Latest GMAT Testing Updates due to Coronavirus Outbreak

    Sayantani Barman Sayantani Barman
    Study Abroad Expert

    GMAC, the conducting body of GMAT takes special effort to stop the spreading impact of COVID 19. Due to this epidemic outbreak, GMAT testing has been suspended in many locations due to safety issues. All across the world, it is a challenging issue for the test takers to take GMAT. GMAC decides for the interim GMAT exam to take control of this epidemic situation. Exam comprises the same structure and scoring scale as the original one. Syllabus of GMAT includes sections like Quant, IR, and Verbal except for AWA. Geoffrey Basye, spokesperson of GMAC told that this interim GMAT exam will be available online from mid of April. 

    As COVID-19 wrecks havoc in multiple parts of the world, the World Health Organization has declared it as a public health emergency. The Graduate Management Admission Council without wasting much time has suspended the conduct of the GMAT examination.

    As per the latest updates, the GMAT centers conducting the GMAT examinations are closes till the first week of April. However, it is quite possible that this will be further extended, given the lockdown situation in India.

    As far as the centers which are still open to conduct the GMAT examination, enhanced health and safety measures are in place including enhanced cleaning procedures, hand sanitizer and wipes are provided for exam taking candidates.

    As the situation unfolds with every passing day, it has become even more important to stay up to date regarding any news that breaks out from GMAC.

    However, now the questions arise as to what is to be done if the candidate is having the exam during which the center is suspended to conduct it and what can be done by the students.

    An alternative solution in the making!

    With the news of the suspension of multiple centers around the world, GMAC has prepared itself for a new alternative to the GMAT examination. This test will offer a comparable structure, time and scoring as the exam delivered in the test centers. It is also made public that, the Verbal, IR, and Quant will have the same number of items and time for completion.

    To get this up and running the various security protocols and check-in will be modified to accommodate online delivery and remote proctors will be used to manage test integrity.

    This alternative solution will be offered at a lower price point than the standard GMAT exam to support the test-takers as well as the conducting centers during an unprecedented time. 

    Current Situation of all India centers conducting GMAT

    As per the updates from GMAC, following centers in India have been asked to suspend their operations till April 1, 2020:

    Gujarat – Xavier Research FoundationBhubaneswar – KIIT UniversityChennai – ITM Business School
    Gurugram – Ansal UniversityGuwahati – Assam Don Bosco UniversityPatiala – Thapar University
    Nagpur – Unisoft TechnologiesKolkata – Brainware UniversityBangalore – M.S. Engineering College
    Ranchi – Infinity AcademyPatiala – Thapar universityMumbai – K.P.B Hinduja College of commerce
    Lucknow – Ansal Technical CampusTiruchirappalli – National Institute Of Technology (till 1 June 2020)Vellore – Vellore Institute of Technology (till 1 June 2020)

    Centers closed in other countries mostly till the mid of April include:

    Canada – All centers
    Columbia – Bogata
    United States
    Argentina – Buenos Aires – ICANA
    Brazil Belo Horizonte _ WGC Sistemas
    Brazil Curitiba – You Talk Idiomas
    Brazil Rio de Janeiro – Instituto de Formacao Internet
    Brazil Brazilia – Casa Thomas Jefferson
    Chile – Santiago
    Paraguay – Asuncion
    Costa Rica – San Jose
    Peru – Lima
    Bulgaria – Sofia
    Venezuela – Caracas
    El Salvador – San Salvador
    Ecuador – Quito – William Shakespeare School
    Honduras – Tegucigalpa – POPA

    Kazakhstan Nur Sultan
    Kazakhstan Almaty – Kazakh British Study Centre M&K
    Kazakhstan Almaty – High Tech for Human
    State of Palestine Bethlehem University
    State of Palestine Gaza – AMIDEAST Gaza
    Turkey Ankara – TOBB
    Turkey Ankara – Yildirim Beyazit University
    Bahrain – Manama
    Egypt Cairo – American University of Languages
    Egypt Cairo – Global Knowledge
    Ghana – Accra – Linear Assessment Services
    Jordan Amman – Specialized Technical Services
    Jordan Amman – Adoum Cultural center
    Kenya – Nairobi -UNISERV LTD
    Kuwait City
    Lebanon – Beirut
    Oman Muscat – Gulf College
    Oman Muscat – National Training Institute
    The Bahamas – The College of The BahamasCroatia
    Hungary – Budapest
    Belgium – Mechelen
    Czech Republic – Prague
    Finland – Espoo
    Italy Trento – Trento University
    Italy Rome – RTS Testing and language center
    Italy Milan – SELEXI
    Latvia – Riga Business School
    Lithuania – Vilnius – IT ProTraining
    Norway – Oslo
    Netherlands Amsterdam – Compu’Train Amsterdam
    Netherlands Nieuwegein – Global Knowledge
    Netherlands Utrecht –
    Macedonia – Skopje – IT ProTraining
    Portugal Lisbon Rumos
    Portugal Porto CESAE Porto
    Poland – Krakow – Compendium
    Spain Madrid – New Horizon Madrid
    Spain Barcelona – KnowTech
    Romania – Bucharest
    Switzerland Laussane – ISEIG
    Switzerland St Gallen University
    Switzerland Zurich – Helidux Academy
    United Kingdom
    Pakistan Islamabad – USEFP
    Pakistan Karachi
    Qatar Qatar University
    Qatar Al-Attiya Computer & Technology
    Qatar Family Computer Center
    Saudi Arabia Dammam – iCandle – Male Candidates
    Saudi Arabia Dammam – iCandle- Female Candidates
    Saudi Arabia Jeddah – University of Business and Technology (Male & Female)
    Saudi Arabia Dammam – Al-Bassam Institute (Male candidates)
    Saudi Arabia Jeddah – Topaz System (male)
    Saudi Arabia Jeddah – Topaz system (Female)
    Saudi Arabia Riyadh – Topaz System (Male and Female)
    State of Palestine – Bethlehem
    Tanzania – Dar Es Salaam
    UAE Sharjah
    UAE Dubai
    UAE Abu Dhabi – The UAE Academy
    UAE Abu Dhabi – New Horizons CLC
    UAE Sharjah – American University of Sharjah
    Morocco – Rabat – AMIDEAST
    Australia Perth – ATI-Mirage
    Australia St Lucia – University of Queensland
    Australia Toowoomba – University of Southern Queensland
    Indonesia – Jakarta – PT. Executrain Nusantarajaya
    China – Mainland
    Mongolia – Ulan Bator
    South Korea Daegu Region
    South Korea Seoul
    South Korea Busan – Dong Sung Vocational Training School
    Thailand – Chaing Mai

    Candidate's Approach if the GMAT exam is scheduled at a test center that is closed

    It is important to note that amid COVID-19, most of the GMAT examinations are either being rescheduled or are getting canceled. In any case i.e. cancellation or rescheduling of the examination, a full refund of the test fees is being provided.

    Candidates will be given updates through the registered email id. The mail will indicate if the exam has been rescheduled or has been canceled.

    In case, the candidate does not want a refund for the GMAT test that has been canceled automatically, a reschedule request would be required to set up by the examinee. It is also advised that while rescheduling your appointment, please keep in mind that other countries are placing travel restrictions on those in affected areas.

    Thus, it’s recommended that you check it, before scheduling a new appointment in a different country or city

    The candidates can also reach to the regional Customer Service center for further support in rescheduling an appointment.

    When to expect the refund, if the GMAT appointment is canceled?

    If the candidate has made the payment through your credit card, the refund amount will be automatically refunded within 3-5 days of receiving the cancellation confirmation email.



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