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Introducing the GMAT Online Exam: Six Things You Need to Know

Introducing the GMAT Online Exam: Six Things You Need to Know

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The GMAT exam is moving online to keep your 2020 business school plans on track while many test centers remain closed.

In one way or another, each and every one of our lives has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. While we’re all doing our best to carry on while helping to limit the spread, the current state of the world doesn’t mean your business school goals have to be put on hold.

The makers of the GMAT exam recognize that COVID-19 and social distancing make it a challenging time to complete your applications for next semester. To ensure your talent does not go undiscovered, an interim online exam has been developed to help you meet upcoming application deadlines and stand out to business schools in the admissions process.

Are you ready to take the GMAT exam at home? Registration for the GMAT Online exam is now open!

Here are six things you should know:

It’s intended for current applicants

While open to all test takers, the GMAT Online exam was developed specifically as an interim solution to support applicants working to meet upcoming 2020 business school application deadlines. As an added benefit during this difficult time, the GMAT Online exam is being offered at a lower price (US$200) than the test center-based exam.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, many business school programs have extended application deadlines, or are allowing applicants to submit official GMAT exam scores past the deadline. For the latest updates from schools, visit the COVID-19 Program Updates page or look up your programs of interest in Program Finder.

Are you applying for business school fall 2020 admission? Check out our article on the five things you should be thinking about right now.

The online exam is available in most locations, with the exceptions of Mainland China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Slovenia due to regulatory and local data privacy rules.

It’s not a new GMAT exam, just a new way to take it

Nearly everything about the test itself is the same. The score scaling for the Section Scores and Total Score are identical, so your GMAT Online exam scores are directly comparable to scores from the test center-based exam.

The GMAT Online exam has the same Quantitative, Verbal, and Integrated Reasoning sections as the test center-based exam (in that fixed order, no Analytical Writing Assessment), with the same number of questions and time for completion. That means you can feel confident that any studying you’ve already done and the test prep materials you’re using will serve you well for your online testing experience.

Wondering how much to prep? Use our interactive tool to help you figure out how much time you need and receive a personalized study plan.

Including time for check-in, the entire GMAT Online exam experience takes about three hours. You’re allowed a five-minute break before the Integrated Reasoning section, during which you can access water, but not your phone.

Take it at home on your PC or Mac

You’re able to complete the GMAT Online exam in the familiar space of your home or office, so long as you’re in a walled room with a closed door. No one else may enter the room while you are testing. Review the prepare your test-taking environment page prior to testing day to ensure you’ll be ready to go.

The GMAT Online exam can be taken on both Windows and Mac personal computers and laptops. Before test day, take a moment to do a simple system test and review the system requirements to ensure you’re able to take the exam on your computer, and be sure to have a power cord plugged in if you’re taking the exam on a laptop.

During your GMAT Online exam you will have access to an online whiteboard to work through equations, use for scratch work, and take notes on.

Learn more about the online whiteboard and use our online whiteboard practice page to get familiar with it before your test day! 

Online proctoring ensures exam integrity and security

The GMAT Online exam is remote proctored, meaning human proctors (supported by AI technology) monitor your session and workspace throughout your session via live video and audio feed, which is recorded. Your identification will be authenticated during check-in via a valid government-issued ID with a recent, recognizable photo (for example, passport or driver’s license) and facial recognition technology.

This all ensures the integrity and security of the exam, and fairness to all test takers.

Review the security measures page for more details.The testing platform adheres to local privacy and data laws in 190 global locations, so you can rest assured that your private information is safe.

Select your programs either before or after you know how you did

You’ll receive an email with your official score report within seven business days, which will include your individual Section Scores and Total Score, as well as your percentile scores.

Included with the price of the exam is the ability to send your score to five business school programs. You can choose your programs either before you test (selections can be modified up to 24 hours before your exam appointment time) or after you receive your official score via email. Schools will receive your scores within seven business days of completing your exam or selecting them as recipients. Beginning April 28, you will also be able to send additional score reports at no cost. For more information, review the GMAT scores and score reports page.

At this time retesting and score cancellations are not available, except in the case of verified technical issues.

Testing appointments are available around the clock

A benefit of the GMAT Online exam is that it offers the flexibility and convenience of being able to take it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You can register for an exam appointment up to 24 hours before. Appointment dates are currently available from April 20 to June 15, 2020. The status of test centers will continue to be evaluated and future online appointment dates will be added as needed.

Are you ready to take the GMAT exam at home? Register for the GMAT Online exam today!

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