How to Register for the GMAT

How to Register for the GMAT

The GMAT is offered by appointment, at your convenience, almost every day of the year. You will
be required to register online before making an appointment.

You can register online for the GMAT at mba.com. The cost—or “appointment fee”–to take the exam is currently $250. The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) takes personal checks, money orders, and most major credit cards.

If you’re re-taking the GMAT, just follow the same procedures. However, keep in mind that you are not allowed to take the GMAT more than once in any 31-day period.

 

Choose a Testing Center

Before you register, find a testing center that’s convenient for you and determine whether that site has available seats. Each testing center operates on its own schedule and can accommodate varying numbers of test takers. To locate a testing center near you, go to mba.com

Register and Schedule Your Appointment

Available time slots change continuously as people register for the test. You will find out what times are available at your chosen testing center when you register. You may be able to schedule an appointment within a few days of your desired test date, but popular dates (especially weekends) fill up quickly. Admissions deadlines for business schools vary. Check with the schools and make your test appointment early enough to allow your scores to be reported before the schools’ application deadlines.
You may register and schedule your appointment online, by phone, by mail, or by fax:

Register by Phone

The Americas: Call toll-free (within the United States and Canada only) 800-717-GMAT (4628) or call the customer service line (952) 681-3680. The lines are operational from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central Time.

Asia Pacific: +852-3077-4926, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. AEST

China: 86-10-82345675, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. China Standard Time

India: +91 120 439-7830, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Indian Standard Time

Europe/Middle East/Africa: +44 (0) 161 855 7219, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. GMT

Register by Fax

Download the Test Center List, Country Code List, and GMAT Appointment Scheduling form, available at mba.com Fill out the GMAT Appointment Scheduling form. If you wish to fax your form, use one of the following fax numbers, based on your location:

The Americas: (952) 681-3681

Asia Pacific and India: +91-120-4001660

China: 86-10-61957800

Europe/Middle East/Africa: +44 (0) 161 855 7301

Register by Mail

If you wish to mail your form, send your completed form to the following address. Keep in mind that mail from some countries can take as long as eight weeks to arrive in the United States:
Pearson VUE
Attention: GMAT Program
PO Box 581907
Minneapolis, MN 55458-1907, USA

The fee to take the GMAT is US$250 worldwide. It is payable by credit card online or by mailing in a check. If you have questions about GMAT registration, visit mba.com or call 800-717-GMAT (4628).

Rescheduling or Canceling an Appointment

If you need to reschedule the date, time, or location of your appointment, there is a US$50 fee as long as you reschedule at least seven days before your original appointment. If you need to reschedule fewer than seven days before your original date, you have to pay the full registration amount again. Rescheduling can be done online at mba.com or by calling one of the numbers listed previously. If you reschedule over the phone, you may be subject to an additional fee. You cannot reschedule an appointment by mail or fax.
If you need to cancel your appointment, you will receive a US $80 refund (as this book goes to press) as long as you cancel at least seven days before your original appointment. If you cancel fewer than seven days before your original date, you forfeit the entire registration fee. For registration fees paid by credit card, the refund amount will be credited to the card. If the fee was paid by check or money order, you will receive a check in the mail. Cancellations can be made online at mba.com or by calling one of numbers listed previously, based on your location. If you cancel over the phone, you may be subject to an additional fee. You cannot cancel an appointment by mail or fax.

The Day of the Test

You should arrive at your testing center 30 minutes before the time of your scheduled appointment.
You must complete a number of security measures before you will be allowed to take the exam. A late arrival (15 minutes or more) may result in you being turned away from the testing center and forfeiting of your test fee.

Identify Yourself Correctly

When scheduling your test appointment, be sure that the spelling of your name and your stated date of birth match the ID you will present at the testing center. If those do not match, you will not be permitted to take the test, and your test fee will be forfeited.
You will be asked to present ID—no exceptions. The following are the only acceptable forms:
  • Passport
  • Government-issued driver’s license
  • Government-issued national/state/province identity card (including European ID card)
  • Military ID card
If you aren’t a citizen of the country in which you take your test, you’ll probably need your passport. In some countries, a passport will always be required. Visit mba.com for the current requirements. The ID must be current (not expired) and legible, and it should contain all four of the elements listed below. If you do not have one ID with all four of these elements, you will need to bring a second ID (also from the list above) that shows the missing elements.
  1. Your name in the Roman alphabet. It must be exactly the same as what you provided when you made your appointment, including the order and placement of the names.
  2. Your date of birth. The date of birth must also exactly match the date provided when you made your appointment.
  3. A recent, recognizable photograph
  4. Your signature
If these elements do not match what the test administrator has on file for you, you will not be allowed to take the GMAT, and your test fee will be forfeited.
Before you schedule your test appointment, make sure you understand all the requirements that are particular to your situation and have acquired or renewed the ID you will use. Also, note that if your ID is found to be fraudulent or invalid after you take the exam, your scores will be canceled and your test fee forfeited.