The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) exam has been the leading entry assessment for business programs for more than 60 years. In the times of COVID-19, the option to take this exam online has become a topic of increasing interest. Saunders College of Business is looking to help future business students gain access to the GMAT and provide information on the differences between on-site versus online testing.

For applicants that choose to take the GMAT online, there are three sections in a fixed order: Quant, Verbal and Integrated Reasoning. The duration is two hours and 45 minutes, plus 15 minutes for check-in. The online exam can only be taken once, and results will become available within seven business days of completion, with the ability to send your score to unlimited programs. There is a flat fee of $200 to take the exam. This option is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so it is ideal for people looking for flexibility and convenience.

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If you choose to take the GMAT exam on-site, you will have an additional section to complete: Analytical Writing. This could benefit your score and allow you to show off your skill if you are a talented writer. However, it does add time to the duration, which is three hours and seven minutes, plus 30 minutes for check-in. In-person tests can be taken in any section order and offer more breaks that last longer during the exam. Testing centers are open seven days a week, and exams can be scheduled up to six months in advance. Your score is immediately available to you, and you may select up to five programs to receive your results at no charge. Price varies by location.

For a side-by-side comparison of the GMAT on-site and online, view the official GMAT Outline. Saunders College of Business is happy to offer help finding GMAT study resources and providing GMAT Waiver Options. If you have any admissions questions, feel free to reach out to Peggy Tirrell or apply to Saunders today!