GMAT Online Exam - All You Need to Know

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Aishwarya Bhatnagar
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Updated on Jun 22, 2023 12:55 IST

The GMAT is an online proctored exam and an alternative to the test centre-based Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) exam. Those wishing to appear for the same can do so both online or at the test centre. The online exam is open to all test-takers and the format is designed to support the students' need to meet B-school deadlines. Over 7,700 programs at 2,400 universities and organizations, in 110 countries, use the GMAT scores.

GMAT Online Exam

GMAT Online Exam Highlights

Following are the highlights of GMAT Online Test:

  • The number of times a candidate can take the GMAT exam online will not be limited to 2 now. The online attempts will count toward the overall GMAT attempt limits of 5 in a rolling 12-month period, and 8 in a lifetime.
  • The GMAT online exam includes 5 free score reports. The 5 free score reports must be used within 48 hours once the official online exam score is available. B-Schools can see the official GMAT scores of the candidates within 24 hours of the request made by the candidate. Additional score reports can be purchased for US$35 each.
  • Quantitative Reasoning consists of 31 questions (62 minutes).
  • Verbal Reasoning consists of 36 questions (65 minutes).
  • Integrated Reasoning consists of 12 questions (30 minutes).
  • Analytical Writing Assessment consists of 1 essay (30 minutes).

Earlier Updates in GMAT Online Exam

  • Analytical Writing Assessment section added from 8th-April-2021
  • Select the exam section order
  • Two 8-minute optional breaks
  • View the unofficial score immediately
  • Book GMAT Online Exam appointments up to 6 months in advance and up to 24 hours before the available GMAT slot.

We have discussed these changes in detail below.

1) Section Order for GMAT Online Exam after the Introduction of AWA

The candidates have the choice to select the section order. These will be:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal
  • Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment
  • Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

2) Two Optional Breaks

The online exam allows test-takers two eight-minute breaks. However, these are optional, so, candidates have the choice if they wish to avail of this or not.

3) See your Official GMAT Score Right After the Exam

Now, the way candidates can see their scores in test centres will now be able to see their unofficial GMAT scores immediately after the exam. These include sectional and composite multiple-choice scores, comprising Verbal, Quant, and IR scores).

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GMAT Exam Registration Fee in India for Online GMAT

The table given below provides the GMAT fee details for the GMAT online exam:

Services

GMAT Online Fee

GMAT Online Exam

$300

Enhanced Marks Statement

NA

Additional Marks Report

$35 each

Cancel Score

NA

Reinstate Marks

NA

AWA Essay Rescoring

$45

GMAT Online Reschedule Fee
  • $60 (more than 60 days prior to the GMAT appointment)
  • $120 (15-60 days prior to the GMAT appointment)
  • $180 (14 days or less prior to the GMAT appointment)
GMAT Online Cancellation Fee
  • $120 refund (more than 60 days prior to the GMAT appointment)
  • $90 refund (15-60 days prior to the GMAT appointment)
  • $60 refund (14 days or less prior to the GMAT appointment)

GMAT Online Exam Structure

The GMAT Online exam includes the Quantitative, Verbal, and Integrated Reasoning sections and 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 include:

  • Quantitative: 31 questions / 62 minutes
  • Verbal: 36 questions / 65 minutes
  • Integrated Reasoning: 12 questions / 30 minutes
  • Analytical Writing Assessment: 1 question / 30 minutes

Schedule GMAT Online Exam up to 6 months in advance

Now candidates have the choice to book GMAT Online Exam appointments on a rolling 6-month basis and up to 24 hours before the available GMAT slot.

Exam Pattern for Online GMAT Exam

Sections

Measuring skills

Quantitative Reasoning

(31 questions / 62 minutes)

Analyze data and draw conclusions using reasoning skills

Verbal Reasoning

(36 questions / 65 minutes)

Read and understand written material and evaluate arguments and correct written

material to make it into standard written English

Integrated Reasoning

(12 questions / 30 minutes)

Analyze data and evaluate information presented in different formats

Analytical Writing Assessment

(1 question / 30 minutes)

Think critically and communicate ideas

Total time: 3 hours 7 min.

 

Sections for the GMAT online exam have been fixed as Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Integrated Reasoning, and Analytical Writing Assessment. The total exam time is approximately 3 hours 7 minutes including two optional 8-minute breaks.

Test Dates for Online GMAT Exam

To increase flexibility, appointment times are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and you can schedule an exam appointment up to 24 hours before an available testing window. We will continue to monitor conditions and look to add future appointment dates as needed. The GMAT Online exam can be taken on both Windows and Mac personal computers and laptops.

GMAT Online Exam Scoring

The GMAT Online exam includes the same type and number of section times and items as in the exam administered in the test centres. Also, it will use the same scoring algorithm and score scale for the Section Scores and Total Scores as the test-center-based exam.

Score Report

In the score report, candidates will see the individual section scores as well as the total score of the exam. Candidates will also be able to view the percentiles of their scores in the score report.

