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NMAT by GMAC™ Exam Terms & Conditions

About the Test

  • The NMAT by GMAC™ is a computer administered test owned by the Graduate Management Global Connection (India) Private Limited (“GMGC”), a subsidiary of Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and administered by NCS Pearson, Inc. (dba Pearson VUE) and its third party test centers located in South Africa.
  • The NMAT by GMAC™ exam is computer adaptive and gives each candidate a randomly generated test from a pool of questions, delivered one-at-a-time. The number of questions, difficulty levels, and the time limit for each of the sections is predetermined and, under normal administration conditions, are the same regardless of when and where the test is administered. Candidates have a choice of selecting the order/sequence of the test sections.
  • The NMAT by GMAC exam has three sections – Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning.
  • The three sections of the NMAT by GMAC are individually timed. Test takers must answer questions of each section within the allotted time.
  • The NMAT by GMAC™ is a 2-hour test containing multiple choice questions. Prior to the start of the test, there will be a 2-minute period for the test taker to agree to the Non-Disclosure Agreement, a 10-minute tutorial and a 3-minute period for section selection and sequencing.
  • Sections
  • No. of Questions 
  • Time (Minutes)
  • Score Range
  • Language Skills
  • 36 
  • 28
  • 0-120
  • Quantitative Skills
  • 36 
  • 52
  • 0-120
  • Logical Reasoning
  • 36 
  • 40
  • 0-120
  • Total
  • 108 
  • 120
  • 0-360

NO ABILITY TO RETURN TO A SECTION AFTER LEAVING IT: Test takers need to answer the questions of each section within the allotted section time. Once the test taker completes a section, whether the test taker selects to move to the next section or if time runs out, the test taker will not be able to return to that section.

NO CARRYOVER OF TIME:  Test takers cannot add the remaining time of one section to other sections. If a test taker completes answering and reviewing a section before the allotted section time expires, the test taker may choose either to revise their answers in the section or move to the next section, but the balance time cannot be added on to the next section’s allotted time.

Online Registration

  • Test takers can register for the NMAT by GMAC™ through an online registration process available on the website during the registration period mentioned on the website. Test takers can also register through any of the following options:

    GMGC shall not accept registrations from test takers in any mode or form, other than the ones mentioned above.

    • Facebook account;
    • Google account; 
  • Test takers need to upload a photograph as part of the registration process based on the following specifications:

    GMGC shall not accept registrations from test takers in any mode or form, other than the ones mentioned above.

    • Photograph should be in one of these formats: JPG, PNG, GIF.
    • No landscaped or rotated pictures are allowed
    • Photo should have either white or lightly colored background.
    • Eyes should be open and clearly visible.
    • Test taker face should be distinctly visible, straight and at the centre. Shoulder tops should be also clear on the photo.
    • Photograph should not be more than 6 months old.
    • Following photographs are not acceptable and are liable to get rejected:
      • Facebook photos and/or photos not having the above mentioned specifications of size.
      • Photos in which the test administration staff cannot sufficiently authenticate your identity.
      • Photos with a dark color background.
  • Test takers need to confirm their email ID before initiating their registration. Confirmation of completed registration and payment will be sent by email on the confirmed email ID only. GMGC shall not be held responsible for non-receipt of confirmation or returned e-mail.
  • It is the sole responsibility of the test taker to ascertain whether he/she possesses the necessary and requisite qualifications for applying to the programs offered by various universities. Test takers will need to confirm that they understand the eligibility criteria before submitting their application form. GMGC shall not be held responsible for any concerns arising out of mismatch of qualifications.
  • Registration applications submitted without the proper notified registration fee, or with insufficient or incorrect details, no photos or photos not matching the criteria mentioned above, or payment received beyond the specified closing time and date for submitting the registration application, will be rejected and GMGC shall not entertain any queries with respect to the same.
  • Test takers shall be entitled to cancel without reason and without penalty their registration subject to section 44 of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002 and as further described below.
  • Test takers need to ensure that the information submitted by them is correct and true in all respects. If any information is found to be incorrect or false at a later date, GMGC reserves the right to prevent the test taker from taking the test and/or cancel the test score. In the event of the prohibition to test or cancellation of the score due to furnishing of incorrect/false information, the test registration fee will not be refunded.
  • There is no provision for on-the- spot registration for the NMAT by GMAC™ at the test centers. Test takers will have to follow the prescribed registration process published on this website during the published registration dates.
  • Test takers are not allowed to make duplicate/multiple registrations. Test registration is liable to be rejected and test fee forfeited if the test taker registers multiple times and/or has taken the test under different registration numbers. This also applies to test takers applying to various programs offered by NMAT by GMAC™ accepting schools.
  • Test takers will be able to edit only certain fields like School Selection and Additional Preference in their registration form after submitting the registration fee. Test takers are advised to check the information entered in the online registration form very carefully while registering and once again before submitting the registration as they will not be allowed to make any changes after submission.
  • The registration for the test is considered valid only if online submission is fully completed by the test taker, accepted by GMGC and the registration fee is received by GMGC by the posted due dates. Registrations for which the registration fee is not received in time will be rejected.
  • NMAT by GMAC™ scores are accepted by several universities and business schools. Visit to view the most current list of universities and business schools that accept the NMAT by GMAC TM scores in South Africa.

