Amid the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has announced that the GMAT will become available for online administration in mid-April. While the Executive Assessment remains suspended, the GMAT will be online in affected markets, except for mainland China.
In a statement, GMAC explained:
“We all recognize that this is challenging time with test center closures happening all around the world. And our biggest priority is ensuring we continue to fulfill our mission providing solutions for schools and candidates to discover and evaluate each other.
“Beginning in mid-April we will launch an online proctored alternative to the GMAT exam. The test will offer a comparable structure, time, and scoring as the exam delivered in the test centers. The Quant, Verbal and IR sections (no AWA section) will have the same number of items and the same time for completion. This will allow us to maintain the same score scale for both the Section Scores and Total Score.
“The check-in and security protocols will be modified to accommodate online delivery and remote proctors will be used to manage test integrity.
“The alternative test will be available in impacted markets, outside of mainland China. GMAC is continuing to work with the Chinese government authorities to present appropriate, alternative solutions for test takers in mainland China.
“We look forward to helping candidates and schools with an alternative that upholds our high standards for validity and reliability for the world’s most widely used assessment for MBA and business master’s programs.”
Additionally, the annual GMAC conference, which is scheduled this year for June 17 to 19 in Baltimore, MD, is still on the table as planned, but may change depending on the impact of the coronavirus. Early bird pricing for the conference has been extended through May 15.