View Full Version : My name is wrong on the TOEFL & GRE registration. What do I

08-16-2002, 09:40 AM
Hi Erin,

I had registered for TOEFL & GRE under the name EDIT (EDIT AGAIN is my Father's name). But, in my passport, it's EDIT YET AGAIN only. I inquired at the test centre. They said that if I could produce a secondary ID stating that my name is as in the registration, I would be allowed to take the test. But, the score cards would show this name only. In all my marksheets and other credentials, this name is not available. Will there be a problem during admission and so on?? Please do let me know. I am very worried.

08-16-2002, 01:11 PM

So many things are going on right now with visas that I must make a very strong recommendation that you ensure that all your names match up perfectly!! Word for word, letter for letter, on your passport, your scores, everything. One of my students almost couldn't come here because he had an extra name on his school documents.

You need to try to find something that has the extra name on it, and take it to the test center. Then, at the test center, you need to ask them to change your name so that it matches.

You should also call the test center again, and try to get advice again. As you may know, different people will say slightly different things.

Don't take any chances!

And could you let us know what happens? Many people ask questions like this, but the never let us know what actually happened. :disgust: And then we can't help the next person who needs it. :disgust: :disgust:

Good luck, synthia!! (BTW, you have a nice name!!)


Has TestMagic helped you a lot?

Please help others as they have helped you.

08-17-2002, 12:14 AM

Thanks a lot for the info. I think U are absolutely right. I called up the RRC. They said that I could also cancel the tests and register again. But I don't know which one is better. Are u sure that they will cooperate in changing my name at the test centre?? If it becomes impossible then, I will not be able to do anything !! Won't it be too late? Please tell me what to do!

08-21-2002, 01:51 PM
synthia shares her good news (about what happened later) here:


Taym Ninh
10-08-2011, 02:38 AM
i want to know what happened
but i cannot open this website http://www.TestMagic.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1097 (http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&key=6aef708f74df3603d3e720970f725f56&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.urch.com%2Fforums%2Fnewreply. php%3Fdo%3Dnewreply%26p%3D2391%26noquote%3D1&v=1&libid=1318041343440&out=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.testmagic.com%2Fforum%2Ftopic .asp%3FTOPIC_ID%3D1097&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.urch.com%2Fforums%2Fmisc.php% 3Fdo%3Dvsarules%26doredir%3D1%26cfrset%3D1&title=My%20name%20is%20wrong%20on%20the%20TOEFL%20 %26%20GRE%20registration.%20What%20do%20I%20-%20Reply%20to%20Topic&txt=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.TestMagic.com%2Fforum%2Ftopic .asp%3FTOPIC_ID%3D1097&jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_13180414382053)
please help me

11-14-2011, 05:55 PM
Hi there. I know it's late, but here's the answer--I have the old database, and I could look it up. Would that help? You can also search all of the member's old posts through her profile: View Profile: synthia - Urch Forums (http://www.urch.com/forums/members/synthia.html)

Hope that points you in the right direction. :)


11-15-2011, 04:10 PM
Hey in my identity card stands xxx yyy zzz.

xxx is the first name but I dont use it anytime so I thought I do not have to mention it by toefl registration. It is a problem??? How can I change it???

11-15-2011, 06:01 PM
Always make sure that everything matches up perfectly, letter for letter. You may have problems otherwise. (I've heard many stories of people with varying spellings encountering problems as a result of the discrepancy.) Last I heard, you'll need to contact TOEFL directly to change your name.

Good luck!


11-15-2011, 06:05 PM
Always make sure that everything matches up perfectly, letter for letter. You may have problems otherwise. (I've heard many stories of people with varying spellings encountering problems as a result of the discrepancy.) Last I heard, you'll need to contact TOEFL directly to change your name.

Good luck!


Can't change it at test center?

11-15-2011, 07:47 PM
Can't change it at test center?Honestly, I'm not 100% sure, but I really don't think you can.

But it's really up to you--you'll need to put in a bit of effort now to make the change, but I honestly think you'll be glad you did. The last thing you need when you're coming to the US to study is some glitch or snafu with your TOEFL score. Have I ever told you the story of the student who had to wait an extra year to study because TOEFL lost her test? Things like that happen. You've got to go the extra mile to make sure that your educational plans go smoothly. ;)


09-19-2013, 06:07 PM
Hello Erin,

My first/given name is Aaa Bbb Ccc and unfortunately I've put the Aaa Bbb part in the middle name(I'm mostly referred to by Cccc...so I've mistakenly put the rest in the middle name).So my Passport shows my name as Aaa Bbb Ccc Surname...but my toefl registration is under the following name:
Ccc Aaa Bbb Surname(There's no problem with the spellings).I have to give my toefl test on Sep 21st. Assuming those guys are compassionate enough....CAN they change my name at the eamination center. If they can't change it and yet I'm allowed to appear ......does it pose any threat to my VISA interview process.

Thanks in advance.

12-16-2013, 01:35 AM
I also have problem with my toefl registration name. In toefl registration. my name happened to 'Shrestha Mahendra Duwal' while it should have been 'Mahendra Duwal Shrestha'. Worst part is I've already taken the test and I'm on verge of applying to university.
What can I do? Please help me out.

03-03-2014, 04:39 PM
Hiii Erin...
my name given for gre account is xxxyy ccc(first name:xxxyy ; middle name: *blank* ; family name: ccc). For toefl it is xxx yy ccc (first name: xxx ; middle name: y *only 'y' instead of 'yyy'* ; family name: ccc). i donno how to get over the problem..... :upset:
I am worried about it. please help me...

03-04-2014, 08:07 PM
You should contact ETS (GRE and TOEFL) directly. With luck, they'll be able to help you. In any case, please try to be careful about your name and try to make sure that it's always exactly the same wherever you use your name.

07-21-2014, 09:44 AM
My first name on the GRE website is VenkataSaiKrishna

On the TOEFL website, however, I typed it as VenkataSaikrishna

The only difference is the upper and lower case 'k'. The spelling is the same, and the last name is also correct. I haven't booked my TOEFL date yet, so I tried creating a new profile in TOEFL but it said my profile already exists, so I'm stuck with the existing account. This might seem trivial, but will it be an issue?

Thanks in advance! :)