Registration Fees

  1. To register for the NMAT by GMAC™ test, test takers must pay the relevant registration fee as specified on the website. Payment for test fee will be accepted by international credit cards...
  2. GMGC shall not be held liable for late or non-delivery of any material or information sent by it through e- mail or regular mail.

South Africa Refund Policy

  1. Subject to section 44 of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002, a candidate may cancel within seven (7) days after the date of their test registration and receipt of full payment. Refunds of the registration fee will be provided within 30 days of the date of cancellation. For any cancellation after this 7-day period, a refund will not be provided.
  2. It is the responsibility of the test taker to understand the eligibility requirements of all the universities and schools to which he/she is interested in applying before registering for NMAT by GMAC™ exam. If the test taker registers for the test and then determine that he/she is ineligible for admission to the desired program, no test fee refund will be made after the period indicated above. For the eligibility requirements, test takers are advised to check the websites of each university and school where they plan to apply.

Forfeit of Test Fee

Test takers will forfeit their registration fee if they:

  1. Make multiple registrations
  2. Appear for test under multiple registrations
  3. Cancel their registration outside the cooling-off period stipulated in section 44 of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002
  4. Do not schedule a test
  5. Cancel their scheduled test except as provided herein
  6. Do not appear for their scheduled test
  7. Provide false disability information. Additionally, such candidates shall be barred from taking the test. GMGC reserves the right to lodge a complaint with the police authorities against such test takers.


  1. Only test takers whose registrations and fees have been submitted by the stipulated deadlines will be entitled to take the NMAT by GMAC™ test.
  2. After the submission of registration form, test takers can schedule their exam and make payment through the exam scheduling tab available in the registration system. Test takers should schedule their test as soon as the scheduling section is activated as seats will be available on a 'First come, First serve' basis.
  3. Test takers will be required to schedule their test on their own by following the instructions available on . A test taker can schedule only one test attempt at a time.
  4. Test takers will be able to choose their preferred date, time (slot) and centre based on a first come first serve basis. Therefore, test takers are advised to register themselves at the earliest to be able to schedule their test on their preferred date, time (slot) and centre. Test takers may not get their preferred date, time slot and centre if other test takers have already taken up the available seats for a particular date, time slot and centre.
  5. The NMAT by GMAC TM test will be offered at the centres specified at the website from time to time. GMGC reserves the right to withdraw 1 an existing test centre or add new test centre at any time.
  6. Test takers who registered online within the registration window also need to schedule their exam online within the scheduling window mentioned on the website.
  7. Test takers will be allowed to schedule their test any time during the scheduling window (subjected to real time availability) for any slot which is a minimum of 24 hours later than the time that they carry out scheduling transaction in Pearson VUE system.
  8. Test takers are not required to make any extra payment for scheduling their test..
  9. Test takers will receive the confirmation e-mail from Pearson VUE as soon as they schedule the test including test centre name and address, the test date and start time of the test.
  10. Pearson VUE / GMGC are not responsible for any non-receipt of confirmation e-mails due to incorrect e- mail addresses being entered by the applicant or due to any technical problems with receipt of e-mail. Test takers who do not receive their confirmation e-mails within 24 hours of scheduling a test can call the scheduling & rescheduling helpdesk number of Pearson VUE published on to seek assistance.
  11. Test takers not appearing for their scheduled test will be marked "No Show" for the attempt.
  12. In case a test centre is withdrawn by GMAC under exceptional scenarios, all candidates who had already scheduled their exam in that test centre would be contacted by PVUE team and offered a free exam scheduling at an alternate available test centre.

