COVID-19 has had a staggering (surprising) impact on global education over a billion students worldwide. They are not able to go to school/university due to this pandemic and to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
Let’s briefly discuss about GMAT testing; GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a standard exam which is accepted as admission criteria by over 2,ooo business school over the globe. There is no substitute available for GMAT as most of the B-school participates in ranking and these rankings are based on average GMAT score. No B-school has so much time, money to give 2 hours looking at a single application and make sense that the student will be successful in the future in business school or not.
GMAT is conducted all around the year, the dates are flexible can be given maximum 5 times in a year and 8 times in a lifetime with 16 days gap between any two successive GMAT attempts. So to follow this basic curriculum is becoming tough in the time of pandemic (COVID-19).
Impact on GMAT Testing
• The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), owner and administrator of the GMAT exam has closed test centers and suspended test-taking locations around the world.
• On April 15, 2020 GMAC announced the release of the GMAT online exam. Test will be online and can be given at home.
• You can register for a GMAT Online exam up to 24 hours before an available testing window. Dates are available for appointment from April 20, 2020 until June 15, 2020. We will add further for future appointment details.
• The online exam is open to all test takers and the format is designed to support the student's needs to meet B-school, excluding Mainland, China, Iran, Cuba, Sudan, Slovenia, and North Korea.
• Test which will be conducted will be shorter than what it was before. The online test will be structured very closely to the regular exam, with the Quant, Verbal and IR sections all maintaining the same number of questions and time allotment.
• The AWA (analytical writing assessment) will be locked as when testing is conducted at home, they have to apply invigilator and camera after every student to avoid copy-paste.
• Your online exam details are monitored by a Pearson VUE proctor and your session will be recorded, both audio and video all are keenly observed by the administrator.
• The student who fell stressed they can freely give the test at home, stress is reduced
• Chances are that the pricing of GMAT, the application and all will be lower than before.
• Coronavirus gives some optimism for the career in healthcare, as after improvement pharmaceuticals companies are going to hire employees on a large scale for research purposes and management.
• Most of the students are not taking admission in 2020, due to some migration criteria issued by countries and travel headache.
• Some colleges like INSEAD, IMD ask the student to submit an application without their GMAT/GRE score. ISB (Indian School Of Business) is also doing the same.
Interim GMAT word is used a lot which means that there may be changes in the future so the GMAT won't suffer from the loss of any changes happening, whatever guidelines are given are likely to change so no refund will be given to students in future.