Table of Contents
1. I’m Taking the GMAT. Should I Take the GMAT Online or Offline?
2. Rescheduling and Cancellation Cost
3. Final Thoughts

I’m Taking the GMAT. Should I Take the GMAT Online or Offline?

Good news! There is no difference in test quality if you choose to take the test online versus at one of many GMAT test centers. 

Prior to 2021, the GMAT structure was different online with break deviations and question formatting, but as of April 9th, 2021, they are exactly the same.

Check out 700+ Club’s comparison chart to see what testing style would suit you best.

GMAT Testing Features GMAT Online GMAT Test Centers
Duration 3 hours + 7 minutes 3 hours + 7 minutes
Structure Four sections + 8 two minute breaks Four sections + 8 two minute breaks
Appointment Availability 7 days a week, bookable 6 months in adavance 7 days a week, bookable 6 months in adavance
Reschedule Cost See Rescheduling below See Rescheduling below
Cancellation Cost See Cancellation below See Cancellation below
Score Validity Scores are valid for 5 years Scores are valid for 5 years
Sending Scores Send to 5 schools for free, additional reports for a fee Send to 5 schools within 48h for free, additional reports for a free
Scatch Work Physical whiteboard + Online whiteboard Online whiteboard
Exam Attempts 5 in a 12-month rolling period (8 lifetime attempts) 5 in a 12-month rolling period (8 lifetime attempts)

Rescheduling and Cancellation Cost

In order to reschedule your exam, you must reference the GMAT online database for unique pricing and location-specific costs. Check out the database here!

Final Thoughts

If your closest GMAT testing center is miles away, opt for an online test to get it done from the comfort of your own home. You’ll have to be early to the exam for the proctor to test your surroundings, and you can’t be distracted. The second you leave the screen of your computer, your test is considered finished. Keep this in mind when you’re taking the GMAT online.

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