Differently Abled Test Takers

  1. Test takers who wish to request for special assistance must fill the details in the online application while registering.. By uploading any information pertaining to disability the test taker hereby consents to the professing of such information regarding her/his disability. Each application will be reviewed on a case- by-case basis. Pearson VUE will contact the candidate to schedule his/her test with the approved accommodation and will arrange for proper assistance to be provided to them. Any request received after the closure of registration window will not be accepted and the test taker will have to take the test without any assistance in spite of their disability.
  2. The test takers seeking disability accommodation will be contacted by Pearson VUE to schedule their test as each test centre may not be equipped to provide support. Pearson VUE will be able to advise the test taker on the appropriate centre for the test.
  3. A scribe will be allowed to assist test takers with vision impairments. Test takers requiring a scribe will be required to bring their own scribe. They will also be required to submit the scribe request in the prescribed format for approval as advised by Pearson VUE.
  4. Mobility assistance will be available for those with mobility impairments.
  5. GMGC reserves the right to make a final judgment regarding testing accommodations in accordance with requirements of the NMAT by GMAC™ test.
  6. Any test taker with a disability may not receive the required assistance at the test centre if he/she:
    • Requests for assistance after closure of the registration window
    • Does not provide the scribe request in the prescribed format for the test takers requiring a scribe
    • Is determined by GMGC to be ineligible for accommodation based on the evaluation of the disability documentation provided.
  7. Test takers need to confirm their email ID before initiating their registration. Confirmation of completed registration and payment will be sent by email on the confirmed email ID only. GMGC shall not be held responsible for non-receipt of confirmation or bouncing of email.
  8. Any test taker who provides false disability information shall be barred from taking the test and the test fee shall be forfeited. GMGC reserves the right to lodge a complaint with the police authorities against such test takers.


  1. NMAT by GMAC™ scaled scores by section and test total scaled score will be made available in the candidate’s NMAT by GMAC account within the timeline mentioned on website after the successful delivery of the exam.
  2. Scaled scores – All the test papers are equated to account for small differences in overall difficulty and the raw test scores are placed onto a common scale. This is done to ensure scores are comparable across test papers such that the scores are not impacted by different test takers getting different test papers.

Day of the Test Instructions

  1. Test takers are required to reach the test centre 45 minutes before the scheduled time of their test. Test takers reporting later than 15 minutes of the scheduled time of their test may not be admitted. No requests for exceptions will be entertained in this regard. The test centre may not be air conditioned but a comfortable environment will be provided.
  2. The test taker needs to bring the following to the test centre on the day of the test, without which the test taker will not be allowed to take the test:
    • Confirmation e-mail printout
    • Admit Card: Test takers can download their Admit Card from the registration site after authentication of their payment
    • Photocopy of the test taker’s Photo ID for submission at the Test centre.
    • One valid Photo ID
      • List of photo IDs (must contain the test taker’s name, photo and signature)
        • Present one of the following forms of government-issued identification when you arrive at the test center:

          1. International Travel Passport (Required if you are outside your country of citizenship.)

          2. Government-issued driver’s license

          3. Government-issued national/state/province identity card

          4. Military ID card

          Please note: Renewal papers do not make an expired International Travel Passport Valid

          The ID must:

        • Be current (not expired) and legible
        • Bear your name in the Roman alphabet exactly as you provided when you registered for the test
        • Including the order and placement of the names.
        • Have date of birth match exactly the date provided when you registered for the test
        • Include a recent, recognizable photograph and your signature and date of birth.

          If you cannot provide one form of ID that includes all five (5) of these, you will be required to present a second ID also from the list that includes the missing element(s).

