GMAT Online Exam 2021: A Complete Guide For Test Takers
The GMAT online exam will no longer be an interim solution for GMAT aspirants. The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), owner and administrator of the GMAT, recently announced that the online exam would permanently co-exist with the test center exam. Soon.
If you are a GMAT aspirant, this just means one thing: You get to choose the exam format!
The GMAC has also announced the enhancements they are looking to include in the GMAT online exam taken by aspirants after a few months.
We know that you will have several questions in your mind regarding the GMAT online exam now. In this article, we will provide you with answers to all of them.
Here’s all that you need to know about the GMAT online exam in 2021.
1. Will the GMAT online exam replace the test center exam completely?
The GMAC rolled out the online exam in May 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdowns across the world. They called it the interim GMAT online exam back then, probably because they considered it a temporary solution.
But in a few months’ time, the online version will be made a permanent solution. With this, the GMAT aspirants will be able to choose between the online exam and the test center GMAT exam always.
If you wish to go to a test center and take the GMAT, you can book a slot and do that. Whereas, if you want to take the GMAT exam from home, you have that option too.
2. What are the GMAT online exam identification requirements?
In India, the GMAT aspirants had to show the passport at the GMAT test center. Even when the GMAT online exam was introduced, the candidate was asked to show the passport to the proctor who monitored them online.
With the recent updates, anyone taking the online exam can use their Aadhaar card or passport as their identity proof.
But, the passport is still mandatory for aspirants taking the exam at the test center.
3. Will the GMAT online exam have the Analytical Writing Ability (AWA) section?
This is a really important question.
As you might already know, the test center GMAT exam has four sections: Verbal Reasoning (Verbal), Quantitative Reasoning (Quant), Integrated Reasoning (IR), and Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA).
When the interim GMAT online exam was introduced last year, the GMAC had announced that the exam would have only three sections. They had removed the AWA section in which a GMAT aspirant had to write an answer and not just choose an answer from the options provided.
If you are a GMAT aspirant planning to take the online exam now, you will just have to attempt the three sections.
But, if you plan to take the GMAT online test in a few months, you will have to attempt all the four sections just like the test center GMAT exam.
4. Will the section selection order be fixed on the GMAT online test?
When you take the GMAT at a test center, you can choose the section selection order.
But when the interim GMAT online exam was introduced, the GMAC had removed this option. The exam came with a fixed section order.
Like the update regarding the AWA section, the GMAT aspirants who take the GMAT online test now will have to follow the fixed section order. Those who take the exam in a few months’ time will get to select the section order.
5. Can you retake the GMAT online exam?
Once you take the GMAT online exam and you feel that you are not satisfied with your score, you can retake the test.
But unlike the test center GMAT exam, you can take the online exam only twice. And this will count towards your eight GMAT attempts you can make in a lifetime.
If you have to take the GMAT a third time, you will have to book a slot for the test center GMAT exam.
We are not sure whether the GMAC will make changes to the online exam retake limits. For now, you can only take the GMAT exam online a total of two times.
6. What is the GMAT online exam fee?
When the online test was introduced last year, the GMAC offered the test at a lower price point – $50 less than the test center exam. They also gave the MBA aspirants a complimentary unlimited score report sending feature as well.
With the continued pandemic situation, the online test’s registration fees were brought to the same level as the test center exam – $250.
There is no change in the GMAT online exam fees now. If you plan to take the online test now or later, you will have to pay the same amount, i.e., $250.
But you should know about the changes that the GMAC is trying to bring about in the GMAT online exam rescheduling fees and cancellation fees. You can check it out below.
7. What are the GMAT online test dates?
If you have to take the GMAT exam at a test center, you must first find the test center and search for available slots. You may or may not get the date and time of your choice.
But in the case of the online GMAT exam, you can book your slot, and the appointments are available on a rolling basis. The GMAC has made it really convenient for GMAT aspirants by making this provision.
As a GMAT aspirant, do you have any more questions about the GMAT online exam? If so, please do post them in the comments section below. We would be happy to provide answers to your queries.
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FAQs – GMAT online exam
Is the GMAT online exam easier?
The GMAT online exam is not easier than the test center exam. But the exam, for those who are taking it before 8 April 2021, will consist only of three sections – Verbal, Quant, and IR. The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) section has been eliminated until then. After 8 April, the candidates will have to attempt the four GMAT sections just like the exam center candidates.
How long is the GMAT online exam?
The GMAT online exam is currently 2 hours and 45 minutes long with an optional 5-minute break. But those candidates who take the exam on or after 8 April will have to sit through the exam for 3 hours and 7 minutes, excluding the two 8-minute breaks.
How will I be monitored during the GMAT online exam?
During the exam, you will be monitored via the webcam and the microphone by a proctor. Your session will be recorded. There will also be an AI-driven monitoring system to identify the GMAT taker.
How do I use the GMAT online whiteboard?
It is easy to use the GMAT online whiteboard once you practice. You can check out this article to get a step-by-step guide to using the GMAT online whiteboard. You also have an option to use the physical whiteboard during the exam.
How can I check my GMAT score online?
If you are taking the GMAT online exam before 8 April 2021, you can view your score report in your mba.com account seven business days after the exam. On the other hand, if you are taking the online exam after 8 April 2021, you can view the unofficial scores immediately after the exam on your screen. You will get to know the official score within seven business days.
How can I apply for the GMAT online exam in 2021?
You can register for the GMAT online exam on the mba.com website. Here is the link to the online exam registration page: Register for GMAT online exam.
Should I take the GMAT online or in-person?
If you are someone who wants to go to a test center and take the exam, you should definitely choose the in-person exam option. But given the current COVID situation, if you feel that you do not have access to test centers, choose the online option. You can take your exam comfortably from home. If you wish to know the differences between online and in-person GMAT, do check out this article.
Do all schools accept GMAT online exam scores?
Yes. All B-schools that have GMAT scores as a requirement for completing the application will accept the GMAT online exam scores.