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I would just like to add that I also plan to take the GMAT at home (GMAT attempt #6!) on my MacBook Air with Windows 10 installed via Bootcamp, as well as the At-Home GRE using the same method, with a PC laptop as a backup just in case.

I will get back to you if there are any compatibility / tech issues--if not, then I will post a step-by-step "how to" for all the Mac users out there.

I find it hard to believe that this "interim" solution will not end up becoming permanent...

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Thank you Brian!

I will also be taking the home edition of the GRE in the next couple of weeks and let the forum know how it went.

BTW, my roommate is a coder and apparently he took an exam here in Toronto that used the Proctor U platform and he said that it was quite intimidating. He said that the proctor apprently interrupted every chance she got. For example he was thinking about a problem and had his face or cheeks leaning over his hands on the table and she said remove that. She also told him to sit straight and not play with the pen as he was tapping on the desk while thinking. So if anything I think this will be quite a daunting experience. Imaging being in a class room writing a test and the proctor is standing over your shoulder looking into your sheet at all times. It will def be a bit distracting.

I also think this is something that is going to be a permanent option for bot GRE and GMAC. On the GRE webinar the Director of the ETS carefully dodged the qs when she was asked whether this will be a permanent feature or only during this crisis. I think this will become permanent in the near future.
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Thank you Brian!

I will also be taking the home edition of the GRE in the next couple of weeks and let the forum know how it went.

BTW, my roommate is a coder and apparently he took an exam here in Toronto that used the Proctor U platform and he said that it was quite intimidating. He said that the proctor apprently interrupted every chance she got. For example he was thinking about a problem and had his face or cheeks leaning over his hands on the table and she said remove that. She also told him to sit straight and not play with the pen as he was tapping on the desk while thinking. So if anything I think this will be quite a daunting experience. Imaging being in a class room writing a test and the proctor is standing over your shoulder looking into your sheet at all times. It will def be a bit distracting.

I also think this is something that is going to be a permanent option for bot GRE and GMAC. On the GRE webinar the Director of the ETS carefully dodged the qs when she was asked whether this will be a permanent feature or only during this crisis. I think this will become permanent in the near future.

Wow, that sounds intense!

From what I have heard so far, the proctor from Proctor U cannot actually "talk" to you (there is no microphone or audio coming from the proctor's end, and even if there were, you could probably just mute your computer's volume), but instead has to type text into the message bar. If so, then that would be a lot less distracting, but still distracting, I agree. Taps and clicks could be used to cheat, though--which explains why the proctor requires that you stay silent and keep your face uncovered.
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Guys I just booked my GRE and it is awesome.

We could schedule the dates and time of the exam anytime. There were time slots available on the weekend and all the way upto 11.30 pm in the night.

This is legendary and I think GRE along with Proctor U will change the way we standardized tests moving forward. Just the convenience of it all. I am highly impressed.
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Awesome! Thanks for the report!!! Good luck on your test and thanks for sharing ProctorU experience.

PS. I am still of the opinion that GMAC will want to kill GMAT at Home as soon as they can but this is my opinion at this time based on their language and position.


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Guys I just booked my GRE and it is awesome.

We could schedule the dates and time of the exam anytime. There were time slots available on the weekend and all the way upto 11.30 pm in the night.

This is legendary and I think GRE along with Proctor U will change the way we standardized tests moving forward. Just the convenience of it all. I am highly impressed.


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Thank you bb and You are welcome!

Yeah it will be interesting to see how these industries adapt to the growing demand. But for now I’m grateful that GRE has created this option so that students can proceed with their graduate study dreams.

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It will also be interesting to find out the price point of the at-home aka "Interim" GMAT, since GMAC has indicated that it will cost less than the regular GMAT: https://www.mba.com/exams/gmat/about-th ... egulations
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Guys I just booked my GRE and it is awesome.

We could schedule the dates and time of the exam anytime. There were time slots available on the weekend and all the way upto 11.30 pm in the night.

This is legendary and I think GRE along with Proctor U will change the way we standardized tests moving forward. Just the convenience of it all. I am highly impressed.


Wow fantastic! Good luck on your test.
Are there the same limitations in terms of how many days beforehand you can register for a new test or cancel a booked one?
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Well I paid the exam fees and then later got an email from proctor u. There I was asked to schedule an exam. I haven’t yet but I looked at the dates and I could book something up to until after May. I think you need to cancel 4 days in advance. The same rules apply as before.

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It will also be interesting to find out the price point of the at-home aka "Interim" GMAT, since GMAC has indicated that it will cost less than the regular GMAT: https://www.mba.com/exams/gmat/about-th ... egulations


I assume they will simply revert the price hike, bringing the price back to 250$.
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There is no piece of information about how Business school adcoms are going to digest applicants with a "Interim GMAT" Score vs the students who have already taken the GMAT at a test center. How are they going to be compared ?
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I think the idea is that they will be considered equal... so you feel they should not be?


