GMAT Canceled? You Can Soon Take it At Home

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Due to coronavirus, many of you have had your GMAT exams canceled. Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), the makers of the GMAT, announced that they will soon be launching their Interim GMAT Exam, which will let students take an online GMAT exam at home.

When Can I Take At-Home GMAT Exam?

This interim online GMAT exam isn’t available yet but should be available by mid-April (exact date to be determined).

Who’s Eligible?

GMAC plans to release the interim GMAT option to anyone in a market impacted by COVID-19. The exception is mainland China, where they are working with the government to find a solution.

How Similar Is the Interim Exam to the Regular GMAT?

At the moment, we know of one change to Interim GMAT Exam: there will be no AWA section. That feels like a substantial change in that you have thirty fewer minutes of testing. That’s 16% of your total test-taking time! The test will still have the Quant, Verbal, and IR sections, though.

Otherwise, the GMAC has said, “The check-in and security protocols will be modified to accommodate online delivery and remote proctors will be used to manage test integrity.” While we don’t know the specifics, we do know how the GRE is approaching at-home testing: recording your face via webcam and your screen as well as mandating specific equipment and set-up requirements. I wouldn’t be surprised if the at-home GMAT requires similar measures and requirements.

Should I Plan to Take this Online GMAT Exam at Home?

It’s too early to tell, and we’ll know more info closer to mid-April. However, if you have a private space at home where you could take a test, you may want to consider it. You’ll potentially be able to practice in the exact same environment as that of test day, and you’ll have a test that is thirty minutes shorter than the actual GMAT (based on what we know now).

We’ll update you as we learn more, so keep an eye on this blog. In the meantime, if you’re still studying, you can use our GMAT prep product, which has been used by over 50,000 students.

You can also read the full announcement on the GMAC website here.

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