GMAT Registration | How to Register for the GMAT

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You’ve decided to take the next step in your career and go to business school. Congratulations! Now, down to brass tacks: GMAT registration. From ID to fees, here’s everything you need to know about how to register for the GMAT!


 

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How do I register for the GMAT?

  1. Sign up for an account on mba.com and create your profile. This will get you into the system so that you have the ability to look at your choices for GMAT test centers and GMAT exam dates. It will also give you access to the free Official GMAT starter kit from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC, the test maker) as well as two free practice exams.

     

    • You can go to GMAC’s “Create Your Account” page to get started. Once that’s done, you’ll have the ability to browse and pick your GMAT location and see your options for GMAT dates.
    • If you’re requesting GMAT accommodations, follow this process—you’ll need to get approval before registering. For any questions, email testingaccommodations@gmac.com or call customer service toll-free +1-800-717-GMAT.
  2. Next, find a GMAT test center or prepare for the at-home online GMAT. (For GMAT registrations in early 2021, check here for the latest information). To find a GMAT location near you, use the GMAT’s official test center search page. And remember, the farther in advance you book your GMAT, the more options you’ll have for both GMAT locations and GMAT dates.
  3. Once you are registered to take the GMAT and know your GMAT test center location, you’re ready to actually select your GMAT test date. Note that you have to pick a date and time to complete your GMAT test registration. Log in to your GMAT account and follow the on-screen instructions.

GMAT Registration Checklist

For GMAT exam registration, you’ll need to give the following info on the GMAT appointment scheduling form:

  • Full name (this needs to match the name on your ID exactly, so have your passport handy!
  • Email
  • Mailing address
  • Phone
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Credit card or debit card (VISA, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover)

If you don’t have or don’t want to use a credit/debit card, you can also pay the fee by money order or personal check; follow the instructions here.

You’ll also have the option of entering your education history, your employment history, and your native language, but these aren’t mandatory parts of GMAT registration.

How many times can I sign up for the exam?

You can only be registered for one GMAT administration at a time. In other words, even if you’re planning on retaking the exam, you’ll need to schedule your second GMAT registration after you take the first test. Yes, that means you’ll need to pay the GMAT exam registration fees again, too.

There’s also a limit to how many times you can take the GMAT in a single calendar year: 5 times. Once you’ve reached your GMAT registration attempt limit, you will have to wait for next year.

Finally, keep in mind that you’ll need to have a 16-day gap between official GMAT exams.
 
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How much is the GMAT registration fee?

The GMAT exam registration fee in India, Africa, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and most of the world is $250 (USD), but that price can differ in the USA, Canada, the UK, and Europe—see our article “How Much Does the GMAT Cost?” for details.
 
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How many days before should I register for the GMAT?

Because the GMAT is offered so often, there’s no technical deadline for registration. Keeping that in mind, test centers fill up early, particularly for popular dates and times (many a test-taker, for example, has preferences for weekend dates, particularly close to application deadlines for graduate business schools). It’s a good idea to register as soon as you know when you want to take the test. However, balance that with how sure you are about the date; there is a rescheduling fee if you change it later.

The GMAT online exam provides some flexibility in terms of GMAT registration deadlines, but right now it is only offered through February 2021.
 
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What happens after GMAT registration?

After your GMAT registration, you’ll get a confirmation email. This will confirm the date and time of your registration, as well as your registration identification number and Pearson Vue test center details. Save this—you’ll need it (or the letter you get in the mail) on test day!

After that, you’re ready to return to your GMAT prep! Take a look at the GMAT handbook from the Graduate Management Admission Council to get your bearings. If you haven’t already started studying, or if you need help organizing your schedule, Magoosh’s GMAT study plans can help get you where you need to be. Or dive right into a GMAT practice test to see how your current skills measure up and where you need to improve before your test day!

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