Send GMAT Online scores to schools

Once you receive your official GMAT online score, you can review it before sending it to schools. You can send your GMAT online score to 5 programmes (for no additional cost) within 48 hours of getting the official GMAT score report. Beyond these 5 scores, you need to pay USD 35 for every additional GMAT score report. You can send the scores through the following method:

Step 1: Log in to your official mba.com account

Step 2: Click on the 'Send GMAT online score' button

Step 3: Select the programs you wish to send score reports to

Step 4: Verify and click the 'Send GMAT online score'

GMAT Online Exam Score Validity

GMAT Online exam scores are valid for 5 years and will count towards their 12-month and lifetime GMAT limits.

Sending GMAT Online Exam Scores

5 free score reports have been included in the GMAT Online exam fee. So, candidates can send score reports to up to 5 programs of their choice. These score reports must be used within 48 hours of receipt of your official score. If a candidate wants to send his/her score reports beyond these 5, he/she may do so by paying $35 for each additional GMAT score report.

GMAT Online Exam Retesting

The number of times a candidate can take the GMAT exam online will not be limited to just 2 now and online attempts will count toward the overall GMAT (including offline) attempt limits: 5 in a rolling 12-month period, and 8 in a lifetime.

GMAT Online Exam FAQs

Q. What is the pattern of the GMAT Online exam?

A. The GMAT online exam pattern details can be noted from the following points:

  • Sections: GMAT Online exam consists of Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Analytical Writing Assessment.
  • Quantitative Reasoning consists of 31 questions to be answered in 62 minutes.
  • Verbal Reasoning consists of 36 questions to be answered in 65 minutes.
  • Integrated Reasoning consists of 12 questions to be answered in 30 minutes.
  • Analytical Writing Assessment consists of 1 essay to be answered in 30 minutes.
  • The total exam time is 3 hours and 7 minutes. In addition, there are two optional breaks of 8-minute each.

Q. What are the fee details for the GMAT Online exam?

A. The following points provide the details of the GMAT online exam fee:

  • The fee for the online GMAT exam is $300.
  • Every additional score, beyond the first 5 free ones, reports costs $35 each.
  • AWA essay rescoring costs $45.

GMAT Online exam rescheduling fee can be noted from the following points:

  • $60 (more than 60 days prior to the GMAT appointment)
  • $120 (15-60 days prior to the GMAT appointment)
  • $180 (14 days or less prior to the GMAT appointment)

GMAT Online exam cancellation fee can be noted from the following points:

  • $120 refund (more than 60 days prior to the GMAT appointment)
  • $90 refund (15-60 days prior to the GMAT appointment)
  • $60 refund (14 days or less prior to the GMAT appointment)

Q. When will I receive my official score reports for the GMAT Online exam?

A. The unofficial score report for the online GMAT exam can be viewed at the end of the exam. It will contain total score, Quantitative Reasoning score, Verbal Reasoning score, and Integrated Reasoning score. The official score report will be available in the official GMAT account within 7 business days (it may take up to 20 business days in certain cases). The official score report will also contain the Analytical Writing Assessment score. This score report will be valid for a period of 5 years.

Q. How do I prepare for the GMAT Online exam?

A. The GMAT Online test is a significant exam for which appropriate preparation is necessary. It is advised that you first become acquainted with the exam's structure and subject matter in order to prepare for it. Studying approved GMAT materials, such as the GMAT official Guide, will help you do this. To get professional advice and access to practice materials, think about enrolling in an online GMAT prep course. Additionally, you should take practice exams to get a sense of the timing and pace of the exam and to determine any areas where you might need to concentrate your study efforts. It is crucial to create a study routine that works for you and to keep to it. You can feel secure and well-prepared when taking the GMAT Online exam with the right planning and practice.

Q. Is 700 a good score on the GMAT exam?

A. Yes, 700 on the GMAT is regarded as an excellent score by GMAT professionals. With this score, you outperform 88% of test-takers worldwide and are likely to face competition for admission to the top 50 business schools. But in addition to the GMAT score, colleges also take into account things like work experience, GPA, essays, and letters of recommendation. To find out if your score qualifies for admission, it is crucial to examine the exact requirements of the colleges you are applying to.

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Shreya Bisaria

2 years ago

Can GMAT exam be given in December 2021?

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Narayana Gupta

2 years ago

Can I GMAT online exam anytime..i mean 25 sept is last date in NCR delhi for test can I give it in November also ,if opted online exam

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Piyush Kohli

2 years ago

Hi Narayan, although GMAT online exams are available 7 days a week but GMAC have not given dates for the online exam beyond September. So, either you can go for the exam till September or wait for few days may be GMAC will release more exam dates.

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Aishwaria James

3 years ago

Where is the GMAT online timetable available? How do I view the slots before scheduling?

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Piyush Kohli

3 years ago

Hi Aishwaria, you need to visit their official website and register their for the GMAT Online exam. GMAT Online exam takes place seven days a week, you need to check the available slot and book as per your suitability.

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Ramandeep Arora

3 years ago

"The GMAT Online exam can only be taken once. Currently, retakes and score cancellations will not be available" Can I register myself again by paying the fees again and then re-attempt GMAT Online Exam? Is there a waiting period to re-appear for GMAT Online Exam?

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Piyush Kohli

3 years ago

Dear Ramandeep, you can take the GMAT Online Exam only once. You need to wait for the test center in your area to operationalize soon, so, you can give the GMAT exam offline.

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