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New post 06 Nov 2016, 03:59
this is a great info, i was looking for this through internet for long.

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New post 07 Apr 2017, 05:38
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8 Things NOT to Do at the Test Center



This past week we had a member who was asked to leave after looking at their notes during the break and another member last month had their score canceled for turning their cell phone on. These are very painful moments for everyone but these are GMAC's rules and it is important to know them and not to break them as the test administrator has their job to do. Make sure you know these.

Be Careful!


  1. Testing aids, such as calculators, notes, or study guides, are not allowed at any time in the test center. This means - you cannot even bring them to the test center!

  2. Personal items, such as cell phones, backpacks, wallets, purses, or handbags (see What to Bring to the Test Center) are not permitted in the testing room

  3. Access to Telephones, cellular (mobile) phones, or other communication devices, Notes, Scratch paper, Calculators or watch calculators, Watches, stop watches, or watch alarms, Personal data assistants (PDAs), Beepers or pagers, Photographic devices, Stereos or radios, Any other electronic devices that could aid testing, Books or pamphlets, Dictionaries, translators, or thesauri, Pens or any other writing utensils, Rulers or any other measuring devices will not be permitted at any time while you are in the test center, during the test session or during breaks. I read this that you can use them before or after the exam but not after you check in and before you check out.

  4. You will not be permitted to leave the testing room without the test administrator’s permission

  5. You will not be allowed to eat, drink, or use tobacco while in the testing room, but may do so during scheduled breaks

  6. If you want to go outside during a break, you must inform the test administrator where you are going, and you must remain in the immediate vicinity of the test center. Interesting - you actually can leave the testing area! But remember, you only have 8 min break

  7. You must arrive at the Test Center at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled GMAT appointment. But then GMAC states also that "If you arrive more than 15 minutes after your scheduled appointment time, you may not be admitted"... so I guess anywhere between 30 mins before and 15 mins after.

  8. And finally, just in case :wink: Weapons, including but not limited to firearms, knives, or any object that could be used as a weapon, are prohibited from the test center. These items are not allowed on the premises and may not be stored in the provided lockers. This policy includes off-duty law enforcement officers and persons with conceal and carry permits


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quick question, are you allowed to keep your turned off cellphone in the same locker room that you'd access for food/drink during the breaks, or is it not okay? I am asking because I don't want to get in trouble if they see a phone in my hand during the break, while I am just trying to get my refreshments.

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New post 14 Apr 2017, 07:11
I think you missed watching the video. Here is situation : say lights went off while you were supposed to take drinks and by chance your mobile is in same locker as your snacks. GMAC can very well be suspicious of accessing your cell phone in darkness and hence it is safer to assume that you leave cellphone, watch and pen at home. Just go with best mood and postive frame and you will come out with flying colors. Good luck!!
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New post 14 Apr 2017, 07:52
Thank you adkikani
The girl in the video puts her cellphone in the locker room and the voice in the commentary asks to put your food in the locker too.
I do agree with you that it's better to be on the side of caution, but not taking a cellphone/smartphone with you while commuting alone to the test center also has its risks.

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I think you missed watching the video. Here is situation : say lights went off while you were supposed to take drinks and by chance your mobile is in same locker as your snacks. GMAC can very well be suspicious of accessing your cell phone in darkness and hence it is safer to assume that you leave cellphone, watch and pen at home. Just go with best mood and postive frame and you will come out with flying colors. Good luck!!
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They donot provide headsets correct thia

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New post 24 Apr 2017, 11:58
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8 Things NOT to Do at the Test Center



This past week we had a member who was asked to leave after looking at their notes during the break and another member last month had their score canceled for turning their cell phone on. These are very painful moments for everyone but these are GMAC's rules and it is important to know them and not to break them as the test administrator has their job to do. Make sure you know these.

Be Careful!


  1. Testing aids, such as calculators, notes, or study guides, are not allowed at any time in the test center. This means - you cannot even bring them to the test center!

