GMAT Online Exam During COVID-19

GMAT Online Exam During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has closed testing centers around the world. In response, the Graduate Management Admission Council created an alternative GMAT solution that is accessible online. The GMAT Online exam is an online and remote proctored solution developed to support candidates and schools during the disruption to test center-based delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The interim GMAT Online exam will help candidates feel safe while meeting upcoming application deadlines.  It will also offer business schools everywhere a relevant way to evaluate candidates for their admissions process. GMAC will offer this interim exam at a lower cost than the standard GMAT exam.

GMAT Online Test Structure

GMAC has made the interim solution available on both Mac and PC platforms to impacted test-takers across the globe. However, the exam will not be accessible in some countries due to regulatory restrictions. These regions include mainland China, Iran, Cuba, Sudan, Slovenia, and North Korea. Additionally, GMAC is working to provide appropriate online options for candidates with disabilities who meet specific eligibility criteria.

The Quantitative, Verbal and Integrated Reasoning sections (omitting the Analytical Writing Assessment section) will have the same type and number of items and the same time for completion. This creates consistency in content and structure with the GMAT exam administered in test centers.

It will also use the same scoring algorithm and score scale for the Section Scores and Total Score as the test center-based version. Appointments for around-the-clock test dates begin on April 20, 2020, and run through June 15, 2020.  At that time, GMAC will reevaluate the need for the interim solution.

The sections are:

  • 31 Quantitative - 62 minutes
  • 36 Verbal - 65 minutes
  • 12 IR - 30 minutes

The Section Order for the GMAT Online exam is fixed as Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Integrated Reasoning.

The total exam time is approximately 3 hours - 2 hours 45 minutes for the exam and an additional 15 minutes to check into the online proctored system. You are allowed one, optional 5-minute break before you begin the Integrated Reasoning section.


The GMAT Online exam does not permit the use of a physical note board and pen during the exam. To assist you with the ability to do scratch work and/or take notes, there is an online whiteboard feature you can access during the exam.


When you receive your score report, you will see individual section scores as well as the total score on your exam. You will also be able to view the percentiles of your score in your score report. GMAT online exam scores are valid for 5 years and will not count towards your 12-month and lifetime GMAT limits.