Taking GMAT

Step-by-Step Guide for Taking the GRE

Taking GMAT is often considered as a wearisome and difficult process because of its competitive nature. Unlike other standardized tests, you need to register yourself based on your convenience to appear for the test. For other standardized tests, a common date is set when all candidates appear for the test at a given test center. However, for taking GMAT, you must decide your own date and a location convenient for you.

It is advisable to appear for the test as early as possible, even if you are in school. This is because the GMAT scores are valid for 5 years, which means that by the time you have finished graduate school, you are ready to apply to colleges. Also, an important fact that goes unrecognized is that the concepts of verbal and quantitative sections/subjects are still afresh in your mind when you are at school and the level of intuition is also greater, which starts to diminish as you progress towards finishing your graduate study course. Therefore, the best time for taking GMAT is during the transition phase between your junior school and senior school or immediately after appearing for your final graduation exam. During these phases, you will be better prepared to face the pressures of taking GMAT. To explain better, you need to check the dates of application for a respective B-school; usually there are three sessions when you can apply (Fall, Winter, Spring). If you want to apply for the September session, ideally you must be prepared for taking GMAT during the April-June timeframe.

Now that you are familiar with the timeframe involved, you might be confused about whether you need to prepare for taking GMAT before registering or after registering. The decision lies entirely with you. You need to determine how well prepared you are to be able to decide the preparation timeframe and strategy for taking GMAT. If you feel that your concepts are strong enough and you might require minimal preparation, you can register for the test first and then begin your preparation. If you have not studied or appeared for any exam for a while, it would be advisable to prepare thoroughly first, so that after registering, you can practice as much as you need to. However, you can register for the test first in order to motivate yourself to prepare for the exam.

Here is a step-by-step guide to register yourself for taking GMAT:

  1. Create an account on the official GMAT website: mba.com. Ensure that you provide details for all the fields as accurately as possible.
    Note: If you have a disability, you can register yourself through the “Register as a Test Taker With Disabilities” page on the official website.
  2. Browse through the available centers to select a test center that is located near you. You can select up to 4 test centers in order of preference.
  3. After selecting the test center, you need to pay the test scheduling fees. The fee to schedule an appointment is $250. You can also reschedule an appointment by paying the rescheduling fee ($50). However, cancelling a schedule is an expensive issue; you will be entitled to an $80 refund if you cancel your appointment 7 days prior to the date of test. If you cancel your appointment less than 7 days before the test, you will not be entitled to any refund. For any appointments by phone, extra service charges are levied, that is $10.

Taking the GMAT needs to be a well-thought and planned process. Most importantly, you need to decide when you can take the test. For example, if you are working, you will find it challenging to prepare for the test and work at the same time. In such a situation, you need to decide the appropriate time when you can appear for the test bearing in mind the application dates for the B-school where you want to apply.

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