(I’ve wrote this post some time ago and was in drafts until now )
Few days ago, I did GRE Computer Adaptive Test(CAT) in India (Still the “CAT” is not available in Sri Lanka). It took sometime to plan and figure out the costs and things to be done. I must thank Kooti (My Indian friend whose home town is Chennai), Ruchith and Saliya who provided a lot of information about the trip. Also, I thought following might help someone who is planning to take the GRE test in India.
First of all you need to have following ready,
1. Register for the GRE test at Prometric Test Center at Chennai.
2. Buy A return air ticket.
3. Get Visa (Tourist Visa, Single Entry, <3Months)
Have a look at http://www.vfs-in-lk.com, for information on visa: requirements, fees, time for processing etc. It would be much easier, if you download/print/fill the visa forms before going there. No need to take photographs/photocopies in advance, you can get them from there for a fee. Usually it takes a week or two. So allocate some time for that.
4. Reserve a Hotel to Stay
There are few hotels around, and I found Palmgrove at Chennai is an OKAY TO STAY hotel. Prometric Test Center is 10minute walk from Palmgrove. However, I took an Auto (3 wheeler) for INR 50/-, by asking the driver to take me to VIJAY TV, which is next to Prometric.
13, Kodambakkam High Road
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600034
Phone: (44) – 28271881
I made a reservation through their online form. Although they have confirmed by an email reply, they couldn’t find my reservation when I reach there. However, it wasn’t a problem since they had enough rooms left . So It is better to CALL them and make a reservation. And NO Internet there.
Approximate Cost (As of November, 2008 – INR: Indian Rupees, SLR: Sri Lankan Rupees)
- SLR 15000 – Return Air Ticket -> Colombo – Chennai – Colombo
- INR 300 – A government prepaid cab from Chennai Airport to Hotel Palmgrove (INR 200 – for 3 Wheeler)
- INR 1500 – Breakfast provided, A/C Room Single, including 12.5% tax, approximated, per day.
- INR 150~300 – Lunch + Dinner + Mineral Water per day.
- INR 300 – A cab from HOTEL to Chennai “International” Airport. (INR 200 – for 3 Wheeler)
In addition to this, you need to have some cash to pay for Tips etc..
- Drink only Mineral Water.
- Take US$ with you and you can change them to INR at Chennai Airport. They will comeup with funny calculations about the commission they are getting during the INR to US$ conversion, well you can’t do much about that.
- INR 10000 is the maximum amount they convert to US$ on the way back.Confirm the price before getting into a 3 wheeler. (yeah same as in SL)
- If possible, visit the exam center, one day before the exam date, to have an idea of the location, so you won’t be lost on the exam date.
- I am not sure whether you can claim the GST you paid, but no harm in trying. For that you may need to keep the receipts and provide them in the Airport, on the way back.
- If time permits, don’t forget to visit places like, Marina Beach, Besant Nagat beach, Kapalieshwara Temple in Mylapore, Santhome Church in Mylapore.