In April 2020, GMAC announced that due to the closing of test centers around the world caused by the coronavirus pandemic, candidates will be able to take the GMAT test online, in order to help them complete their MBA admission process on time and apply for top ranked business schools this year. The online GMAT Exam is now available from April 20 till July 17, 2020 and can be taken 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can schedule an appointment 24 hours before your preferred slot.
The online GMAT test will be available in impacted geographies, outside of Mainland China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Slovenia . Thus, anyone who is not able to take the test due to COVID-19 is eligible for taking the GMAT Exam at home. The registration fee is US $200 which is $50 less than the in-person GMAT test fees. You can reschedule or cancel your ‘GMAT online’ 24 hours before your scheduled appointment.
To manage test integrity, remote proctors will be used. Thus, are specific measures and requirements to take the at-home GMAT exam. The exam will be taken via the onVUE online proctoring mode.
There are no changes in format as compared to the in-person GMAT exam. The number of questions and the duration of the section will be as follows:
- Quantitative – 31 questions and 62 minutes
- Verbal – 36 questions and 65 minutes
- Integrated Reasoning – 12 questions and 30 minutes
One significant change to the Interim online GMAT Exam is that there will have no AWA section.
At the beginning, in order to assist test takers in the quantitative section of the test, an online whiteboard was feature was added. However, it was found that the online whiteboard was very difficult to use and was too time-consuming. Due to this criticism, GMAC announced that as of June 11th, test takers will be allowed to use physical whiteboards for calculations whilst taking the online test.
In June, GMAC announced it will allow the test-takers to retake the GMAT Online. Previously, test-takers were just allowed to take the GMAT Online once:
“For test takers who took the GMAT Online exam before the ability to use a physical whiteboard (June 11, 2020) was made available, we are offering the option to take the GMAT Online exam an additional time. We are waiving the one-time limit on the GMAT Online exam, so you now have the option to take the GMAT Online exam an additional time.”
The additional attempt option is only available to test takers who took a GMAT Online exam from April 20, 2020 – June 10, 2020, and is available for new appointments scheduled between June 11, 2020 – July 17, 2020.
If you score a higher GMAT Total Score on your retest GMAT Online exam attempt, your score will be available to you within 7 business days in your mba.com account, and your new, higher score will replace the prior score displayed in your mba.com account. However, If you score an equal or lower GMAT Total Score on your retest attempt, the higher score from your prior exam will be retained. Your lower, retest attempt score will not be displayed in your mba.com account and your record will not be updated.
If you choose to take the GMAT Online Exam again, neither attempt will count toward your yearly or lifetime exam attempt limits.