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

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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

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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

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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. 

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