    • Any other document as advised by GMGC for differently abled candidates.
  3. Test takers who are unable to produce the above forms of valid ID (non–expired and in original) and admit card on the day of the test will not be admitted into the testing room and will not be offered a test fee refund.
  4. The test supervisor will admit the test taker after completing the following steps:
    • Check the test taker’s confirmation e-mail print out
    • Check the admit card
    • Check the photo ID and photocopy of the Photo ID
    • Take a digital photo
    • Obtain the test taker’s signature
  5. The invigilator will sign the admit card at the designated place and put the company seal as a confirmation of the test taker reporting to take the test.
  6. The invigilator will then guide the test taker to the computer where the test taker will be seated to take the test.
  7. Test takers will be provided with writing material at the test centre and are not allowed to carry anything with them except their IDs, admit card and confirmation email printout.
  8. Test takers will be presented with a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) that they must accept in order to proceed with the test. If the test taker does not accept NDA deliberately or by mistake, he/she will not be able to proceed with the test and the test will end. The test taker will then not be able to resume the test that day under any circumstances. Test centre staff will not be able to do anything and the test taker will lose the test attempt as well as forfeit the test fee. Please read the NDA prior to registering.
  9. Test takers will be able to select the order of sections at the beginning of the test after accepting the NDA. If they do not choose the section order, the sections will appear as per the default section order.
  10. Each section contains several questions. The test taker must read the directions given for each group of questions in each section of the test carefully. If he/she skips the directions given for attempting the questions, he/she may miss the main idea and lose credit for some questions in that section.
  11. After finishing each section, test takers will be presented with the Review Screen where they will be able to review the questions they marked for review along with any other questions in that section. Test takers can review or change the answers for that section only. The review time is included in the total amount of time allowed for each section. After the section time is over, test takers will be automatically presented with the next section and they will not be able to return to the previous section.
  12. After the test is over, test takers are required to remain seated until the invigilator closes the test window and allows the test takers to leave the test area.
  13. Test takers will be required to return the writing material to the test centre after finishing the test

Instructions for Test Takers

  1. Test takers will be required to produce non-expired identifications (in original) which have a recognizable photograph and signature.
  2. Test takers, in addition to the IDs, will be required to produce the confirmation e-mail printout, photocopy of the photo ID and the admit card printout.
  3. Persons accompanying the test taker will not be allowed into the test premises and no waiting area will be provided.
  4. Test takers must adhere to the latest version of the NMAT by GMAC™ Exam Terms and Conditions, policies, rules and regulations which are available at the website.
  5. Invigilators have the right to exclude test takers who fail to follow the test centre rules and procedures.
  6. Invigilators will not be expected to provide or collect any test registration from test takers.
  7. Only pre-registered test takers with names appearing on the system and who have confirmation e-mail printouts, admit card printout and valid ID as required will be permitted to take NMAT by GMAC™ test.

Prohibited Items

  1. Test takers must not carry any articles such as beepers, pagers, stereos or radio, cell phones, calculators, watch calculators, books, pamphlets, notes, dictionaries, blank sheets of paper, personal items (cosmetics, lip balms, pain relievers, etc.), pens, firearms, etc., as only a confirmation e-mail printout, admit card and two valid IDs are required for the test. All other articles would have to be left outside the testing room at the test taker’s own risk.

Break Policy

  1. There are no scheduled breaks in the test. However, test takers can take as many unscheduled breaks as they want during the test session. Unscheduled break means the test clock does not stop. If a test taker chooses to take a break, the actual time he/she spends on the break will be deducted from the time allocated to complete the test.
  2. During the break, test takers must leave the testing room. Test takers are required to remain in the test centre building and in close proximity to the testing room. If the test takers violate this break policy, the invigilator may refuse to allow them to re-enter the testing room and continue the test. Upon re-entering the testing room, they must show a valid (non–expired and in original) ID.
  3. Test takers will not be allowed to access any personal belongings, including study material and mobile phones, during the break(s) they take. They will only be allowed to access food or medicines, if any, after taking permission from the invigilator.

Instructions for Answering Questions

  1. Test takers must read the instructions given in the questions carefully.
  2. Test takers must choose one of the answers by clicking the appropriate radio button on their test screen.
  3. Test takers can mark questions for review and come back to them after completion of the section through the Review Screen. Test takers will not be able to review the question from a previous section after the time for that particular section is over.
  4. GMGC will not entertain any request for re-evaluation of the test by any test taker.
  5. If a test taker has any questions regarding test content, questions or answer options, they are advised to continue with their test after informing their doubts related to the problem to the invigilator present at the test centre. The invigilator will take the appropriate action to inform the same to Pearson VUE / GMGC. The complaints will be reviewed and if found correct, GMGC / Pearson VUE will take appropriate action to address the same. No further communication will be entertained in this regard.


