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The Graduate Management Admission Test, or GMAT, is an important part of the business school application process. The GMAT is a multiple-choice, computer-based and computer-adaptive standardized exam that is often required for admission to graduate business programs (MBA) globally.

The GMAT is developed and administered by testmaker GMAC to provide business schools with common measures of applicants’ preparedness for graduate-level academic work. Business school admission committees look at your GMAT score, along with work experience, academic record, and supporting materials, to assess your readiness for the rigors of an MBA program.

What’s the takeaway? A high score on the GMAT will have a direct, positive impact on your business school application.


http://www.mba.com/us/frequently-asked-questions.aspx


Q: How do I schedule a GMAT exam?

A: To schedule a GMAT exam, you will first need to create an account. Once you have an account, you may: register, reschedule, or cancel a GMAT® exam; download free test preparation software; or save your preferences.

To schedule by phone, call the number below for your region. Please note, there will be a USD $10 surcharge for scheduling by phone.  

Americas:

Telephone (toll-free): +1 (800) 717-GMAT (4628), 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT
Telephone: +1 (952) 681-3680, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT
Fax: +1 (952) 681-3681 

Asia Pacific:

Telephone: +852 3077 4926, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. AEST
In India: +91 120-439-7830, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Indian Standard Time
Fax: 6038319 1092

China:

Telephone: 86-10-8234-5675, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. China Standard Time
Fax: 86-10-61957800

EMEA:

Telephone: +44 (0) 161 855 7219, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. GMT
Fax: +44 (0) 161 855 7301



Q: Where and when can I take the GMAT exam?

A: The GMAT exam is delivered year-round and on demand in test centers around the world. Find a test center near you.


Q: How much does it cost to take the GMAT exam?

A: The cost to take the GMAT exam is US $250 globally. Learn more about payment methods, potential taxes, cancellation fees and other considerations.



Q: What does the GMAT exam measure?

A: The GMAT exam measures higher-order reasoning skills. You’ll need basic English-language and math skills. However, the test measures your ability to reason with these skills.  All sections of the test, including the AWA and Integrated Reasoning sections, involve reasoning. “Higher-order” reasoning skills involve complex judgments and include critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving.



Q: How can I prepare to take the GMAT exam?

A: You should prepare until you are comfortable with the test question formats and timing. It is critical that you understand what types of items to expect and how to pace yourself. Preparation time is individual but may take seven weeks or more.

We offer our free GMATPrep® software to all who register with an account on mba.com as well as additional Official GMAT prep material, available for purchase at www.mba.com/store, to help you prepare.








Q. What if I am a citizen of one country and testing in another?

A: If you are a citizen of one country and testing in another, you must present a valid, unexpired passport. If you do not have proper identification, contact GMAT Customer Service in your region before your test date. Learn more about presenting proper identification



Q: How do I update my profile (name change, date of birth, country of citizenship)?

A: Contact GMAT Customer Service in your region, preferably by email attaching a copy of the appropriate ID required to test in your country. To support a name change you will also need to attach a copy of your name change documentation in addition to your ID.



Q: How often can I take the GMAT exam?

A: You can take the GMAT exam once every 16 calendar days and no more than five times in a 12-month period and no more than eight times total (lifetime limit effective December 17, 2016). For more information, click here.














Q: What ID do I need to bring to the test center?

A: Your ID must be government-issued, valid (not expired), original (no photocopies), legible and include:

A recent, recognizable photo
Your name in the Roman alphabet, spelled exactly as you provided when you registered
Your signature
Your date of birth as you provided at registration
Acceptable IDs include a driver’s license, government-issued ID, military ID, permanent resident/green card, or passport. Learn more about presenting proper identification.

Learn more about presenting proper identification



Q: Am I allowed to use a calculator during my exam?

You are not allowed to bring your own calculator for the exam. A calculator will be provided for use during the Integrated Reasoning section only. Calculators are not permitted during the Quantitative section. You will be provided with note boards and markers to work out your calculations on the Quantitative section. In addition, no personal items are allowed in the exam room. You will be provided with a locker for your personal belongings.

