GMAT in Washington dc
Posted on
26
Jan 2021

Taking the GMAT in Washington DC

Table of Contents:

  1. Who administers the GMAT test?
  2. What does the test center look like?
  3. Where are the test centers located?
  4. Test center holidays
  5. Top MBA programs in the area
  6. Tips
  7. Test Day FAQs

About ¾ of the way through your extensive GMAT prep you should begin to start planning your test day, including scheduling the test, preparing your trip to the test center, and even pre-visiting the test center so that you know exactly where it is. This guide is here to offer you all the required information related to taking the GMAT in Washington D.C. 

Who Administers The GMAT in Washington DC: 

Pearson Professional Centers – administers the GMAT and EA exam on behalf of the GMAC. To find out more about the Pearson Professional test centers visit https://www.pearson.com/us/.

What Does The Test Center Look Like?

A Pearson Professional Center will include individual testing areas for each test taker with a separation screen between each test-taker.

 

Where are the Test Centers in Washington DC?

These are the test centers in DC where test-takers had the best experience in:

Pearson Professional Centers-Washington DC (East)

601 New Jersey Ave NW
Suite 340
Washington, District Of Columbia 20001
United States
Phone: +1 202-628-0214

By car:GMAT in Washington DC 1

From Columbia District(18min):

  • Head southeast on Scott Cir NW toward Rhode Island Ave NW
  • Exit the traffic circle onto Massachusetts Ave NW
  • Turn right onto 9th St NW
  • Turn left onto K St NW
  • Continue onto Massachusetts Ave NW
  • Sharp right onto G St. NW

Test-takers’ review:

This center was rated 4.2 by Google reviewers. The facility was described as clean and quiet. Overall a good experience for taking their exams. 

Pearson Professional Centers-Washington DC

901 New York Avenue NW
Suite 320
Washington, District Of Columbia 20001
United States
Phone: +1 202-223-6640

By car:GMAT in Washington DC 2

From Columbia District(3min):

  • Head southeast on Scott Cir NW toward Rhode Island Ave NW
  • Exit the traffic circle onto Massachusetts Ave NW
  • Turn right onto 10th St NW

Test-takers’ review:

This center was rated 4.3 by Google reviewers. The place was described as secure, really fast, and with noise-canceling headphones. If you get easily distracted this is the most convenient testing center for you.

Alternative Options Outside the City: If you would like to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for your exam or if test centers within the city do not have any openings, a Pearson Professional Center in Alexandria, Virginia is a good option as it is still accessible by train and only between 25-60 minutes away depending on your transportation option. 

Pearson Professional Centers-Alexandria VA

1900 North Beauregard Street
Suite 12
Alexandria, Virginia 22311
United States
Phone: +1 703-575-8163

By car:GMAT in Washington DC 3

From Washington D.C. (18min)

  • Take 14th St South towards Virginia.
  • 14th St becomes I-395 South as it crosses into Virginia.
  • Drive 4 miles on I-395 then take exit 4 (Seminary Rd).
  • Take the Seminary Rd West ramp. Turn slight right onto Seminary Rd.
  • Turn left at the second traffic light (North Beauregard St).
  • Then turn right at the second traffic light (North Highview Lane).
  • At the end of N Highview Lane, continue right to drive behind the buildings. After curving right again, you will be in the parking area; the building will be on the right (1900 North Beauregard Street).

Test-takers’ review:

This center was rated 4.2 by Google reviewers. The comments described the free parking area, a very relaxed place that made their anxiety decrease and the staff was supported.

Test Center Holidays: 

The most popular times for GMAT preparation and test taking are during the holiday seasons. Be mindful of dates that you will not be able to take the GMAT or EA at any of the test centers mentioned above.

Pearson test centers are closed during the following dates:

    • 1 Jan – New Year’s Day 
    • 2 Apr – Good Friday   
    • 5 Apr – Easter Monday 
    • 3 May – May Day 
    • 31 May – Late May Bank Holiday   
    • 30 Aug – August Bank Holiday
    • 25 Dec – Christmas Day
    • 26 Dec – Boxing Day 
    • 27 Dec – Christmas Holiday
    • 28 Dec – Boxing Day Holiday
Top MBA Programs In Washington DC

Tips:

  • During the test there will not be complete silence – you will be able to hear noise from other test takers so it is best to prepare for this by studying for the exam in similar scenarios. This can prepare you for any distractions (such as coughing, sneezing, or computer clicking sounds) that might occur while taking your exam.  
  • Try to spend some time actually prepping in the lobby of the test center weeks/days in advance of your exam date. Since the place will be familiar to you come test day this can help curb test anxiety should you have any.

Test Day FAQs

Here are the top 5 questions that clients ask us about exam day information:

  • Are you allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam?

You are not allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam and you are not allowed to wear earphones as well. 

  • What should I do if I fall sick on the exam day?

If you do not feel well come exam day you will have to make the decision as to whether or not you can take the test and perform at your best. Most people will not be able to do this so it will be best to cancel it. If you do so on the day of the exam you will incur a loss of your full $250 exam fee. If you cancel the exam 7 days in advance you will be charged a penalty of $50. If it is the first time that you will sit the exam and you are up for sitting through a 4 hour test, this may be a good opportunity to experience the test as you have the ability to cancel the score right afterwards if you are unhappy with it. Ultimately, it is best to take the GMAT when you are feeling your best as this will result in your optimum test performance. 

  • What can I bring with me to the test center?

You are allowed in the test center with the following:

  • GMAT approved identification
  • Appointment confirmation letter or email you received from Pearson VUE
  • Prescription eyeglasses
  • Light sweater or light non-outerwear jacket
  • Comfort items only if they were pre-approved as an accommodation received in advance

Any additional personal belongings that you bring with you such as your cell phone, bag, snacks, and earphones will need to be stored in one of the provided lockers. You may eat your snack during the breaks. Any cell phone use throughout the test time (including breaks) is prohibited. 

