UPDATE as on 16th April 2020
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) will be conducted online from 20th April 2020 due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic. The registrations opened on 14th April 2020.
As the entire world comes together to battle against the Corona Virus, rest assured your exams are not far behind. In a recent announcement, GMAC said that it is actively working to launch an interim online alternative to the GMATTM exam to be used during the closure of many test centers worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So GMAT fights COVID-19.
The interim solution, with a comparable structure to the GMATTM exam delivered in test centers, is targeted to be available in mid-April. The Quant, Verbal and IR sections (no AWA section) will have the same number of items and the same time for completion. This will maintain the same score scale for both, the Section Scores and Total Score. The check-in and security protocols will be modified to accommodate online delivery and remote human proctors will be used to manage test integrity. So, the test takers who have been preparing to take the GMATTM exam in person can feel confident in continuing their online practice with the GMAT Official Practice materials, as their preparation will be relevant to the online, proctored experience.
What should the candidates expect?
- The test is to be taken from home. So, it will be proctored. A GMAC member will supervise the performance throughout the test through your webcam.
- It is likely that breaks between sections will be allowed, but the student cannot go outside the view of the proctor, so as to ensure there are no unfair practices during the break.
- The student must hold his/her passport in front of the webcam for around 5-10 minutes so that all details can be read by a scanner.
- The entire performance will be recorded at the other end, and subjected to future reviews for unfair practices detection.
- Test duration might be reduced along with a modified score that will be scaled with actual GMAT Score.
- Acceptance of interim GMAT score is uncertain. With admissions cycles almost closed for major MBA and management programs, these scores might only help a very small percentage of students.
- Due to the live-stream nature of the test, your phone hotspot just might not be enough to run the entire test.
- In case the test fails/stops midway due to internet connectivity issue at test taker end, the test will stand cancelled with no refunds.
It is also important to note that in light of the current unprecedented situation, this interim solution will be offered at a lower price point than the standard GMATTM exam to support the test takers and schools during this difficult time. More information about the exam, registration process, and registration timing is awaited. Endeavor recommends that you should opt for the interim GMAT only if you cannot wait till late April (hopefully) for regular testing (in India).
Continue practicing. Good luck for your career plans. Dream. Endeavor. Achieve.