GMAT goes online as an interim measure due to COVID-19 outbreak

The computer-based Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), the global admission test for B-schools goes completely online due to COVID-19 outbreak, thus bringing the test to the comfort of your home. The new format offers solution for business schools and candidates as testing centres around the world remain temporarily closed. Registration for online tests opens on April 14 and testing appointments available beginning April 20.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the closing of testing centres around the world, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), administrator of the GMAT and a global association of leading graduate business schools, announced the release of its GMAT Online exam on Wednesday, the only online assessment designed specifically for business schools and candidates exploring an advanced business degree.

Additionally, GMAC is also working to provide appropriate online options for candidates with disabilities who meet specific eligibility criteria.

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“As COVID-19 evolved, and quickly changed how we have traditionally administered the GMAT exam, our team immediately transitioned focus to developing an online testing solution that empowers business schools and candidates to discover and evaluate each other during this interim period. GMAT Online maintains the GMAC standard of offering a valid and rigorous assessment, with critical security practices and protocols tailored for an online proctored environment,” said Vineet Chhabra, senior director and head of the GMAT product at GMAC.

GMAC has made the interim solution available on Mac and PC platforms and will prioritize the availability of the alternative assessment as the organization seeks to support test takers and schools in impacted markets, with the exception of markets limited by regulatory restrictions which include mainland China, Iran, Cuba, Sudan, Slovenia, and North Korea.

The Quantitative, Verbal and Integrated Reasoning sections (omitting the Analytical Writing Assessment section) will have the same type and number of items and the same time for completion, creating consistency in content and structure with the GMAT exam administered in test centres. It will also use the same scoring algorithm and score scale for the section scores and total score as the test centre-based version. Appointments for around-the-clock test dates begin on April 20, 2020 and run through June 15, 2020, at which time the need for the interim solution will be re-evaluated.

Courtesy: TOI

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