The test center will provide you with everything that you need in order to take the test including scratch paper and a pencil. 

  • Should I wear a mask during the exam?

At the test centers above they strongly recommend that you wear a face mask or some type of face-covering in the test center and for the duration of your test to protect yourself and others. Test centers do not provide face masks for candidates. 

Please note that if you have any flu-like symptoms upon arrival at the test center, you may be requested to reschedule your exam for another time when you are in full health.

  • What can I expect at the test center?

A usual test center is typically quite small. Once you arrive you will have to provide the administrator with the relevant documents and while these are being processed you will be asked to wait in the waiting area. In this area, you can still access all your personal belongings up until you are called into the testing room. 

Once in the room, you will be allocated an individual exam station where you will find a computer. 

Find more FAQs: HERE

For any questions or comments please reach out to us at www.apexgmat.com.
To speak to an Apex instructor about your GMAT prep, schedule a call HERE.

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taking the GMAT in Chicago
Posted on
21
Jan 2021

Taking the GMAT Exam in Chicago

Table of Contents:

  1. Who administers the GMAT test?
  2. What does the test center look like?
  3. Where are the test centers located?
  4. Test center holidays
  5. Top MBA programs in the area
  6. Tips
  7. Test Day FAQs

About ¾ of the way through your extensive GMAT prep you should begin to start planning your test day, including scheduling the test, preparing your trip to the test center, and even pre-visiting the test center so that you know exactly where it is. This guide is here to offer you all the required information related to taking the GMAT exam in Chicago. 

Who administers the GMAT test?

Pearson Professional Centers – administers the GMAT and EA exam on behalf of the GMAC. To find out more about the Pearson Professional test centers visit https://www.pearson.com/us/.

What does the test center look like?

A Pearson Professional Center will include individual testing areas for each test taker with a separation screen between each test-taker. 

Where are the Test Centers in Chicago?

These are the test centers in Chicago where test-takers had the best experience:

Pearson Professional Centers-Chicago Financial District


200 West Adams Street

Suite 1105
Chicago, Illinois 60606
United States
Phone: +1 312-551-1143

By car:

map 1 to GMAT test center in ChicagoFrom city center (2min)
Head north on S Federal St toward W Jackson Blvd
Turn right onto W Jackson Blvd
Turn left at the 1st cross street onto S Dearborn St
Turn left at the 1st cross street onto W Adams St
Destination will be on the right

Test-takers’ review:

This test center was rated 4.0 by Google reviewers.

Pearson Professional Centers-Rosemont IL

9550 West Higgins Road
Second Floor Suite 225
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
United States

By car:

gmat test center 2 in chicago

From city center (22min)
Continue to IL-110 W/Eisenhower Expy
Follow I-90 W to IL-72 W/W Higgins Rd. Take exit 79B fr Follow IL-72 W/W Higgins Rd to your destination in Rosemont
on I-90 W

Test-takers’ review:

This test center was rated 5.0 by Google reviewers. The center was described as very organized, professional and secure.

Test center holidays

The most popular times for GMAT preparation and test-taking are during the holiday seasons. Be mindful of dates that you will not be able to take the GMAT or EA at any of the test centers mentioned above. Pearson test centers are closed during the following dates:

  • 1 Jan – New Year’s Day 
  • 2 Apr – Good Friday   
  • 5 Apr – Easter Monday 
  • 3 May – May Day 
  • 31 May – Late May Bank Holiday   
  • 30 Aug – August Bank Holiday
  • 25 Dec – Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec – Boxing Day 
  • 27 Dec – Christmas Holiday
  • 28 Dec – Boxing Day Holiday  

Top MBA programs in Chicago

  1. The University of Chicago Booth School of Business 
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GMAT in hong kong
Posted on
11
Dec 2020

Taking the GMAT in Hong Kong

Table of Contents:

  1. Who administers the GMAT test?
  2. What does the test center look like?
  3. Where are the test centers located?
  4. Test center holidays
  5. Top MBA programs in the area
  6. Tips
  7. Test Day FAQs

About ¾ of the way through your extensive GMAT prep you should begin to start planning your test day, including scheduling the test, preparing your trip to the test center, and even pre-visiting the test center so that you know exactly where it is. This guide is here to offer you all the required information related to taking the GMAT exam in Hong Kong. 

Who administers the GMAT in Hong Kong?

Pearson Professional Centers – administers the GMAT and EA exam on behalf of the GMAC. To find out more about the Pearson Professional test centers visit https://www.pearson.com.hk/en_GB. 

What does the test center look like?

A Pearson Professional Center will include individual testing areas for each test taker with a separation screen between each test-taker.

Where are the test centers in Hong Kong?

These are the top 2 locations where test-takers generally had the best experience:

Pearson Professional Centers-Hong Kong

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China
Hong Kong
Wan Chai
139 Hennessy Road, Wanchai
Office B, 18/F, China Overseas Building,
9999999
Phone: 852 2167 8568

By car:Pearson GMAT Test center in hong kong 1

From Central Hong Kong (9 minutes):

  • Head west on Queen’s Road Central toward Ice House St
  • Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto Pedder St
  • Slight right onto Chater Rd
  • Use any lane to turn right onto Murray Rd
  • Use any lane to turn left onto Queensway
  • Continue onto Hennessy Rd

Test-takers’ review:

This test center was rated 3.5 by Google reviewers. 

Welkin Systems Limited

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China
Mongkok
3/F Righteous Centre,
585 Nathan Road, Mongkok,
Phone: +852 3605 3377

By car:gmat in hong kong test center 2

From Central Hong Kong (15 minutes):

  • Continue to Connaught Rd Central/Rumsey Street Flyover/Route 4
  • Continue on Rumsey Street Flyover/Route 4. Take Route 3 to Yau Ma Tei Interchange/油麻地交匯處 in Kowloon. Take exit 2 from Route 3
  • Continue on Yau Ma Tei Interchange/油麻地交匯處. Take Waterloo Rd and Portland St to Nathan Rd

Test-takers’ reviews: 

This test center was rated 3.4 by Google reviewers. They mentioned that the testing room is well furnished.

