In a statement released today, Vineet Chhabra, senior director and head of the GMAT product at the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), owner and administrator of the GMAT, said:
“As COVID-19 continued to shut down test centers around the world, we made a conscious choice to focus on speed and quality, delivering Online assessments that met our quality and test security standards while also empowering candidates to meet tight admissions deadlines in a virtual environment.”
“While we have seen GMAT Online exam score outcomes comparable to exams delivered in test centers, we’ve heard the market and are excited to provide candidates with options and additional flexibility, helping ensure they can be at their best on exam day.”
GMAT testing appointments beginning June 11 will include the option to use a physical whiteboard for the GMAT Online exam as well as the Executive Assessment Online.
Registrants should review and ensure their whiteboard meets the required specifications and that they have a functional dry erase marker, eraser, and are familiar with the exam day whiteboard experience and policies.
GMAC has also announced a commitment to maintaining the availability of online exams throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and opened additional online test appointments for both the GMAT and the EA.
With uncertainty persisting in test center availability, GMAC will continue to open additional appointment dates as needed and continues to waive reschedule and cancel fees across both the online and test center exams to offer extended flexibility for test takers.
The physical whiteboard option will come as good news for candidates who expressed concern over using the online tool. Candidates can only take the GMAT Online Exam once. However, those who tested without access to the physical whiteboard will be permitted to test again should they choose to do so.
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