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Now use a real whiteboard on the GMAT Online exam

GMAC has finally responded to numerous petitions made by GMAT takers worldwide opposing the online whiteboard and has now decided to allow the use of a real physical whiteboard while taking the at-home GMAT exam i.e., GMAT Online.

Today GMAC announced that starting June 11, it will allow test-takers to use a physical whiteboard in addition to the already available online whiteboard for calculations and taking notes. GMAC has also specified the details on the Dos and Don’ts of the physical whiteboard.

Continue reading the article to know the specifications of the physical whiteboard. Also, take a look at this video explainer on the physical whiteboard by Rajat Sadana, CEO of e-GMAT:

Physical Whiteboard requirements for GMAT Online

You can use one erasable whiteboard not bigger than 12 inches by 20 inches, one dry erase marker, and one dry marker eraser.

Here is the list of whiteboard related items allowed for taking the GMAT Online exam:

  • 1 erasable whiteboard – maximum size of 12 inches x 20 inches (30 centimeters x 50 centimeters)
  • 1 dry erase marker
  • 1 dry marker eraser

In case you want to know the difference between the dry erase and wet erase markers check out this article.


GMAC allows real physical whiteboard on the GMAT Online

According to GMAC’s notification, the following items are not allowed. This list is not comprehensive

Items not allowed during the GMAT Online

The following items are not allowed by GMAC while taking the GMAT Online

  • Paper
  • Pen / Pencil
  • Permanent Marker
  • Tissues, Paper Towels, Napkins
  • Whiteboard Spray
  • Paper in a clear slide
  • Boogie Boards
  • Chalkboards
  • Writing Tablets


GMAT Online – Physical Whiteboard FAQs

When will I be able to use the physical whiteboard for taking the GMAT online exam?

You’ll be able to use the physical whiteboard starting June 11, 2020.

Will I get the option to use the online whiteboard too?

Yes, you’ll get the option to use the online whiteboard as well as the physical whiteboard too. In case you want to learn how to use the online whiteboard check out this article.

What is the GMAT Online exam?

GMAT Online is the at-home GMAT exam which you can take till August 14, 2020. It was started by GMAC in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

What kind of a physical whiteboard can I use?

You can use one erasable whiteboard which shouldn’t be larger than 12 inches by 20 inches i.e., 30 centimeters by 50 centimeters

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18 thoughts on “Now use a real whiteboard on the GMAT Online exam”

  1. Hi suheb, was just checking the products you have specified .was checking it in amazon and found that few of them does have white color background both side. plz confirm whether it ll b ok or not

  2. Hi,
    The sorroundings will be checked and if it’s not acceptable does it allow us to write exam? Like it will be verified then and itself or else i’ll be knowing after a week?

  3. There is no AWA section in online GMAT. Will it effect if someone is applying for colleges next year or year after that?

  4. Hi
    I can’t really find the whiteboard, which your are holding, online.
    Can you please share the link?

      1. Hi Suheb – Couple of options suggested by you are actually sheets and not really a board. Can you please confirm that these white sheets would be allowed?

        1. Hey Anurag

          These options were suggested to us by a GMAC official and anyone of these will definitely work. The only condition is that it should be erasable and not bigger than 12 inches by 20 inches.

  5. How will I use physical whiteboard? Shall I have to solve problem on it in front of web cam or just by keeping like paper?

    1. Hey Chandramanshu

      Here is the response from a GMAC Official whom we contacted earlier

      “Webcam should show the face clearly. The webcam need not be focused on the whiteboard. The proctor will recommend the angle of the webcam during check in, so the candidate need not worry on that.”

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