Things to know before taking the GMAT

When applying to online MBA programs, it is important to remember that different programs have different application requirements. Some programs even waive the GMAT requirement for certain students. For example, the online MBA program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offers GMAT waiver opportunities for some students if they have a master’s or terminal degree from an accredited university or if they have 3.25 GPA or higher and over five years of professional experience. Other programs require that all students take the GMAT. So, the first step in your application plan should be to make a list of each school you plan on applying to and what each one requires for the application.

It is also important to understand that the GMAT is computer-adaptive. This means the entirety of the test will be taken on a computer and will get harder the more questions you get right. Because of this, when taking the GMAT, you can never go back and revisit a question once you have completed it. You also have to take notes on a separate note board that you will be given when you arrive at the test center.

Before taking the GMAT, it is imperative to know what is required of you in the test room. All your personal items will be stored outside of the testing center. You will not be allowed to look at any communication devices or testing aids during the test; however, you can access any snacks or drinks you brought. It is a long test, so bringing some healthy snacks is a good idea. You will need to bring identification, which will need to match the name you registered under exactly, so double check the week before your test to make sure that there aren’t any typos. If you are nervous about test day, you can visit the test center beforehand. That way, you can get a better idea of what it will be like and know how to get there, so you don’t worry about running late or finding parking.

Taking the GMAT can be intimidating, but knowing what to expect before test day can help ease nerves.


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