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GMAT Registration Guide: Step-by-Step for Success

Are you an undergraduate student planning to apply for a Master's program at the reputed business school of your dreams? Then, you must be well-versed in the fact that you need to present test scores for admissions. With countless standardized test options available in recent dates, it can be quite challenging to determine which one to take. To enroll in a business or MBA course, the best choice is the Graduate Management Admission Test or GMAT.

Conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the GMAT is a remarkable computer-adaptive multi-choice exam that evaluates your critical thinking, analytical writing, quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, and logical reasoning skills. It is the most widely accepted exam for MBA admissions, with more than 2500 top business schools accepting it as a part of their admission criteria.

Taking the GMAT exam and securing a good score will enable you to define your career trajectory. That’s not it! Here are some of the other benefits of scoring high on the GMAT exam –  

  • You get the chance to make it to top B-schools
  • You become a strong candidate for scholarship opportunities in the field
  • You get a good placement and salary post-MBA
  • You gain world exposure
  • The scores of the GMAT stay relevant for 5 years. As the score applies to more than one college or university, you have wider choices for applying both in India and abroad.

Now, it is only possible to reap these lucrative benefits if you are well-versed with the GMAT registration process. This is as a misstep that can lead to the cancellation of the whole application or even loss of a year. So, the only question that should arise in this scenario is –  ‘How does GMAT registration work?’ instead of  ‘Should I take the exam?’

Today’s post aims to walk you through everything that you need to know about the GMAT registration process. Going through each of the crucial aspects mentioned here will enable you to make your registration experience seamless.

What is the Registration Process for GMAT?

The GMAT is conducted throughout the year. So, your GMAT exam registration can be completed anytime once you are prepared thoroughly. GMAC recommends completing the registration two to three months before your preferred date of the exam. It is also possible to do so up to six months in advance. The earlier you register for the GMAT, the better. Spots tend to fill up fast. Hence, you should sign up early, as you can choose your preferred test date, location, and time of the day.

Now, there exist four ways to register for the GMAT – online, by phone, by fax, or by mail. A huge number of students prefer signing up online, as it is a relatively fast way of going through the process. Additionally, you can sign in to your GMAT account about 20 days after you take the test to look at your official score report.

To complete your GMAT registration process online, you need to implement the steps mentioned below –

Create a GMAC Account

First things first, to create a GMA account, you need to keep the information given below ready –

  • Full name as mentioned in the passport
  • Email address
  • Address for correspondence
  • Phone number
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Payment information (Debit/Credit Card)
  • Educational history (optional)
  • Work history (optional)
  • Native language (optional)

Once you've got this information ready, you can proceed to create an account by signing up on MBA. You need to click the sign-up button at the top right corner of the page. You will be redirected to a sign-up page where you will require entering your information like first name, last name, email address, etc. You will also need to set up a password.

Create a GMAC Account

Begin the Registration Process

To begin the registration, you will require clicking on the ‘Exams’ at the top left of the page. You will be redirected to a page where you will have to fill in all your essential information.

Begin the Registration Process

Fill in With Your Personal Information

Here, you will require filling in all your personal information. You must provide details like – country/ region of residence, primary telephone number, address, mobile number, and correspondence language.

Fill in With Your Personal Information

Enter Optional Information

You will be redirected to the next page, where you will need to fill in optional details like academic and work experience. You can also opt to skip this section. Check out the table given below to comprehend what class your percentage falls under –

Enter Optional Information

Verification of the Profile

Once you complete filling out the form, the request will be forwarded to the GMAC account processing team. Your profile will be verified within two business days or sooner.

Verification of the Profile

Choose the Test Centre and Date

After 48 hours, you can log back into the website to check if your account has been verified. Once that is done, you will schedule your appointment. You will need to choose up to 3 GMAT test centres close to where you reside. Then, you need to select a date and time that is available and feasible for you.

Choose the Test Centre and Date

Pay the Registration Fee

You must pay the GMAT exam fee of USD 275 or INR 22,000 (approximately) via a credit or debit card. GMAC also accepts MasterCard, Visa, JCB, or American Express.

Get the Confirmation and Receipt

Once you have entered your payment info and hit submit, you are good to go. You will receive an email confirming the GMAT registration. You will also get the receipt on your registered email ID.

As you see, the process of GMAT registration is quite easy. However, keeping a careful eye on your information at every step of the registration process is crucial to ensure every detail you entered is accurate.

What are the Eligibility and Requirements for the GMAT?

If you are potentially aiming to secure admission to a reputed MBA institute, then meeting GMAT eligibility criteria and fulfilling all requirements need to be your first concern. GMAT eligibility is quite standard and is fulfilled by almost all applicants who desire to get into the reputed MBA programs of their choice.

Once their eligibility gets verified successfully, applicants undertake the GMAT exam and score as per the respective preparation strategies.

