GMAT Rules & Regulations: Dos and Don’ts

GMAT Exam: Rules & Regulations

From the time you check the GMAT exam centers in India, till you check out after completing your exam, you are bound by certain rules and regulations set by the GMAC. Here are the essentials you need to know so that you don’t make a costly mistake.

These rules are also stated in the GMAT Handbook.  You must agree to all terms and conditions at the time of registration and again when you sit for the exam at the test center before you are allowed to take the GMAT. Refusal to comply with these activities will result in your being barred from taking the test and forfeiting the fees.

  • During check-in, you will be asked to present valid identification to the test administrator.
  • Your signature, palm vein pattern, and your photograph will be digitally recorded, followed by an audio/video recording in the testing room.
  • Before the GMAT exam starts, you will also be required to accept the GMAT Non-disclosure Agreement and General Terms of Use electronically.
  • You are not allowed to use any testing aids (beepers, pagers, pens, calculators, watch calculators, books, pamphlets, notes, blank sheets of paper, rulers, stereos or radios, telephones or mobile phones, stopwatches, watch alarms, dictionaries, translators, thesauri, personal data assistants, and any other electronic or photographic devices or potential aids of any kind) during the test, including the breaks.
  • The test administrator will provide you with a booklet of five (5) note boards. If/when you require more note boards, you will have to raise your hand; the administrator will then collect the note boards you have and issue fresh ones. You must not remove the note boards from the testing room during or after the test and you must return them to the administrator after the test.
  • Testing begins promptly as soon as you are seated at your assigned workstation. You have approximately four hours, including breaks, to complete the test.
  • Two optional breaks are scheduled during the test administration. If your breaks exceed the time allowed for them, the excess time will automatically be deducted from the time you are allocated to complete the next section of the test.
  • Testing premises may be monitored by CCTV systems and/or other means.
  • You must not communicate with anyone else about the GMAT exam while the test session is in progress, during any breaks, or after administration of the test before you have checked out and left the test center.
  • You will not be allowed to eat or drink in the testing room, but you may store these in a locker assigned to you (subject to availability at the time of check-in). You are, however, barred from smoking or using any tobacco product until you have checked out of the test center.
  • At any point of time after checking in and before checking out, you will require the test administrator’s permission to leave the room. At every instance of entry or exit, you will be asked to submit palm vein pattern verification.
  • During breaks, you must remain within the test center building and be in close proximity to the test room. This policy varies depending on the test center, and it is your responsibility to clear with the test administrator where you are permitted to go. If you violate the policy of test center, the administrator may refuse to allow you to re-enter the testing room to continue your exam. If you exceed the time allocated for each optional break, the extra time will be deducted from your remaining exam time, usually from the very next section.
  • Communications with anyone other than the test administrator, electronically (through phones or other means) or otherwise, will not be permitted during the test, including the breaks.
  • In the event you require assistance with your terminal, need note boards or need to bring to the attention of the test administrator anything related to the test, you will have to raise your hand and then wait for the test administrator to approach you. You are not permitted to speak up without the test administrator’s permission as this can disturb other candidates.
  • For the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) section of the GMAT exam, you will be required to compose one original essay. Plagiarism is unacceptable. As per all other test records, the AWA essay is the property of GMAC and not the examinees.
  • Removing or making an attempt to remove test content from the test center is strictly prohibited. Candidates must not remove, reproduce or disclose verbally, in writing or electronically (including but not limited to chat rooms, boards or forums) to a third party any part of the test content. This prohibition is in force before, during, and after your GMAT exam.
  • At the end of the exam, you may be asked a further series of questions regarding demographics, background, graduate school preferences and whether you would like to participate in surveys or receive information from GMAC, graduate business schools, scholarship organizations, and/or certain strategic partners of GMAC involved in the Graduate Management Admission Search Service (GMASS).
  • The test administrator can summarily dismiss you from a test session for various reasons including, but not limited to, providing false information, impersonation, failing to provide acceptable identification, possessing personal items or testing aids that have not been approved by the test administrator or contravene GMAT rules, refusing to comply with an administrator’s requests or directions, giving or receiving help from other candidates or unauthorized sources, attempting to tamper with the computer, refusing to follow directions or failing to adhere to any other procedure, policy, guideline or rule. Any violations of these rules will be observed and documented by the test administrator, and the report will then be submitted to Pearson VUE, GMAC’s authorized administrator for these tests.


The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and Pearson VUE reserve the right to take any and all action(s) deemed appropriate in a case of non-compliance of test rules, policies or procedures. This includes but is not limited to barring an individual from future testing, canceling or withholding the individual’s scores, and/or reporting any rule violations, fraud, or other irregularities to schools or other appropriate third parties, including law enforcement authorities. If your scores are canceled or withheld, they will not be reported, and your entire test fee will be forfeited.


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