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GMAT Registration: How to schedule the GMAT in 2020-2021 | Stepwise guide with pictures

GMAT Registration: How to schedule the GMAT in 2020-2021 | Stepwise guide with pictures

GMAT is an online standardized skill-assessment test conducted across 530 centres in 110+ countries around the world; in India, GMAT is conducted through 30+ centres across 34 cities. Conducted by GMAC, GMAT is administered through Pearson VUE centres around the world. GMAC does not declare any fixed date for GMAT exam. Although the GMAT test may be taken at any time of the year, a GMAT re-test cannot be taken in 16 days from the last GMAT test date. Further, GMAC allows the test taker to take GMAT only 5 times in a year and only 8 times in a lifetime.

The GMAT registration process is simple and can be easily accomplished via the platforms of email, phone, postal mail, or fax. However, it is imperative that the student plans wisely prior to registering for the GMAT test. Importantly, the test taker must ensure that he/she gets the test date and centre that is congruent with their grad program application plans and convenient for commuting. It is recommended that you register for GMAT as early as possible to ensure that you are able to book your desired GMAT dates.

GMAT Registration: Snapshot

There are four definite ways to register for your GMAT exam:

  • Online: You can create an account on the official website, mba.com, and proceed as per instruction to complete your GMAT registration.
  • Phone: You can contact GMAT Customer Care service at your geography to complete your GMAT registration.
  • Post: You can send the completed form via postal mail to the registered official address for GMAC to complete your GMAT registration.
  • Fax: You can fax the completed form to the provided GMAC fax number for your geography to complete your GMAT registration.

Read on to understand the requirements for registering and each of the GMAT registration processes better.


Eligibility for Registering for GMAT

GMAC follows certain rules when determining the eligibility of a GMAT aspirant for registering for GMAT:

  • Nationality – Your eligibility for registering for GMAT is not affected by your nationality. However, if you are a citizen of 1 country and are required to take GMAT in another country, please ensure that you can provide proof of your unexpired passport. For such extenuating circumstance, please contact the GMAT Customer Care service.
  • Age – Every GMAT taker should be above 18 years of age. GMAC does not define any upper age limit to define eligibility for GMAT registration. If your age varies between 13 and 17 years, you must submit a written confirmation of your guardian’s consent to take the GMAT.
  • Academic Qualification – You must possess a sanctioned undergrad degree from a recognized institution.
  • English Proficiency – All GMAT test takers must be proficient in English.
  • Specially-abled – Specially-abled candidates are allowed to take the GMAT and special reservations are provided for the same. However, the candidate must submit a thorough explanation of his/her medical situation. Please scroll down the article to read this section in detail.
  • Retaking the GMAT – You cannot re-take GMAT before 16 days from the date of your last scheduled GMAT exam.
  • Number of Re-takes in a Year – You can re-take GMAT up to 5 times in a year.
  • Number of Re-takes in a Lifetime – You can re-take GMAT up to 8 times in a lifetime.
  • Re-taking GMAT even with a Perfect 800 – If you desire to re-take your GMAT despite scoring the perfect 800, you will have to apply after 5 years have elapsed from the date of your last GMAT exam.

Schedule the GMAT online (the most common way) – in 10 steps

Scheduling the GMAT online is the most common and feasible way. Please find the stepwise illustration of the entire process, below:

Step 1: Sign up on mba.com

Visit the mba.com website and click on Sign Up on the upper right-hand corner of the webpage to sign up and create your account.

Sign Up

To create a profile, please include your First Name, Last Name, Email ID, and Password. Remember that the password should be at least 8 characters long, contain at least 1 uppercase letter, 1 lowercase letter, and 1 digit. Further, do check the boxes for Communication Preferences and Receiving Additional Information.

Create profile

Step 2: Enter Personal Information

Once you have created your account, you will be directly led to this page. However, should you experience any technical error or are unable to access the page, simply log in to your account and click the Exams tab, you will be taken to the Create a GMAT Profile page.

