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FAQs - NMAT 2015

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    Q1.Who administers NMAT by GMAC™ test?

    Ans.The NMAT by GMAC™ is a computer administered test owned by the Graduate Management Global Connection (India) Private Limited (GMGC), a subsidiary of Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

    Q2.Which Universities / Business Schools accept NMAT scores for admissions?

    Ans.NMAT scores are accepted by following Universities/ Business Schools:

    • NMIMS University
    • Alliance University
    • Ansal University
    • BML Munjal University
    • ICFAI University
    • Mody University
    • NIIT University
    • Shoolini University
    • SRM University
    • Thapar University
    • VIT University
    • Woxsen School of Business

    Q3.When will the NMAT exam be offered for admission to courses starting 2016?

    Ans3.The NMAT exam for the academic session 2016 will be offered in a testing window from Oct 6, 2015 to Dec 19, 2015.

    Q4.How is the NMAT designed?

    Ans.The NMAT exam has three sections: Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. Each section is individually timed. Test takers need to answer questions of each section within the allotted section time. Once the test taker completes a section, whether the test taker selects to move to the next section or if time runs out, the test taker will not be able to return to that section.

    Q5.Can a test taker review questions and /or sections?

    Ans.Yes, a test taker can review the sections of the exam within the allotted section time. The Review Screen at the end of every section will allow the test taker to either move directly to incomplete (unanswered) questions, flagged for review questions or review all or any questions. Once a test taker has moved ahead from one section to the next section, he/she will not be able to return to the previous section. Hence, test takers should complete (answering and reviewing) each of the three sections in their respective allotted time limits.

    Q6.If a test taker completes answering and reviewing a section before the allotted section time completion, does the balance time get added to the next section(s)?

    Ans.No, one cannot add balance time of one section to the other. If a test taker completes answering and reviewing a section before the allotted section time expires, he/she may choose either to revise the section or move to the next section, but the balance time cannot be added on to the next section timing.

    Q7.How is the NMAT exam structured?

    Ans.NMAT exam is a 120-minute test with three sections.

    Q8.What is the advantage of having a 75-day window to test?

    Ans.The 75-day window enables the assessment of a test taker's best performance and at the same time reduces the stress associated with a single sitting test or test offered in a short time window. The longer test window provides the test takers flexibility to take the test when they are best prepared and avoid conflicts with other life events. The test takers will also get the convenience to reschedule the test in case of any exigency. The longer window also provides the test taker with the opportunity to retake the test (maximum 3 attempts, including "No Show") in case they feel that their performance was impaired on the test day for any reason or if they feel they can improve their performance in retake attempt.

    Q9.Are there any eligibility requirements to sit for the NMAT?

    Ans.All test takers who complete the Test Registration process pay the test fee within the time specified and follow the published NMAT exam terms and conditions may sit for the NMAT exam. It is the responsibility of the test taker to understand the eligibility requirements of all the universities and schools to which he/she is interested in applying before registering for NMAT exam. If the test taker registers for the test and then determine that he/she is ineligible for admission to the desired program, no test fee refund will be made. For the eligibility requirements, test takers are advised to check the websites of each university and school where they plan to apply.

    Q10.Will the content of the NMAT change this year?

    Ans.10.AnThe content will not change for the NMAT. The exam will be a multiple-choice question paper that includes Quantitative Ability, Language Skills and Logical Reasoning.

    Q11.What is the test fee for NMAT?

    Ans.Test takers applying for NMAT can register for one of the programs individually or for both the programs. 

    Q12.What are the modes of fee payment for NMAT?

    Ans.Test takers can pay for

    • Registration / Late Registration / Retake Application via
    • Visa
    • MasterCard
    • American Express
    • Debit Card
    • Net Banking
    • Diners Club
    • Demand Draft
    • Test Rescheduling via
    • Credit Card only

    Q13.When and how will a test taker come to know of the test date and location of the test?

