Up until, oh, a day ago, I was telling my clients to hang tight and get ready to take the at-home GMAT when it became available on April 20, 2020.
THEN, the GMAC announced that the at-home GMAT online would NOT ALLOW FOR ANY SCRATCH PAPER.
Think about it for a second — you won’t be able to jot down any notes, write out any equations, etc. Sure, there’s some lame-o “OnVue” Pearson thing but you have to write *with your mouse*, which, if you’ve ever tried to do THAT, you know that it’s utterly worthless. (on another note, you won’t get to see your score right away [you need to wait 7 days], and you can not cancel your score – yikes).
UPDATE on April 23: You can practice using the GMAT virtual whiteboard here — OMG, IT’S TERRIBLE — try doing even a simple algebraic equation on this?!?! https://www.mba.com/exams/gmat-online/prepare-for-your-exam/online-whiteboard
Here’s how I felt when I tried it (note that, to make something that looked this legible took me several minutes, since “writing” with a mouse is really hard…and I am truly expected to solve algebraic equations by typing them out?
In sum — INSTEAD of taking the GMAT Online, INSTEAD, what you should do is change gears and prepare to take the GRE At Home instead.
Below, you can watch the entire video discussing the changes to the tests — for my clients, the most relevant part is at about 40:33 in, where Charles Biblios, of GMATNinja, explains that, in his expert opinion, it’s EASIER to transition from (prepping for the regular GMAT –> prepping for the online GRE) than it would be to transition to getting used to taking notes on the online whiteboard. There are also several other reasons to NOT take the at-home GMAT; those are covered in-depth in the video below.
TL;DR: Have you been prepping for the GMAT, waiting for the online version to be available?
DO NOT TAKE THE GMAT ONLINE.
Instead, shift gears, spend a few weeks prepping for the GRE at home instead.
Your quant prep for the GMAT (and a lot of the verbal prep) will be useful for the GRE, so it’s not like you’d be starting from scratch. The one annoying thing is that the GRE tests vocabulary words… but, well, the quant score is more important anyway.
For your convenience, I have the video start at the question about “Should I switch to the GRE at-home or take the GMAT online instead?” part — but of course, the entire video is WELL worth your time!
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