Items You Should Take to the GMAT

Part of the GMAT For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Forget your calculator when you take the GMAT. The only things you need to bring with you to the test, besides a confident attitude and a good night's sleep, are

  • Your appointment confirmation letter or e-mail: When you schedule an appointment for the GMAT, Pearson VUE sends you a confirmation letter or e-mail that you should bring with you to the test. It proves you're registered. Don't despair if you can't find yours, though. They'll let you in if you have an appointment.

  • A photo ID: You have to prove that you're you and not your really smart neighbor who looks a little like you coming in to take the test for you. Any form of identification that doesn't have your picture on it is unacceptable, but valid government–issued picture IDs like driver's licenses, passports, identification cards, and military IDs are great as long as they're originals (no photocopies) and they present your name and date of birth exactly as you stated them when you registered for the GMAT.

  • The names of up to five of your favorite MBA programs: Pearson VUE sends your GMAT scores to five programs of your choice, so if you didn't enter them online when you registered, be sure to have a list of your five favorites with you on test day.

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