GMAC Introduces New Changes to GMAT Online Test; Aadhar Approved as Valid ID Proof

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Cyril Zachariah
Updated on Jun 03, 2021 02:21 PM IST

GMAC, the administrator and owner of GMAT, has introduced several new changes to the GMAT Online Test, in a bid to allow more flexibility and easier access to aspiring candidates. Changes to the test and approving Aadhar as a valid ID document are among the few changes made by GMAC.

GMAC Introduces New Changes to GMAT Online Test; Aadhar Approved as Valid ID Proof

Introducing changes and adaptations to the functioning of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is focusing on improving the flexibility and options for the candidates on the day of the test.

GMAT Online Test Enhancements

The GMAT owner and administrator has brought forth regulations and changes that will allow students to satisfy their international business school goals and find it easier to attempt the test. Some of the changes made by GMAC include:

  • Introducing Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) - Candidates will be able to display their writing and critical thinking abilities through the Analytical Writing Assessment section.

  • Ability to Choose Exam Section Order - Candidates now have the option of choosing which section order to attempt the test in.

  • Additional two 8-minute Optional Breaks - GMAC will now give the option to the test-takers to take two additional 8-minute breaks to help prepare for the next section of the test.

  • Immediate Viewing of Unofficial Scores - Once the candidates have completed the test, they will be able to view the unofficial scores of their test and take the necessary steps accordingly.

  • Scheduling GMAT Online Exam appointments as early as 6 months in advance - All candidates will be able to schedule their GMAT Online Exam appointments as early as 6 months before the test date.

Note: With the addition of these new enhancements to the GMAT Online exam, GMAC aims to further align the Online exam with the Test Centre exam with the features mentioned above.

The Chief Product Officer and General Manager Assessments, Joy Jones, commented that the GMAC believes that all test-takers should possess the ability to choose how they test to bring forth their best on the day of the test. She added the continuing enhancements of the GMAT Online Test helps in ensuring consistency in the options despite the candidate’s choice of testing.

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Jones further stated that GMAC will continue to provide further flexibility and support to satisfy the long-term needs of the test-takers and the schools alike. Accommodating to the “uncertainties of the new norm”, the GMAT online exam has become a crucial component, allowing the candidates to confidently test in the test centre or online and qualify the management school admission requirements.

GMAT Now Accepts Aadhar

Among the many changes brought to the online exam, the acceptance of Aadhar as a valid proof of identity brings forth an easier application process for the masses. To meet the ID requirement for the GMAT Online Test registration process, Indian students can now use their Aadhar Card or their passport as their identification document.

However, it should be noted that the Indian students attempting the GMAT test in a specified test centre will only be able to use their passport as their identification document. The use of Aadhar as a valid ID document for GMAT will only be accepted for those attempting the Online Test.

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The South Asian Regional Director for GMAC, Mr Gaurav Srivastav, stated that the move has been made to introduce further flexibility and easier access to candidates who wish to attempt the Enhanced GMAT Online Exam. Approving Aadhar as a valid ID document will facilitate thousands of aspiring candidates from rural and remote areas of the country to appear for the test, virtually, and take chance at pursuing their dream, he added.

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