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GMAT Online Exam | 13 Top Test Prep Tips

The world's best admissions consultants share their top test prep tips for the new GMAT Online exam

If you’re applying to business school this year, you’ll struggle to take the GMAT exam in a test center. Instead, you can register for the GMAT Online exam, a temporary at-home testing solution launched in response to the coronavirus pandemic and closure of GMAT test centers globally.

The GMAT Online exam is fundamentally the same as the test center version, with the exception of the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), or essay section, which is not included in the online test.

However, how you take the exam is clearly different. On your test day, you’ll be sat at home, online, and while you take the exam you’ll be monitored by a human proctor on a live video feed to ensure you don’t cheat.

This will be unfamiliar territory for many business school candidates and, as with any change to the GMAT test, there’ll be a lot of questions about the online GMAT.

With this in mind, we spoke to some of the world’s top GMAT prep experts and MBA and master’s admissions consultants to give you the best advice on how to prepare for the new GMAT Online exam.

13 Test Prep Tips for the GMAT Online exam

Travis Morgan, MBA Whisperer, Kellogg MBA

1. Don’t be afraid of the online GMAT. 

There are far more benefits than drawbacks, so if you’re ready...

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Wednesday 15th April 2020, 12.19 (UTC)


How are we supposed to perform well in the GMAT Online Exam given that we are not allowed to take physical notes? Some questions, especially in the quantitative and IR sections require a lot of calculations, I am afraid we will lose plenty of time and our concentration using the online whiteboard, this is not a practical solution at all and I am very worried concerning our ability to perform well because of this.

Thursday 16th April 2020, 15.49 (UTC)


Thanks for the comments everyone. We have contacted GMAC regarding the online whiteboard. GMAC are actively investigating ways to make the GMAT Online test-taking experience even better. Stay tuned for an update. Editor, BusinessBecause

Friday 17th April 2020, 19.15 (UTC)


Hi all, I'm Travis Morgan from MBA Whisperer (quoted in this article). I'm dramatically amending my recommendations after receiving additional information from GMAC about note taking. Notes are allowed only using an on-screen notepad that will likely be incompatible with styluses and other devices. I'm now recommending that all of my clients avoid the online GMAT for now and wait to see what happens. If you're aiming for an extended R3 deadline, I recommend submitting your application without a GMAT score, where possible. If looking ahead to R1 deadlines, wait until we receive further guidance from GMAC. In my opinion, almost no student will achieve the score on the online GMAT that they would in the traditional setting with the ability to take written notes.

Friday 17th April 2020, 15.09 (UTC)

Tova-Elberg, Phd

Is the test available to students with disabilities who have approved accommodations?

Wednesday 22nd April 2020, 09.25 (UTC)


Editor: Thanks again for your comments. For tips on how to use the GMAT Online Exam's digital whiteboard, check out this story: https://www.businessbecause.com/news/gmat/6912/gmat-online-exam-whiteboard

Thursday 30th April 2020, 09.17 (UTC)


BusinessBecause Editor: Please view this link to see GMAC's response to the online whiteboard question and for information on accommodations: https://www.businessbecause.com/news/gmat/6885/gmat-online-exam-faqs

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