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Gmat Exam Regulations
Rules, Prohibitions, and Guidelines for GMAT Examinees

 On your arrival at the test center, you will be asked for your ID. The test administrators will ask you to agree to the exam rules, and ask for your fingerprint, signature, and/or handprint and a photograph. All rooms are filmed during the exam, so that everything that happens in the rooms can be seen and heard. If you refuse to cooperate with any part of the registration process on your arrival to the center, or refuse to allow the test center to film/record during the exam, you will not be able to take the exam, and will not receive a refund of your registration fees.

Before you start the exam, you will be asked to provide electronic consent to the rules of confidentiality and the general GMAT testing rules. If you do not consent, you will not be able to take the exam, and will not receive a refund of your registration fees.

No study aids are allowed during the exam or during breaks. Study aids include pagers, pens, calculators, calculator wristwatches, books, booklets, notebooks, blank pages, rulers, radios or stereos, telephones or cellphones, stopwatches, watch alarms (using either lights or sounds), dictionaries, electronic dictionaries of any sort, thesauruses (synonym dictionaries), electronic organizers/PDAs, any electronic or photographic equipment, and anything that may assist you in the exam.

The test administrators will provide you with a 5-page draft notebook. If you fill the 5 pages during the exam, raise your hand. The test administrators will collect your pages and give you new ones. You cannot take the pages out of the testing room during or after the exam, and must return them to the test administrators at the end of the exam.

The exam must start the moment you sit at the computer. The entire process (from the moment you reach the test center until the end of the GMAT exam) lasts about 4 hours.

During the exam, you may take two 10-minute breaks between the sections. If you exceed the allotted break time, the extra time will be automatically deducted from the time you have left for completing the following section of the exam.

You cannot speak with anyone about the exam during the exam, during breaks, or after completing the exam.

Eating, drinking, and smoking are prohibited in the testing room. If you bring food, drink, or cigarettes to the exam, you can store them in a locker and use them during the breaks.

You cannot leave the testing room without permission. Every time you wish to leave or enter the room, you will be asked to provide a digital fingerprint/handprint.

During the break, you will be asked to remain in the exam building or its nearby area. This guideline varies according to the exam location, and it is your responsibility to ask the test administrators how far you can go. If you violate the test center's policy, the administrators might not allow you to return to the testing room. As mentioned, if you exceed the allowed break time, the extra time will be deducted from your remaining exam time.

During the exam and the breaks, you cannot speak on the phone, cellphone, or any other communication device.

If you have a computer problem, need additional draft paper, or for any other reason - raise your hand and alert the test administrator.

Any behavior that disrupts the normal course of the exam will be strictly dealt with. The test administrators will decide what constitutes such behavior.

The test administrator can prohibit you to take the exam for a variety of reasons, including providing false information, attempting to take the exam on behalf of another person, lack of identification, carrying forbidden items or test aids, refusing the test administrator's requests, giving or receiving unauthorized assistance, attempting to interfere with the computer's operation, refusing instructions, or incompliance with the regulations or the test rules.

In the GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment, you will be asked to write two original essays. Plagiarism of any sort will be strictly dealt with. If any evidence of plagiarism is found, GMAT and VUE may cancel the exam scores. The essays in the analytical writing section are the property of GMAC and not of the examinees.

You may not copy, reveal, or take the contents of the exam out of the test center by any form or method (orally, in writing, or electronically) and pass them on to any outside persons at any time. This includes discussing or revealing exam contents by email, online chats, or any other form. This guideline is valid before, after, and during the GMAT exam.

At the end of the exam, you will be asked to answer a series of questions about your demographic details, your background, and your plans for graduate studies. In addition, you will be asked if you are willing to participate in polls or receive information from GMAC, business schools, organizations providing scholarships, and/or GMAC partners.

Please note: GMAC and Pearson VUE maintain the right to take any action which they deem appropriate in case the examinee refuses to comply with the test administrators' instructions or the test rules. This includes, among other things, prohibiting future retesting, canceling or delaying the examinee's score and/or reporting to the academic institutions or other bodies, including law enforcement authorities, regarding any rule violation, fraud, or other irregularities. If your exam score is canceled or delayed, it will not be reported, and you will not receive a refund of your registration fees.

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