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I Took The GMAT Online Exam And Got Into Imperial College Business School

Naomi O’Donnell couldn’t have got into Imperial College Business School without the GMAT Online Exam, an at-home version of test for candidates applying during the coronavirus pandemic

Fri Sep 18 2020

BusinessBecause

With many GMAT test centers still closed by coronavirus, the GMAT Online Exam is helping business school candidates complete their applications during the pandemic.

Naomi O’Donnell has always wanted to study an advanced management degree to kick-start a career in consulting. She wants to work in the luxury and fashion department of a Big 3 consulting company like McKinsey, or as an internal consultant for historic luxury firms like LVMH and Richemont.

With previous experience in marketing and fashion, and a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Lausanne, the Master in International Management program at Imperial College Business School seemed like the perfect fit.

To apply, Naomi took the GMAT—the world’s leading business school admission test—in a test center, but she wasn’t happy with her score. Then, her native Switzerland entered coronavirus lockdown. It was only by retaking the GMAT online that Naomi was able to land a place at her top choice business school.

BusinessBecause caught up with Naomi to find out more about her online test-taking experience.


Why did you decide to take the GMAT Online Exam?

By March 2020, everything was closed in Switzerland [due to COVID-19], including GMAT test centers. As the months passed, taking the exam online started to seem like my only option if I wanted to go to school in September.


Do you think your school prefers the test center GMAT vs the GMAT Online Exam?

No. Imperial informed me about the online version when it came out and suggested the idea.


Do you feel your GMAT score was reflective of your abilities?

I did as I would have expected on the mathematical segment, but I do not believe my English capabilities were reflected in my score.

I took the test in the middle of the day, thinking that it would be sunny all day so I did not have to turn on the lights. After the math half of my exam was done, it became completely dark and cloudy, resulting in me doing the English part in almost total darkness because I was not allowed to leave my desk to turn on the lights. Reading long texts on a computer screen in the dark was very tiring and I believe that I did not perform as well as I would have wanted due to that. 


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