GMAT Online is Here to Stay: What You Need to Know
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Can you take the GMAT online? For a long time, the answer was no. But in 2020, the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), the makers of the GMAT, announced that they have launched an online version of the GMAT. While this was initially put forth as a temporary measure to address the pandemic, the GMAT at-home test is now a permanent fixture. Here’s what you need to know!
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GMAT Online Will Be a Permanent Option: 2021 Changes
Here’s what you need to know about the online GMAT going permanent, as well as all the 2021 changes that GMAC (the test-maker) is rolling out.
Basically, the online GMAT was such a success in 2020 that the GMAC has made it permanent. Now, even though in-person test centers are opening back up, test-takers will still have the option of taking the exam online.
This is great news, particularly if you live far from a test center—who needs travel stress on top of test stress? Now, you’ll have much more flexibility. Here’s what you can expect from the GMAT exam online for appointments on April 28, 2021, and onward.
GMAT Online vs. GMAT in Test Center TL;DR
How does the GMAT online work?
Where can I take the at-home GMAT?
GMAC has released the online GMAT to any students who prefer this at-home option, with some regional exceptions. The exceptions are Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and mainland China due to IP and/or regulatory restrictions. With 242,714 GMAT test-takers in 2018, 29.5% of would-be test-takers are ineligible. It’s also important to note that the GMAT online exam is only available in English with English-speaking proctors for the time being.
The online GMAT exam has been available for registration since April 14, 2020, with test slots open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To register for the GMAT Online exam, visit the MBA.com site.
GMAT Online Pricing, Rescheduling, and Cancellation Fees
The online GMAT test costs $250 USD*.
If you’re not able to make your original test date, you can either change your GMAT test date or cancel. However, appointment rescheduling and exam cancellation fees are now reinstated (they were temporarily waived up until September 23rd):
*Includes GST for test-takers in India.
The test will still have the Quant, Verbal, and Integrated Reasoning sections (and, as of April, it will also have the AWA!), with the same amount of questions and time available as the in-person exam. That is, after April 2021, there will still be:
The online test is expected to take approximately 3.5 hours, with 3 hours and 7 minutes of online test-taking time, not including breaks. Test-takers will receive 15 minutes to check into the online Pearson VUE proctored system and have two optional 8-minute breaks. Just like the in-person exam, interacting with the test proctor via Live Chat will not pause the clock ticking down.
Regarding check-in protocols, the GMAC has said, “The check-in and security protocols will be modified to accommodate online delivery and remote proctors will be used to manage test integrity.”
GMAT test-takers will have to pass a room scan in order to continue to the exam. You’ll have to take photos and videos of your desk area for a proctor’s review, ensuring that there are no pens, papers, books, in reach. Check out MBA.com’s article for specific info on prepping your test-taking environment.
After you’ve completed your online GMAT exam, you’ll get your unofficial GMAT score report immediately (as of April), then receive your official score report within 7 days. Any schools you’ve selected to receive your scores will receive these also. However, the interim GMAT will allow test-takers to send their scores to additional schools for at no cost, where it usually costs $35 for each additional school.
Other GMAT Online FAQs
What are the GMAT Online whiteboard options?
GMAC now allows test-takers to use either a physical whiteboard or online whiteboard for their GMAT online test.
Show more about GMAT whiteboard options
You won’t be able to use just any whiteboard for the online GMAT exam; anything that connects to the internet, like touchscreen tablets or additional laptops, are definitely prohibited. Here are the physical whiteboard requirements:
*These are some of their examples of prohibited items, not a comprehensive list.
As for the online whiteboard option, MBA.com has released a version of the digital whiteboard for you to practice with. The whiteboard includes the following tools: a pen, eraser, shapes like rectangles, circles, free-form polygons, panning, color selection/eyedropper, undo/redo, zoom in and out. GMAC has clarified that the whiteboard can only be used with a mouse, no fingers, styluses, or writing pads will work.
Can you take the GMAT Online more than once?
If your GMAT online exam didn’t go as well as you hoped it would, or you just want to retake it for a higher score, then you are in luck! Students are now allowed one retake of the GMAT online test. That means you can take the GMAT Online up to two times in total.
GMAT Online exams also count towards your overall 12-month and GMAT attempt lifetime limits (for those who took the test early on, don’t worry, any online GMAT exams that were taken before September 23, 2020 are exempt from this rule). Like the in-person GMAT, students are allowed to take the GMAT no more than 5 times in a 12-month period, with a lifetime availability of 8 total GMAT exams.
Will accommodations be available for the online GMAT exam?
For students requesting accommodations, GMAC does offer accommodations for the online GMAT exam. Students may receive 50% to 100% more test-taking time depending on their accommodation.
What equipment do I need to take the exam at home?
Unlike the GRE’s approach to at-home testing, GMAT test-takers will be allowed to use either a Windows PC or a Mac. If you decide that you’ll take the home-based GMAT, make sure to check the system requirements and run the On VUE system test.
You can also read the full announcement on the GMAC website.
Will you be taking the GMAT exam online? What are your thoughts on the digital whiteboard? Let us know in the comments below.
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