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FAQs - About the Test

1. Who administers NMAT by GMAC 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).

2. How is the NMAT by GMAC exam designed?

The NMAT by GMAC exam is a computerized adaptive test (CAT) which gives each candidate a personalized test, one question at a time, based on responses to previous questions. Due to the adaptive nature of the exam, candidates will not be able to review or change answers to preceding questions. It has three sections — Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning. All three sections are individually timed and test takers must answer 108 questions in 120 minutes. Test takers need to answer questions of each section within the allotted section time. Once the test taker completes a section i.e. the test taker selects to move to the next section or if time runs out, the test taker cannot return to the completed section.

3. Can a test taker review questions and /or sections?

No, review of questions in the NMAT by GMAC exam computer adaptive test is not allowed.

4. If a test taker completes answering a section before the allotted section time completion, does the balance time get added to the next section(s)?

No. If a test taker completes answering a section before the allotted section time expires, the balance time cannot be added to the next section’s allotted time.

5. Are there any eligibility requirements to sit for the NMAT by GMAC exam?

All test takers who complete the Test Registration process, pay the test fee within the time specified and follow the published NMAT by GMAC exam terms and conditions may sit for the NMAT by GMAC exam. 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 the NMAT by GMAC exam. If the test taker registers for the test and then determines that he/she is ineligible for admission to the desired program, no refund will be made. For the eligibility requirements, test takers are advised to check the websites of each university and school where they plan to apply.

6. What is the test fee for NMAT by GMAC exam?

The test fee for NMAT by GMAC exam is USD 75.

7. How many times can a test taker take NMAT by GMAC exam?

A test taker can take the NMAT by GMAC exam thrice including 2 retake attempts. There has to be a gap of minimum 15 days between two attempts and all attempts have to be taken within the exam delivery period for the respective testing countries as provided on http://nmat.org/test-takers/dates-and-fees/ .

8. When will the NMAT by GMAC exam score card be available?

Test taker can see their unofficial score card at the test center once they submit the test. The official NMAT by GMAC exam official score card will be available within 48 hours after the test. Test taker will be notified via email once the official score card is ready for download.

9. What do you mean by scaled scores ?

Scaled scores- Questions in the NMAT® CAT exam are selected from the question pool for each examinee based on his or her performance on the questions previously answered. The questions a candidate receives are targeted at his or her ability level; therefore, a high-scoring candidate generally receives a more difficult sample of questions than a low-scoring candidate. The NMAT CAT exam is scored by obtaining the candidate’s final ability estimate based on the probabilistic model approach of modern test theory, and transformed to a scaled score ranging from 0 to 120.

10. How will a test taker receive the results?

Once the official score card is ready you will receive an email indicating that your scores are available. You will be able to access your score card by logging into your NMAT by GMAC exam account.

FAQs – About the Registration Process

11. How does a test taker register for the NMAT by GMAC exam?

Test takers can register for the NMAT by GMAC exam through an online registration application available on the website nmat.org in the registration period specified for each testing country on http://nmat.org/test-takers/dates-and-fees/ . GMGC shall not accept registrations from test takers in any other mode or form.

12. Why should a test taker register early?

Test taker will be able to schedule the test on his / her preferred date, time slot and Test Center only if seats are available at that Test Center for the date and time slot being sought (First Come First Serve basis). As test takers will be required to schedule their test post registration on the online application system, the earlier they register, the sooner they will be able to schedule their test. Test takers may not get their preferred date, slot and Test Center if these have been already booked by other test takers. In such a situation, test takers would need to look at other options of date, time slot and Test Center to schedule their test.

13. Does the "First come First serve" principle apply to Registration or Scheduling or both?

"First come First serve" principle applies to both registration and scheduling. The earlier one registers and makes payment, the earlier one will be able to schedule the test. The earlier one schedules, the chances of getting preferred date, time and test location are higher.

14 Can a test taker edit his/her registration application post registration payment?

Test takers will be able to edit only certain section like School Preference and Communication Preferences in their registration form after submission of the form. Test takers are advised to check the information entered in the online registration form carefully as they will not be allowed to make any changes after submission of the form.

15. What are the specifications of the photograph to be uploaded on the registration Application?

Test takers need to upload their recent photograph while filling the Registration application. Test takers must ensure the following while uploading their photo in the registration Application:

  • Photos 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.

16. If a test taker could not register online for the NMAT by GMAC exam, as the following error message appeared - "Java Script Error". What should he/she do?

Please use Internet Explorer v.6.0 and above, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

17. If a test taker could not register online for the NMAT by GMAC exam, as he/she was not able to proceed after "I agree". What should the test taker do?

This application uses JavaScript. Test takers should make sure that JavaScript is enabled in their browser. To enable JavaScript go to: Tools>>Internet Options>>Security>>Custom Level. Scroll down until one sees the section labeled 'Scripting' Under 'Active Scripting', select 'Enable' and click OK. Click refresh and restart the registration process.

