What to Expect at the GMAT Test Center

Q: What ID do I need to bring to the test center?

A: Your ID must be government-issued, valid (not expired), original (no photocopies), legible and include:

  • A recent, recognizable photo
  • Your name in the Roman alphabet, spelled exactly as you provided when you registered
  • Your signature
  • Your date of birth as you provided at registration
    Acceptable IDs include a driver’s license, government-issued ID, military ID, permanent resident/green card, or passport. Learn more about presenting proper identification.

Learn more about presenting proper identification

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Q: Am I allowed to use a calculator during my exam?

You are not allowed to bring your own calculator for the exam. A calculator will be provided for use during the Integrated Reasoning section only. Calculators are not permitted during the Quantitative section. You will be provided with note boards and markers to work out your calculations on the Quantitative section. In addition, no personal items are allowed in the exam room. You will be provided with a locker for your personal belongings.

See What to Bring to the Test Center for more information on items not permitted during the test session.

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Q: What if I need my cellular (mobile) phone at the test center?

A: You may not bring your cellular (mobile) phone into the testing room, nor may you check or use your phone during breaks. You may store your phone in a locker during your test, but the test administrator is not responsible for lost or stolen items. If you do access your cell phone at any time during your exam time, your exam will be cancelled and your exam fee will be forfeited.

If there is an emergency, you may ask the test administrator to use the test center’s telephone during breaks.

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Q: Can I access anything from the storage locker during break?

A: You are permitted to access snacks and necessary items, such as medication that has to be taken at a specified time. You may not access study aids, phones, or other electronic devices during breaks.

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Q: What if I need more break time than I am given?

A: Breaks are timed, and any extra time taken will be deducted from the time you are given to complete the next section. Testing accommodations are available for test takers who meet certain eligibility criteria and properly document their request.

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Q: What if I need an unscheduled break?

A: If there is an emergency, raise your hand to get the administrator’s attention. The administrator will set your workstation to break mode, and you may leave the testing room. The exam timer will NOT stop during your unscheduled break.

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