The new online GMAT
You can take the GMAT online at home or any other place you
choose, given that this place satisfies the conditions imposed by
the test proctors. These conditions are imposed in order to ensure
that you will enjoy no unfair advantage during the exam. You must
pass an initial 15-min verification of your environment and leave
your web camera turned on at all times during the exam so that the
remote proctors can monitor you and your environment.
If you wish to take the online GMAT but have no adequate space,
you can even choose to take the online GMAT at a test-center.
The online exam is identical to the one you take at the test
center, but GMAC offers some incentives to encourage you to take
the online GMAT:
first, you will be able to keep SEPARATE records for your online
exams and for your test-center exams. In other words, your online
exam report will NOT be shown in the report for the GMATs that you
take at test-centers, and vice-versa. So you have the option to
use the online GMAT score only if it is better than your
test-center scores, or your best test-center score otherwise.
Moreover, you can choose WHICH of at most two online scores you
wish to send to schools.
second, you can send your online GMAT score report to any number
of schools you wish, free of charge. For the test-center GMAT,
there is a fee for each additional school to which you decide to
send your score report after the test.
third, you can use your OWN PHYSICAL WHITEBOARD. This physical
whiteboard can be BIG, up to 30cmx50cm, and you may use two
whiteboard marker pens and one whiteboard eraser. If you're like
me, this is perhaps the biggest advantage of the online GMAT. The
test-center scratchpad is quite a hindrance. If you don't like a
physical whiteboard, you can use an online whiteboard.
You can take the online GMAT at most TWICE -- that's a lifetime
limit, at least for now, but rules may change.