See What to Bring to the Test Center for more information on items not permitted during the test session.



Q: What if I need my cellular (mobile) phone at the test center?

A: You may not bring your cellular (mobile) phone into the testing room, nor may you check or use your phone during breaks. You may store your phone in a locker during your test, but the test administrator is not responsible for lost or stolen items. If you do access your cell phone at any time during your exam time, your exam will be cancelled and your exam fee will be forfeited.

If there is an emergency, you may ask the test administrator to use the test center’s telephone during breaks.


Q: Can I access anything from the storage locker during break?

A: You are permitted to access snacks and necessary items, such as medication that has to be taken at a specified time. You may not access study aids, phones, or other electronic devices during breaks.



Q: What if I need more break time than I am given?

A: Breaks are timed, and any extra time taken will be deducted from the time you are given to complete the next section. Testing accommodations are available for test takers who meet certain eligibility criteria and properly document their request.



Q: What if I need an unscheduled break?A: If there is an emergency, raise your hand to get the administrator’s attention. The administrator will set your workstation to break mode, and you may leave the testing room. The exam timer will NOT stop during your unscheduled break.







Q: How do I apply for disability accommodations on the GMAT exam?

A: To request test accommodations, take the following steps:

Review information for Test Takers with Disabilities.
Download the Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities (pdf) and review it carefully.
Complete the GMAT Test Accommodations Request Form, also found in the Supplement.
Obtain supporting documentation describing your disability and need for an accommodation from a qualified evaluator (guidelines for acceptable documentation can be found in the Supplement).
Send your completed GMAT Test Accommodations Request form, all supporting documentation, along with the test fee, to Pearson VUE at one of the following addresses:

Standard Mail                                            
Pearson VUE
Attention: GMAT Disability Services
PO Box 581907
Bloomington, MN 55458-1907
USA

Express Mail / Courier Service
Pearson VUE
Attention: GMAT Disability Services
5601 Green Valley Drive, Ste. 220
Bloomington, MN 55437
USA

Fax: +1 (952) 681-3681


Q: I was diagnosed with a disability by a medical/psychological professional. Will I automatically be granted accommodations on the GMAT?

A: No. A diagnosis alone does not qualify you for accommodations. You must adequately document (1) the existence of an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, (2) the current impact of your impairment and how it affects your ability to take the computer adaptive GMAT exam under standard conditions, and (3) a rationale for why the requested accommodations are appropriate in light of your impairment(s).



Q: How long does it take to receive a decision regarding my accommodation request?

A: A decision regarding your accommodation request may take up to three (3) to four (4) weeks. However, our average turn-around time is seven (7) to 10 business days. You must apply for and receive an accommodation decision before scheduling your test date. If approved for accommodations, special instructions will be provided as to how to schedule an accommodated exam.



Q: Who do I contact for additional information or questions?A: Most questions can be answered in our Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities.
For additional questions, please email testingaccommodations@gmac.com


Q: What schools use GMAT scores?

A: More than 6,000 graduate management programs around the world use GMAT scores as  part of their admissions process.Find schools and programs that accept the GMAT exam.



Q: When do I get my scores?

A: Your Official Score Report will be available to you within 20 calendar days of your GMAT exam. Once your scores are reportable, Pearson VUE will send an email. You may view, download, or print your Official Score Report, by visiting: www.mba.com/mygmat. If you require further assistance, please contact customercare@mba.com.


Q: If I’ve taken the GMAT exam more than once, will the score report contain all the scores?

A: The Official Score Report that you receive will include all GMAT exams that you have taken within the past five years. The score reports that are sent to schools will only include those scores that you have accepted. Any GMAT scores cancelled by you will not be included or otherwise indicated in the school version of the score report.



Q: How do I order additional score reports, and how long do they take?

