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GMAT Online Exam | FAQs

Vineet Chhabra, global product and marketing head for the GMAT exam, tells you everything you need to know about the new GMAT Online test

You can now register to take the GMAT test online, after the coronavirus pandemic shut down GMAT test centers around the world, with around-the-clock testing appointments available from April 20 to June 15.

The GMAT Online exam costs $200—cheaper than the test center GMAT at $275 in the US and Canada—and is available globally excluding markets limited by regulatory restrictions: Mainland China, Iran, Cuba, Sudan, Slovenia, and North Korea.

But how exactly does the new GMAT Online exam work? How is it different to the test center version? Will business schools view it differently?

BusinessBecause caught up with Vineet Chhabra, the global product and marketing head for the GMAT exam, who we dubbed the man behind the GMAT, to get your questions answered. 


GMAT Online Exam: FAQs


Why did you launch the GMAT Online exam?

The GMAT Online exam is an interim short-term solution we’ve developed specifically in response to the COVID-19 situation. With test centers closed, we wanted to offer a solution that allows us to continue to serve our mission to connect business schools and candidates.


How is the GMAT Online exam different?

In terms of the overall test construct, the structure of the exam, how you register and start your check-in process, the scoring methodology and score scales, the test is exactly the same as the GMAT that is delivered in test centers. The only differences are the delivery of the test and the exclusion of the Analytical Writing Assessment.

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Wednesday 15th April 2020, 21.04 (UTC)

By
Dhruvil -Gajjar

What about the AWA section? And without physical notes option, it will be hard in the quant section especially. I would like to know other additional rules as well (If there is any), during the exam.

Wednesday 15th April 2020, 12.12 (UTC)

By
Adil-LJZEGF

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.

Wednesday 15th April 2020, 19.28 (UTC)

By
Himanshu-Raghav

I agree with the comments made above. Quantitative and IR section needs a lot of notes-making and calculations and with online whiteboard the speed and efficiency of the candidate might gets affected as it can be time consuming. Since we do not have any platform to practice few mock tests before appearing for actual exam, I feel it's not a practical solution.

Wednesday 15th April 2020, 18.37 (UTC)

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Jocelynn-L

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Wednesday 15th April 2020, 18.47 (UTC)

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Jocelynn-L

I agree with previous comment regarding the negative impact of using of a mouse and whiteboard for notes taking. The online GMAT will pose a disadvantage to most if not all test takers since using a mouse to write formulas and to take notes will be immensely time consuming, which in turn will lead to time lost to complete all questions. This doesnt seem fair for those who opt for the online test.

Thursday 16th April 2020, 08.34 (UTC)

By
Bobur-Komilov

Absolutely non-practical. The only good job is that you have your name in the list or organizations who try to come up with solutions in such a period. There is nothing good with the solution, though, as it does not adress the issues of majority of candidates.

Thursday 16th April 2020, 15.49 (UTC)

By
marco-de-novellis

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

Thursday 16th April 2020, 17.37 (UTC)

By
Amine-Nouri

GRE in the side allow to have white paper with earsable pen and you have to erase all the notes at the end, that is fair, I don't know why GMAC does't do such a method, almost impossible to perform Quant without notes !

Thursday 16th April 2020, 19.47 (UTC)

By
b-c

GMAC should not restrict test-takers, who have authentic version of Win 7 PC, from taking the online GMAT. Otherwise they"ll gonna miss the 2020 intake because where in the midst of lock down we"ll gonna get Win 10 PC!!!! And it doesn't make good business sense either to rush to buy a $700-$1000 Win 10 based PC/laptop for a $200 exam.

Thursday 16th April 2020, 19.48 (UTC)

By
b-c

GMAC should not restrict test-takers, who have authentic version of Win 7 PC, from taking the online GMAT. Otherwise they"ll gonna miss the 2020 intake because where in the midst of lock down we"ll gonna get Win 10 PC!!!! And it doesn't make good business sense either to rush to buy a $700-$1000 Win 10 based PC/laptop for a $200 exam.

Wednesday 22nd April 2020, 09.24 (UTC)

By
marco-de-novellis

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 Editor, BusinessBecause

Wednesday 22nd April 2020, 10.06 (UTC)

By
Uma-Shankar

Impossible to do the quant section with the whiteboard/mouse option. Need a physical white board or a paper/ pen option, which the proctor makes sure is shredded to bits. Physical white board is better- they can ensure it is wiped clean.

Monday 27th April 2020, 14.15 (UTC)

By
Davidson -Opare

How do I register for the GMAT online?

Thursday 30th April 2020, 09.09 (UTC)

By
marco-de-novellis

Editor, BusinessBecause - Thanks again for your comments. We have contacted Vineet from GMAC about the online whiteboard. Please see his response above. You can register for the GMAT Online Exam via the link at the bottom of the article. Good luck!

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