AMG Test Prep Club – When is the GMAT? How to Find Your Local Test Dates
One of the most important aspects to consider before applying to school is scheduling your GMAT exam. The majority of graduate business programs require this score to be submitted with your application, but when should you schedule the test itself and how do you find your local test dates?
Choose a Date
You will want to schedule your exam as early as possible, as there are many advantages to this. First, the sooner you take the test, the better chances you have of earning a higher score. This is because the information you have retained from studying is easier to remember. Another benefit is ensuring you will meet the application deadline.
FInd Your Local Testing Center
Now that you have chosen your exam date, it is time to find your local testing center. The GMAT exam is only administered through Pearson VUE test centers. To find your local testing center, refer to the mba.com website. Click on GMAT, register for the GMAT exam, and choose “Find a Test Center.” Enter your zip code when prompted, and press enter.
Prepare for the Exam
We suggest studying at least two hours a day or more if needed. Also, choose more than one method to prepare. Do not simply read a GMAT test prep book from start to
finish. Take practice tests online and find other study resources as well.
The test itself is computer adaptive and consists of an analytical writing section with one essay (30 minutes), an integrated reasoning section (30 minutes), a quantitative section (62 minutes), and a verbal section (65 minutes).
The Day of Your Exam
Plan on arriving at the testing center about 30 minutes before your scheduled
appointment to allow you enough time to check in. You will need to gather some items to bring with you such as:
- Government issued identification (name must be an exact match as your GMAT registration)
- An appointment confirmation letter or email
- A light sweater or jacket (testing centers can be
What to Expect at the Testing Center
Once you arrive at the testing center, you will check in at the front desk. They will check your identification and verify your appointment. Next, they will take a scan of the palm of your hand. This is an important step because you will not be able to access the test without it. Then you will be shown your locker for you to store your personal items.
When you go into the test room, you will need to scan your palm to enter,
including when you return from breaks. Many other people will be there taking exams other than the GMAT so break times will vary. We recommend making use of your breaks to stretch out and clear your mind.
Want to prepare for the GMAT exam with the best prep available? Check out the Test Prep Club website today!