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Test Day Decisions

Choices You Will Make at the Test Center on Test Day 

Decision #1 – Prior to Starting the GMAT Exam, Select Your Score Receiving Schools

Before your test day, decide which programs you want to receive your GMAT scores. When you arrive at the test center, and prior to starting the GMAT Exam, you will select up to five schools/programs to receive your Official Score Report.

The Official Score Report will be sent within 20 calendar days of your test. This service is covered by your registration fee. Choose your score recipients wisely, because once you have made your selections they cannot be changed.

A fee is required to send an Additional Score Reports following the selections you made on test day.

Decision #2 – Prior to Starting the GMAT Exam, Select Your Section Order

The Select Section Order screen will be presented on the computer after you select the schools to send your score report, after the navigation tutorial, and immediately prior to beginning your GMAT exam.

You will have three section order options and one minute to make a selection. If you do not make a selection within one minute, the first order will be selected as a default.

  1. Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal
  2. Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment
  3. Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

We suggest that you think through your strengths and the testing strategies that work best for you prior to your GMAT appointment.

 Order #1 Order #2  Order #3 
 Analytical Writing Assessment  Verbal  Quantitative
Integrated Reasoning 
8 min break (optional)   8 min break (optional)   8 min break (optional) 
 Quantitative  Quantitative Verbal 
 8 min break (optional)   8 min break (optional)   8 min break (optional) 
 Verbal  Integrated Reasoning  Integrated Reasoning
 Analytical Writing Assessment  Analytical Writing Assessment

Remember that the breaks are optional; if you don’t want to take your break, you can skip it and continue to the next section of your exam. If you exceed the time limit for your break, the time will be deducted from the next section of your exam.

Decision #3 – After Your GMAT exam, Accept or Cancel Your Scores

When you complete your exam, you will be shown your unofficial GMAT score reports  ̶  Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, and Total. Analytical Writing Assessment scores are not included on unofficial score reports available immediately after the exam, but are reported on official score reports delivered within 20 days.

You will be given two minutes to decide whether to cancel or accept your score. We recommend that before you arrive at the test center, you have thought about what score you're willing to accept.

Other things to know about accepting and canceling your scores:

  • If the time expires before you make a selection, your score will be automatically canceled.
  • If you choose to cancel your scores, your scores will not be sent to any of the schools you selected, you will not receive a hard copy of your unofficial scores at the test center, and you will not be able to access your official score report.
  • Your cancelled scores will not be shown or otherwise indicated on your score reports.
  • Under the extended score cancellation policy, you will be able to cancel your scores online for up to 72 hours after completing the exam for a US$25 fee.
  • If you decide to cancel your scores at the test center, you can reinstate your cancelled GMAT scores online, up to four years and 11 months after your exam date, for a US$50 fee. After that, you cannot retrieve your scores.

Read more about your Score Cancel and Reinstate options.

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If test centers are closed in your area due to the COVID-19 pandemic, consider taking the GMAT Online Exam, an interim, proctored exam that you can take in the comfort of your home.