Test Center Holidays:

The most popular times for GMAT preparation and test-taking are during the holiday seasons. Be mindful of dates that you will not be able to take the GMAT or EA at any of the test centers mentioned above. Pearson test centers are closed during the following dates:

  • 1 Jan – New Year’s Day 
  • 25-28 Jan – Chinese New Year/ Lunar New Year
  • 4 Apr – Qingming Festival
  • 10 Apr – Good Friday
  • 11 Apr – Holy Sunday
  • 13 Apr – Easter Monday
  • 30 Apr – Buddha’s Birthday
  • 1 May – Labour Day
  • 25 Jun – Dragon Boat Festival
  • 1 Jul – Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment
  • 1 Oct – National Day of the People’s Republic of China
  • 26 Oct – Double Ninth Festival
  • 25 Dec – Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec – Boxing Day

Top MBA programs in Hong Kong

Test Day Tips:

  • During the test there will not be complete silence – you will be able to hear noise from other test takers so it is best to prepare for this by studying for the exam in similar scenarios. This can prepare you for any distractions (such as coughing, sneezing, or computer clicking sounds) that might occur while taking your exam.  
  • Try to spend some time actually prepping in the lobby of the test center weeks/days in advance of your exam date. Since the place will be familiar to you come test day this can help curb test anxiety should you have any.

Test Day FAQs

Here are the top 5 questions that clients ask us about exam day information:

  • Are you allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam?

You are not allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam and you are not allowed to wear earphones as well. 

  • What should I do if I fall sick on the exam day?

If you do not feel well come exam day you will have to make the decision as to whether or not you can take the test and perform at your best. Most people will not be able to do this so it will be best to cancel it. If you do so on the day of the exam you will incur a loss of your full $250 exam fee. If you cancel the exam 7 days in advance you will be charged a penalty of $50. If it is the first time that you will sit the exam and you are up for sitting through a 4 hour test, this may be a good opportunity to experience the test as you have the ability to cancel the score right afterwards if you are unhappy with it. Ultimately, it is best to take the GMAT when you are feeling your best as this will result in your optimum test performance. 

  • What can I bring with me to the test center?

You are allowed in the test center with the following:

  • GMAT approved identification
  • Appointment confirmation letter or email you received from Pearson VUE
  • Prescription eyeglasses
  • Light sweater or light non-outerwear jacket
  • Comfort items only if they were pre-approved as an accommodation received in advance

Any additional personal belongings that you bring with you such as your cell phone, bag, snacks, and earphones will need to be stored in one of the provided lockers. You may eat your snack during the breaks. Any cell phone use throughout the test time (including breaks) is prohibited. 

The test center will provide you with everything that you need in order to take the test including scratch paper and a pencil. 

  • Should I wear a mask during the exam?

At the test centers above they strongly recommend that you wear a face mask or some type of face-covering in the test center and for the duration of your test to protect yourself and others. Test centers do not provide face masks for candidates. 

Please note that if you have any flu-like symptoms upon arrival at the test center, you may be requested to reschedule your exam for another time when you are in full health.

  • What can I expect at the test center?

A usual test center is typically quite small. Once you arrive you will have to provide the administrator with the relevant documents and while these are being processed you will be asked to wait in the waiting area. In this area, you can still access all your personal belongings up until you are called into the testing room. 

Once in the room, you will be allocated an individual exam station where you will find a computer. 

 

For any questions or comments or to speak to an Apex instructor about your GMAT in Hong Kong, schedule a complimentary call HERE.

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GMAT Exam in Philadelphia
Posted on
09
Dec 2020

Taking the GMAT Exam in Philadelphia

Table of Contents:

  1. Who administers the GMAT in Philadelphia?
  2. What does the test center look like?
  3. Where are the test centers located?
  4. Test center holidays
  5. Top MBA programs in the area
  6. Tips
  7. Test Day FAQs

 

About ¾ of the way through your extensive GMAT prep you should begin to start planning your test day, including scheduling the test, preparing your trip to the test center, and even pre-visiting the test center so that you know exactly where it is. This guide is here to offer you all the required information related to taking the GMAT in Philadelphia. 

Who administers the GMAT test in Philadelphia?

Pearson Professional Centers – administers the GMAT and EA exam on behalf of the GMAC. To find out more about the Pearson Professional test centers visit https://www.pearson.com/us/.

What does the test center look like?

A Pearson Professional Center will include individual testing areas for each test taker with a separation screen between each test-taker. 

Where are the test centers in Philadelphia?

These are the top 3 locations where test-takers generally had the best experience:

Pearson Professional Centers-Philadelphia PA

1800 John F Kennedy (JFK) Blvd
Suite 1001
Tenth Floor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
United States
Phone: +1 215-977-7120

By car:GMAT exam test center philly 1

From the city center(3min):

  • Head south on S 15th St toward S Penn Square
  • Use the left lane to turn slightly left onto S Penn Square
  • Keep left to stay on S Penn Square
  • S Penn Square turns slightly left and becomes John F Kennedy Blvd

Test-takers’ review:

This test center was rated 4.4 by Google reviewers. The comments referred to the staff as very kind and professional. In addition, the instructions were found as easy to understand and that it was a quick process to sit for their exam.

Pearson Professional Centers-Blue Bell PA

1777 Sentry Parkway West
Suite 303
VEVA Bldg-14
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania 19422
United States
Phone: +1 610-940-3826

By car:gmat exam center directions Philadelphia 2

From Central Philadelphia (30 minutes):

  • Get on I-76 W from John F Kennedy Blvd and John F Kennedy Blvd Bridge
  • Continue on I-76 W to Plymouth Meeting. Take exit 20 from I-476 N
  • Continue on W Germantown Pike. Take Walton Rd to Sentry Pkwy W in Blue Bell

Test-takers’ review:

This test center was rated 4.0 by Google reviewers. The reviewers described the employees as very nice and professional also with a lot of parking spots.

