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GMAT Registration: When Should you Schedule your GMAT?

(for just the basic details about registering, scheduling, re-scheduling, and canceling scroll down to the bottom!)

Let's start off with some basic facts about GMAT registration:

1. You can register for a GMAT exam 365 days per year (366 on leap year)

2. You can only register for one GMAT at a time. Meaning you can't register for one GMAT in June and another in July just in case you goof up the June test.

3. You can take the GMAT once every 16 days.

4. You can only take the GMAT 5 times in one year.

OK - back to the question of when to schedule.This comes up with every GMAT student and the answer is that it depends. First off, if you haven’t done any GMAT preparation and you don’t have the GMAT Prep software yet then it would be a good idea to start your study program by completing your GMAT registration with GMAC so that you can download the GMAT Prep software which gives you access to the GMAT Prep tests, Exam Pack 1, and Question Pack 1.

If you haven’t started your GMAT studying then you may want to wait to schedule the exam

Yes, it may feel good to get the GMAT date all set but it may be better to take some time to take a GMAT practice test so that you can take stock of where you are and make an informed decision about how much time it will take to reach your ideal GMAT score. So go ahead and complete your GMAT registration, download the GMATprep software, and take a GMAT diagnostic. It can be painful to sit down to get this done. It can also be painful to see your first GMAT score. Don’t worry about it. You have to start somewhere. Maybe its worth knocking out a GRE practice test as well to compare the starting scores. Here's a GRE vs GMAT discussion.

Be realistic and give yourself enough time to study

What did you get on your GMAT diagnostic? What is your score goal? If there’s a big gap be thinking 3 months minimum of consistent GMAT studying. Yes, I have seen amazing increases in 6 weeks but in general learning takes time. Be honest about how much time you have to study and how quickly you learn. Don’t worry if you are a slower learner.  How quickly you learn has no bearing on what your final GMAT score can be.

Let’s get that GMAT Scheduled!

Provided that you have taken a practice test and considered how much GMAT studying you may need I am in favor of scheduling your GMAT as soon as possible. Why? Scheduling a test can help focus your studying. Also, if you schedule in advance you’ll have a better chance of getting the date and time that you want. In busy urban centers (such as NYC) the GMAT appointments fill up quickly.  It only costs $50 to reschedule your GMAT so why not secure a date? Don't panic if your dream test date is not available. Register for the next best option but keep checking back (a few times a day) to see whether your top pick opens up. Other people are re-scheduling and canceling all the time so if you are diligent it's not unlikely that you'll be able to register for your ideal time.

Don’t be afraid to give yourself more time

A few extra weeks of GMAT practice tests and solidifying can make a huge difference in your GMAT score. Don’t rush in the end of your GMAT preparation just because you have a GMAT date set. With at least 7 days of notice you can reschedule the GMAT date for a fee of $50. You can change the GMAT date and the test center. Don’t be afraid to make use of this option.

Further Reading

If you are just getting started in your GMAT preparation these GMAT Study Schedules might help you get organized. And while you’re at it consider reading Essential GMAT Study Skills. Both articles are helpful for GMAT people just starting out and in need of a little direction. Also, the GMAC GMAT Registration Handbook has good information about GMAT registration, cancellation and re-scheduling amongst a bunch of other helpful tidbits.

GMAT Registration Fees

  • GMAT Fees: $250

  • GMAT Rescheduling (with at least 7 days notice): $50

  • GMAT Rescheduling (inside of 7 days): You will lose your entire $250 GMAT registration fee

  • GMAT Cancellation: You lose the entire $250 GMAT registration fee

So basically, any changes with less than 7 days notice cost your GMAT registration fee. That’s a rough policy by GMAC but you have been warned.

GMAT Registration Contact

By Internet:

You can complete your GMAT registration here!

By Phone:

  • North and South America: Toll-free (U.S. and Canada only) 1-800-717-GMAT | Phone: 1-952-681-3680 | Fax: 1-952-681-3681

  • China: Phone: 86-10-82345675 | Fax: 86-10-61957800

  • India: Phone: +91 (0) 120 439 7830 | Fax: +603 8319 1092

  • Pacific Asia: Phone: +603 8318-9961

  • Europe/Middle East/Africa: Phone: +44 (0) 161 855 7219 | Fax: +44 (0) 161 855 7301

By Mail:

Complete the GMAT Resgistration Scheduling Form and mail it to:

Pearson VUE

Attention: GMAT Program

PO Box 581907

Minneapolis, MN 55458-1907

USA

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