Published: 15th April 2020
COVID-19: GMAT exam now available online as test centres remain shut across the country
New format offers solution for business schools and candidates as testing centers around the world remain temporarily closed. Registration opens April 14 and testing appointments begin on April 20
The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), administrator of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and a global association of leading graduate business schools, today announced the release of its GMAT Online exam, the only online assessment designed specifically for business schools and candidates exploring an advanced business degree. As the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the closing of testing centres around the world, GMAC quickly moved to offer an alternative solution that is accessible online. The interim GMAT Online exam will help candidates feel safe while meeting upcoming application deadlines and confidently continue with their goals, while also helping business schools globally as they look for relevant ways to evaluate candidates for their admissions process.
"Supporting candidates in their pursuit of business school and helping schools evaluate talent is at the core of our mission and has always been our highest priority," said Vineet Chhabra, senior director and head of the GMAT product at GMAC. "As COVID-19 evolved, and quickly changed how we have traditionally administered the GMAT exam, our team immediately transitioned focus to developing an online testing solution that empowers business schools and candidates to discover and evaluate each other during this interim period. GMAT Online maintains the GMAC standard of offering a valid and rigorous assessment, with critical security practices and protocols tailored for an online proctored environment."
GMAC has made the interim solution available on Mac and PC platforms and will prioritize the availability of the alternative assessment as the organization seeks to support test takers and schools in impacted markets, with the exception of markets limited by regulatory restrictions; these 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.
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, creating consistency in content and structure with the GMAT™ exam administered in test centres. It will also use the same scoring algorithm and score scale for the Section Scores and Total Score as the test centre-based version. Appointments for around-the-clock test dates begin on April 20, 2020, and run through June 15, 2020, at which time they need for the interim solution will be reevaluated.
"These have been an extraordinary few months for our world, and the graduate management education community," Chhabra continued. "Our heartfelt thoughts remain with essential services workers on the frontlines around the globe. GMAC remains diligent in evaluating the latest information available in all impacted markets to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees, test takers and test centre staff, and the communities we serve."
Candidates who wish to register for the GMAT Online exam can learn more here: www.mba.com/gmatonline
Additional information for business schools is available here: www.gmac.com/gmatonline