Pearson Professional Centers-King of Prussia PA

150 South Warner Road
Suite 400
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406
United States
Phone: +1 610-688-3747

By car: 

From the King of Prussia Mall (5min):

  • Take King of Prussia Plaza to N Gulph Rd
  • Head southwest toward King of Prussia Plaza
  • Turn left to stay on King of Prussia Plaza
  • Turn right toward N Gulph Rd
  • Turn right onto N Gulph Rd
  • Turn left onto N Warner Rd
  • Continue onto Swedesford Rd
  • Turn left onto S Warner Rd
  • Turn left onto Continental Dr
  • Turn right
  • Turn left
  • Destination will be on the right

Test-takers’ review:

This test center was rated 4.6 by Google reviewers. One of the reviewers described his experience as one of the best in a testing center. In general the place was perceived as positive and calm enough to relax your nerves.

Test Center Holidays

The most popular times for GMAT preparation and test taking are during the holiday seasons. Be mindful of dates that you will not be able to take the GMAT or EA at any of the test centers mentioned above. Pearson test centers are closed during the following dates:

  • 1 Jan – New Year’s Day 
  • 2 Apr – Good Friday   
  • 5 Apr – Easter Monday 
  • 3 May – May Day 
  • 31 May – Late May Bank Holiday   
  • 30 Aug – August Bank Holiday
  • 25 Dec – Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec – Boxing Day 
  • 27 Dec – Christmas Holiday
  • 28 Dec – Boxing Day Holiday 

Top MBA programs in the area

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gmat exam guide in Lodnon
Posted on
01
Dec 2020

Taking the GMAT in London

Table of Contents:

  1. Who administers the GMAT test in London?
  2. What does the test center look like?
  3. Where are the test centers located in London?
  4. Test center holidays
  5. Top MBA programs in London
  6. Tips
  7. Test Day FAQs

About ¾ of the way through your extensive GMAT prep you should begin to start planning your test day, including scheduling the test, preparing your trip to the test center, and even pre-visiting the test center so that you know exactly where it is. This guide is here to offer you all the required information related to taking the GMAT in London. 

Who Administers The GMAT in London: 

Pearson Professional Centers – administers the GMAT and EA exam on behalf of the GMAC. To find out more about the Pearson Professional test centres visit: https://www.pearson.com/uk/.

What Does The Test Center Look Like?

A Pearson Professional Center will include individual testing areas for each test taker with a separation screen between each taker. Here is an example of the testing center at Holborn:

 GMAT exam test center in london

GMAT Test Locations in London?

These are the test centers in London where test-takers had the best experience in:

Pearson Professional Centres-London Holborn (central)

190 High Holborn
London
WC1V 7BH

By Car:

Directions from Central London (9 minutes):

  • Head north toward Trafalgar Square/A4
  • Exit the roundabout onto Trafalgar Square/A4/A400
  • Continue to follow A4/A400
  • Turn right onto Duncannon St/A4
  • Continue to follow A4
  • Keep left to continue on Kingsway/A4200
  • Turn left onto High Holborn/A40
  • Destination will be on the left
By Public Transit (14 minutes):gmat exam test center and holborn
  • Walk to Victoria Station and get on the underground in the direction to Victoria
  • Travel 1 stop to Green Park
  • Walk 1 minute to Green Park Underground Station and get on the underground in the direction of Piccadilly
  • Travel 4 stops exiting at Holborn
  • Walk 3 minutes west to Pearson Professional Centres-London Holborn (central)

Test-takers’ review:

This centre is ranked 4.5 by Google reviewers. The building has good facilities and the staff are friendly and helpful. There are lockers to store your belongings.

Pearson Professional Centres-UK Docklands 

3 Quebec Wharf
14 Thomas Road
Docklands, London
E14 7AF
Phone: +44 300 200 1122

By Car:GMAT exam center at docklands

Directions from Central London (22 minutes):

  • Take A3212, A302, Westminster Bridge Rd, Borough Rd/A3202 and Long Ln/A2198 to Bermondsey St/A2205
  • Follow Bermondsey St/A2205 to Holyrood St 
By Train (14 minutes):
  • Walk to London Charging Cross
  • Get on the Southeastern in the directo of Dover Priority and travel two stops to London Bridge.
  • Walk for 7 minutes south east to Pearson Professional Centres-UK Docklands

Test-takers’ review:

This centre is rated a 3.8 by Google reviewers – It is a bit challenging to locate due to its understated signage. The employees are helpful but not overly friendly. Everything is explained clearly. There are free bicycle racks and lockers for you to store your belongings securely. 

Alternative Options Outside the City: If you would like to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for your exam or if test centers within the city do not have any openings, a Pearson Professional Center in Watford is a good option as it is still accessible by train and only between 25-60 minutes away depending on your transportation option. 

Pearson Professional Centres-UK Watford

1st Floor, Cassiobury House
11-19 Station RD
Watford
WD17 1AP
Phone: +44 161 855 7499

By Car:

Directions from Central London (55 minutes):

  • Get on M1 in Brent Cross from A4201, Outer Cir, Avenue Road and A41
  • Follow M1 to Stephenson Way/A4008 in Hertfordshire. Take exit 5 from M1
  • Continue on Stephenson Way/A4008. Drive to Station Rd in Watford
By Train (24 minutes):
  • Walk to Kings Cross Station in Euston
  • Catch the west Midlands Train and travel for three stops getting off at the Watford Junction (Train leaves every 2, minutes)
  • Walk 3 minutes East to the Pearson Professional Centres-UK Watford

Test-takers’ review:

This test centre has a 3.3 ranking on Google review – The staff can be helpful and friendly as well as unhelpful and rude. It depends on who you find on the day you test. The temperature in this facility is not well maintained and therefore on some days it can get quite hot in the testing room. 

