McLean, Va.—Aspiring business school students in Canada have a new way to take the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®)
McLean, Va.—Aspiring business school students in Canada have a new way to take the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®), the entrance exam used by more than 4,000 graduate business schools around the world, this summer—a mobile testing unit that will travel to 14 universities in cities across seven Canadian provinces.
The GMAT Mobile Test Centre is a converted city bus outfitted with the same high-tech facilities as a traditional bricks-and-mortar GMAT test centre. The mobile testing centre is designed to provide access to the exam for students who may live many kilometres away from a regular test site.
“The mobile test centre is a very practical and visible way to illustrate our commitment to creating even more access to the GMAT exam—and to graduate management education,” says Dave Wilson, president and CEO of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), and a Toronto native. “More than 800 people tested on the ‘GMAT bus’ in two tours around the U.S. over the last two years and schools on the upcoming tour in Canada are very excited to offer this opportunity to their potential students.”
The bus will offer testing at locations from Prince Edward Island to British Columbia. First, the mobile testing centre will make a two-day visit, May 22 and 23, to the University of Ottawa, where those attending the annual meeting of the Canadian Federation of Business School Deans will have a chance to tour its facilities. Several prospective business students also will be testing in the mobile centre in Ottawa.
The GMAT Mobile Test Centre includes six computerized testing stations, electronic security systems and high-speed satellite communications equipment. Testers on the bus undergo the same identity procedures and take the exam under the same controlled conditions as their counterparts who visit permanent GMAT facilities. These measures include fingerprint-recording, digital photography and closed-circuit television monitoring during the exam.
This trip represents the GMAT Mobile Test Centre’s first trip outside the United States and its third transcontinental journey overall. Begun as a pilot program to increase access to the exam for students in rural and/or remote areas in fall 2006, the bus visited nearly 50 locations between October 2006 and May 2007. A second seven-month tour in 2007-08 included 28 colleges and universities.
To register to take the GMAT at a mobile testing unit location, visit www.mba.com.
The GMAT is a standardized exam used to screen applicants by admissions professionals at more than 4,000 graduate business programs around the world. Launched in 1954, the GMAT is today administered more than 200,000 times annually at testing centers worldwide. Information on the GMAT is available at www.mba.com. The test is owned by the McLean, Va.-based Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), a nonprofit organization of leading business schools around the world. Visit www.gmac.com for more information.