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There is no piece of information about how Business school adcoms are going to digest applicants with a "Interim GMAT" Score vs the students who have already taken the GMAT at a test center. How are they going to be compared ?


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It will also be interesting to find out the price point of the at-home aka "Interim" GMAT, since GMAC has indicated that it will cost less than the regular GMAT: https://www.mba.com/exams/gmat/about-th ... egulations


I assume they will simply revert the price hike, bringing the price back to 250$.

Well, the GRE currently costs $205, and the At-Home GRE is the same price, so $195 would be even better from a competitive perspective, in my opinion--and it would encourage more students to try the "Interim" aka At-Home GMAT.

After all, the GMAT is significantly shorter (about 20%) without the AWA, so why not discount the price of the At-Home GMAT significantly as well? It's probably wishful thinking, but a lower price could actually mean a higher profit, if the cost differential compels more students to register for the at-home exam.

We shall see soon! : )

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Well, the GRE currently costs $205, and the At-Home GRE is the same price, so $195 would be even better from a competitive perspective, in my opinion--and it would encourage more students to try the "Interim" GMAT.

After all, the test is significantly shorter without the AWA, so why not discount the price of the Interim GMAT significantly as well?

We shall see soon! : )


I doubt that but I would obviously love a sub 200$ price tag.

We will have to wait and find out!
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Haha a 195$ GMAT fee would be awsome.

You are right the GMAT is significantly shorter than the GRE, which has two essays and an experimental section in its home edition, making it a 4+ hr long exam.

The shorter version of GMAT along with the cheaper price tag would def help them capture student's attention.
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Haha a 195$ GMAT fee would be awsome.

You are right the GMAT is significantly shorter than the GRE, which has two essays and an experimental section in its home edition, making it a 4+ hr long exam.

Yes, the 7 sections of the GRE (2 30-min essays, 2 30-min Verbal sections, 2 35-minute Quant sections, and 1 30/35 minute experimental section) add up to about 3 hours and 45 minutes (or 3 hours and 40 minutes if your experimental section is Verbal) of testing time.

Add the 10-minute break after the first two multiple-choice sections, and the 1-minute break between the final 3 sections (which can actually be extended longer than 1 minute, if you so choose), and the GRE takes 4 hours to complete.
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ari.banerjee wrote:
Haha a 195$ GMAT fee would be awsome.

You are right the GMAT is significantly shorter than the GRE, which has two essays and an experimental section in its home edition, making it a 4+ hr long exam.

Yes, the 7 sections of the GRE (2 30-min essays, 2 30-min Verbal sections, 2 35-minute Quant sections, and 1 30/35 minute experimental section) add up to about 3 hours and 45 minutes (or 3 hours and 40 minutes if your experimental section is Verbal) of testing time.

Add the 10-minute break after the first two multiple-choice sections, and the 1-minute break between the final 3 sections (which can actually be extended longer than 1 minute, if you so choose), and the GRE takes 4 hours to complete.



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Can you please elaborate on how to extend that 1 min break between sections? I thought that the 1 min break was fixed? :shocked
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Can you please elaborate on how to extend that 1 min break between sections? I thought that the 1 min break was fixed? :shocked

Haha, sure. After each 1-minute break, you have to click on a button to begin the next section of the GRE ("Resume Exam" or something like that). The computer exam gives you the impression that the next section will auto-start after the 1-minute break is over, but you can actually extend the break even longer by waiting to press the "Resume Test" button until you are composed and ready to begin.

You can't get out of your seat during that time, but you most definitely can extend the 1-minute break longer (or at least that was the case when I last took the GRE in 2017). Is there an upper limit to how long you can stretch it? Perhaps, but I've never found that limit--I just use this trick to steal an extra minute or two of peace before the next section begins.
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Hi. Please consider posting the GRE-related posts in the GRE Discussion (we have split the topics to keep them a bit more sane) :-) https://gmatclub.com/forum/gre-at-home- ... 19619.html

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Hi. Please consider posting the GRE-related posts in the GRE Discussion (we have split the topics to keep them a bit more sane) :-) https://gmatclub.com/forum/gre-at-home- ... 19619.html

Thank you!

Got it. I suppose we are just twiddling our thumbs while we await more updates from GMAC, since the information about the at-home "interim" GMAT has been very vague thus far.

Do we suspect or know that ProctorU's secure test browser will also be used for the GMAT? Are there any other competitors to ProctorU who might give them a run for their money?
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Yes, we are pretty much sitting and waiting for more news... which there is not much. There are other companies that GMAC may use such as examity, proctorio, kryterrion, examsoft, digiexam. But not sure if anyone of these will be used... and no confirmation if they will be using ProctorU. I found another video of how ProctorU works and walks through starting the test and showing ID.



Meanwhile, it seems GMAC is offering their cheapest product (404 Official Questions) to those who have been affected adn whose test has been canceled as reported by pabpinor here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/free-400-pra ... 19846.html
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