GMAT Test Dates and Registration
When Do I Take the GMAT? When are the GMAT Test Dates?
It’s not like the SATs where everybody takes the exam at one time. You sign up to take the
exam INDIVIDUALLY, whenever you are free. Yes, that’s right. The only thing to consider
is when the test center (whichever test center you want to go, preferably close to where you
live) is open.
When is the New GMAT? I heard there’s a new GMAT exam.Note: This Q&A no longer applies as it relates to test takers before June 5, 2012.
The new GMAT is a reference to the “next generation” GMAT that will began on June 5, 2012. There will be one extra section and one fewer essay. The second essay question will not be there anymore. It will be replaced by a section called Integrated Reasoning.
It is up to you whether you take the GMAT exam before or after this June 5, 2012 date. I would advise that if you plan on applying for MBA in a couple of years, you should probably wait til after the new exam is administered. That way, when they compare applicants, you’ll have an Integrated Reasoning score to compare with other students. It would be a little weird for admissions committee members to see most applicants with an updated GMAT score and you have a score from way back many years.
So if you plan on applying for an MBA in 2014 or 2015, then you should wait til after June 5, 2012.
However, if you are planning to get your MBA in the next year, it’s probably best for you to make sure you register a GMAT test date in advance of this deadline. Preferably, you should register more than 1 month ahead – just in case you need to retake the test.
If you’ve been studying GMAT for a while on and off now, then it’s in your best interest to get the exam out of the way BEFORE June 5, 2012. Otherwise, if you wait til after that, you’ll have to rely on less proven study methods of attacking the integrated reasoning section.
When should I schedule my GMAT test date relative to the application rounds?
Well, the R1, R2, and Round 3 MBA deadlines are important to look at. For most schools, R1 is around September/October. R2 is around early January. And R3 is March/April-ish.
So think about when you are able to apply. You’ll need to budget:
1) At least 1 month for essays, edits, etc
2) Another month for getting letters of recommendation from multiple bosses. Following up can be a hassel depending on how your work situation is.
3) 1 month for GMAT preparation.
And of course, you should register for the GMAT at the beginning of that 1 month for GMAT preparation. Register earlier if you feel more comfortable with more preparation time. We recommend actually paying the $250 for the exam so that it forces yourself to stay committed to the exam process.GMATPill: We recommend you schedule your GMAT exam 2-3 months before your R1 deadline. Most round 1 applications are due in September/October. So that means you should schedule your exam around June so you have enough time to prepare for all the other parts of the application process. Also, you should already kind of know who you want to write your recommendation.
It’s very easy to procrastinate studying – but if you actually register a date, it can help. You’ll get a deadline for yourself and force yourself to make things happen by that deadline.
How Do I Register for the GMAT?
You must create an account with MBA.com, then proceed through the steps to choose a
testing center and available time. Once you do that, you make your $250 payment and you’ll
have officially registered for the GMAT exam.
But, BEFORE YOU REGISTER, you should browse around the available test centers in your area and see generally when they would be free. Your GMAT Test Date will be determined by when your closest test center is available and reserving that date. You should schedule at least a month in advance to make sure that time slot is open. Also, it’s good to know that most test centers are not open on wkends, though you may occasionally find a Saturday here or there that could be open.
New York GMAT Test Center
For those of you in New York, there’s a testing center on 5th avenue:
Pearson Professional Centers-New York (Manhattan)
500 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10110
Directions: 42nd Street and 5th Avenue. Entrance on 5th Avenue.
Take B,D or F Subway train to 42nd Street exit station at 42nd & 5th NE Corner.
Take A,C or E train to 5th Avenue exit station 42nd and 6th NE Corner.
Take 4,5,6 or 7 train to Grand Central Station exit 42nd and Vanderbuilt, walk two blocks west to 5th Avenue.
Go right off elevator, suite 3120 is on the left, on the 31st floor.
Office #: 212-354-9818
How much does the GMAT cost?
$250 to register for the GMAT exam. $50 to reschedule before 7 days of exam.
Why should I take the GMAT now?
Well, your GMAT test score is valid for 5 Years. Five years is a long time. So even if you are
just out of college, it might make sense to take the exam now while you are still in study mode.
