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GMAT ONLINE - EVERYTHING WE KNOW!
(this post is stickied at the top to provide a quick reference about GMAT Online)

  • Online exam registration is $200 USD; there is no cost to reschedule even if you miss the test
  • Appointment dates are available beginning April 20, 2020, until June 15, 2020, July 17, 2020, Aug 14, 2020, Dec 31, 2020
  • Physical dry-erase white-board is allowed
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  • The GMAT™ Online exam can be taken on both Windows and Mac personal computers and laptops. Tablets are NOT allowed
  • The sections are as follows:
    31 Quantitative / 62 minutes
    36 Verbal / 65 minutes
    12 IR / 30 minutes
    *Please note that the Section Order for the GMAT ™ Online exam is fixed at this time as Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Integrated Reasoning
  • You will be allowed one, optional 5-minute break before you begin the Integrated Reasoning section.
  • Unlike the in-person exam at a testing center, the GMAT™ Online exam does not permit the use of a whiteboard during the exam. To assist you with the ability to take notes and/or draw shapes, there is an online whiteboard feature you can access during the exam. To learn more about Whiteboards, or Try one in action, see GMAT Club's Master Whiteboard Discussion
  • Tablets are also forbidden. Devices must have a physical keyboard
  • Touchscreens are a controversial item. Originally GMAC said touchscreens were forbidden. However, later they relaxed the requirements and are permitting use of touchscreens but not using touchscreens for the whiteboard
  • When you complete the exam, you will not receive a score immediately. Scores available in 7 days
  • Scores cannot be canceled
  • You can choose to send your scores to Schools (unlimited number) AFTER seeing the score instead of before taking the test (positive change)
  • Your online GMAT scores will NOT show up in the regular score reports and vice versa - New!
  • You can only take 1 GMAT Online test
  • Full details here: https://www.mba.com/exams/gmat-online/gmat-online-experience/about-the-gmat-online
  • You cannot get ESR report to analyze your performance https://www.mba.com/frequently-asked-questions/gmat-online-exam#question27

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does the online GMAT exam use the same test bank as the test center exam within 15 days? or do you think it's a separate test bank?
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does the online GMAT exam use the same test bank as the test center exam within 15 days? or do you think it's a separate test bank?


It seems the online and test center gmat use different banks. Nobody who has taken both reported running into the same bank of questions. However the EA and GMAT seem to share the same bank on the same cycle.

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Good question. During the interview and different webinars, GMAT indicated that they have no plans to integrate the two score reports for the two versions of the test. However it is possible at a later date and I’m guessing much later date, the two test would be both reportable but I really see no reason why they would do it. It doesn’t seem they would get any brownie points from anyone. Well there is no guarantee, I doubt the two test score reports will ever be combined.

Another data point, people who have taken GMAT online before June 11, are allowed to retake it with a physical whiteboard. If they receive a higher score, their lower score will be overwritten and if they receive a lower score, then the score will remain unchanged. It seems the system supports only one score somehow and is somewhat limited.


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Quick question, BB and others... Although one's online GMAT score cannot be cancelled, many have pointed out one's score for the Online GMAT is provided on a distinct score report. Do we know, or have any indication, whether the score reports (for online vs in-person exams) will eventually be integrated? In other words do we know with certainty that the independent reporting is deliberate and thus expected to continue? I've seen no such statement from GMAC and therefore as it stands I take little comfort in the separate reporting / lack of a cancel option. Hoping someone can change my mind. Thanks!


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mcelroytutoring wrote:
A couple of questions that GMAC has not fully answered yet:

1) If we retake the new GMAT Online with the physical whiteboard, does that count toward our yearly or lifetime attempts? (I'm assuming no, as with the regular GMAT Online, but I still want to make sure.)

2) What about the test-takers who take the online GMAT between now and the 11th? Are they allowed to re-take when the exam switches over too? If so, then I could expect to see a spike in registrations for the dates between today and 6/10, since we now know that we will get another shot at the online exam starting 6/11, so long as we can afford another $200, and that it will probably be easier the second time around, with the new option of hand-writing our Quant notes in particular.

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Hi. They did answer your questions On a secret page here: https://www.mba.com/articles-and-announ ... est-option :-)

1. If you choose to take the GMAT™ Online Exam again, neither attempt will count toward your yearly or lifetime exam attempt limits.
2. The additional attempt option is only available to test takers who took a GMAT Online exam from April 20, 2020 – June 10, 2020 and is available for new appointments scheduled between June 11, 2020 – July 17, 2020.

So yes, you can retake the test twice if you take it before June 11th. Who is in??? :lol:


Haha..just woke up to this awesome news. My online exam is in 3 hours. I was treating it as a 'glorified mock' now if I want to spend another 200$ , exam today will become a 'glorified mock' to another 'glorified mock'.


With physical whiteboard I wish they also allow rescheduling from in center GMAT to online GMAT !