Let’s take a look at certain eligibility and critical requirements you need to keep in mind while planning for your GMAT –

Educational Background

There is no maximum or minimum academic qualification limit for undertaking the GMAT. Applicants with bachelor's degrees in any stream can take the exam. It is also not mandatory for students to complete their graduation in the commerce field to be eligible for the GMAT.

Identification Documents

It is essential to present acceptable and valid identification proofs on the day of your examination. Apart from the information given below, certain ID requirements also vary hugely by location.

The acceptable forms of ID for the GMAT exam –

  • International travel passport
  • Driver’s License
  • National, State or Provincial ID Cards

All kinds of identity proof must include your name and date of birth similarly as you have mentioned in your GMAT application form. It should also include a current and recognizable photo and signature. If your ID documents offer insufficient or doubtful info, you can be asked to show a second document to fill out the missing information.

The below-enlisted forms of identification are unacceptable and will not be accepted –

  • Expired identification
  • Passport cards
  • Social security cards
  • Draft classification cards
  • Credit cards
  • Employee or student IDs
  • Letters from your college or university
  • IDs with physical descriptions rather than photos
  • Photocopies of any form of ID
  • Any other form of ID that doesn’t meet the requirements mentioned above

Other Essential Requirements

Apart from these, the other essential GMAT requirements you need to take into consideration are –

  • An applicant must be of 18 years of age or above to apply for the GMAT exam without consent.
  • An applicant can sit for the GMAT a maximum of five times in 12 months, with a 16-day gap between each reattempt.
  • Applicants are expected to give legal information like name, address, email address, contact number, gender, date of birth, citizenship country, government-issued identification, a digital photograph, signature, palm vein pattern, and the likes.
  • There is no official eligibility regarding the language criteria for GMAT applicants. Test takers who did not have English as their first language or medium of instruction are eligible to take the exam. But, one needs to have language proficiency as the exam is conducted in the English language.
  • The GMAT doesn't have any minimum or maximum work experience requirement. An applicant can be an industry expert or a fresher.

What Are the Exam Fees and Payment Options for GMAT?

Every student aiming to appear for the GMAT needs to pay a registration fee. This may hugely differ from one country to another.

Here is a breakdown of the fees you need to incur while registering for the GMAT exam –

GMAT Exam Fee Structure

The GMAT exam fees are $275, which is approximately INR 22,000 in India. However, there are other costs you need to incur apart from the registration fees. Have a look at the entire GMAT exam fee structure given in the table below –

Fee Category

Fee Cost

GMAT Registration Fee

$275 (INR 22,000)

Enhanced Score Report

$30 (INR 2,483)

Score Cancellation Fee

(once you leave the test centre)

$25 (INR 2070)

Additional Score Reports Fee

$35 (INR 2900)

AWA Essay Rescoring

$45 (INR 3724)

Score Reinstatement Fee

$50 (INR 4,138)

Rescheduling Fee

$50-$150 ( INR 4138 – INR 12,413)

Accepted Payment Methods

Applicants can pay the GMAT exam fees through debit or credit cards that allow international transactions. Such cards are American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or JCB. However, you need to keep in mind a few things listed below –

If an applicant pays GMAT exam fees through a check, money orders, or personal check, you need to keep a few of the following details in mind –

  • Use the current date
  • Sign appropriately
  • Pre-print the bank name and its location on the cheque
  • If there's an insufficient balance, a service fee will be deducted from the account electronically, and the GMAT appointment will get canceled.

Fee Waivers and Discounts

GMAT fee waivers and discounts aid those applicants who fail to complete GMAT registration due to the financial crisis. GMAC makes sure such potential candidates can take the exam simply by requesting a GMAT fee waiver option.

GMAC offers 10 GMAT fee waivers or vouchers for free in respective schools. Applicants can write a letter to the director. With the GMAC fee waiver request by the Director, GMAC will easily waive the GMAT cost. Applicants will receive the GMAT exam fee waiver or voucher codes by mail.

GMAT: How to Select the Test Centre and Find Availabilities?

GMAC highly recommends signing up for the GMAT test and completing the GMAT exam slot booking as soon as possible. This is because applicants will get the freedom to choose their desired location in the country and any time of the year that works best for them.

Have a look at how you can check availabilities and select the desired test centre while registering for the GMAT –

Locating Test Centres

While registering for the GMAT, you can always look for a test centre nearby, inputting your address, zip code, or state and city. When you use an address or zip code, you can pull up just those test centres that are closest to you. But, when searching for something more general, like simply your city, you will be provided with a diverse range of choices.

After inputting the location, a map of the nearest test centre locations will appear. Then, you can closely examine the test centers' general location on the map. Not only that, you will be able to see more specific details like name, address, and distance from the address you provided in the left-hand column. You can choose up to three locations that you wish to compare and hit on 'Next' .Then, you can book the slots by making the payment and filling out other essential details as required.

