GMAT Test Day FAQs Part 3

Posted on February 15, 2008 | Filed in Admissions, GMAT, MBA

Here is the last installment of our GMAT Test Day FAQ Series. For more information, visit the link at the end of this entry. Good luck and happy studying!

16. What are the rules for cell phone and PDA use?

You cannot use your cell phone or PDA during the test or on your break. We recommend you turn off any electronic devices stored in the locker. Please do not check your voicemail or emails during your break. You will be violating the test center rules and may be asked to leave immediately.

17. What happens if there are extreme circumstances such as severe weather or computer malfunctions?

Usually, the start of the test will be delayed or will be rescheduled. If such action is not possible, you can choose either a full refund or to sign up for a different test date free of charge.

18. When I sit down at the computer, do I take the test right away?

You will have to begin your test as soon as possible, but first you will have to agree to the GMAT Nondisclosure Agreement and General Terms of Use statement including that you will not use any non-permitted devices. You must agree to this statement, or risk not being allowed to complete the test and forfeiting your test fee.

19. What should I do if my computer does not work?

You should raise your hand and tell the test administrator. You should not try and fix it yourself.

20. What if something happens to disrupt the test?

Based on the policies listed on the websites of GMAC®, Pearson VUE and ACT, if anything happens during the test that serves as an interruption or causes a mistiming, or if anything is out of the ordinary or deviates from normal testing procedure, GMAC and/or Pearson VUE will conduct an examination of the situation. One of those organizations will then decide if they should pursue disciplinary action including score cancellation. If any organization decides to take any action against an examinee or on behalf of one, the affected parties will have the option of A) take their test again at no additional charge, or receive a refund UNLESS that person is found to be the cause or source of the disruption. If you should opt to take the test again, you must take it in its entirety.

21. Can I use a testing aid such as a calculator?

No, you cannot use a calculator or any other type of aid including laptops, PDA’s, translators, dictionaries etc.

22. Can the test administrator kick me out? What for?

Yes. There are many reasons for dismissal. These include providing false information or not providing it at all, bringing a test aid, not complying with an administrator’s reasonable requests, helping another test taker or letting them help you, tampering with the operation of the computer, and not following any rules or procedures.

23. Is there a plagiarism policy, regarding the writing section?

You must write two essays for the Analytical Writing Section of the GMAT. If there is evidence of plagiarism, your scores can and will be cancelled. Please note that your essays become the property of GMAC.

24. What happens after the test?

After the test you will answer some questions about yourself and your plans for graduate school, and whether you would like to take part in various surveys or receive further information. Your answer choices to these questions may reflect information that you previously provided, earlier in the registration process.

25. How do I send my scores to schools?

There are a few options for sending your scores. After you take the test, you will have the option of selecting 5 programs to send your scores to at no extra charge. Be careful, because this action cannot be undone and also be sure to select the correct program.

Later, you will have the chance to choose more schools to send your scores to. You will need to order an “Additional Score Report” (ASR). You can pay by credit card or check. Each additional school costs $28 USD.

26. How can I tell if my GMAT score is high enough?

It depends what you mean by high enough. Different schools have different expectations as to what GMAT scores admitted students should have. Some schools have a minimum requirement – you will need to research this on a program-by-program basis, including research on what the range of scores was for the last entering class. Your GMAT score is only one third of your application, so let your score be a rough guide to where you apply but do not limit yourself. Also, if you are unhappy with your score, it is fairly common to take the GMAT twice. If you take it twice, be sure to prepare thoroughly in order to achieve a higher score.

For a complete list of GMAT FAQs, please visit here.

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One Response to GMAT Test Day FAQs Part 3

  1. Oye

    Comment posted on February 27, 2008. Bookmark the permalink.

    good to know what to bring and not to bring for the test day. i will definitely bookmark this and come back to it the day of or before (hopefully) the test.