All You Need to Know About the Interim GMAT Exam You Can Take from Home!

June 9th, 2020

| Last Updated on August 19, 2020
GMAT at Home

A few months ago, at least in India, all of us were going about doing our businesses. But then, things changed and we had a lockdown situation due to the outbreak of the global Coronavirus pandemic. If you had been preparing for the GMAT, you must have, at least for a second, thought of how you were going to take the exam. And that is when you would have probably heard of the interim GMAT online exam you can take from home! 

Even if you haven’t heard of the new online GMAT exam, you don’t have to worry. We will help you out.

So, in this blog post, we will tell you how you can take the GMAT from home. We will also be looking at the top things you need to know if you are preparing for the GMAT and are planning to do an MBA from a top B-school in 2020.

Also watch: Coronavirus Impact: Know How it Affects MBA Applications in 2020

Here’s what we will be discussing in the blog post:

  1. How can you take the GMAT during the lockdown?
  2. Will Analytical Writing Ability (AWA) be on the GMAT?
  3. How much will you have to pay for the GMAT now?
  4. How will you be monitored during the GMAT?
  5. How long is this going to continue?
  6. What about the GMAT slot availability?

Before we delve into the article, here’s a video that we have created for you. Watch the complete video to find answers to all your GMAT test-related questions.

So, here are the latest updates on the New Interim GMAT Online Exam, 2020.

First of all, to those of you who weren’t aware of the GMAT update, we would like to tell you that you can take the GMAT from home. Wondering how? Let us tell you.

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), owner and administrator of the GMAT, has come up with an interim GMAT online exam alternative to ensure that test-takers across the world can still take the GMAT amidst the Coronavirus situation, but from home. Just like how a lot of us work from home, you can now take the GMAT from home! Isn’t that such a relief?

As a lot of test centres are shut due to the Coronavirus outbreak across the globe, GMAC has come up with this solution to ensure that the 2020 admissions to B-schools do not get affected.

They have also informed that:

  • Test-takers can book appointments from 20 April 2020 to 31 December 2020.
  • Appointment times are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The GMAC plans to release the interim GMAT online exam alternative to any person in a market impacted by COVID – 19 with the exception of Mainland China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Slovenia due to regulatory and local data privacy issues.

But here’s something you should know: The online GMAT exam score of a candidate will be valid for five years as usual. Generally, a candidate can make up to eight GMAT attempts. The online GMAT exam from home will not be counted towards that. Also, if you have taken the online GMAT exam, you will not be able to get a preview of your score after you take the test. You will get the official final score within seven business days after you take the GMAT. With this, you get a seven-day window to select the B-schools you want to send your GMAT score to! You also get a complimentary unlimited score sending option along with it.

Want to know how you can register for your online GMAT exam? You can either create an account or sign in to your active account on the website and register for the GMAT exam by making the payment.

So, what are the other updates the GMAC has come up with for the GMAT aspirants?

If you continue reading this blog post, you will find that there are many updates regarding the online GMAT exam that you should know. This includes the sections included in the interim GMAT online exam, the amount you will have to pay to take the test, and more such relevant information.

So, what are you waiting for? Keep reading this article till the end to know all about the interim GMAT online exam alternative.

Your AWA will not be tested if you are taking the interim GMAT online exam.

Are you wondering why the GMAC has removed it? We could only think of one of the most obvious answers – the fact that they will not be able to monitor what you are writing. Unlike the other GMAT sections where you input a true value which they can verify easily, what you write in the AWA section is not something that they can easily check.

So, are you at an advantage because of this? The answer is yes. Simply because it is one less thing you have to worry about while you take the online GMAT exam.

While there will be no AWA section in the online GMAT exam, you will still have to attempt the other three sections — Quantitative, Verbal and Integrated Reasoning.

Each section will contain the same number of questions and you will have the same amount of time as before, to complete each section. This means that you will have 31 Quant questions/ 62 Minutes, 36 Verbal questions/ 65 Minutes and 12 IR questions/ 30 Minutes.

You might want to make note that the section order for the online GMAT exam will be fixed: Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning and Integrated Reasoning.