  1. Any attempt to impersonate, to copy answers from another test taker, to carry in the testing room any of the prohibited items or to indulge in any other malpractice during the test or while completing the registration will not only lead to immediate or later revocation of scores but may also lead to prosecution. Detection of any malpractice at any stage during or after the test is conducted may lead to disqualification and revocation of test scores by GMGC.
  2. Test takers are not allowed to communicate with anyone about the content of the NMAT by GMAC™ during the test, during any breaks, or after administration of the test. Removing or attempting to remove test content from the test centre is strictly prohibited. Under no circumstances may any part of the test content viewed during a test administration be removed, reproduced, and/or disclosed in any form by any means (verbally, in writing, or electronically) to any person or entity at any time. This includes, but is not limited to, discussing or disclosing such test content via text message; e-mail; in any internet “chat room” message board, or other forum; or otherwise. This disclosure prohibition applies before, during, and after any administration of the NMAT by GMAC™ test.
  3. Should there be any event that affects the administration of a test to an individual or multiple test takers, test takers can raise concerns to the invigilator but are not allowed to protest or misbehave with the staff.
  4. Actions or activities that interfere with, or disturb other test takers, invigilator or other employees from operating the test centre in a quiet, safe and efficient manner are not allowed and may lead to disqualification and revocation of test scores.
  5. These NMAT by GMAC™ Exam Terms and Conditions cannot be overridden by verbal instructions by anyone including the invigilators unless issued in a writing from GMGC signed by a GMGC-authorized representative.
  6. Subject to section on Dispute Resolution, all disputes in this regard are subject to the legal jurisdiction of South Africa

    Your Privacy

    When a test taker registers for the NMAT by GMAC™ exam, the test taker agrees to the use and disclosure of their personal information to GMGC and its service providers for purposes of providing the services and other legitimate interests of GMGC as further described in the NMAT by GMAC TM privacy policy and the test taker hereby agrees to be bound by this privacy policy and any updates made to the privacy policy. Click hereto find and read the NMAT by GMAC™ privacy policy. We describe in the privacy policy the policies concerning collection, storage, use, disclosure and transfer, retention and security concerning your information. You should review the entire privacy policy before you register for the test. You understand and agree that your personal information may be transferred to and accessed from locations outside of the location in which you are based and you agree that duly authorized representatives shall be entitled to access and process your personal information irrespective of the location from which they do so.

    Your Experience

    In the unlikely event that an error occurs in the preparation, handling, processing, administration, or scoring of your NMAT by GMAC™ test, or in the reporting of your NMAT by GMAC™ scores, GMGC and/or Pearson VUE will make reasonable efforts to correct the error.

    Should there be any event that affects the administration of a test to an individual or multiple test takers, test takers can raise concerns to the invigilator. Such issues may include but are not limited to: administrative errors (delayed starts, defective materials, or defective equipment); disruptions of test administrations (technical issues or natural disasters or illness, or other emergencies). When, in its sole judgment, it is appropriate to do so, GMGC and Pearson VUE will give affected test takers the opportunity to take the test again as soon as possible without charge.

    Dispute Resolution

    These NMAT by GMAC™ Exam Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of South Africa without effect to any principles of conflicts of law. All disputes between a test taker and GMGC, Green Clouds or Pearson VUE related to NMAT by GMAC TM test shall be exclusively submitted to private arbitration in accordance with this section.

    Either party may refer a dispute to private arbitration by notifying the other party in writing of its intention to do so (the Arbitration Notice). The parties shall endeavour to agree on the person to be appointed as arbitrator. Should the parties fail to agree to an arbitrator within 10 (ten) working days of receipt of the Arbitration Notice by the non-referring party, the arbitrator shall be appointed, at the written request of either Party (which request shall be copied to the other party), by the director of TOKISO Dispute Resolution (Pty) Limited from time to time subject to the proviso that the arbitrator so appointed by the said director shall be a practising attorney or advocate of not less than 10 (ten) years’ standing. Arbitrator’s decisions shall be final and binding on the parties. Unless otherwise agreed in writing, the seat of arbitration shall be Gauteng, South Africa and shall be held in English. You must submit any legal notices to the attention of the General Counsel, Graduate Management Global Connection (India) Pvt. Ltd., 405, 4th Floor Suncity Business Tower, Sector 54, DLF Golf Course Road, Gurgaon – 122 002, India. Unless otherwise ordered by the arbitrator, the parties shall bear the costs of the arbitrator, the arbitration venue and the recording of the proceedings in equal proportions and shall otherwise be responsible for their own costs. The parties may agree any aspects of the procedure for the arbitration and, failing Agreement, the arbitrator shall determine the procedure to be followed.

    The provisions of this section constitute an irrevocable consent by the parties to the arbitration proceedings provided for herein and neither of the parties shall be entitled to withdraw from the provisions of this section or claim at any such proceedings that it is not bound by this section or such proceedings;

    Nothing in this section shall prevent any party from obtaining urgent relief from any court of competent jurisdiction.