Planning for Your Test Day

Before the day of your GMAT exam, you will want to review these regulations so that you arrive confident, focused, and ready to do your best.

On Test Day

  • Make sure you know how to get to the test center.
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled GMAT exam.
  • When you arrive at the test center, you must check in. If you arrive more than 15 minutes after your scheduled exam time, you may not be admitted, and you may lose your test fee.
  • Part of the check-in procedure will include identification (ID) verification (see Presenting Proper Identification). Where allowed by law (which is almost everywhere), the test center administrator will also take your digital photograph and/or signature, as well as digital scans of your palm vein pattern.
  • Every test taker is required to adhere to the Testing Rules & Agreement for the location in which the test is being delivered. You can review the Testing Rules & Agreement for your location. View Location Specific Test Center Regulations.

At the Test Center

  • Friends or relatives who accompany you to the test center are not permitted to wait in the center or contact you while you are taking the test.
  • Personal items are not permitted in the testing room, and testing aids are not allowed at any time in the test center (see Know What to Bring and What to Leave at Home). You can store personal items before being seated at your workstation, but please keep in mind that storage space is limited.
  • Weapons are prohibited from the test center. These items are not allowed on the premises and may not be stored in the provided lockers. This policy includes off-duty law enforcement officers and persons that conceal and carry permits. Only emergency personnel responding to an incident at a test center are excluded from this policy.

Testing Room

  • The GMAT exam is administered in a room with private computer workstations. Testing premises are subject to audio/video recording.
  • On occasion, weather conditions or other circumstances beyond the test administrator's control may require a delayed start or the rescheduling of your test.
  • If technical problems, weather conditions, or other circumstances necessitate canceling your test session or prevent reporting of your scores, you will either be offered the opportunity to schedule another test free of charge or receive a full refund of the original test fee.
  • Testing must begin promptly once you are seated at the computer.

During the Test

  • The exam time is just under three and a half hours, including two optional breaks. If you exceed the time allowed for a break, the extra time will be deducted from your remaining test time.
  • Dress comfortably and be prepared to adapt if the room temperature changes.
  • You will not be permitted to leave the testing room without the test administrator’s permission. You will generally be required to provide a digital palm vein pattern any time you enter the testing room to verify the identity confirmed during check-in.
  • You will not be allowed to eat, drink, or use tobacco while in the testing room; however, you may access food and drink during your scheduled breaks.
  • Access to telephones, cellular (mobile) phones, or other communication devices or test aids such as calculators will not be permitted at any time while you are in the test center, during the test session or during breaks.
  • If you believe you have a problem with your computer, need to replace a noteboard, or require any other assistance, raise your hand and notify the test administrator.
  • You may not leave the testing room while timed sections of the test are being administered. If there is an emergency and you must leave your seat during the test session, raise your hand and notify the test administrator. The timing for the test section you are working on will not stop during your absence.
  • Repeated or lengthy departures from your workstation will be documented by the test administrator and reported to and investigated by Pearson VUE and the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

Disruptions in Testing and Potential Compromises

GMAC, Pearson VUE, and ACT strive to ensure that the GMAT exam is administered in a standardized and uninterrupted manner. If events occur that cause testing to be canceled or severely interrupted, involve a mistiming on any part of the test, result in a deviation from required testing procedures, raise concerns about possible advance access to exam content by one or more examinees, interfere with any other test taker or test center personnel, or otherwise disrupt or compromise the normal testing process, GMAC and/or Pearson VUE will examine the situation and determine if corrective action is warranted, including score cancellation(s) or non-scoring of exams. If GMAC and/or Pearson VUE, in their sole discretion, determine that such action is warranted, each affected examinee will be offered the option either to retest at no additional fee or to receive a refund of his or her examination fee (unless the affected examinee is found to have caused or been involved in the conduct which resulted in the corrective action, in which event GMAC and/or Pearson VUE shall have the right to withhold either or both of these options and to pursue all available remedies with respect to that examinee). If a retest is offered and an examinee selects that option, the examinee must retake the entire exam in order to produce a valid score. These remedies are the exclusive remedies available to examinees affected by disruptions in testing or potential compromises through prior access to exam content by one or more examinees.