Test Centre Holidays: 

The most popular times for GMAT preparation and test taking are during the holiday seasons. Be mindful of dates that you will not be able to take the GMAT or EA at any of the test centers mentioned above.

Pearson test centres are closed during the following dates:

  • 1 Jan – New Year’s Day 
  • 2 Apr – Good Friday   
  • 5 Apr – Easter Monday 
  • 3 May – May Day 
  • 31 May – Late May Bank Holiday   
  • 30 Aug – August Bank Holiday
  • 25 Dec – Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec – Boxing Day 
  • 27 Dec – Christmas Holiday
  • 28 Dec – Boxing Day Holiday           
GMAT Test Dates in London

Due to the Coronavirus, all test centers in London are currently closed. If you would like to schedule a test date, you are able to do so 24 hours a day with the online GMAT exam HERE. Here is additional information about the online GMAT exam.

Top MBA Programs In London

Tips:

  • During the test there will not be complete silence – you will be able to hear noise from other test takers so it is best to prepare for this by studying for the exam in similar scenarios. This can prepare you for any distractions (such as coughing, sneezing, or computer clicking sounds) that might occur while taking your exam.
  • Try to spend some time actually prepping in the lobby of the test center weeks/days in advance of your exam date. Since the place will be familiar to you come test day this can help curb test anxiety should you have any.

Test Day FAQs

Here are the top 5 questions that clients ask us about exam day information:

  • Are you allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam?

You are not allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam and you are not allowed to wear earphones as well.

  • What should I do if I fall sick on the exam day?

If you do not feel well come exam day you will have to make the decision as to whether or not you can take the test and perform at your best. Most people will not be able to do this so it will be best to cancel it. If you do so on the day of the exam you will incur a loss of your full $250 exam fee. If you cancel the exam 7 days in advance you will be charged a penalty of $50. If it is the first time that you will sit the exam and you are up for sitting through a 4 hour test, this may be a good opportunity to experience the test as you have the ability to cancel the score right afterwards if you are unhappy with it. Ultimately, it is best to take the GMAT when you are feeling your best as this will result in your optimum test performance.

  • What can I bring with me to the test center?

You are allowed in the test center with the following:

  • GMAT approved identification
  • Appointment confirmation letter or email you received from Pearson VUE
  • Prescription eyeglasses
  • Light sweater or light non-outerwear jacket
  • Comfort items only if they were pre-approved as an accommodation received in advance

Any additional personal belongings that you bring with you such as your cell phone, bag, snacks, and earphones will need to be stored in one of the provided lockers. You may eat your snack during the breaks. Any cell phone use throughout the test time (including breaks) is prohibited.

The test center will provide you with everything that you need in order to take the test including scratch paper and a pencil.

  • Should I wear a mask during the exam?

At the test centers above they strongly recommend that you wear a face mask or some type of face-covering in the test center and for the duration of your test to protect yourself and others. Test centers do not provide face masks for candidates.

Please note that if you have any flu-like symptoms upon arrival at the test center, you may be requested to reschedule your exam for another time when you are in full health.

  • What can I expect at the test center?

A usual test center is typically quite small. Once you arrive you will have to provide the administrator with the relevant documents and while these are being processed you will be asked to wait in the waiting area. In this area, you can still access all your personal belongings up until you are called into the testing room.

Once in the room, you will be allocated an individual exam station where you will find a computer.

 

If you are looking for private one-on-one GMAT tutoring in London, Apex is here to help you. We are able to accommodate you both in-person and online, based on your needs and preferences. If you want to talk to an Apex GMAT tutor about your GMAT prep, schedule a complimentary call here.

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GMAT calculator and mental math
Posted on
26
Nov 2020

GMAT Calculator & Mental Math – All You Need To Know

By: Apex GMAT
Contributor: Ilia Dobrev
Date: 26th November, 2020

Are calculators allowed on the GMAT? It seems like a pretty straightforward question, but the details are a bit more complicated. 

The short answer is: yes and no. In fact, the calculator question holds the key for a strong performance on the exam as a whole. This article explains when calculator use is permitted and, more importantly, when using a calculator isn’t the best approach to solving a given problem.  

So if you’re used to using a calculator on math tests, don’t worry! We’ve provided a list of some handy mental math techniques and time saving strategies that will enhance your performance on the Quant section and beyond. 

Calculators on the GMAT | Explained

  • You are not allowed to bring your own calculator to the GMAT exam.

According to the GMAC, no personal items are allowed in the exam room at any certified test center.

However, the proctor will provide a blank canvas with plenty of space to perform any necessary calculations by hand.

  • You cannot use a calculator on the Quantitative section.

There’s no reason to be intimidated by the restriction on calculators. Although most of us are used to using calculators for arithmetic, the GMAT is not designed to test your ability to perform complex mathematical operations. The Quant section draws from secondary-level math and basic algebra and geometry to test other skill sets, such as critical thinking, logical reasoning, and problem solving. 

In fact, the majority of the Quant questions can and should be answered without any calculations beyond estimation. 

For example, data sufficiency problems, which are more geared towards reasoning than math skills, typically only call for basic calculations and estimation. If you do need to do math, keep in mind that the GMAC designers usually keep numbers simple and avoid decimals. If you see large numbers or complex fractions, it’s a good bet that there’s an easier solution path. 

For another example of how mental math can save you time, see our explanation of the movie night combinatorics problem

  • You can use an on-screen calculator on the Integrated Reasoning section.

Surprisingly or not, a calculator will be provided for the Integrated Reasoning section. This GMAT calculator has the standard basic functions, CE (clear entry) button, C (clear) button, an sqrt function, a % (percentage) button, and a 1/x button that calculates the reciprocal of the entry currently on the screen. There is also a row with the standard memory functions

    • MS (memory store) stores the current entry in the calculator’s memory.
    • MR (memory recall) displays the last number stored in the calculator’s memory.
    • M+ (memory addition) adds the current entry to the value stored in the calculator’s memory. This button is helpful when you need to add a long series of numbers, but don’t have time to retype each one.
    • MC (memory clear) erases whatever is in the current memory. Use it before every new calculation set.

