GMAT Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I register for the GMAT®?
The test taker must first select a GMAT® test center location. Most test centers are in permanent locations and offer the Computer-Adaptive GMAT® throughout the year. Some test centers are Mobile (temporary) and offer the Computer-Adaptive GMAT® on a very limited schedule. In some countries, supplementary test centers offer a paper-based version of the test once or twice a year. Each test center operates on its own schedule and can accommodate varying numbers of test takers. Test takers choose the most convenient location for them by viewing www.mba.com.
Once where to take the test has been determined, test takers then need to schedule a GMAT® test appointment using one of three methods: online, by phone, or by mail. They can find out what times are available at their chosen test center, plus details on all registration procedures and payment methods, by using the Check Seat Availability feature on www.mba.com in the GMAT® section of the site www.mba.com/mba/takethegmat.
If a test taker has a documented disability and requires special testing accommodations, he or she must follow the registration procedures as described in the Test Takers with Disabilities article in the GMAT® section of mba.com.
2. Why do I need to take the GMAT®?
The GMAT has been proven, through extensive research, to be an invaluable assessment tool for 1,800+ graduate management programs globally. The GMAT® exam is a valid predictor of academic success.
3. What if you don't receive my test results prior to the application deadline?
Your application, if incomplete, will still be considered on time and will be evaluated independently of these test results, as long as we know that your results are on the way to our Admissions Office. However, you can only be granted conditional admission until we receive your test scores and they are deemed satisfactory by our Admissions Committee.
4. What if I don't score high enough for your admission guidelines?
Each student's complete application is evaluated on an individual basis, and a GMAT® score that is lower than our guideline does not bar an applicant from admission. However, we STRONGLY recommend that you take the GMAT® as early as possible for two reasons. First, if you do not score as high as you would like (you receive your scores for the quantitative and verbal sections immediately after taking the computer-adaptive test so you have immediate feedback), you will still have time to take the test again before our application deadline. Second, GMAT® centers tend to be busier in the late spring, so you may have to wait longer to take the test after registering if you do not register until March.
5. Where can I find out more information?
Detailed information about the GMAT® is available at www.mba.com.