  2. Personal items, such as cell phones, backpacks, wallets, purses, or handbags (see What to Bring to the Test Center) are not permitted in the testing room

  3. Access to Telephones, cellular (mobile) phones, or other communication devices, Notes, Scratch paper, Calculators or watch calculators, Watches, stop watches, or watch alarms, Personal data assistants (PDAs), Beepers or pagers, Photographic devices, Stereos or radios, Any other electronic devices that could aid testing, Books or pamphlets, Dictionaries, translators, or thesauri, Pens or any other writing utensils, Rulers or any other measuring devices will not be permitted at any time while you are in the test center, during the test session or during breaks. I read this that you can use them before or after the exam but not after you check in and before you check out.

  4. You will not be permitted to leave the testing room without the test administrator’s permission

  5. You will not be allowed to eat, drink, or use tobacco while in the testing room, but may do so during scheduled breaks

  6. If you want to go outside during a break, you must inform the test administrator where you are going, and you must remain in the immediate vicinity of the test center. Interesting - you actually can leave the testing area! But remember, you only have 8 min break

  7. You must arrive at the Test Center at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled GMAT appointment. But then GMAC states also that "If you arrive more than 15 minutes after your scheduled appointment time, you may not be admitted"... so I guess anywhere between 30 mins before and 15 mins after.

  8. And finally, just in case :wink: Weapons, including but not limited to firearms, knives, or any object that could be used as a weapon, are prohibited from the test center. These items are not allowed on the premises and may not be stored in the provided lockers. This policy includes off-duty law enforcement officers and persons with conceal and carry permits


Related Links:

Physical Environment of the Test Center
GMAT Test Center Reviews
Official MBA.com page about the test center regulations



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My writing is pretty big... if they do not allow me another booklet for scratch pad and i exhaust mine then?? regarding pens i have to use theres?? hope its god :P

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bb wrote:

8 Things NOT to Do at the Test Center



This past week we had a member who was asked to leave after looking at their notes during the break and another member last month had their score canceled for turning their cell phone on. These are very painful moments for everyone but these are GMAC's rules and it is important to know them and not to break them as the test administrator has their job to do. Make sure you know these.

Be Careful!


  1. Testing aids, such as calculators, notes, or study guides, are not allowed at any time in the test center. This means - you cannot even bring them to the test center!

  2. Personal items, such as cell phones, backpacks, wallets, purses, or handbags (see What to Bring to the Test Center) are not permitted in the testing room

  3. Access to Telephones, cellular (mobile) phones, or other communication devices, Notes, Scratch paper, Calculators or watch calculators, Watches, stop watches, or watch alarms, Personal data assistants (PDAs), Beepers or pagers, Photographic devices, Stereos or radios, Any other electronic devices that could aid testing, Books or pamphlets, Dictionaries, translators, or thesauri, Pens or any other writing utensils, Rulers or any other measuring devices will not be permitted at any time while you are in the test center, during the test session or during breaks. I read this that you can use them before or after the exam but not after you check in and before you check out.

  4. You will not be permitted to leave the testing room without the test administrator’s permission

  5. You will not be allowed to eat, drink, or use tobacco while in the testing room, but may do so during scheduled breaks

  6. If you want to go outside during a break, you must inform the test administrator where you are going, and you must remain in the immediate vicinity of the test center. Interesting - you actually can leave the testing area! But remember, you only have 8 min break

  7. You must arrive at the Test Center at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled GMAT appointment. But then GMAC states also that "If you arrive more than 15 minutes after your scheduled appointment time, you may not be admitted"... so I guess anywhere between 30 mins before and 15 mins after.

  8. And finally, just in case :wink: Weapons, including but not limited to firearms, knives, or any object that could be used as a weapon, are prohibited from the test center. These items are not allowed on the premises and may not be stored in the provided lockers. This policy includes off-duty law enforcement officers and persons with conceal and carry permits


Related Links:

Physical Environment of the Test Center
GMAT Test Center Reviews
Official MBA.com page about the test center regulations



Interested in seeing the check in process on the Test Day?