Additionally, it is very stressful studying for the exam while working full time so the best way to
avoid this is to take the test when you have a break.
The GMAT exam preparation process always takes longer than expected. The worst thing you want to do is to eternally procrastinate and never get it done. Before you know it, you’re “too old” for an MBA and will never get this opportunity. Or you’ll be stuck with the job you hate forever and pigeon-holed even further into your job description that you have no way out.
So the GMAT exam opens the door for career changes that allow you to enter new industries at higher levels. If you didn’t go through this route – sure, you can jump from semiconductors to retail, but you’d probably have to start from the bottom. The very bottom. And it would take you many years of luck to get to where you want to be.
Alternatively, if you commit to the 2 year process of a traditional MBA program, you’ll have a lot more upside and career potential. And it all begins with you registering your GMAT test date.
How do I register GMAT test dates if I am a re-taker?
If you’ve already taken the test before but need to retake the GMAT, you will need to wait 31 calendar days – so essentially one full month – before you will be allowed to retake the test.
Also, the GMAT folks limit you to taking the GMAT no more than 5 times in any 12 month period. Really, you should not be taking the GMAT that often. Remember, you want to minimize the stress and strain on your life. You want to maximize the impact of your GMAT score without sacrificing other parts of your life. That’s why proper GMAT preparation is important once you’ve planned and set aside your GMAT test date.
How do I find the nearest GMAT Testing Center?
Well, you can use the Test Center Finder from mba.com here. Or you can call 1-800-717-GMAT (4268) to reach the GMAT folks.
What should I bring to the exam?
Well, make sure you know how to get to the test center – so whether that involves printing out maps and directions or using your GPS – just make sure you get there without stressing too much!
Bring a photo ID – a state issued one. Passport always works. Bring some gatorade – they’re full of electrolytes and are good at stimulating your brain to work better. Eat a light breakfast – don’t do anything drastically different from what you’d normally do.
A light lunch would be good too. If you’re in a big metropolitan area like New York – pick out where you want to grab a light lunch during your break ahead of time. And make sure you budget time for using the bathroom.
What does the unofficial printout look like after the exam?
Well, here’s a copy from a student who did extremely well on the exam. It basically splits down your score between Verbal and Quant and it shows you what percentile you scored in each category. The AWA does not come until later in the mail. For the essay, they will have to actually manually read your essay and score it that way so you won’t get that until a few weeks later.
If you DO have to study for the GMAT while working full time, you should seriously consider a
fast and efficient way of studying such as the GMAT Pill Study Method. The video previews on
the site are good way to see whether this study strategy is for you or not.
Which day should I register my GMAT test date for?
If possible, try to shoot for a Monday or Tuesday testing. Those with full-time jobs can take off on Friday and effectively spend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday doing last minute preparation for the GMAT test on Monday.
You can even take off on Friday and Monday, and schedule your exam for the Tuesday if you really wanted to. This would give you Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday without any other distractions besides GMAT – that’s a total of four days.
Now, not everyone can take off from work, but Monday would be ideal to get your mind in the right mood.
The downside with scheduling your gmat test date on a Thursday or Friday is that it’s that much more difficult to get your mind cleared of work-related stuff. Usually, Mondays are the busiest workdays and if you are very busy for the last few days leading up to your exam, there are higher chances that you could screw up your mental state for the GMAT test if you schedule your test date on a Thursday or Friday.
That’s why, for optimal results, we recommend scheduling your GMAT test date on a Monday and try to take off the previous Friday to allow yourself with a good 3-day weekend to fit in your last minute GMAT studies.
What happens after I schedule my GMAT test date?
Well, the first thing you should do is go through each of the question types on the GMAT test and figure out which questions you are weakest on?
Go to the GMAT Practice Pill and practice on the different GMAT question types
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That's awesome! So I can pick and choose which day to take the exam. Thanks.
Availability of test dates
That's right. Just click the link above to find your closest test center – call them up and schedule an appointment. They're usually available 5 days a week in normal business hours. Be sure you schedule a time that's good for you.
Don't schedule super early in the morning if you're not a morning person!
It's available throughout the year. Be sure to budget dedicated time to focus on the GMAT. Don't mix GMAT study time with essays!
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