18. Can a test taker register multiple times?

Test takers are not allowed to make duplicate/ multiple registrations. Candidature of a test taker is liable to get rejected and fee forfeited, if the test taker registers multiple times. Test takers applying to various programs being offered by the NMAT by GMAC exam accepting schools are also required to register only once. Candidature of a test taker is liable to get rejected if the test taker has registered multiple times and has taken tests under different registration numbers.

19. What if a test taker cannot register by the last date of registration? Does he/she have an option of registering late?

Test takers who are unable to register in the Registration window as specified for respective testing country on http://nmat.org/test-takers/dates-and-fees/ will have no further option of registration for the current testing year or admissions cycle.

20. What is the fee for NMAT by GMAC exam?

The test fee for NMAT by GMAC exam is USD 75.

FAQs – On the Day of the Test

21. What should the test taker carry on the day of test?

The test taker should bring following documents at the test center on the day of the test

  • Admit Card Print out: Admit card is a document containing test taker registration details and photograph. Test takers are required to produce the admit card along with the necessary IDs and exam appointment confirmation letter on the day of the test to allow them to take NMAT by GMAC exam.
  • Exam appointment confirmation email print out
  • Atleast one Original and non-expired Government issued Photo ID from the following list of acceptable IDs
  • Present one of the following forms of government-issued identification when you arrive at the test center:
    • International Travel Passport (Required if you are outside your country of citizenship).
    • Government-issued driver’s license
    • Government-issued national/state/province identity card
    • Military ID card

Please note:

1. 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 the NMAT by GMAC support desk for differently abled candidates

22. A test taker is supposed to bring the exam appointment confirmation e-mail printout along with him/her on the day of the test. What is the exam appointment confirmation e-mail and how does a test taker get it?

Exam appointment confirmation e-mail is the communication that the test taker receives on the e-mail ID mentioned on the registration application after a test taker has scheduled the test from Pearson Vue. It contains details of the test – day, time and test centre name and address.

23. What is the Admit card? Why is it important and how do one get it?

Admit card is a document containing test taker registration details and photograph. Test takers can download their Admit card from the "Admit Card" tab provided in the NMAT by GMAC™ acoount. It is mandatory to carry the admit card printout along with required IDs, exam appointment confirmation letter and original and non-expired the Photo ID to be allowed to enter the NMAT by GMAC™ test centre.

24. When should a test taker report to the test centre?

Test takers are advised to report to their allocated test centre forty five (45) minutes prior to the scheduled time mentioned on their exam appointment confirmation e-mail.

25. What will happen if a test taker reaches late for the test?

Test takers, who arrive at the test centre on the specified scheduled test date more than fifteen (15) minutes after the scheduled exam start time, may not be permitted to take the test and will have to forfeit the full fee of the test.

26. What will happen if a test taker does not appear for the test?

Test takers, who do not appear at the test centre on the specified scheduled test date, will have to forfeit the full fee of the test. They will be marked a “No Show” and this will be treated as an attempt.

27. What is the test taker identification process on the day of the test?

All test takers will have to go through a test taker identification process on the day of the test. Digital photograph and digital signature of each test taker will be taken and kept for records. Any test taker not willing to participate in the test taker identification process will not be allowed to sit for the test. Please note that tests may be administered under video surveillance.

28. Should the name of the test taker match with the name appearing on the identification documents?

Test takers are required to enter their name in the registration application as exactly mentioned in the photo ID proof. At the test centre, the test taker’s name needs to match the photo ID document that the test taker is carrying for verification to the test centre.

29. A test taker needs to make calculations or make notes during the test; does he/she need to carry a rough sheet with him/her?

Test takers are not required to carry anything with them other than the exam appointment confirmation e-mail print out, Admit card printout and original and non-expired Photo ID for the test. Required stationery will be provided to the test taker by the invigilator at the test centre.

30. Are there any breaks during the test?

There are no scheduled breaks in the test. However, test takers can take unscheduled breaks if they want during the test session. An unscheduled break means a break during which the test clock does not stop. If a test taker chooses to take a break, the actual time spent on the break will be deducted from the time allocated to complete the test. No extra time will be given to complete the test. During the break, the test taker must leave the testing room. Upon re-entering the testing room, the test taker must show a valid ID.

31. Will a test taker be allowed to access his/her personal belongings during the unscheduled breaks that he/she take?

Test takers will not be allowed to access any personal belonging including study material and mobile phone during the breaks they take. Test takers will only be allowed to access food or medicines, if any.

32. While taking the test, can a test taker return to previous questions to review them or change answers?

Test takers can not review or return to previous questions to change answer..

33. What happens if a test taker clicks “NO, I do not Accept” on Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) screen by mistake?

Test takers are required to click on “Yes, I accept” on NDA screen to start their test. If the test taker clicks on “No, I do not accept” deliberately or by mistake, he/she will be prompted to change the option on the next screen. However, if the test taker still clicks on “No, I do not accept”, the test will end. 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.

34. What will happen if the computer malfunctions in the middle of the test?

In the unlikely event of a computer malfunction during the test, the test centre staff will need to reboot the computer. During this process, the test taker will not lose any answers already entered. The computer system in the testing centre stores all test taker answers instantly. After rebooting, the computer will come back exactly to where the test had stopped. Please note that the time clock will have stopped when the computer reboots, and the clock will start as soon as the test is re-started by the test taker.