Exam Dates and Availability

Once you are done choosing the test centres you desire to compare, you can see the availabilities. Days with available appointments for each test centre will be highlighted in green on the calendar. If you choose a specific day, the window will expand to show the available start times.

It is essential to check the available exam dates and start times for all the GMAT locations you have chosen since the options can vary hugely. For instance, certain test centres may only have early morning start times, while others could offer mainly evening slots. Consider what will make the most sense for your schedule and strengths, and choose accordingly.

GMAT Test Centre Policies and Regulations

The below-enlisted test centre rules and regulations are set by the GMAC, and you need to strictly adhere to them –

  1. Carry a valid, GMAT-approved photo ID to be admitted to the test centre
  2. Your signature, scan of biometric palm vein, and photograph will be recorded digitally, followed by an audio or video recording in the test room,
  3. Before the exam commences, you will need to accept the GMAT non-disclosure agreement and general terms of use digitally.
  4. The test starts as soon as you're seated at the assigned workstation. You will get, on g average, three years and 8 minutes inclusive of breaks to complete the test.
  5. You will get two 8-minute optional breaks scheduled during the exam. If your breaks exceed the time limit, the excess time will get automatically deducted from the time allocated next to you to complete the next segment of the test.
  6. All premises of the test centres will be monitored by CCTV or other monitoring systems.
  7. When you are taking a break, it is necessary to remain within the test centre and be in close proximity to the test room. This policy can vary based on the test centre.
  8. Once the exam ends, you will be asked a series of questions about your demographics, background, graduate school preferences, and whether you would like to participate in surveys.
  9. You are not allowed to use any kinds of testing aids like pens, calculators, pagers, watch calculators, books, notes, cheat sheets, blank paper sheets, radios, rules, mobile, personal data assistants, and any other digital or photographic devices during the test and even during the breaks.
  10. The test administration will give you a booklet of five note-boards. You must never remove the note-boards from the testing room during the exam or even after it. Return them to the administrator after the test.
  11. Do not talk with anyone during the GMAT exam or during the optional breaks.
  12. You are not allowed to consume any kinds of snacks or beverages in the exam room.
  13. You are strictly not allowed to smoke or use any kinds of products that have tobacco while you are in the exam centre and till you exit the centre.
  14. Any non-adherence to rules concerning the test centre gives the administrator the liberty to decline entrance into the exam room to continue the exam.
  15. You must never speak up without the permission of the test centre administrator, as this can disturb other applicants.

Any violation of these rules and regulations may lead to a minimum 31-day ban on writing the exam, scores being withheld or canceled, informing business schools of the same, forfeiting test fees, and may result in a ban on testing for up to three years.

What are the Rescheduling and Cancellation Policies for the GMAT Exam?

Due to certain unfortunate or unforeseen circumstances, you may need to reschedule or cancel your GMAT exam dates. Hence, it is important to be well-versed in the exam's rescheduling and cancellation policies to avoid any inconvenience.

Rescheduling Policy and Fees

You can reschedule your GMAT exam up to 24 hours before your appointment start time by clicking on the 'Reschedule' on the My Account Page on mba.com.

The GMAT rescheduling fees hugely depend on when you are rescheduling your GMAT exam date. You need to pay this fee when rescheduling your new test date and test centres. The variations in the rescheduling fee are as follows :

Rescheduling Date

Fees

60 days or more before the date of the exam

$50

15-60 days before the date of the exam

$100

14 days or less before the date of the exam

$150

Cancellation Policy and Refunds

Similar to rescheduling, you can cancel your GMAT exam up to 24 hours before your appointment starts time by clicking on the ‘Cancel’ button on the My Account Page on mba.com.

The GMAT cancellation fees are determined as per the timeline of your cancellation. As per the GMAT test cancellation policy, GMAC deducts the cancellation fee and refunds the rest amount to your original payment source.

Let’s look at the variations in the GMAT cancellation fee given below –

Cancellation Date  

Fees and Refunds

60 days or more before the date of the test

$150 ($100 refund)

15-60 days before the date of the test

$175 ($75 refund)

14 days or less before the date of the test

$200 ($50 refund)

How to Arrange GMAT Exam Accommodations?

To make sure that GMAT is fair for all applicants, GMAC offers certain provisions for people with special needs or health-related needs. If you think you may require accommodations on the exam day, you may have questions about how to get them and the approval process and timelines.

Requesting Accommodations

Before you request accommodations, it is crucial to remember that GMAC has 5 categories of disabilities for which it offers accommodations. These are – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning and Cognitive Disorders, Psychological Disabilities, Physical and Systematic Disabilities, and Sensory Disabilities (Hearing and Vision).

