What to expect with the new online GMAT

*As changes are constantly being made, be sure to check the official GMAC website for up to date information*

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the GMAT, like the rest of the academic world, has moved to an online exam format that is remotely proctored. This new format has several modifications including the introduction of an online whiteboard tool, the omittance of the Analytical Writing Assessment section of the exam, as well as adjustments surrounding exam attempts. In order to ensure you have all the proper information to prepare for the new online GMAT exam take a moment to read through our GMAT FAQ below that we have gathered on your behalf.

GMAT Online Exam FAQ

What is the GMAT Online exam?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the GMAT has moved to an online exam format that is remotely proctored. It is important to note, however, if test centres in your location are open and you feel safe accessing this test centre facility, you are encouraged to do so. Current enhanced safety and hygiene practices are in place for open test centres.

What is the difference between the online exam and an in-person exam?

The online GMAT will have the same type and number of items and section times as test centre exams. It will also use the same scoring algorithm and score scale for Sections Scores and Total Score as the test-centre version. There are however several differences that should be noted. Firstly, the online GMAT now gives you the option and flexibility to use both a physical whiteboard and an online whiteboard for your scratch work and/or take notes. Additionally, the online GMAT has omitted the Analytical Writing Assessment section of the exam. As opposed to the in-person exam however, the online GMAT must be written in the section order given. Furthermore, it is important to note the GMAT online exam will not count towards your yearly or lifetime exam attempt limit. Finally, at this time the GMAT Online exam can only be taken once. Score cancellations and retakes will not be available, with the exception of verified technical issues.

Registering for the GMAT online exam?

Exam appointments are available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from April 20, 2020 to June 15, 2020. You can schedule an appointment up to 24 hours before an available testing window, however, NO appointment changes can be made within 24 hours of a scheduled appointment time.

To register for the online GMAT exam you will need an mba.com account and an original government-issued ID that is valid. ID must have the candidate’s name and a recent recognizable photo, as well as, the first and last name that matches that of the candidate’s registration information. Valid ID includes: a Passport, Government- issued driver’s license, Government-issued national/state/province identity card (including European ID card), Registration cards (green card, permanent resident, visa), or a Military ID Card. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, IDs with an expiration between January 1, 2020 and the exam date will be accepted. In-depth registration instructions can be found here.

Exam costs and fees?

The GMAT online exam registration fee is $200 USD or approximately $281 CAD and includes as many score reports as you wish to send to your chosen schools. You can reschedule or cancel your exam appointment for a fee up to 24 hours before your scheduled exam time by logging into your mba.com account. The cancellation fee is $100 USD or approximately $140 CAD. The rescheduling fee is $25 USD or approximately $35 CAD.

Exam Structure

The exam is structured as follows. Firstly, the Quantitative Reasoning section is 31 questions in a 62 minute timeframe. Then, the Verbal Reasoning section which consists of 36 questions in a 65 minute timeframe. Finally, the Integrated Reasoning section has 12 questions in a 30 minute timeframe. There is NO option to preview your score at the end of the exam.

Exam Format

The GMAT online exam is approximately 3 hours. You will be given 2 hours and 45 minutes for the exam plus 15 minutes to check the online proctoring system. Additionally, you will be given an optional 5 minute break before beginning the Integrated Reasoning section. During this time you may leave your desk to use the restroom. If you leave your computer during your exam at a time other than your scheduled break, the proctor will end your session and you will be unable to continue testing.

During the exam you may not access your: mobile phones, headphones or headsets, handheld computers or other electronic devices, pagers, watches, wallets, purses, hats, coats, books, notes, or any other materials not specifically approved. You may not use exam-specific materials or scratch paper, erasable whiteboards, or any other physical writing object such as a pen, marker or pencil. Water in a clear glass is permitted during testing, however, eating, smoking, and chewing gum are not allowed.

Exam Accessibility

The online GMAT can be taken on Windows and Mac personal computers and laptops. Before taking the GMAT ensure that you have done a system test to guarantee you are able to take the exam on your computer. System requirements can be found here. For in-depth security measures when writing the Online GMAT, click here.

Proctoring support is only available in English.

If you plan on requesting a disability accommodation for the GMAT Online Exam, DO NOT schedule your appointment until your accommodation has been approved. Begin by following the process to register as a test taker with disabilities. Accommodations available in the coming weeks will include 50% and 100% extended time, as well as, extended breaks.

Whiteboard Tool

The online whiteboard tool is an almost endless canvas to work on, so there is no need to erase your work as you move through the exam. The whiteboard allows you to: write out equations or text or use it for scratch work; enter text via the text book (you will not be able to copy/past from the exam questions into the whiteboard during the exam); draw shapes and lines; pan across the whiteboard, and zoom in and out, to use different areas to do your work on the same whiteboard screen; erase or clear to start something new; and resize or move the whiteboard around your screen. You can practice using the whiteboard here. For more information on the online whiteboard’s features and tools, please click here.

Exam Results

Your exam score is emailed to you within 7 business days of completing your exam. You will be able to view the percentiles of your score in your score report. The online GMAT allows you flexibility when sending your score reports. You have the opportunity to select your schools after you have received and reviewed your score. You can then send your results to as many programs as desired for free. The online GMAT exam scores are valid for 5 years and will not count towards your 12-month and lifetime GMAT limits.

Additional Resources

For in-depth explanation of policies and procedures regarding the GMAT Online exam please refer here. This includes information about contacting the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC); the exam; what to do before, on the day of, and after your exam; as well as, general test rules.

For a list of other FAQ please click here.

All information has been gathered from the official GMAC Website.