Sign Up

The information that you will include in this section will be included in your GMAT Score Report. Hence, be careful while filling up this section. Ensure that you fill in your details in accordance with your ID proofs. You will have to fill up the following sections to complete this step:

1. Name

Personal Information

2. Email

Email

3. Address and Telephone

Address and Telephone

4. Language Preferences

Language

Step 3: Enter Profile Details

3.1: The first tab will ask you to mention your

  1. Date of Birth
  2. Gender
  3. Citizenship
  4. First/Second/Third Languages

Only the first 3 are mandatory and ensure that you keep to the information mentioned in your government ID while filling up this form.

Demographic Details

3.2: The second tab asks you to confirm

  1. Your Communication Preferences
  2. If you would like to receive any additional information

This section is optional. However, it is recommended that you select to communicate with the GMAC partners in the GMASS service.

Communication Preference

3.3: The third tab asks you to fill in

  1. Details of your Undergraduate Education
  2. Convert your academic scores to GPA

This section is mostly optional. However, ensure that you duly fill in the details of your undergrad or highest degree of education achieved.

Undergrad

3.4: The fourth tab asks you to fill in

  1. Years of Professional Experience
  2. Function that best reflects your Professional Experience
  3. Industry that best reflects your Professional Experience
  4. Profile Details

  5. Information on your association with the Military Force
  6. Current/Last Employer
Profile Details

3.5: The fifth tab asks you to fill in:

  1. Your plan to start grad program
  2. Profile Details
  3. Where you wish to study, with option to select up to 9 locations
  4. Profile Details
  5. Kind of program, with option to select upto 3 choices
  6. How you wish to pursue your degree
  7. If you plan to work while studying
  8. Your desired area of concentration
  9. Your desired functional area post-grad, with option to select upto 3 choices
  10. Your desired industry post-grad, with option to select upto 3 choices
Profile Details

Step 4: Verify Your Profile

At this stage, you are asked to verify and save your profile. Carefully go through the information that you have filled in before saving your profile.

Confirm your details

Step 5: Select your Test Centre

Now, you will be asked to select your GMAT test centre. Once you enter your location, you will be provided with a list of the test centres located close by. You have the option of selecting up to 3 test centres. Consider the following when choosing your GMAT Test Centre:

  • Proximity – Always select a test centre closest to your location.
  • Ease of Commute – At the same time, ensure that you will be able to avail of easy transport to the test centre.
  • Reviews – Always check the test centre reviews on gmatclub as it will help you better understand the administrative service and facilities at the test centre.

Please scroll down the article to read in details on selecting GMAT test centres.

Select Test Centre

Step 6: Choose Appointment Preference

Once you have selected your test centres, you will be asked to select appointment preferences. You may enter a preferred date and request for an appointment on the date. Once you click Next, you will be directed to a page that will indicate if the suggested slots are available at your desired test centre. For instance, of the three test centres that we had selected, appointment at 1 centre was not available on the desired date. However, for the remaining two centres, we were shown a list of the available appointments.

You may also directly select from the list of the next available schedules.

Appointment Preference
Appointment Preference

Step 7: Confirm your Exam Details

Once you have selected your GMAT test centre and appointment, you will be directed to the confirmation page. You will receive a summary of your order that inlcudes your GMAT test taking fee and any additional Official Prep resources that you may choose to obtain. Once you confirm the same, you will be once again prompted to confirm if your credentials match the information on your government ID. You may choose to either pay now or pay later. If you decide to pay now, keep your payment details handy as the portal allows only 15 minutes to complete the order.

Confirm your Order

Step 8: Agree to Policies

Carefully browse through the test taking policies to understand the nuances of the GMAT test taking format. You will also be provided with a link to the GMAT admission, canceling, and rescheduling policies; it is recommended that you make a note of the information.

Step 9: Pay for Your Exam

Once you agree to the policies, you will be taken to the payment portal. Confirm your billing address details and proceed with the payment.

Confirm Billing Address

Step 10: Registration Complete

By the 10th step, you have successfully completed your GMAT Registration.