If a test taker faces any problem because of computer malfunctioning, he/she should inform the Test Administrator immediately and the test will resume from the same point where the test taker had left at the time of malfunctioning. No request will be entertained after the section or the test is over.

35. What should the test taker do if there is any problem with the test content or questions in the test?

Test takers are advised to continue with their test after informing any doubts related to a problem with test content, questions or answer options to the Test administrator present at the test center. The Test Administrator will take the appropriate action to inform the same to Pearson VUE and GMGC. The complaints will be reviewed and if found correct, GMGC and/or Pearson VUE will take appropriate action to address the same and the test taker will not be penalized. No further communication will be entertained in this regard.

36. Will a test taker see the results on the day he/she takes the test?

Test takers will be able to see unofficial score card on screen after the test is successfully completed. Test taker will also receive an email alert within 48 hours post successful test delivery once the official score card is available for download from the candidate dashboard.

37. What all activities are considered as prohibited before, during and after taking the NMAT by GMAC exam?

The following practices are prohibited:

  • Hiring someone to take the test on your behalf
  • Taking the test for someone else
  • Memorizing and sharing test questions in any manner whatsoever
  • Copying, asking or sharing answers with others during or after the administration of the test, in any manner whatsoever
  • Carrying any prohibited item to the testing room
  • Receiving, discussing or disclosing exam content via text message, e-mail, in any internet “chat room” message board, or any other forum, before, during (including the break time), and after any administration of the NMAT by GMAC exam.

38. What are the penalties or consequences for engaging in prohibited activities?

The penalties for engaging in prohibited practices are:

  • Cancellation of your scores
  • Ban on future testing
  • Notification to schools / universities accepting the NMAT by GMAC exam score
  • Damages for infringement of copyright
  • Legal prosecution

FAQs – More Information

39. What is Computer Based Testing (CBT)?

CBT is a method of administering tests at a pre-determined testing location in which the responses are electronically recorded, assessed or both.

40. What computer skills are needed to take tests via CBT?

The user interface is designed to minimize reliance on computer skills. Test takers do not need to have prior computer experience to use CBT. At the beginning of the test, each test taker will receive a brief introductory tutorial that will instruct him/her on how to use the computer to answer questions and review responses. No typing skills are needed. The test taker will use the computer mouse to highlight and confirm the response selected as each question appears on the screen. An invigilator will always be available to answer questions regarding navigation throughout the duration of the test.

41. Does it take more time to complete the computerized test as compared to the paper version?

Experience with computerized testing reveals that it usually takes less time to complete the test. There are no test booklets and answer sheets to manage and no need to transfer answers manually to an answer sheet with CBT.

42. Is some support available for differently abled test takers?

GMGC is fully committed to comply with the Persons with Disability (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 for test takers with documented proof of impairments.

Test takers who wish to request for special assistance must fill the details in the online application while registering. The test takers must scan their Disability Certificate and upload to the registration application in order to be approved for necessary accommodation. Each application will be reviewed on a case-to-case basis. Test delivery partner will contact the candidate to schedule his/her test at their preferred test center, date and time with the approved accommodation and will ensure proper assistance is provided to them.

43. What are the advantages of a CBT over paper-and-pencil (p & p) test?

Experience with computerized testing reveals that it usually takes less time to complete the test. There are no test booklets and answer sheets to manage and no need to transfer answers manually to an answer sheet with CBT.

  • Time saving – Test takers generally have to report at a p & p test centre much ahead of the scheduled time for the test, start at the same time and take mandatory breaks and lunches to prevent test takers moving in and out of the testing room at different times. In a CBT environment, conditions are much more flexible. Test takers can report up to half an hour prior to the test time and choose to take breaks as per their convenience.
  • Flexibility in scheduling – A p & p test is offered at a limited number of test locations on limited test dates, therefore test takers may have to incur high travel costs and forgo opportunities as a result of the limited access to the test event. The greater frequency of administration dates and venues provides test takers with increased access and scheduling flexibility, thus resulting in savings for them.
  • Test security – Test security is enhanced due to controls built into the delivery systems that limit questions to be seen by the test taker (test taker can only see one question at a time) and limit test access to authorized individuals only.
  • Differently abled test takers – Most CBT interfaces are easy to use and they offer a standard testing environment that can be effectively adapted for test takers with special needs.
  • User interface –  User Interface is designed to minimize reliance on computer skills. Test takers are not required to have prior computer experience to use CBT. At the beginning of the test, each test taker receives a brief introductory tutorial that instructs him or her on how to use the computer to answer the questions and review responses. No typing skills are required. As each question appears on the screen, the test taker uses the computer mouse to highlight and confirm the response selected. An invigilator is always available to answer questions regarding navigating throughout the duration of the test.
  • User interface – the NMAT by GMAC exam is a computerized adaptive test (CAT) which gives each candidate a personalized test, one question at a time, based on responses to previous questions. Due to the adaptive nature of the exam, candidates will not be able to review or change answers to preceding questions.
  • On-site assistance –  Adequate on-site support is provided in the event that test takers need assistance during the testing session.