Coronavirus Impact on GMAT Testing | EDUopinions

Coronavirus Impact on GMAT Testing

17/03/2020

It was just a matter of time before the World Health Organization would declare Coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic, which happened on March 11th. This virus started in Wuhan China and has now spread all over the world. This outbreak has indeed affected many factors, including education and tourism. Due to this, in the wake of the safety of candidates and staff,  GMAT and Executive Assessment testing have been suspended in many locations.  In the next few paragraphs, EDUopinions will reflect the coronavirus impact on GMAT testing.

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Which GMAT test centres are now closed?

Due to the pandemic, GMAC has decided to close test centres across the world. Here is the list of test centres that have been closed due to coronavirus Impact on GMAT Testing.

Americas

  • Panama – testing suspended through April 7.
  • Peru: Lima – testing suspended through March 30.
  • USA: Auburn University – testing suspended through April 10.
  • USA: South Dakota State University – testing suspended through April 6.
  • USA: The University of Arkansas – testing suspended through April 14.
  • USA: The University of Cincinnati – testing suspended through April 11.
  • USA: The University of South Florida – testing suspended through April 4.
  • USA: The University of Rio Grande, OH – testing suspended through April 5.
  • USA: The University of Tennessee at Martin – testing suspended through April 4.
  • USA: Walla Walla University, WA – testing suspended through May 1.
  • Venezuela: Caracas – testing suspended through March 31.

East Asia & Pacific

  • Australia: Perth – testing suspended through April 1.
  • China: Mainland China – testing suspended through March 31.
  • Kazakhstan: Nur Sultan – testing suspended through May 1.
  • Mongolia: Ulan Bator – testing suspended through March 31.
  • Singapore: The testing delivery partner Pearson VUE and building operators have instituted mandatory temperature checks and will begin reviewing travel history of test-takers entering testing centre facilities in Singapore. If candidates are found unwell, are exhibiting symptoms, or report having travelled to China within 14 days prior to their appointment, they will be asked to reschedule their appointment and will be offered a full refund.
  • South Korea: Daegu Region – testing suspended through March 31.
  • South Korea: Seoul – testing centres are open but restricted to a maximum of 15 candidates at a time.
  • Thailand: Chaing Mai – testing suspended through April 30.

Europe & Middle East

  • Bahrain: Manama – testing suspended through March 29.
  • Bulgaria: Sofia – testing suspended through March 31.
  • Czech Republic: Prague – testing suspended through April 1.
  • Finland: Espoo – testing suspended through March 27.
  • Italy: Trento – testing suspended through April 3.
  • Italy: Rome – testing suspended through April 3.
  • Italy: Milan – testing suspended through April 6.
  • Kuwait: Kuwait City – testing suspended through March 27.
  • Norway: Oslo – testing suspended through March 27.
  • Portugal: Lisbon – testing suspended through April 16.
  • Portugal: Porto – testing suspended through March 29.
  • Portugal: Porto (second site) – testing suspended through April 9.
  • Qatar: Doha – testing suspended through April 30.
  • Romania: Bucharest – testing suspended through March 31.
  • Saudi Arabia: Dammam – testing suspended through March 28.
  • Saudi Arabia: North Jeddah – testing suspended through July 31.
  • Spain: Madrid – testing suspended through March 30.
  • Spain: Madrid (PPC) – testing suspended through April 3.
  • State of Palestine: Bethlehem – testing suspended until further notice.
  • Turkey: Ankara – testing suspended through April 5.
  • Switzerland: Lausanne – testing suspended through April 30.
  • UAE: Sharjah – testing suspended through April 5.
  • UAE: Dubai – testing suspended through April 4.
  • UAE: Abu Dhabi – testing suspended through April 4.

Coronavirus Impact on GMAT Testing

What to do if your test centre closed?

If you have just found out that your test centre has been closed due to coronavirus, then you will be given a full refund of your test fees and any appointment reschedule and cancellation fees.

All the GMAT test-takers will be notified about their test appointment rescheduling or cancellation. You can also get in touch with the GMAC customer service centre for additional assistance.

When should you expect to receive your refund for your cancelled appointment?

If you paid for your GMAT appointment through a credit card and your test has been cancelled, then your exam fees will be automatically refunded. The refund will be processed within 3-5 days after receiving the cancellation confirmation email.

For test-takers in China who paid through NEEA, please follow the instructions on requesting a refund from NEEA (#9). Your refund will be processed within 4-6 weeks.

How to schedule a new exam appointment or reschedule

If your appointment has been cancelled due to coronavirus, your appointment will not be rescheduled automatically. You will have to schedule a new test-taking appointment.

If you wish to travel to other countries for taking the GMAT test, keep in mind possible travel restrictions in affected areas.

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Conclusion

To sum up the coronavirus impact on GMAT testing: test-takers can reschedule their appointment or get a refund. You can stay up to date by visiting the GMAC website as the situation develops. Take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Written by
Nikita
Nikita is one of the main authors at EDUopinions, specialised in Higher Education and focused on business studies analysis. She is a digital nomad who works while travelling.
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