    Ans.After the registration and payment being received by NMAT, test takers will receive an e-mail (at the e-mail id specified by them in the online application form) confirming their registration for the NMAT exam. After that, the test taker will receive another e-mail from Pearson VUE containing a unique username and password. The test taker will then have to visit www.pearsonvue.com/nmatbygmac/ and schedule the test on their own. The test takers will get to choose the date, time slot and location of their preference subject to availability on a First come First Serve basis. The Pearson VUE system shows the availability of seats at the test center on real time basis. Within 24 hours of scheduling the test, the test taker will receive a confirmation e-mail mentioning their test venue name and address along with date and time of the test. Test takers are advised to contact the Pearson VUE helpdesk (0120 4397855,nmatbygmacsupport@pearson.com) if they do not receive the e-mail within 24 hours of scheduling the test.

    Q14.Where will the test be administered?

    Ans.The NMAT exam will be administered at 27 test centres across 18 cities within India. The cities are as follows:

    • North: Chandigarh, Delhi, Jaipur and Lucknow
    • West: Ahmedabad, Nagpur and Mumbai
    • South: Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi and Hyderabad
    • Central: Bhopal, Indore and Bhilai
    • East: Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Kolkata and Patna

    Some cities will have multiple test centres to choose from.

    The NMAT will not be offered at any international location.

    Q15.How many times can a test taker take NMAT?

    Ans.A test taker can take the NMAT up to a maximum of 3 times (first attempt plus 2 retake attempts) including no shows, if he/she wishes to.

    Q16.If a test taker takes the NMAT exam more than 1 time, which of the scores out of these attempts will be considered by NMAT accepting Schools?

    Ans.Please visit respective NMAT accepting school website for their policies on acceptance of NMAT score.

    Q17.Will a test taker lose out in competing with others if he/she takes the NMAT only once?

    Ans.No. The test taker will not lose out in competing with others if he/she takes the NMAT by only once. Test takers are advised not to get misled by others opinion on tests being easy or difficult in any given period of the test window. A test taker may be able to improve his/her score provided he/she performs better in re-takes. However, there is no guarantee that the scores will improve in subsequent attempts/retakes. Scores will be equated for all test takers and percentile scores will be calculated after all test takers have taken their test(s). Results will be announced on Friday, January 15, 2016 on NMAT website www.nmat.org.in.

    Q18.What is the rationale behind allowing test takers to test multiple times?

    Ans.Test takers have the option to take the NMAT a maximum choice of three times during the 75-day testing window. This option enables the assessment of the test takers' best performance.

    Q19.When will the NMAT results be declared?

    Ans.The NMAT scaled scores by section and test total scaled score will be announced within 4 to 5 weeks after the test taker has tested. The percentile scores will be calculated after all the test takers have taken their exam(s) and announced on Friday, January 15, 2016 on NMAT website www.nmat.org.in.

    Q20.What do you mean by scaled scores and percentile scores?

    Ans.Scaled scores - All the test forms are equated to account for any differences in overall difficulty and the raw test scores are placed on a common scale. This is done to ensure scores are comparable across test forms such that the scores are not impacted by different test takers getting different test forms. Percentile scores - The percentile rank or score shows how a test taker scored when compared to all other test takers who took the exam (e.g. all test takers who took the NMAT exam). For example, if a test taker is said to be at the 75th percentile, the test taker scored better than 75% of the test takers who took the NMAT.

    Q21.How will a test taker receive the results?

    Ans.Test takers will not be sent any results directly. NMAT will publish scaled scores section wise and test total scaled score will be announced within 4 to 5 weeks after the test taker has tested. The final percentile results on Friday, January 15, 2016 on NMAT website www.nmat.org.in.

    Q22.How does a test taker register for NMAT?

    Ans.Test takers can register for NMAT through an online registration application available on the website www.nmat.org.in from 9:00 am (IST) onwards starting Jul 2, 2015. Online registrations will close at 11:59 pm Indian Standard Time (IST) on Oct 5, 2015. GMGC shall not accept registrations from test takers in any other mode or form.

    Q23.Why should a test taker register early?