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Survival Tips & Tricks

  • Do not overuse the IR calculator.

Although the GMAT provides a basic calculator for the Integrated Reasoning section, don’t use it too often. You’ll waste more time than you save. However, you can apply some of the same solution paths used in the Quant section to problems in Integrated Reasoning.

  • Practice mental math operations regularly.

Mental math operations are easy to learn with some practice, and mastering mental math can provide a significant morale boost leading up to your test date. You can add, multiply, subtract, and divide when you pay bills, check out at the grocery store, calculate a tip, etc. without using a calculator.

Try putting away the calculator and practicing mental math in your daily life to save time and, ultimately, enhance your GMAT score.

  • Make accurate estimations

Learning to estimate efficiently is the key to saving considerable amounts of time on the GMAT. Convert unwieldy numbers to more manageable figures, like 0 or 5, for the quicker calculations. Then, you can browse the answer choices and select the answer that’s closest to your preliminary estimate.

  • Don’t use a calculator when prepping for the Quant section.

Preparing without a calculator is a great way to practice mental math operations outside of your daily life. The test setting and Quant context will help accustom you to the environment. You’ll feel more prepared if you know exactly what to expect on test day. 

  • Familiarize yourself with a basic GMAT calculator and practice using its memory functions.

Since the on-screen calculator will be your only technical aid during the Integrated Reasoning section, it’s smart to spend some time getting used to it. When you’re pressed for time, the calculator’s memory function can be a crucial tool for staying on track with a healthy exam pace. 

  • Look to the answer choices to guide your strategy.

Sometimes, you can eliminate a couple of answer choices immediately. 

Even when time is in short supply, you can make educated guesses and use your reasoning skills to boost your chance of arriving at the correct answer.

  • Don’t panic if you see big numbers.

Keep in mind that the people behind the GMAT are aware that they’re designing questions to be answered without calculators. This limits the difficulty of the arithmetic and encourages test-takers to look for the more straightforward approach.

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GMAT in new york
Posted on
17
Nov 2020

Taking the GMAT Exam in New York

Table of Contents:

  1. Who administers the GMAT test in New York?
  2. What does the test center look like?
  3. Where are the test centers located in New York?
  4. Test center holidays
  5. Top MBA programs in New York
  6. Tips
  7. Test Day FAQs

About ¾ of the way through your extensive GMAT prep you should begin to start planning your test day, including scheduling the test, preparing your trip to the test center, and even pre-visiting the test center so that you know exactly where it is. This guide is here to offer you all the required information related to taking the GMAT in New York. 

Who administers the GMAT test?

Pearson Professional Centers – administers the GMAT and EA exam on behalf of the GMAC. To find out more about the Pearson Professional test centers visit https://www.pearson.com/us/

What does the test center look like?

A Pearson Professional Center will include individual testing areas for each test taker with a separation screen between each test-taker.

Where are the test centers in New York?

These are the top 3 locations where test-takers generally had the best experience:

Pearson Professional Centers- NY (Herald Square)

31 West 34th Street

Suite 1001

New York, New York 10001

United States

Phone: 212-967-0471

By car:
From Central Manhattan (19 minutes):
    • Head northeast on 

  • East Dr toward E 90th St
  • Keep right to continue on Malcolm X Blvd
  • Turn right onto Central Park N
  • Central Park N turns right and becomes Duke Ellington Circle
  • Turn right onto 5th Ave
  • Turn right after Reinlieb Laurence (on the right)
  •  Destination will be on the left

By train:

  • Should take around 22 minutes

Test-takers’ review:

This test center was rated 4.3 by Google reviewers. Testing stations are clean and comfortable and the staff was friendly and professional. They also mentioned that the room temperature was colder than usual, so make sure to bring a sweater or jacket.

Pearson Professional Centers-Forest Hills NY

118-35 Queens Boulevard

Suite 1260, 12th Floor

Forest Hills Tower

Forest Hills, New York 11375

United States

Phone: 718-263-3801

By car:

From Queens Center (7 minutes):

  • Get on I-495 E
  • Continue on I-495 E. Take I-678 S/Van Wyck Expy to Union Tpke. Take exit 7 from I-678 S/Van Wyck Expy
  • Follow Union Tpke to New York 25 Service/Queens Blvd

Test-takers’ reviews:

This test center was rated 4.3 by Google reviewers. They generally had a great test-taking experience. The staff was polite and professional and the waiting rooms were comfortable. It was also mentioned that the testing-rooms were a bit hot.

Pearson Professional Centers-Yonkers NY

73 Market Street

Suite 374

Ridge Hill

Yonkers, New York 10710

United States

Phone: 914-423-8437

By car:

From Yonkers (12 minutes):

  • Head northeast toward S Broadway
  • Get on Cross County Pkwy
  • Continue on Cross County Pkwy. Take I-87 N to Ridge Hill Boulevard. Take exit 6A from I-87 N
  • Continue on Ridge Hill Boulevard. Drive to Market Street

Test-takers’ reviews:

This test center was rated 4.5 by Google reviewers. The reviewers mentioned that the staff was helpful and polite as well as courteous. The environment was neat, clean, and professional and the building had easy access to the highway.

