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Online GMAT Updates

After facing a severe backlash on the online GMAT option, GMAC has updated some of its key policies regarding the test - the most major change being that the use of physical whiteboards has now been permitted for the test takers, starting from June 11th.

There are few more updates about the Online GMAT option. Check them out below!

Multiple changes have been announced by GMAC to the ongoing Online GMAT option. The foremost of these changes is the allowance of physical whiteboards during the test from 11th June onward.

Candidates will now be able to choose to use the online whiteboard, or the physical whiteboard, or a combination of both as they prepare to take the tests.

This should come as a great relief for candidates who had been postponing their tests because of the limitations placed on the test-taking resources for the online format of the test.

Further, the Online GMAT can now be booked until July 17th, 2020.

Some other salient points include:

  • Candidates can only take the Online GMAT ONCE. There are no retests available except for the below condition.

  • If a candidate has already taken the Online GMAT before 11th June, such candidates can take the Online GMAT again, though only once. The costs will have to be borne by the candidates.

  • If the candidates official ID has expired between Jan 1, 2020 and the test date, such IDs WILL BE ACCEPTABLE.

The physical whiteboards must meet the requirements as set by GMAC.

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

  • 1 dry erase marker

  • 1 dry marker eraser

Meanwhile, GMAT test-centres have started opening across the world. You can check the details of the opened centres here.

This news comes as a big relief for candidates who were disappointed with the earlier restrictions. Some of the top B-Schools, such as Harvard, Wharton and INSEAD have already announced the deadlines for their Sep 2021 intakes.

However, there are few things candidates should keep in mind before taking the Online GMAT.

  • If you plan on testing with a physical whiteboard and you need to buy one, wait until you have received the whiteboard.

  • Ensure that your whiteboard meets the requirements as set by GMAC.

  • Practice solving questions on the whiteboard, while marking answers on your laptop.

  • Keep in mind that moving back and forth from the computer to the whiteboard also consumes time - identify the best setting that works for you. Practice and get in the rhythm first.

  • Find a spot where you can stand and take the test - if you need to regularly move, it is likely that you won't sit down during the test - atleast for the Quant section.

All that said, best wishes for your tests!


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