    Ans.Test taker will be able to schedule the test on his / her preferred date, time slot and Test Centre only if seats are available at that Test Centre for the date and time slot being sought (First Come First Serve basis). As test takers will be required to schedule their test after registering through an online application system, the earlier they register, the sooner they will receive their username and password and they will be able to schedule their test online. Test takers may not get their preferred date, slot and Test Centre if other test takers have already taken up the available seats for that particular date, slot and center. In such a situation, test takers would need to look at other options of date, time slot and Test Centre and schedule their test accordingly.

    Q24.Does the "First come First serve" principle apply to Registration or Scheduling or both?

    Ans."First come First serve" principle applies to both registration and scheduling. The earlier one registers and makes payment, the earlier will he/she receive the scheduling information. And the earlier one schedules the test, higher are the chances of getting preferred date, time and test location.

    Q25.Can a test taker edit his/her registration application post registration payment?

    Ans.Test takers will be able to edit only certain fields like Programme Selection and Candidate Preferences in their registration form after submitting the registration fee. Test takers are advised to check the information entered in the online registration form very carefully while registering and once again before submitting the registration as they will not be allowed to make any changes after submission.

    Q26.If a test taker could not register online for the NMAT, as he/she was not able to proceed after "I agree". What should the test taker do?

    Ans.This application uses JavaScript. Test takers should make sure that JavaScript is enabled in their browser. To enable JavaScript go to: Tools>>Internet Options>>Security>>Custom Level. Scroll down until one sees the section labeled 'Scripting' Under 'Active Scripting', select 'Enable' and click OK. Click refresh and restart the registration process.

    Q27.Can a test taker register multiple times?

    Ans.Test takers are not allowed to make duplicate/ multiple registrations. Candidature of a test taker is liable to get rejected and fee forfeited, if the test taker registers multiple times. Test takers applying to various programs being offered by NMAT accepting schools are also required to register only once and take up to a maximum of 3 attempts, including NO SHOWS. For retakes of the exam test taker has to pay applicable fees as per retake policy. Candidature of a test taker is liable to get rejected if the test taker has registered multiple times and has taken tests under different registration numbers.

    Q28.What if a test taker cannot register by the last date of registration? Does he/she have an option of registering late?

    Ans.Test takers who are unable to register in the Registration window between Jul 2, 2015 and Oct 5, 2015 will have the option of registering through the online registration application available on the website during the Late Registration window from Oct 6, 2015 to Oct 19, 2015 by paying the prescribed fee as specified on the website.

    Q29.In whose name should the demand draft be made?

    Ans.The test taker should make the demand draft in the name of “Graduate Management Global Connection India Private Limited” payable at Gurgaon.

    Q30.Where and when should a test taker send the Demand Draft to complete the registration?

    Ans.Test takers should send Demand Draft with the registration application to:

    GMAC
    C/o – Green Clouds
    6708, DLF Phase IV
    Gurgaon-122002,
    Haryana, India.
    Phone: 09213027791 / 09213027792

    The DD must be in favor of Graduate Management Global Connection (India) Private Limited. At the back of the DD, candidates must provide: name, registration number, and programme(s) selected.

    Note: Test takers MUST ensure that the Demand Draft is mailed sufficiently early for it to be delivered on or before 11:59 PM IST on

    Oct 5, 2015 for the test takers registering under the Registration window

    Oct 19, 2015 for the test takers registering under the Late Registration window

    Q31.Which cards are accepted for payment?

    Ans.Credit & Debit Cards (Master and VISA), American Express, Diners Card are accepted for registration.

    Q32.What is a CVV number?

    Ans.Card Verification Value (CVV) is 3 or 4 digit unique number at the back of the credit card. In some cards, the CVV number may also be written on the front of the card, above the card number.

    Q33.The test taker has registered online and successfully completed the payment. What is the next step?