Now to request accommodations, you need to implement the below-implemented steps –

  • Create a GMAT profile on MBA.com. But do not register for the GMAT exam appointment until you receive the decision on the accommodation.
  • Go through the GMAT Handbook and the Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities.
  • Complete the GMAT exam accommodation request form incorporated on pages 6-10 of the supplement.  
  • Provide documentation for the above-mentioned category of disabilities.
  • Send your completed GMAT exam accommodation request form and all supporting documentation to the fax number or one of the addresses below. Accommodation requests that are submitted by email will not be accepted.

Documentation Requirements

One of the main documents you will require submitting with your application is the GMAT test accommodation request form. On that form, you will require providing basic contact info, info about the nature of your disability, and info about any previous accommodations you’ve received in school, from employers, or on standardized exams.

You will also be required to write a statement known as the 'accommodations rationale .'Here, you will need to describe in your words the ways your disability will impact your capacity to take the GMAT and describe why you require the accommodation you are requesting.

Along with the request form, you will be required to submit all of the documentation needed for your specific type of disability, with the inclusion of any required documentation from your healthcare provider.

Each of the 5 disability categories of GMAC outlines has its documentation requirements. Go through the introductory information and general guidelines in that supplement as well as the guidelines for your type of disability. These guidelines for your type of disability may also require further written statements from you.

Approval Process and Timelines

The approval process and timelines for GMAT request accommodations are specified in the table mentioned below :

Processing Time (in Business Days)

Action

Day 1

Applicant submits the accommodation application and submitting materials to Pearson VUE.

Day 2-4

Pearson VUE uploads the application and supporting materials into a secure, encrypted database and sends a confirmation email to the applicant.

Day 5-7

GMAC assigns the application for review in the order it is received. Based on the nature of the condition explained, the application may be submitted for review by an independent external expert.

Days 8-25

The application gets viewed by the GMAC accommodations specialists and/or an independent external expert, and the decision on the eligibility is made. GMAC makes efforts to complete the review process within 25 days of the application submission.

Days 26-30

A written response is finally sent to the test taker from GMAC.

According to the GMAC, the approval process for requesting accommodations may take six to eight weeks. To ensure you get the approval of the accommodation request in time before your desired exam date, submit your request at least 6 weeks in advance.

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Frequently Asked Questions on GMAT Registration

  • Sign up on MBA.com
  • Begin the GMAT registration process
  • Enter your personal information
  • Enter optional information
  • Verify your profile
  • Schedule the GMAT exam
  • Pay the GMAT registration fee

The GMAT exam fee in the United States is $275, which equals INR 22,000 in India. Again, the cost for the online exam is $300 in the United States, roughly equivalent to INR 24,829. However, your GMAT cost is much more than $275 as other services like cancellation, ESR, rescheduling, and additional score reports cost extra.

The recommended method for booking a GMAT appointment is online registration. You can pay via Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or JCB) or Debit Card (Visa or Mastercard only) that allows international transactions.

The refund of GMAT cancellation fees depends on the timeline of the cancellation. As per the GMAT cancellation policy, GMAT deducts the cancellation fee and refunds the rest to your original payment source.

The variants in the GMAT cancellation fees are enlisted below –

  • 60 days or more before the date of the exam - $150 ($100 refund)
  • 15-60 days before the date of the exam - $175 ($75 refund)
  • 14 days or less before the date of the exam - $200 ($50 refund)

  • Go through the GMAT rescheduling policy.
  • Log in to your GMAT account.
  • Click on the 'Reschedule Exam' button.
  • Select a new date and time
  • Pay the rescheduling fees
  • Receive the confirmation of the rescheduled exam

It is possible to take GMAT up to five times total in a rolling 12-month period, irrespective of the format. You can take it three times online and twice in person in a 12-month period. This would be your five-test limit. Similarly, you can take the GMAT up to eight times in total in your life, irrespective of the format.

The GMAT is offered throughout the year at test centres in more than 100 countries around the world. To find a test centre near your location, you must –

  • Log into MBA.com to find the test centre
  • Search for a test centre near you by inputting the address, zip code, city, and state.
  • Choose GMAT test centres near your location to compare
  • Skim through available appointments

The GMAC provides business schools up to 10 free GMAT fee waivers for 12 months. They can use this at their discretion and assist the test takers who need it by launching waivers as a part of the program or directly offering it to test-taking candidates.

  • GMAT official guide
  • Manhattan Prep Complete GMAT Strategy Guide Set
  • GMAT official advanced questions
  • Online resources like Beat the GMAT, GMAT Club Forum, Thursdays with Ron, Magoosh YouTube channel
  • The Princeton Review GMAT Premium Prep
  • GMAC GMAT official guide
  • Meometrix Test Preparation GMAT prep book

  • MBA [dot]com
  • Websites like AbroAdvice.com
  • The Princeton Review
  • e-GMAT
  • Graduate Management Admission Council

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