# Taking the GMAT Online

Looking to take the GMAT? The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) offers a take-at-home option for the GMAT™ Exam called the GMAT Online exam.

## Who Can Take The GMAT Online Exam?

The GMAT Online exam is offered in most countries. There are a few countries that do not allow residents to take the GMAT Online exam due to local regulations, including:

• Mainland China
• Cuba
• Iran
• North Korea
• Sudan

## When Can I Take the GMAT Online?

The GMAT Online exam is available to eligible test-takers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

## GMAT Online Accommodations

The process for requesting accommodations is the same for the online and testing-center versions of the GMAT. For the GMAT Online, GMAC provides accommodations that are feasible within the online format, including extended time and extended breaks. Certain test-taking accommodations, such as a human reader to accommodate visual impairments, can be provided only in a GMAT testing center.

To request GMAT accommodations, submit the Test Accommodation Request Form on the mba.com website.

## GMAT Online Cost

### Can I Take the GMAT Online on a Mac?

Yes, you can take the GMAT Online with a Mac or PC. You can’t take it on an iPad or other tablet.

### Can I use a stylus, pen mouse, or touch screen on the GMAT Online?

You cannot use a stylus, pen mouse, or touch screen on the GMAT Online. You’ll need to use a standard mouse or trackpad.

### Can I use two monitors for the GMAT Online?

You cannot use two monitors for the GMAT Online.

### Can I Wear Earplugs or Headphones During the GMAT Online?

You cannot wear earplugs or headphones while taking the GMAT Online. If you take the GMAT in a testing center, you can wear earplugs that are provided by the testing center.

### What are the GMAT Online tech setup and security checks like?

The security and tech check for the GMAT Online exam takes about 10 minutes, if everything goes smoothly. Sometimes the check needs to be repeated if the initial check fails. You can run a system test at any time.

You will use your webcam to perform the ID check and to show the proctor a 360-degree view of your room. Make sure that all books and papers are not within arm’s reach. Any other electronic devices in the room must be turned off and also not within arm’s reach; alternatively, put them in another room.

Your proctor will answer any questions you have. Once you are done speaking with your proctor, the GMAT Online will be launched and your exam will start.

### What To Do If You Have a Tech Issue During the GMAT Online?

Overall, the odds of having something go wrong are pretty low but it does happen. If you do have a tech issue and are still connected to the exam, click the button to call the proctor and troubleshoot. The proctors are able to reboot the exam if, for example, the online whiteboard or testing screen freezes—and the test will remember how much time you had remaining in that section. You won’t lose the time it takes to reboot the software.

GMAT Online Expert Tip: Check your Activity Monitor (MAC) or Task Manager (PC) before the exam and shut down any unnecessary applications to limit technical difficulties.

GMAC has said that there is some resilience built into the platform; if your Internet is briefly disconnected or your machine freezes, for example, your exam will likely be able to continue from the point at which you were interrupted.

If, for some reason, it’s not possible to continue the test, GMAC’s security team will review the recording; assuming that the tech issue is verified, the test-taker will be allowed to test again for free and the interrupted test will not count towards your lifetime limit of 8 tests. It can take a week or two for GMAC to verify what happened and tell you the resolution.

If this occurs, you would have to start the test again from the beginning. The same thing would happen if there’s a significant disruption in the testing center—if, for example, the center loses power or Internet for an extended period of time.

GMAT Online Expert Tip: Know how to use your phone as a hotspot so that, if your wired Internet connection goes down, you can try to continue while using your phone as your Internet connection. Your phone will have to be in a different room or physically inaccessible to you, so set up your computer to automatically connect to your phone in the event that your regular Internet connection goes down.