Unlike many other admissions tests, GMAT testing is given year-round in most locations around the world. That means you have a lot of flexibility to decide when you want to take the test, but you should be careful to schedule your test early enough to ensure that your scores are available by your application deadlines. You can register to take the GMAT now.

Important GMAT update:  In response to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, testing is suspended in many testing centers worldwide. Please visit MBA.com/find-a-seat to check the availability of the testing center near you. Get more information.

Taking the GMAT online

The GMAT Online is a temporary option now available to candidates looking to satisfy the requirements of their business school applications, but who, because of test-center closures and other safety concerns, are unable to take the exam in the traditional on-site format. Here's what you need to know:  
  • Appointments are available between April 20, 2020 and December 31, 2020 and can be scheduled for most times each day, though you must register at least 24 hours in advance. Some countries, specifically Mainland China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Slovenia, do not offer this option.
  • The test can be taken on either Windows or Mac computers, including laptops. System requirements can be checked here.
  • For now, GMAT Online can only be taken once, and score cancellations and retakes are not available. (Should you run into a technical issue, you'll need GMAT to verify it.) 
  • The test costs $200 and includes five score reports. You will not be able to preview your score at the conclusion of the test. You will receive your scores by email within 7 business days. There are fees for rescheduling ($25) or cancelling ($100) your appointment, and this must take place no later than 24 hours before your chosen test date.
  • Schools to send score reports to can be selected either during registration or after you receive your scores. Because the score cannot be cancelled, it is advisable to wait until you receive your scores before selecting schools if at all possible. Scores from GMAT Online are not included with scores taken at test centers.
  • GMAT Online does not include the Analytical Writing Assessment section.
  • The time limits for each of the remaining sections are the same: the Quantitative Reasoning section is 62 minutes for 31 questions, the Verbal Reasoning is 65 minutes for 36 questions, and the Integrated Reasoning section is 30 minutes for 12 multi-part questions. Overall, expect to spend close to 3 hours taking the test, including about 15 minutes to check in and an (optional) 5 minute break. The sections use the same algorithm as the standard GMAT exam and have the same mix of questions. Scores are also reported on the same scale.
  • The section order is fixed for GMAT Online. All tests are administered in the following order: Quantitative, Verbal, and Integrated Reasoning, with an optional five minute break before the Integrated Reasoning.

Check out this quick and easy process for preparing for the GMAT

  • Take a GMAT practice test to see how you stack up and what sections you need to focus on.
  • Find the GMAT prep option that works best for your learning style. We have options ranging from one-on-one tutoring to self-paced programs and books.

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