The COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered testing centers around the world. In response, the Graduate Management Admission Council moved quickly to create an alternative GMAT solution that is accessible online. After much anticipation, yesterday GMAC announced the release of its GMAT Online exam.
The interim GMAT Online exam will help candidates feel safe while meeting upcoming application deadlines. It will also offer business schools everywhere a relevant way to evaluate candidates for their admissions process.
As we mentioned in this update for international applicants, GMAC will offer this interim exam at a lower cost than the standard GMAT exam.
GMAT Online Test Structure
GMAC has made the interim solution available on both Mac and PC platforms to impacted test-takers across the globe. However, the exam will not be accessible in some countries due to regulatory restrictions. These regions include mainland China, Iran, Cuba, Sudan, Slovenia, and North Korea. Additionally, GMAC is working to provide appropriate online options for candidates with disabilities who meet specific eligibility criteria.
GMAC says it will modify check-in and security protocols to accommodate online delivery. In addition, they will use remote proctors to maintain test integrity.
The Quantitative, Verbal and Integrated Reasoning sections (omitting the Analytical Writing Assessment section) will have the same type and number of items and the same time for completion. This creates consistency in content and structure with the GMAT exam administered in test centers.
It will also use the same scoring algorithm and score scale for the Section Scores and Total Score as the test center-based version. Appointments for around-the-clock test dates begin on April 20, 2020, and run through June 15, 2020. At that time, GMAC will reevaluate the need for the interim solution.
Candidates who wish to register for the GMAT Online exam can learn more here: www.mba.com/gmatonline