    Ans.Test takers will receive an e-mail informing them about payment receipt and successful registration. Test taker can download / print payment receipt and Admit card from the registration log-in. In case a test taker has not received the same, he/she should contact the NMAT helpdesk (09213027791 / 09213027792). The test taker will receive another e-mail from Pearson VUE on the e-mail id mentioned in the registration form mentioning a unique username and password which will enable him/her to schedule the test in the Pearson VUE website.

    Q34.How can a test taker schedule the test for the first time?

    Ans.Test takers are required to register online on www.nmat.org.in by filling in required details. Next step involves payment through the preferred mode of payment. Once the registration application is found to be complete in all respects and the payment has been received by GMGC, the test taker will receive an e-mail from PEARSON VUE with username and password enabling him/her to schedule the test on Pearson Vue website. Test taker will be able to select the date, time slot and Test Centre of his/her choice based on the availability of seats. The test will then be scheduled on a first come, first served basis (the earlier a test taker registers online, the better the chances of taking the test at the location, date and time of their preference). Following that, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the test taker containing the location, date and time of the scheduled test.

    Q35.What is the difference between Registration and Scheduling?

    Ans.Registration means filling the online registration application and making the requisite payment on www.nmat.org.in Scheduling means test takers scheduling their test on www.pearsonvue.com/nmatbygmac for a certain date, time and centre using the log-in id and password provided by Pearson VUE after the registration is completed by the test taker.

    Q36.What can lead to cancellation of the registration?

    Ans.Test takers need to ensure that the information submitted by them is correct and true in all respects. If any information is found to be incorrect or false at a later date, GMGC reserves the right to prevent the test taker from testing and/or cancel the test score. In the event of the prohibition to test or cancellation of the score due to furnishing of incorrect/false information, the test registration fee will not be refunded.

    NMAT registration will also stand cancelled if there are duplicate registrations, the application has incomplete information or test fee is received by GMGC after the due date.

    Q37.Can a test taker re-schedule the test?

    Ans.A test taker can re-schedule the test 72 hours or more prior to the scheduled appointment, subject to availability of seats, upon payment of the applicable fee. The re-schedule window will remain open from July 3, 2015 to Dec 16, 2015. Please also note that this transaction on any Master Card or a Visa card may be processed in US Dollars equivalent of the applicable fee, and depending upon the credit card organization's arrangement there may be certain service charges or commission charged to the credit card account to be borne by the test taker. Please note that payment can only be made through a credit card (Master Card and Visa) as seats cannot be reserved and a real-time payment method is required to secure the new test appointment.

    Q38.When and how can a test taker decide to take a retake?

    Ans.A test taker after taking his / her test can decide to retake NMAT exam. Test taker will be allowed to pay for the retake test in the registration page with same log-in id & password by paying the applicable fee through the available payment modes. Retake option will be enabled in the test takers' existing registration account after taking the first test and separate registration account is not required. A test taker is allowed to take the NMAT exam, a maximum of three times (first attempt plus a maximum of two retake attempts, including NO SHOWS). A Test taker will be allowed to schedule the retake test on a date which is 15 days or more, later than the date of his/her previous attempt. In other words, a test taker will have to wait at least 15 days before he / she can appear for a retake attempt. Test takers are required to pay the applicable fee for each Retake attempt.

    Q39.What should the test taker carry on the day of test?

    Ans.The test taker will be required to carry the Admit card, confirmation e-mail, two valid (non – expired and in original) photo IDs – one primary ID and another secondary ID from the list below:

    Primary ID (containing test taker name, photo and signature)

    • Passport issued by the Government of India
    • PAN Card issued by the Government of India
    • Voter's ID Card
    • UID/Aadhaar Card
    • Secondary ID (containing test taker name and signature)
    • Passport or PAN card
    • Credit Card
    • Driving license

    Admit Card: Admit card is a document containing test taker registration details and photograph. Test takers are required to produce the admit card along with the necessary IDs and confirmation letter on the day of the test to allow them to take NMAT.

    Photocopy of the Primary ID for submission at the Test centre.

    Copy of Xth class certificate in case there is mismatch in the name between Xth class certificate and Test taker ID.

