For more than 60 years, the GMAT exam has been the most widely used exam for MBA Admissions. Many business schools use the scores to assess a candidate’s evidence of graduate potential, specifically the critical thinking and reasoning skills needed to succeed in business school. And strong scores often qualify you for various scholarships.
In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, The Graduate Management Admission Council has announced that registration is now open for the GMAT Online exam, an interim alternative to the GMAT exam traditionally delivered in test centers.
Despite moving to an online format, the purpose and rigor of the exam remain the same. “The GMAT Online exam assesses the same skills as the test center version, across quantitative, verbal, and integrated reasoning sections,” said Vineet Chhabra, global product and marketing head for the GMAT exam. “It provides all the necessary information for schools and test-takers to assess readiness for a graduate management program. We are confident schools are willing to use these scores and candidates should feel confident too.”
The GMAT Online exam is similar in structure to the traditional GMAT exam but is designed for an online testing environment. The quantitative, verbal, and integrated reasoning sections remain the same, while the analytical writing assessment section was eliminated. As a result, the exam time will decrease by 30 minutes to two hours and 37 minutes.
For consistency, GMAT Online exam scores will be on the same score scale as the traditional GMAT exam and will be available within one week of taking the exam. The cost of the exam is reduced to $200 from the current price of $275 for U.S. students.
Below are a few tips to follow before taking the GMAT Online Exam:
- Schedule your exam for the day you’ll feel totally prepared and at the time you will be most alert and least distracted. Test slots are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- You can currently only take the GMAT Online exam once, so make sure you are setting yourself up for success. However, the GMAT Online exam will not count towards the 8 total available GMAT test limit, so if you don’t perform as well as you wanted, you can take the exam again once in-person testing re-opens.
- Do a system test and security check prior to the exam day. This includes your webcam since you will have to provide a photo as part of the identification process on exam day. You can take the exam on both Mac and PC.
- If you’re using a laptop, make sure it is fully charged and you have the plug within reach.
- You will have to pass a workspace scan to take the exam. So clear space for an appropriate work area with no books or notes within reach. Also, place your writing utensil and paper out of reach. They aren’t allowed. Instead, you will have access to an online whiteboard during the exam. Make sure you practice using this tool prior to test day.
- Set your mobile phone, headphones, and other electronics in another room. Turn all other monitors off.
- Don’t start the exam hungry. Eating and chewing gum aren’t allowed. Thirsty? You can have a glass of clear water in your workspace.
- You will have one 5-minute break during the exam. This will allow you to use the restroom or grab a quick snack. But watch the clock.
Considering an MBA in 2020? Remember that GMAT scores are an important assessment of aptitude for a top MBA program such as the Jack Welch MBA. If you have previously taken or are planning to take the GMAT exam, you may be eligible for JWMI’s Dean’s Scholarship. This is open to United States residents with an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or above who have taken the GMAT or GRE within the last five years and scored 530 or greater or 310 or greater, respectively.