GMAT Registration Policy
Over five thousand business and graduate management programs at more than 1800 schools around the world factor an applicant’s score on the Graduate Management Admission Test into the admissions process. Statistics demonstrate that GMAT scores are generally better indicators of first-year grades in these programs than are undergraduate grade point averages. Admissions officers at leading business schools worldwide recognize the GMAT as the most effective predictor of success.
Choosing a Test Center
The GMAT is administered by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). In order to register for the GMAT, you must first choose a test center. Test centers worldwide can be located via the GMAC website, www.mba.com.
The vast majority of test centers—including all locations in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories—are permanent facilities that offer the test year-round. Many international sites, however, offer the test only at limited times of the year.
Scheduling an Appointment
Once you have chosen a test center, the next step is to schedule an appointment to take the test. Appointments for test centers in the Americas can be scheduled by calling 800-717-GMAT or by contacting the specific test center directly. Appointments for all other test centers can be scheduled by calling the appropriate regional registration center; phone numbers for these centers can be found on the GMAC website. Students can also choose to register online or by mail. Online and telephone registration requires a debit or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express) and payment of the entire testing fee (U.S. $250) at the time of registration.
Rescheduling the Test Appointment
Rescheduling the date, time, or location of the GMAT requires an additional fee of $50, which can be paid with a credit card either online or by phone. If you choose to reschedule by phone, the appropriate number to call is the same number that you originally used to register for the test (i.e., the specific test center, the regional registration center, or 800-717-GMAT). The rescheduled test date can be no more than six months from the original test date. The deadline for rescheduling is seven days before the test date; after that time, the entire $250 testing fee is forfeited if you fail to take the GMAT on the scheduled date.
Canceling the Test Appointment
If you cancel your test appointment at least seven days before the test date, you will receive a partial refund of $80. After the seven-day deadline, however, the entire $250 testing fee is forfeit. Students can cancel their test appointments either online or by phone. If you choose to cancel by phone, the number to call is the same number that you originally used to register for the test (i.e., the test center, the regional registration center, or 800-717-GMAT).
Retaking the Test
Students may take the GMAT no more than once in any 31-day period and no more than five times in any twelve-month period. The GMAC may waive the latter restriction in certain cases. Students seeking permission to take the test more than five times in a twelve-month period must submit a written request by mail (more information can be found on the GMAC website). In addition, any student who scores an 800 on the GMAT is prohibited from taking the test for five (5) years from his or her exam date.
For additional information about how to register for the GMAT, visit www.mba.com.