A: Additional score reports can be ordered online for a fee. You may also contact GMAT Customer Service by phone. Please note, there will be an additional USD $10 fee for ordering by phone.



Q: What if I want a score report for a GMAT exam taken over five years ago?

A: Score Reports from tests taken from five to 10 years ago are available for a fee, but they are sent to schools with the caveat that they should be interpreted with caution. Check with the school before requesting an old score report, because many do not accept them. Scores over 10 years old are not available. If you have any GMAT scores within five years, only those scores within five years will be reported. To order a score report older than five years can only be ordered by contacting GMAT Customer Service for your region.  



Q: How long are GMAT scores valid?

A: GMAT scores are valid for five years, and are available for reporting for up to 10 years. Scores over 10 years old, are not available.



Q: Can I cancel my scores?

A: GMAT test takers can cancel their score at the test center immediately after their exam, at no additional cost. You can also cancel your GMAT score online for a fee, within 72 hours after the scheduled start time of your exam. Your cancelled scores will not be shown or otherwise indicated on the score reports sent to schools. For more information, click here.



Q: If I canceled my scores but decide I want to reinstate them, what do I do?

A: To reinstate a canceled score, login to your MBA.com account or call the customer service number for your region (page 1 of the GMAT Handbook). The fee to reinstate a cancelled score is $50 (additional $10 fee will apply if reinstated by phone).



Q:Is my score eligible to be reinstated?

A: Any valid GMAT exam taken on or after January 1, 2014 will be eligible for reinstatement. Going forward, cancelled scores can be reinstated up to 4 years and 11 months of the exam date. This time frame accounts for the 5 year life of a GMAT exam score, with a 1 month allowance for processing. Click here for more information.



Q: How do I pay the score reinstate fee?

A: You can pay the fee with a credit card during the checkout process online. If you are calling customer service, the representative will ask for your credit card information.  At this time, a credit card transaction is the only way to pay for the reinstate fee.



Q: How long do I have to reinstate my score?

A: You have 4 years and 11 months from the day of your exam to reinstate your score. However, only exams taken on or after January 1, 2014, are eligible to be reinstated.


Q: I accepted my scores on test day. Can I cancel them later?

A: Yes, you will be able to cancel your GMAT score online within 72 hours of your scheduled exam time for a $25 fee. We recommend that candidates carefully consider their strategy and decisions for cancelling their scores before their GMAT exam date.



Q: How do I send my scores to schools?

A: On the day you take the GMAT® exam, but before you begin, you may select up to five (5) GMAT accepting programs to receive your Official Score Report. If you did not select any GMAT programs to receive your scores on the day of your exam, or if you would like to send your scores to more than the five (5) programs you selected on your test day, you may order Additional Score Reports to be sent to schools online, by phone, by fax, or by mail for a fee. When you order an Additional Score Report to be sent to a school, you will also receive a copy. You may order a score report online.  

To order a score report by phone, contact GMAT Customer Service for your region. Please note, there will be a USD $10 surcharge for scheduling by phone.



Q: If I reinstate my GMAT scores, am I still able to send them to five schools for free or do I have to pay the additional score report fee of $28?

A: At the test center before you take the test, you can select up to five programs to receive your score reports at no additional charge. If you reinstate your scores, they will be sent to the schools that you selected right before you took the test. Any score reports ordered after test day require a US$28 fee for each report.



Q: How long after I request reinstatement of my scores will they be available?

A: Your scores will be available to you within five to 20 days. In most cases, the scores will be available within five to seven days, but we may need up to 20 days to fully process your request, as we would if you accepted your scores on test day.



Q: Who has access to my scores?A: Score Reports, which include copies of essays and a digital photograph if a designated graduate management program has elected to receive them, are released only at your specific request—either when you take the test or when you request an Additional Score Report (ASR)—unless required by law, to cooperate in judicial or governmental proceedings, as necessary to detect or prevent unlawful activity, or as otherwise provided in the Privacy Policy on mba.com.