Also, you will be provided with a GMAT online whiteboard instead of the usual scratchpad you get while taking the exam. But we would suggest that you practice using the GMAT online whiteboard before you actually give the online GMAT exam.

You now have an option to use a physical whiteboard instead of the GMAT online whiteboard or to use both. The GMAC released this update recently, after nearly two to three months of frustration among test-takers. But they are particular about a few points when it comes to the usage of the physical whiteboard on the GMAT online exam:

i. It has to be an erasable whiteboard no more than 12 inches by 20 inches in size

ii. The test-taker has to use a dry-erase marker

iii. The test-taker has to have a marker eraser

So there are three main points you might want to keep in mind:

  • Your AWA will not be tested if you are taking the online GMAT exam
  • The section order will be fixed
  • There will be no scratchpad, but you can choose between the GMAT online whiteboard and a physical whiteboard or use both

To support the test-takers in the current unprecedented situation, GMAC is offering its online GMAT exam for $200, which is $50 less than the usual registration price. As of today’s exchange rates, you will have to pay INR 15,347 only, to take your online GMAT exam.

Currently, you do not have an option to cancel scores or retake the online GMAT exam. But you can definitely reschedule or cancel your appointment as close as 24 hours before your exam time. Also, please note that you cannot make any cancellations or do any rescheduling within the 24 hours time limit.

While you can make payments with your VISA, Mastercard, American Express and JCB cards, there are some Indian debit cards that might not be accepted to make the payments. Please verify before you make use of them to pay for your online GMAT exam because your appointment will automatically get cancelled if the payment does not go through.

If you think that nobody will be monitoring you while you are taking the GMAT from home, you are about to get disappointed.

The GMAC has come up with specific instructions for those who are taking the interim GMAT exam from home.

You will have to download a software on your personal computer or laptop to begin your exam.

You will also have a check-in and security protocol – You will have to give them your headshot and a picture of your identity proof (Passport). After this is done, you will be asked to provide snaps of the room that you are taking your GMAT exam.

They have also said that they will have remote proctors supervising the GMAT exam test-takers. This means that there will be someone looking into you through your webcam and monitoring your microphone while you are taking the test.

For now, the GMAC will be monitoring you through your webcam, microphone and the remote proctors that will be supervising your online GMAT exam.

Now, what will happen if your internet connection is disrupted during your exam?

First of all, you need to have an internet connection with a minimum speed of 1 Mbps, to take the exam. The proctor will take into consideration any case of power cuts or technical glitches. In some cases, you might have to reschedule your online GMAT exam.

Your internet connection is something that you don’t have complete control over. But, it is suggested that you run a system check prior to your exam so that you don’t face any other issues before you begin your online GMAT exam or during the exam time.

The best part about being able to take the online GMAT exam from home is the fact that you can worry about the right thing – the test itself.

If you are to go to a test centre, there are so many things you need to take care of. But now that you do not have to travel to the test centre on the day of the GMAT exam, you can actually relax a bit and focus on the exam more.

But, if you ask us how long the interim solution would exist, we are really not sure. Currently, the GMAC has announced that the online GMAT exam applications are open till 31 December 2020. They will decide the extension of the facility based on the COVID-19 situation at the time.

And here’s a very recent update about the GMAT test centers in India. A lot of test centres in the country have reopened as of 8 June 2020. Click here to know if you can access a test centre near you.

If you have tried booking a slot to take the GMAT exam earlier, you would be aware of how fast it all used to get filled, right? Especially between May and June when the test centres used to face a peak load problem.

As mentioned earlier, you can make an appointment 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But you can schedule an exam appointment only up to 24 hours before an available testing window.

With a lot of you working from home, it is now possible for you to book a slot when you are confident to take the GMAT.

Also, if you would like to know how to prepare for the GMAT while working from home, do keep checking out CrackVerbal’s blog page and Youtube channel. We are coming up with the best tips to help you out during this time.

So, these are the six top things that we felt that you should know if you are taking the GMAT now or applying to any of the top B-schools this year. If you are unsure about selecting the right MBA program, first understand the six factors you should consider before you select the right MBA program.

Meanwhile, if you are worried about your GMAT preparation, you can check out our Free GMAT course and then join the CrackVerbal family to get your target score in the GMAT.