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What is the GMAT Online Exam?

Updated: Sep 21, 2020

The Coronavirus COVID-19 has caused unprecedented changes in the world around us, the GMAT exam is no exception. The Online GMAT exam is an online and remote proctored solution developed to support candidates and schools as the pandemic has forced the closure of GMAT test centers worldwide.

While open to all test-takers, the GMAT Online exam format is intended to support candidates working to meet upcoming b-school application deadlines. In this article, we have tried to summarize all the information available on GMAT Online right now. Last updated: 21 September 2020.

GMAT Online Exam Structure

  • The GMAT Online exam includes the Quantitative, Verbal, and Integrated Reasoning sections (omitting the Analytical Writing Assessment Section). Each section will contain the same number of questions and time per section as the current in-person GMAT exam. The sections are as follows:

  1. Quant: 31 questions, Time: 62 minutes

  2. Verbal: 36 questions, Time: 65 minutes

  3. IR: 12 questions, Time: 30 minutes

You will be allowed one, optional 5-minute break before you begin the Integrated Reasoning section.

  • Section Order for the GMAT Online exam is fixed at this time as Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Integrated Reasoning.

GuideMe's Take on Section Order:

When you take the Official GMAT at a Test Facility, you have 3 options for section-order and you have the option to take an 8-minute break after each "third" of the Test. However, with the At-home GMAT, the section order is 'fixed' (Quant first, Verbal section, then IR) and you have only one option for a break - AFTER the Verbal section. Thus, if you are planning to take the At-home Exam, you have to train to take both the Quant and Verbal sections in one sitting with NO break (and you might find that your Verbal performance suffers a bit under these testing conditions).

Fees, Timing & Whiteboard option

  • The GMAT Online Exam costs $200 and the registration fees include unlimited score sending.

  • Also, at this time, all appointment reschedule and cancel fees are being waived. NO Rescheduling or Cancellation Fees

  • Test Appointment Days- All Days, 24 hours

  • The total exam time is approximately 3 hours – 2 hours 45 minutes for the exam and an additional 15 minutes to check into the online proctored system. You will be allowed one, optional 5-minute break before you begin the Integrated Reasoning section.

  • Test takers have the option and flexibility to use a physical whiteboard or an online whiteboard for their scratch work and to take notes during the exam.

  • The online exam counts towards 12-month and lifetime limits - effective September 23, 2020


  • To enable comparability, the At-Home GMAT exam will have the same type and number of items and section times as the 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.

  • When candidates receive their official score report, they will see individual section scores as well as the total score on their exam. Candidates will also be able to view the percentiles of their score in their score report. GMAT Online Exam scores are valid for 5 years and will not count towards candidates' 12-month and lifetime GMAT limits.

Sending Scores

  • Candidates have been given new flexibility with the GMAT Online exam that gives them control to decide when they are ready to send their score to programs. Included with the GMAT Online exam fee, candidates will have the opportunity to first view their official score and then choose to send their score to selected programs. In addition, all score sending is complimentary, and there is no cost to the candidate to send their GMAT Online exam score to any program.

  • Official scores will be sent to candidates via email (to the email on their registration record) within 7 business days of completing their exam.

  • Official scores will be made available to schools within 24 hours of the candidate’s request.

Availability of the At-Home GMAT Exam

  • Appointment times are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Candidates can schedule an exam appointment up to 24 hours before an available testing window.

  • Appointment dates are available beginning April 20, 2020, through August 14, 2020. GMAC will continue to monitor conditions and look to add future appointment dates as needed.

  • The GMAT Online exam is available in most locations, with the exception of Mainland China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Sudan due to regulatory and local data privacy rules. Currently proctoring support for the GMAT Online exam is only offered in English.

If test centers in candidates' locations are open and they feel safe accessing a test center facility, candidates are encouraged to do so.

Testing Center Update for United Arab Emirates

Testing resumed:

Abu DhabiNew Horizons CLC - Abu Dhabi – reduced capacity

Abu DhabiThe UAE Academy

Dubai New Horizons CLC - Dubai

Dubai The Exam Preparation & Testing House FZCO – Testing suspended through July 1

Sharjah – Testing suspended through September 1

To find out about the GMAT Test Centers in the UAE & Qatar, visit this link for complete details: List of all the GMAT Test Centers in the UAE & Qatar

Managing the GMAT Online exam

  • Rescheduling or Cancelling the Exam: Candidates can reschedule or cancel their exam appointment at any time before their scheduled appointment by logging into their mba.com account.

  • Retesting: At this time the GMAT Online exam can only be taken once. Currently, score cancellations and retakes will not be available, with the exception of verified technical issues.

  • The GMAT Online exam will not count toward candidates' yearly nor lifetime exam attempt limits.

What you need to do before taking the Test

  • You can take the GMAT Online Exam on both Mac and PC. Your computer must match GMAC’s system requirements.

  • While you take the test from your home computer, you will be monitored by a human proctor through a live video feed to ensure you don’t cheat. You will need to have a camera on your computer and a strong internet connection.

  • Security is a major concern for the Online GMAT, which chronicles extensive rules for candidates in preparing their environment and workspace for testing. The Online exam also deploys remote proctors, and an AI-driven monitoring system to preserve the test’s integrity and validity, including elements like facial recognition technology.

  • The test will be hosted on mba.com, where you also register for the test.

Here is a table below summarizing everything about the At-Home GMAT exam:

Follow our blog for reading real-time updates on the GMAT Exam: Covid-19 Impact on GMAT & EA

Tips for students planning to take the GMAT Online Exam

Before the Exam

During the Exam

  • Login at least 15 minutes before your exam time for check-in.

  • Remove mobile phones, headphones, watches, notes, scratch paper, and any other devices

  • Touchscreens, graphics tablets and use of a stylus is not permitted

Appointments beginning June 11, 2020, will include the option to use a Physical Whiteboard during the exam. If you plan on testing with a physical whiteboard and you need to acquire one, please schedule your exam appointment to allow for additional shipping time.

Whiteboard Requirements:

  • 1 erasable whiteboard no larger than 12 inches x 20 inches (30 centimeters x 43 centimeters)

  • 1 dry erase marker

  • 1 dry marker eraser

The following items are NOT allowed:

  • Paper

  • Pen / Pencil

  • Permanent Marker

  • Tissues, Paper Towels, Napkins

  • Whiteboard Spray

  • Paper in a clear slide

  • Boogie Boards

  • Chalkboards

  • Writing Tablets

Covid-19 may have potentially delayed your MBA plans or career goals. We remain intently focussed and are with you in these tough times. Offering uninterrupted online & classroom prep classes for all our clients during the pandemic.

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