Registration Complete

Schedule the GMAT over Phone

You can also schedule your GMAT exam over phone. Contact the GMAT Customer Care service of your location and you will be guided through the process. Do not worry about filling up the form as a customer service executive will acquire the information from you and fill up the form for you. A surcharge of USD 10 may be levied on you for scheduling GMAT over phone. The following table provides the telephone number and the time to contact the GMAT Customer Care service of your respective location:

Region Telephone Time
Americas +195 2681 3680; (Toll-free): +1 800 717, GMAT (4628) 7AM to 7PM CT, Monday to Friday.
Asia Pacific +852 3077 4926; India: +91 120 439 7830 7AM to 7PM, AEST, Monday to Friday.
China +86 10 82345675 8.30 A.M. to 5 P.M., China Standard Time, Monday to Friday.
Europe, Middle East, Africa(EMEA) +44 0 1618557219 9A.M. to 5 P.M., GMT, Monday to Friday.

Source: mba.com

Schedule the GMAT by Postal Mail

To register for GMAT by postal mail, please follow the following steps:

  1. Fill in the Form for Scheduling GMAT.
  2. Make your payment and enclose due proof of payment, for instance, cheque, money order. If you use card to make your payment, ensure duly filling in your relevant card information. The cheque must be drawn in favour of US bank and must be payable in USD.
  3. Gather the relevant documents.
  4. Send the complete papers to the following address
            Pearson VUE
            Attention: GMAT Program
            PO Box 581907
            Minneapolis, MN 55458-1907
            USA

Remember that every GMAT application scheduling request that is sent by postal mail will require significant time to reach the address. Hence, ensure that you properly plan your GMAT exam registration.

Schedule the GMAT by Fax

To register for GMAT by fax, please follow the following steps:

  1. Fill in the Form for Scheduling GMAT.
  2. Make your payment and enclose due proof of payment, for instance, cheque, money order. If you use card to make your payment, ensure duly filling in your relevant card information. The cheque must be drawn in favour of US bank and must be payable in USD.
  3. Gather the relevant documents.
  4. Fax all relevant documents to the following numbers, according to your region:
Region Fax
Americas +1 952 681 3681
Asia Pacific +91 120 400 1660
China +86 10 6195 7800
Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) +44 0 161 855 7301

Source: mba.com

Schedule the GMAT as a Specially-abled Test Taker

Led by the sincere intention to relax the eligibility criteria for taking a GMAT test, GMAC also makes accommodations for specially-abled GMAT aspirants. You must refer to the GMAT Handbook Supplement for Test Taker with Disabilities.

For registering for GMAT as a specially-abled test taker, you will have to start with filling up the accommodations request form. You may create your profile on mba.com; however, you cannot begin your registration process unless you receive the accommodations decision.

You must submit your medical condition by the following types of disability:

  1. Attention Deficit or Hyperactive Disorder
  2. Learning and Cognitive Disabilities
  3. Physical and Systemic Disabilities
  4. Psychological Disabilities
  5. Sensory Disabilities (Vision and Hearing)

Information you need Handy to register for the GMAT

The process of creating a profile on mba.com is extremely simple, calling for basic information to be filled in. The facts that you may keep handy while registering for GMAT are as follows:

  • Your full name as is mentioned in your passport
  • Your residential/correspondence address
  • Your contact details: email address and phone number
  • Your date of birth
  • Your nationality
  • Your payment history(whether you are using Debit or Credit card to make the payment)
  • Your academic history( undergrad and post-grad, if any)
  • Your professional history
  • Your native language

When to Register for the GMAT?

GMAC does not declare a fixed date for conducting GMAT. In actuality, GMAT is conducted throughout the year. Thus, the best time for you to take GMAT depends on your preparation and plan for application to grad or MBA programs. Although you may choose to register for your GMAT exam at any time of the year, it is recommended that you register for the GMAT as early as possible so that you can be confident of getting your desired GMAT test slot and centre. However, there is no cap on the last day that you can register for GMAT.