    Any other document as advised by NMAT for differently abled candidates

    Note: Test takers who are unable to produce the above forms of valid ID (non–expired and in original) and / or Admit card will not be admitted into the testing room and shall not be offered a test-fee refund. Please note that following are not acceptable as IDs on the day of the test:

    • Photocopies (attested or otherwise)
    • Notarised copies
    • Learner's driving license

    Q40.A test taker is supposed to bring the confirmation e-mail printout along with him/her on the day of the test. What is the confirmation e-mail and how does a test taker get it?

    Ans.Confirmation e-mail is the communication that the test taker receives on the e-mail ID mentioned on the registration application after a test taker has scheduled the test. It contains details of the test – day, time and test centre name and address.

    Q41.What is the Admit card? Why is it important and how do one get it?

    Ans.Admit card is a document containing test taker registration details and photograph. Test takers can download their Admit card from the link "Admit Card" provided in the Registration Application. It is mandatory to carry the admit card containing along with required IDs, confirmation letter and photocopy of the primary ID to be allowed to enter the NMAT test centre.

    Q42.When should a test taker report to the test centre?

    Ans.Test takers must report to their allocated test centre forty five (45) minutes prior to the scheduled time mentioned on their confirmation e-mail.

    Q43.What will happen if a test taker reaches late for the test?

    Ans.Test takers, who arrive at the test centre on the specified scheduled test date more than fifteen (15) minutes after the scheduled exam start time, may not be permitted to take the test and will have to forfeit the full cost of the test.

    Q44.What will happen if a test taker does not appear for the test?

    Ans.Test takers, who do not appear at the test centre on the specified scheduled test date(first attempt or retake attempt(s)), will have to forfeit the full fee of the test. They will be marked a “No Show” and this will be treated as an attempt. Test takers will be allowed a maximum of 3 attempts in NMAT including “No show” as per the retake policy.

    Q45.What is the test taker identification process on the day of the test?

    Ans.All test takers will have to go through a test taker identification process on the day of the test. Digital photograph and digital signature of each test taker will be taken and kept for records. Any test taker not willing to participate in the test taker identification process will not be allowed to sit for the test. Please note that tests will be administered under video surveillance.

    Q46.Should the name of the test taker match with the name appearing on the identification documents?

    *Note: In case of test taker name change, the test taker must show relevant legal documentation as proof of name change.

    Ans.Test takers are required to enter their name in the registration application as per their Xth class certificate. At the test centre, the test taker's name needs to match the primary and secondary ID documents that the test taker is carrying for verification to the test centre. In case, candidate's name does not match the identification document but matches the Xth class certificate, candidate will be required to present the Xth class certificate.

    Q47.A test taker needs to make calculations or make notes during the test; does he/she need to carry a rough sheet with him/her?

    Ans.Test takers are not required to carry anything with them other than the confirmation e-mail print out, Admit card and two IDs for the test. Required stationery will be provided to the test taker by the invigilator at the test centre.

    Q48.Are there any breaks during the test?

    Ans.There are no scheduled breaks in the test. However, test takers can take unscheduled breaks if they want during the test session. An unscheduled break means a break during which the test clock does not stop. If a test taker chooses to take a break, the actual time spent on the break will be deducted from the time allocated to complete the test. No extra time will be given to complete the test. During the break, the test taker must leave the testing room. Upon re-entering the testing room, the test taker must show a valid ID.

    Q49.Will a test taker be allowed to access his/her personal belongings during the unscheduled breaks that he/she take?

    Ans.Test takers will not be allowed to access any personal belonging including study material and mobile phone during the breaks they take. Test takers will only be allowed to access food or medicines, if any.

    Q50.While taking the test, can a test taker return to previous questions to review them or change answers?

    Ans.Test takers can choose the order of sections in NMAT exam. Every section has a time limit associated with it and during the time allowed for the section, test takers may move freely within the section. Test takers may return to previous questions, change their answers and mark questions that they would like to review before completing the section. However, once the test taker completes the section or the section time is over, the test taker can no longer access any question in that section.