GMAT Exam can be Taken Online – The Silver Lining


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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Here Are the Details for You.

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.

  • Quantitative — 31 questions — 62 minutes
  • Verbal — 36 questions — 65 minutes
  • IR — 12 items — 30 minutes

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.

  • Before the exam: It is crucial to check the system requirements prior to the exam day.
    • There is an option of Run System Test. Install OnVue Software on the computer for the testing. This is highly recommended to ensure the workstation is compatible.
    • Go to www.mba.com/gmatonline for direct links.
  • Pre-check: Run OnVue System Check and confirm hardware.
    • Upload digital photos and current face photo to match the id.
    • Verification of workspace through camera and uploading of photos of workspace is mandatory.
  • Proctor Check-in:
    • Desk and work area scan with a 360-degree view via webcam.
    • The workspace should be clean. No materials or devices allowed.
    • The candidate also needs to confirm via installed software and proctor check that no other application is running.
  • Start Exam: Proctor will launch the exam.
    • The candidate is required to keep the live video feed on.
    • Further communication can be made with the proctor by raising hand or Live Chat.
    • If there is a technical glitch before the start of the test, the test-taker will receive a free voucher to register for the test again within 5 days.
    • Once some resilience is built-in, the exam will start at the same point.
  • If there is a non-recoverable glitch during the test, the exam will be reset, and upon review and verification, the candidate will be allowed to re-test.
  • No physical scratch paper will be allowed. Instead, an online whiteboard feature or physical whiteboard can be used to take notes.
  • Score cancellation option will not be available in this interim online version.
  • A student can send the scores up to 5 programs either during the registration for the GMAT exam or after receiving the official score report via email. The official score report will be sent within 7 business days from the completion of the exam.
  • A candidate can send additional score reports at no cost. This means a saving of USD 35 per score report.
  • Scores will be provided to schools via secure Dashboard
  • Special accommodations will be available to eligible test-takers in May (50% and 100% extra time + extended Break of 10 minutes). The approval and review process will continue to remain the same.
  • Appointments cannot be transferred – this implies that the candidate can cancel or reschedule the test centre based appointment and may later apply for the interim online appointment as per their convenience.
  • Score cancellation is not available at this time. The exceptions involving verified technical glitches can be considered for retaking by the GMAC.
  • The GMAT interim online exam scores will be valid for 5 years and this attempt will not be counted towards the maximum limit of 5 exams in a rolling 12-month period and lifetime limit of 8 exams.
  • The GMAT online can be retaken once.

On our part, at Manya – The Princeton Review, all our existing batches and 1-on-1 courses have been moved to online platforms. In addition, we are continuing to provide all our value-added-services such as extra-help and Booster sessions online. Manya – The Princeton Review is with you in this crisis!

Keep Calm and Learn Online.

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1 Comments so far

  1. GMAC has done a wonderful job in kepping the GMAt aspirants’ hopes alive otherwise those who left their jobs especially for GMAT exam would have had to face another drop year which would have tarnsihed the profile by a great magnitude.
    Thanks for the info.

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