Test Center Holidays:

The most popular times for GMAT preparation and test-taking are during the holiday seasons. Be mindful of dates that you will not be able to take the GMAT or EA at any of the test centers mentioned above. Pearson test centers are closed during the following dates:

  • 1 Jan – New Year’s Day 
  • 2 Apr – Good Friday   
  • 5 Apr – Easter Monday 
  • 3 May – May Day 
  • 31 May – Late May Bank Holiday   
  • 30 Aug – August Bank Holiday
  • 25 Dec – Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec – Boxing Day 
  • 27 Dec – Christmas Holiday
  • 28 Dec – Boxing Day Holiday 

Top MBA programs in New York

Tips:

  • During the test there will not be complete silence – you will be able to hear noise from other test takers so it is best to prepare for this by studying for the exam in similar scenarios. This can prepare you for any distractions (such as coughing, sneezing, or computer clicking sounds) that might occur while taking your exam.
  • Try to spend some time actually prepping in the lobby of the test center weeks/days in advance of your exam date. Since the place will be familiar to you come test day this can help curb test anxiety should you have any.

Test Day FAQs

Here are the top 5 questions that clients ask us about exam day information:

  • Are you allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam?

You are not allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam and you are not allowed to wear earphones as well.

  • What should I do if I fall sick on the exam day?

If you do not feel well come exam day you will have to make the decision as to whether or not you can take the test and perform at your best. Most people will not be able to do this so it will be best to cancel it. If you do so on the day of the exam you will incur a loss of your full $250 exam fee. If you cancel the exam 7 days in advance you will be charged a penalty of $50. If it is the first time that you will sit the exam and you are up for sitting through a 4 hour test, this may be a good opportunity to experience the test as you have the ability to cancel the score right afterwards if you are unhappy with it. Ultimately, it is best to take the GMAT when you are feeling your best as this will result in your optimum test performance.

  • What can I bring with me to the test center?

You are allowed in the test center with the following:

  • GMAT approved identification
  • Appointment confirmation letter or email you received from Pearson VUE
  • Prescription eyeglasses
  • Light sweater or light non-outerwear jacket
  • Comfort items only if they were pre-approved as an accommodation received in advance

Any additional personal belongings that you bring with you such as your cell phone, bag, snacks, and earphones will need to be stored in one of the provided lockers. You may eat your snack during the breaks. Any cell phone use throughout the test time (including breaks) is prohibited.

The test center will provide you with everything that you need in order to take the test including scratch paper and a pencil.

  • Should I wear a mask during the exam?

At the test centers above they strongly recommend that you wear a face mask or some type of face-covering in the test center and for the duration of your test to protect yourself and others. Test centers do not provide face masks for candidates.

Please note that if you have any flu-like symptoms upon arrival at the test center, you may be requested to reschedule your exam for another time when you are in full health.

  • What can I expect at the test center?

A usual test center is typically quite small. Once you arrive you will have to provide the administrator with the relevant documents and while these are being processed you will be asked to wait in the waiting area. In this area, you can still access all your personal belongings up until you are called into the testing room.

Once in the room, you will be allocated an individual exam station where you will find a computer.

 

If you are looking for private one-on-one GMAT tutoring with a 770+ scoring tutor in New York, Apex is here to help you. We are able to accommodate you both in-person and online, based on your needs and preferences. If you want to talk to an Apex GMAT tutor about your GMAT prep, schedule a complimentary call here.

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the online gmat
Posted on
13
Oct 2020

The Online GMAT Experience-from preparation to post MBA 

By: Apex GMAT
Contributor: Ilia Dobrev
Date: 13th October, 2020

 

Advancements in technology, combined with constraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, have prompted the GMAT world to adapt by shifting a large portion of the exam and preparation materials online. Both test takers and tutoring firms have seen positive outcomes from interactive learning aids, an abundance of resources, and easily accessible networks of people at different stages of the GMAT journey. However, the transition has also introduced some hazards concerning physical test endurance, focus, and anxiety. This article evaluates risks and challenges you may encounter taking the online exam and summarizes everything you need to know to be ready for your online GMAT experience.

The Online GMAT Exam

Since the onset of the pandemic in the spring of 2020, the General Management Admissions Council (GMAC) has introduced an innovative, completely online version of the physical GMAT test. This allows test takers to maintain social distance by sitting for the exam from the comfort of home.

As of late July, 2020, at the time of writing, anyone can schedule an online exam before December 31, 2020. In order to accommodate candidates’ availability, appointments are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 24 hours before an available time slot. Note that the online GMAT exam is not available in Mainland China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Sudan due to local data privacy regulations.

Differences from the regular GMAT exam

  • The GMAC has determined that the Quantitative, Verbal, and Integrated Reasoning sections are the most relevant for graduate business education. Therefore, the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) has been excluded from the online GMAT test.
  • The duration of the online test is shorter–2 hours and 45 minutes compared to 3 hours and 23 minutes. This time frame includes a 15 to 30 minutes tutorial to  familiarize candidates with the online proctored platform and all its functions.
  • Online, you will not be able to choose the order of the sections. The sequence is fixed as follows: Quantitative, Verbal, and Integrated Reasoning.
  • You can use a physical whiteboard, the built-in online whiteboard, or both for note taking. 

If you’re planning to use a physical white board, there are several requirements it must fulfil: it should be no larger than 12×20 inches (30×50 centimeters), use up to 2 dry erase markers and 1 dry erase whiteboard eraser. Items such as whiteboards with grids, background colors, or other markings, paper, pen, pencil, permanent marker, tissues (paper towels, napkins), whiteboard spray, chalkboards, writing tablets, and others are not permitted.

During the online exam, test takers will be able to access an online board from the icon. It contains an endless canvas to take notes on, which eliminates the need to erase your work as you progress through the sections.

  • In contrast to the two optional breaks in the regular exam, the online GMAT allows candidates to opt for only one 5-minute break before the Integrated Reasoning section.
  • Official GMAT scores are available on mba.com within 7 business days of completing the exam.
  • Another perk of the online GMAT experience is that it allows applicants to send scores to an unlimited number of institutions free of charge.
  • The online GMAT fee is $200, compared to the original $250 cost for the physical exam.
  • The online test cannot be retaken for any reason except a verified technical issue or authorized retakes.

