What to Expect in the Test Room

I strongly recommend reviewing the official GMAT administrative policies. This will ensure you have the most up-to-date and complete information. The official published policies can be found here. That being said, I want to highlight a few particularly important aspects of the test.

  1. You will have to decide whether to keep your score or not immediately. This is important. The GMAT is electronic, so you will receive your score on all sections except AWA immediately after you finish. You will then have under ten minutes to decide whether you want to keep that score or not. The solution to this is easy. You need to decide on a threshold for your score before you enter the test room. Do not trust yourself to decide whether a score is high enough under intense pressure. Decide on what score is worth keeping when you have time and peace of mind before the test; then stick to this rule in the test room.
  2. Other people will be taking different tests in the same room as you. Not everyone in your testing room will be taking the GMAT. Additionally, not everyone will start their test at the same time. This means that people will be going in and out of the room while your test is going on. The relatively constant flow of people and the constant typing can get distracting, but most test centers provide you with earplugs. You should call your test center in advance to confirm that you will have earplugs during the test.
  3. You will be provided with a laminated notepad and thin dry erase marker in the test room. You can ultimately request as much extra scratch paper as you need, but know that it will also be laminated. Don’t get caught off guard by this. If possible, practice using a dry-erase marker in advance. Otherwise, just be aware that on test-day you will need to us