If you’re applying to business school this year, you’ll struggle to take the GMAT exam in a test center. Instead, you can register for the GMAT Online exam, a temporary at-home testing solution launched in response to the coronavirus pandemic and closure of GMAT test centers globally.
The GMAT Online exam is fundamentally the same as the test center version, with the exception of the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), or essay section, which is not included in the online test.
However, how you take the exam is clearly different. On your test day, you’ll be sat at home, online, and while you take the exam you’ll be monitored by a human proctor on a live video feed to ensure you don’t cheat.
This will be unfamiliar territory for many business school candidates and, as with any change to the GMAT test, there’ll be a lot of questions about the online GMAT.
With this in mind, we spoke to some of the world’s top GMAT prep experts and MBA and master’s admissions consultants to give you the best advice on how to prepare for the new GMAT Online exam.
13 Test Prep Tips for the GMAT Online exam
Travis Morgan, MBA Whisperer, Kellogg MBA
1. Don’t be afraid of the online GMAT.
There are far more benefits than drawbacks, so if you’re ready to take the exam, take it now. You may even be able to gain admission to a top program for this fall, if that’s your goal!
2. Take practice exams in the exact environment of your actual exam.
At-home test taking gives you a big advantage—you can recreate the experience precisely for your practice exams. I recommend at least...
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