Ensure that you are ready for the GMAT exam

Registering as early as possible for GMAT may imply the duration between when you decide to take the GMAT and when you realize that you are ready to take the GMAT. In simple words, consider the following to determine the best time for you to register for GMAT:

  • Application deadlines of your desired programs
  • Your level of preparation

Once you have shortlisted the program you wish to apply for, check their application deadlines. Next, take a free GMAT mock test, analyze your learning need from the mock test score, and start preparing for your GMAT score. At the same time, check the average GMAT score requirement for each school – while few schools declare their average or minimum GMAT score requirement for application to specific programs, few schools declare the average GMAT score of their last outgoing batch – and accordingly aim for a competitive score.

You must be confident of your GMAT skills before you finalise your decision to take the GMAT. There is no consensus on the ideal amount of time to study for GMAT as the duration of study hours vary from person to person. Thus, regardless of the time you have sincerely dedicated to preparing for GMAT, consider your mock test results to determine your fit to take the GMAT. Ideally, you must take at least 3 GMAT mocks to ensure that you are ready for the GMAT exam; for instance:

  • If you consistently maintained a good score in your last 3 GMAT mocks, you can consider yourself ready for the test and schedule a GMAT appointment at the earliest possible slot.
  • If you obtained a poor GMAT score in any of the score on your last 3 GMAT mock tests, you still have to prepare for GMAT. In that scenario, book your GMAT appointment at least after 30 days.

It is recommended, however, that you take the Official GMAT mocks only when you have reached the last leg of your GMAT preparation schedule. Opt for an exhaustive GMAT practice test series to prepare well for GMAT.

Choose the Exam Centre Wisely While Registering for the GMAT

It is important to ensure that you choose a proper exam centre when registering for GMAT. The location of the centre, the distance you need to travel from your place of abode, the transportation service available, and the administration and facilities available at the centre are all factors that should be thoroughly looked into while selecting registering for GMAT.

  • While registering for GMAT, you will be provided not only with a list of available test centres around you but also details of the test centres. These details are mainly location specific.
  • If no test centre is available close to your place of location, you will have to select a city to take the exam in. Consider your options wisely: the distance of the accommodation you avail of from your test centre and commutation facilities. Besides, keep in mind that you must reach the test centre at least 40 minutes before the test begins to complete the initial formalities.
  • Conduct a thorough research on your test centre. For the same, refer to gmatclub for authentic reviews and experiences. This is necessary to acquaint yourself with the facilities provided at respective test centres, for instance, you can read on Mumbai test centre review.
  • Ensure that you check availability of the GMAT test centre especially if you are planning to take the test on a weekend or on public holiday. Although you will be prompted if the desired test centre is available on your desired date, ensure that you properly research its availability.

Create the Profile on MBA.com Wisely

A salient feature about creating your profile on mba.com is that most of the information that you enter will be used on your GMAT Score Report. Hence, ensure that you do not commit any errors while creating your profile – take care of any typological errors, use of capital letters in your name, address, etc., spell your name accurately, etc. Further, the basic credentials that you fill in must match the information in your passport. Although GMAT allows you to edit the information, it is better to avoid the hassle of going through the entire tiresome process.

Importantly, when you reach milestone 2 of the profile creation process on mba.com, Enter Your Profile Details, in step 2 of 5, positively check the box against Communication Preference. GMASS or Graduate Management Search Service, the partner organizations of GMAC, uses the data from the profile to evaluate your academic and professional backgrounds and career interests to connect with you. Checking Communication Preference, thus, will enhance your profile’s visibility to more than 500 B-schools.

Rescheduling your GMAT appointment

You may reschedule your exam online or by contacting the GMAT Customer Care service of your region by phone. However, you will have to pay a surcharge of USD 10 for rescheduling your GMAT by phone. Note the following for rescheduling your GMAT exam:

  • You will have to pay USD 60 if GMAT is rescheduled with over 7 days left to the original test date.
  • You will have to pay USD 250 if GMAT is rescheduled within 7 days to the original test date.
  • You cannot reschedule your GMAT days within 24 hours to your original test date. If you are absent on the test day, you are marked as no-show, which, however, is not reflected in your Score Card.
  • You can reschedule your test to another country; however, you will have to contact the GMAT Customer Care service with your request.

All the best for your GMAT!

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