My writing is pretty big... if they do not allow me another booklet for scratch pad and i exhaust mine then?? regarding pens i have to use theres?? hope its god :P


Hi deependra1234,
I think you are overthinking about a small issue. As long as you show moderator that you have exhausted your scratch pad with legitimate work,
there should not be an issue. For marker pen, I suggest you buy from one local market so that there aren't surprises on D day.
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so, while doing the test, I have no pencil that I can use to make me read more smoothly?


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bb very useful post!

When I gave my gmat I had issue in concentrating in my paper ,I missed few questions because of this. If any test taker finished any part in exam before me and leaves room the squeaking chair noise, door open/close noise , sometime invigilator came in and gave some guidance test takers though they talked softly still disturbed me a lot. I was performing well in my mocks but actual GMAT was kind a shock to me.
Any suggestions how to overcome such situation in my next attempt?

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bb very useful post!

When I gave my gmat I had issue in concentrating in my paper ,I missed few questions because of this. If any test taker finished any part in exam before me and leaves room the squeaking chair noise, door open/close noise , sometime invigilator came in and gave some guidance test takers though they talked softly still disturbed me a lot. I was performing well in my mocks but actual GMAT was kind a shock to me.
Any suggestions how to overcome such situation in my next attempt?


can u wear ear plugs during the test?

otherwise try taking some mocks in not ideal conditions, like a coffee shop or somthing, to make urself strong against noise etc

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can u wear ear plugs during the test?

otherwise try taking some mocks in not ideal conditions, like a coffee shop or somthing, to make urself strong against noise etc


yup, thanks...even i was thinking to try not ideal conditions

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r19 wrote:
When I gave my gmat I had issue in concentrating in my paper ,I missed few questions because of this. If any test taker finished any part in exam before me and leaves room the squeaking chair noise, door open/close noise , sometime invigilator came in and gave some guidance test takers though they talked softly still disturbed me a lot. I was performing well in my mocks but actual GMAT was kind a shock to me.
Any suggestions how to overcome such situation in my next attempt?


can u wear ear plugs during the test?

otherwise try taking some mocks in not ideal conditions, like a coffee shop or somthing, to make urself strong against noise etc


I have the same issue. I'm okay with office noise, or something constant, but things like chair pulling, hammering on and off, people whispering etc. really put me off. I even sleep with ear plugs and have multiple kinds for multiple occasions lol Are they allowed in the test center? I tried working in not ideal conditions (actually, they are never ideal haha), but as I mentioned, I'm just too used to ear plugs at this point...

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One of the test takers brought their canceled passport on the test day. I am sure this is not something common, nonetheless - be careful fellow test takers!

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halibr331 wrote:
r19 wrote:
When I gave my gmat I had issue in concentrating in my paper ,I missed few questions because of this. If any test taker finished any part in exam before me and leaves room the squeaking chair noise, door open/close noise , sometime invigilator came in and gave some guidance test takers though they talked softly still disturbed me a lot. I was performing well in my mocks but actual GMAT was kind a shock to me.
Any suggestions how to overcome such situation in my next attempt?


can u wear ear plugs during the test?

otherwise try taking some mocks in not ideal conditions, like a coffee shop or somthing, to make urself strong against noise etc


I have the same issue. I'm okay with office noise, or something constant, but things like chair pulling, hammering on and off, people whispering etc. really put me off. I even sleep with ear plugs and have multiple kinds for multiple occasions lol Are they allowed in the test center? I tried working in not ideal conditions (actually, they are never ideal haha), but as I mentioned, I'm just too used to ear plugs at this point...


Hey guys, so do you know the answer to the above question? I was also wondering today whether day have water in the test room :think: I'm fine not bringing my own water inside, but I pretty much always have some on me. If not, then I can't help, but feel thirsty, or start hiccuping... :lol:

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