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How to Register for the GMAT, Cancel Your Scores or Retake the Test

GMAT testing is available year-round in more than 100 different countries. On this page you'll learn more about testing availability and how to register for the GMAT (make a testing appointment). You'll also examine policies and decision factors for canceling GMAT scores and for retaking the exam.

NOTE: All references on this page to the official GMAC website are to www.mba.com (new browser window). For complete and up-to-date information on the topics discussed here, be sure to consult the GMAC site.

When and Where is the GMAT Available?

The computer-based GMAT. The computer-based GMAT (the GMAT CAT) is administered year-round at more than 500 locations, most of which are in North America. Testing centers are located at privately operated testing centers as well as certain colleges and universities. A complete list of GMAT computer-based test centers is available at the GMAC website and in the official GMAT Bulletin (published annually).

The paper-based GMAT. The GMAT is administered as a paper-based exam only in certain remote areas outside of North America where the computer-based network is not available. The number of times per year that the paper-based GMAT is administered varies from one to four, depending on the country. A complete list of international paper-based testing locations and test dates is available at the GMAC website and in the GMAT Bulletin.

NOTE: Registration procedures for the paper-based GMAT are significantly different than for the computer-based exam.

Scheduling an Appointment to Take the GMAT CAT

In order to take the computer-based GMAT you must schedule a test appointment by one of these methods:

  1. Online. You can schedule a test appointment at the GMAC website. (Registration as an mba.com user is required.)

  2. By telephone. Call your regional registration number. For registration in the Americas, the number is 1-800-717-GMAT. (Phone numbers for all regions are provided at the GMAC website.)

  3. By mail or fax. You can schedule a test appointment by mailing or faxing a GMAT appointment scheduling form. This printable form is available at the GMAC website or by calling the GMAT Customer Service number for your region.

If you make an appointment online or by phone or fax, you'll need a credit card to pay the registration fee. If you make an appointment by mail, you can submit a credit card number, cashier's check, money order or personal check.

You might be able to sit for the GMAT within a few days after scheduling an appointment. Keep in mind, however, that popular test centers may experience significant backlogs. Also, you might find it more difficult to schedule a weekend test date than a weekday test date. So be sure to plan ahead and schedule your GMAT early enough to meet your B-school application deadlines.

Canceling or Rescheduling Your GMAT Appointment

You can reschedule or cancel a GMAT test appointment online (if you registered at the GMAC website) or by phone. To reschedule your appointment you must pay a rescheduling fee. If you cancel (rather than reschedule) an appointment, you're allowed only a partial refund of your testing fee and only if you cancel earlier than 7 days before your test date.

Canceling Your GMAT Scores

During the test. You can quit any time during the test. If you decide to quit, no score for any test section (including any section you've completed) will be tabulated, recorded, or reported.

After the test. Immediately after the timed exam the GMAT CAT testing system will prompt you to either (1) view your unofficial score report or (2) cancel your scores. You'll be given a few minutes to decide. Once you elect to see your unofficial score report, you'll no longer have the option of canceling your scores.

NOTE: Your unofficial score report provides Quantitative, Verbal and Integrated Reasoning scores but does not provide an Analytical Writing Assessment score.

Effect of score cancellation. Score cancellations are reported to the schools, but scores for cancelled tests are not. The schools do not look upon score cancellations unfavorably, and so the fact that cancellations are reported should not influence your decision as to whether you should cancel your scores.

NOTE: Partial score cancellations (for only certain test sections) are not available, nor are fee refunds for score cancellations made either during or immediately after the test.

Retaking the GMAT

Although you may take the GMAT as many times as you want, you are not permitted to take the exam more than once during any 31-day period, even if you've quit the test or cancelled your scores. In other words, after taking the exam you must wait more than one month before you retake it. No exceptions to this policy are allowed.

In deciding whether to retake the test, consider these factors:

  • How well you already performed on the GMAT vis-a-vis your realistic potential

  • Whether your new GMAT scores will be reported to the schools early enough to meet application deadlines

  • Whether the schools to which you are applying average your GMAT scores or consider only your highest GMAT scores

  • Whether you can afford the fees for taking the GMAT again (the fee is the same each time you take the test)

Also keep in mind that most second-time test takers improve on their first set of GMAT scores. So if time permits and you can afford the testing fee, you should at least consider taking the GMAT twice.