We are all aware of how COVID-19 has impacted our lives in an unprecedented manner. It has also impacted the education sector, but most of the Colleges, Universities and other educational organizations globally are trying their best to ensure that the studies remain unaffected by the crisis. Recently GMAC has also come up with an interim online alternative to the GMAT exam.
This solution is developed by GMAT to support candidates and schools during the current COVID-19 pandemic, also to ensure the health and safety of candidates and the staff in GMAT centers. Most of the GMAT centers around the world have been shut down and hence this immediate solution to ensure that study abroad aspirants can continue their preparations.
The GMAT online (home-testing) started in India from 20 April 2020.
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The alternative GMAT will be administered online and be available on both Windows and Mac personal computers and laptops. Please refer to the below table to make sure the computer you will take the exam on meets the minimum system requirements.
|Technical requirement||Technical Specification|
|Operating System||Windows 10
Windows 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Mac OS 10.13 and above (excluding beta versions)
|Note: Windows Operating Systems must pass Genuine Windows Validation.
Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows 7 are strictly prohibited for exam delivery
All Linux/Unix based Operating Systems are strictly prohibited.
|Firewall||Do not take your exam in a setting with a corporate firewall (including VPN), or, alert your Network Administrator to the network configuration requirements.|
|Display||Minimum Resolution: 1024 x 768 in 16-bit color.
Additional monitors are forbidden.
|Internet Browser||The newest versions of Microsoft Edge, Safari, Chrome, and Firefox for web registrations or downloading the secure browser or Internet Explorer 11.|
|Internet Connection||A consistent connection speed of 1 Mbps down/up is required.
We recommend testing on a wired network as opposed to a wireless network.
Tethering to a mobile hotspot is explicitly prohibited.
|Webcam||Webcam must have a minimum resolution of 640×480 @ 10 fps.
Webcam may be internal or may be external and connected to the computer.Mac users may need to allow OnVUE within their ‘System Preferences: Security & Privacy: Privacy’ settings for Microphone, Camera, Automation and Input Monitoring.
|Sound & Microphone||Verify the audio and microphone are not set on mute in Windows.
Mac users may need to allow OnVUE within their ‘System Preferences: Security & Privacy: Privacy’ settings for Microphone, Camera, Automation and Input Monitoring.
|Browser Settings||Internet Cookies must be enabled.
Any Pop-Up blocking setting(s) must be disabled.
|Work Computer||We recommend testing on a personal computer as work computers may block the OnVUE software.|
|Power||Ensure you are connected to a power source before starting your exam to avoid draining your battery during the exam|
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This interim online alternative GMAT will be offered at $250.
Test scheduling will remain open 24 x 7. Students can register for the test up to 24 hours before an available time slot. No appointment change can be made within 24 hours of the scheduled appointment time.
Rescheduling of the test can be done anytime before your scheduled test time for a fixed fee which depends on the number of days left from the test date and canceling of the test can be done up to 24 hours before the scheduled test time for a fixed fee which again depends on the number of days left from the test date.
This interim online alternative GMAT exam will have structure similar to the GMAT delivered at the test centers. The number of items/questions, timing, and scoring will remain unchanged in respect of the Verbal, the Quant, and the IR sections. There will be no AWA section, however.
The section order will be fixed as above – Quant, Verbal, and IR
The total duration of the GMAT exam now will be 3 hours (2 hours 45 minutes for the exam and 15 minutes for checking the online proctored system). Only one 5-minute break will be provided before the IR section.
The GMAT Online exam will have the same structure as the GMAT delivered at the test centers starting 20 May, 2021. The option of choosing from the 3 section orders will also be the same.
The test will be proctored live. Remote human proctors will ensure test integrity. At present, the proctoring support for the GMAT Online exam will be available only in English.
Proctoring will include remote human + Video for check-in and exam delivery.
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