Similarities with the regular GMAT exam

  • The online GMAT consists of the same Quantitative, Verbal, and Integrated Reasoning sections. Despite excluding the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), each of the other three sections contains the same number of questions as before–31, 36, and 12 respectively. In terms of timing, there are no alterations–the sections take 62, 65, and 30 minutes.

online GMAT breakdown

  • To ensure that GMAT scores are compatible and comparable across the online and test center-based versions, the online version adopts the same scoring algorithm. This means that both exams are equally replaceable with one another. 
  • Validity remains the same – 5 years.

Online GMAT Preparation, Tips & Tricks

As the online exam practically covers the same content, regular GMAT preparation remains relevant. If you are trying to figure out which prep method (self, group, or one-on-one) suits you best, you can check out the Four Ps of the best GMAT Prep. Apex’s GMAT tutors and custom-made curriculum are tailored to meet the needs for an online learning environment by providing private GMAT tutoring and nurturing constant feedback.

From a technical viewpoint, it is important to get used to the online whiteboard tool. It is available in all of GMAC’s Official Practice Exams, where anyone can practice all its functions in a simulated, timed environment. Keep in mind that you are not permitted to use touchscreens, graphics tablets, or stylus pens. And lastly, before starting the online GMAT exam, you can do a system test before to ensure your computer meets the operational requirements.

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gmat vrs gre competitive jobs on the market
Posted on
01
Sep 2020

GMAT vs GRE

GMAT vs GRE – the most competitive jobs on the market

by Apex GMAT
July 30, 2020

If you’re on the verge of pursuing a professional career in business administration, finance, marketing, marketing management, accounting, or law, etc. then taking the GMAT or GRE will be a detour along the way to the top. The type of exam you choose matters. There’s a positive correlation between test scores and future earnings; with higher test scores, you may qualify for a more competitive program, and ultimately, a more lucrative career. This article describes applications of the GMAT and the GRE in today’s labor market, as well as their similarities and differences, to help you determine which test is right for you. 

GMAT vs GRE | admissions differences

By far the most important factor to consider is which exam your desired institution accepts and prefers. 

Traditionally, the GMAT is the more common option when it comes to pursuing an MBA or a similar program at a business school. The test is specifically designed to evaluate skills that help MBA admission committees determine not only industry knowledge but also critical traits like risk and time management, problem solving under pressure, and adaptability, all of which are essential for a successful business career.

The GRE’s most distinguishing feature is its suitability for a wider variety of graduate school programs in fields such as business, education, engineering, humanities and arts, life sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences. If you’re targeting a non-MBA graduate discipline, pursuing a dual-degree, or you’re still unsure, then taking the GRE may allow you to kill two birds with one stone. It’s also worth noting that about 90% of MBA programs also accept GRE scores. 

To determine which exam will make you the most competitive, ask the institution’s admissions counselors if they prefer the GMAT over the GRE. Despite many business schools’ claims that they don’t have a preference, around 90% of applicants decide to apply with a GMAT score. This discrepancy might be the result of test takers’ desire to show admissions committees that they have a clear understanding of their graduate program goals and career aspirations. If you aren’t sure which type of graduate program you’re interested in, then the GRE might be the better option. However, if you want to make sure you will be as competitive as possible for an MBA program, then pick the GMAT. In both cases, ranking among the top performers requires rigorous test preparation.

GMAT vs GRE | structure, timing, scoring, costs

 

gmat vs gre

Do Business Schools prefer GMAT over GRE?

The answer to this question is not concrete and can vary, based on various aspects. Consider each exam’s structure to determine which you’re more likely to perform well on.  GMAT prep will involve more focus on the quantitative section, which is more challenging than the GRE’s. MBA committees agree that an applicant’s performance on the quantitative section is one of the strongest indicators for a successful career. Hence, one of the advantages of taking the GMAT can be the opportunity to show your strong quantitative skills and make your application more competitive. Conversely, the GRE’s sentence equivalence and text completion sections require a skilled command of highly sophisticated vocabulary, which may be particularly challenging to non-native English speakers.

The choice between the GMAT and the GRE may affect long term career earnings beginning at the graduate level. Applicants with strong GMAT scores are more likely to receive MBA scholarships, which are usually not available for GRE applicants. Some companies even finance GMAT tutoring and exam fees for their employees or interns as an investment that will yield long term results. When it comes down to actual labour market opportunities, however, the GMAT has an even stronger influence. Many firms, especially in consulting and finance, explicitly require a high GMAT score upon recruitment. So, your job opportunities after the GMAT can be affected by how well you perform on the test.

Lifetime Earnings Difference

Moreover, there is a high correlation between GMAT score and post-MBA salary. Over the course of 12 years working with applicants to the top 10 MBA programs, we at Apex have been able to track their progress from pre-GMAT to their post MBA careers. With data gathered from admission consultants who work with elite programs, as well as financial data from clients who have completed their MBAs, we conducted an internal analysis of the relationship between the exam score and post MBA financial gains. After correcting for other factors, our study suggested that each ten point increment in one’s GMAT score equates to $80,000 – $90,000 (NPV) of extra lifetime earnings.

An investment in GMAT preparation can result in a successful high-paying professional career in the most competitive fields that draw MBA graduates:

  • Finance – Financial Analysts, Financial Advisors, Investment Bankers, Investment Fund Executives
  • Management – Marketing Managers, Business Operation Managers, IS Managers
  • Business Consulting – Management Analysts, Marketing Managers, Business Operations Consultants, Information Technology Directors, Operation Research Analysts and all C-level positions

GMAT vs GRE | working as a GMAT consultant

If you excel at test-taking and exam preparation, your GMAT journey can also lead you to securing a job as a GMAT instructor. The concept of private, one-on-one GMAT prep that Apex’s GMAT tutors offer is built around a customized GMAT curriculum. The goal of this approach is to work with both native and non-native English speakers to build cognitive skills that can be applied in and adapted to diverse working environments, resulting in career success.

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