What test security measures are in place for the GMAT exam?
Given the importance of delivering tests in a responsible manner, we have security measures in place during the registration and check-in processes, we continuously monitor test takers throughout the exam, and we conduct post-exam forensic analysis. These comprehensive measures help to ensure the validity and maintain the integrity of the GMAT exam. As new or improved security technology is introduced, we also leverage it (when appropriate) to look back at past exams and take action if warranted.
Security measures specific to the GMAT exam delivered at a test center include:
- During the exam check-in process, a live proctor will perform an ID check to confirm that you have a valid ID that meets the GMAT ID requirements AND that your ID matches the photo of the ID you uploaded during registration. You will not be permitted to start the exam if your ID is not validated.
- The exam is delivered using proprietary software and check-in protocols (including a palm-vein scan) in a secure environment to ensure there are no disruptions that may compromise the test taking experience or the integrity of the exam results.
- Live monitoring by human proctors throughout the exam is done via webcam and microphone. Any movement, noise or suspicious behavior is immediately flagged by the proctor, and they may pause the exam and intervene to ensure the exam is not compromised.
- Additional post-exam forensic analysis is conducted to identify and act against test takers who have cheated on the exam.
Security measures specific to the GMAT exam delivered online include:
- You are authenticated via approved forms of valid ID and live check-in via a human proctor before starting the exam.
- Your workspace is thoroughly reviewed and monitored before and during the exam as part of 360-degree room scans and video monitoring.
- The exam is delivered using proprietary software and check-in protocols that help to ensure no other programs are running in the background, while the test is being administered, that may compromise the test taking experience or the integrity of the exam results.
- The exam is administered in a secure browser, which is updated on a regular basis to enable improved prohibited application detection.
- Live monitoring by human proctors throughout the exam is done via webcam and microphone. Any movement, noise or suspicious behavior is immediately flagged by the proctor, and they may pause the exam and intervene to ensure the integrity of the workspace and ensure the exam is not compromised.
- Technology is leveraged to ensure you are the same person who registered/checked-in for the exam, that you are sitting for the entire exam (when not on a break), and you do not receive assistance from others during the exam.
- Post-exam forensic analysis is conducted to identify and act against test takers who have cheated on the exam.
Testing Violations and Cheating
We care about you, our test takers, and we want to encourage you not to engage with, or fall victim to, bad actors. Often, services and individuals purporting to help you attain high scores through improper means are scams that cheat and extort candidates out of their money.
There are serious real-world consequences to any attempt to cheat or circumvent security measures:
- Sessions are recorded, and any issues are thoroughly reviewed by our security forensics team.
- Scores are cancelled and schools are informed in any situations involving evidence of cheating and use of unfair means to earn a particular score.
- Potential legal action and restrictions and/or bans on future testing.
- We cooperate with law enforcement investigations and support criminal prosecution of those who have cheated on the exam.
Reporting Cheating or Testing Violations
Some test takers may disregard GMAT test taking rules in an attempt to gain an unfair advantage and do the following:
- Receiving assistance or copying from another test taker
- Taking a test for someone else
- Having access to secure test questions before or after the exam
- Using notes or unauthorized aids
- Attempting to record or otherwise capture test questions
- Leveraging a proxy tester to take the online exam on their behalf
We encourage you to notify us if you observe, or are made aware of, any of the above. If you have any security concerns, or any suspicions of cheating, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.