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Technically, over the next week, you can take GMAT 3 times (if pain and torture are your type of thing 😂)

You can take an online test today and then another online test in a week and if the test centers are open, you can also take a physical test in between 🤩

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So by earlier denying a common sense solution and later allowing it, GMAC has suckered all the eligible test takers into another $200 attempt.

Forget MBA, let's learn Marketing 101 from GMAC :D

Now I am off to give my GlorifiedMock/GMAT/GMATOnlineAttempt-1.

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LOL. That is funny. They totally tricked us 😂

I wonder if the test taker volumes have really gone down or the business schools have put enough pressure. My guess is a combination of both.


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So by earlier denying a common sense solution and later allowing it, GMAC has suckered all the eligible test takers into another $200 attempt.

Forget MBA, let's learn Marketing 101 from GMAC :D

Now I am off to give my GlorifiedMock/GMAT/GMATOnlineAttempt-1.

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Another data point, people who have taken GMAT online before June 11, are allowed to retake it with a physical whiteboard. If they receive a higher score, their lower score will be overwritten and if they receive a lower score, then the score will remain unchanged. It seems the system supports only one score somehow and is somewhat limited.

Wow, that sounds complicated, but you've got nothing to lose in that situation other than the time and the $200. Do you have an official source for this?

Does a "higher score" mean a higher composite, and vice-versa? What if it's the same composite score?

Why not allow students to keep both scores, if one is high in Quant and the other in Verbal, or even IR, for example? That sounds simple enough, but I never expected a second try, so I suppose that beggars can't be choosers.

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Now I have reached the limit of my knowledge :-) I had the same question as to what constitutes the same or a different score. My guess is the cumulative score. If it’s the same overall score, then there is no change.... Did you end up taking the test? We now verify GMAT online on GMAT Club. 😎


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Another data point, people who have taken GMAT online before June 11, are allowed to retake it with a physical whiteboard. If they receive a higher score, their lower score will be overwritten and if they receive a lower score, then the score will remain unchanged. It seems the system supports only one score somehow and is somewhat limited.

Wow, that sounds complicated, but you've got nothing to lose in that situation other than the time and the $200. Do you have an official source for this?

Does a "higher score" mean a higher composite, and vice-versa? What if it's the same score?

Why not allow students to keep both, if one is high in Quant and the other in Verbal, for example?

Thanks.


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how about EA exam, also can take online with physical whiteboard?
Is there any special requirement for whiteboard?
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Is there a minimum time gap required between two online tests or between a physical center test and an online test ?

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Now I have reached the limit of my knowledge :-) I had the same question as to what constitutes the same or a different score. My guess is the cumulative score. If it’s the same overall score, then there is no change.... Did you end up taking the test? We now verify GMAT online on GMAT Club. 😎

I took the GMAT Online just yesterday, in fact! This is the best type of news one can receive while anxiously awaiting his/her score (approximately 2-7 business days in most cases)...the promise of a risk-free second attempt with a real, physical whiteboard.

I'm ready and willing to use my "mulligan" if necessary. Until then, I wait.
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Is there a minimum time gap required between two online tests or between a physical center test and an online test ?

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No. One test needs to be pre June 11 and another June 11 or later.

There is no restriction with online and physical tests. You can take them on the same day if you wish 😂
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how about EA exam, also can take online with physical whiteboard?
Is there any special requirement for whiteboard?


EA has the same rules/policies. You can use a physical whiteboard.

https://www.gmac.com/executive-assessme ... online-faq

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Wow I cannot believe GMAC flip-flopped like this, as though actual test takers are an afterthought. The online whiteboard must have led to a lower volume of test-takers and consequently lower revenue for GMAC. I for one took a month to transition to the GRE; I do not plan on coming back to the GMAT despite the whiteboard!
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I guess the question is - SHOULD SOUVIK TAKE ANOTHER GMAT? :think: :think: :think:
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do we need to buy physical whiteboard?Can we buy from any store?
Are there special requirements for whiteboard? or it must have to come from GMAC?
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I ordered whiteboard from Amazon.in today. Yes, there is constraint regarding the dimension of Physical white board

Below statement from mba.com

"Starting June 11, you will be allowed the option to use 1 erasable whiteboard that is no larger than 12 inches x 20 inches (30 cm x 50 cm), 1 dry erase marker, and 1 eraser during your exam session.

The following items are not allowed:

• Paper
• Pen / Pencil
• Permanent Marker
• Tissues, Paper Towels, Napkins
• Whiteboard cleaning spray
• Paper in a clear slide
• Boogie Boards
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Where can I get the magnetic whiteboard in INDIA as mentioned on GMAC site ?

Are they simple whiteboard with markers and duster ?
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Nothing says that it has to be magnetic :-) I just happened to find one on Amazon in the United States.

You will have to search for one in India. Any erasable whiteboard will do it seems as long as it meets those size requirements.

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Where can I get the magnetic whiteboard in INDIA as mentioned on GMAC site ?

Are they simple whiteboard with markers and duster ?


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