks !!

  55. Hi Shrinivas Raghav,
    If I order gre additional score report form online on jan 4th, will the institution receives it by jan 10th?
    Does ETS sends gre score through electronic way or through by post?
    Waiting for your rply,

  56. i friends i took my gre today. got 303 .
    what happen is at last moment on selecting universities and talk to my partner .
    invisilator saw me and asked what i talk to him and they have entered what i say in pc and they said they will send it to ets. and saying they may cancle your score .
    please give me any solution for it

  57. Hey Shrinivas,

    I am writing my gre on 3rd feb, will my gre scores reach the universities (the 4 i select after writing the test) by 15th feb?
    can we send the scores to the universities before they are uploaded in my gre account?

  58. Hi Shrinivas,
    I have a question regarding the TOEFL score delivery. I took the test on Feb 6 and ordered for a score report to UNI-ASSIST in Berlin on Feb 18 , they told me that the estimated Shipping date is Feb 29 ! The deadline for receiving it by UNI-ASSIST is March 31… is there a chance it will be there on time? i’m so scared bcz i have read that it may take 6 week to reach the destination!! :(

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