ASU to offer GMAT from parked bus

Published 8:55 am Saturday, January 13, 2007

Aspiring MBA students have the chance today and Wednesday to be admitted to graduate school via a parked bus.

The parking lot at the Alcorn State University Natchez campus will be home to a mobile testing unit for the next five days, offering students a chance to take the required GMAT.

In the past, students wishing to enter graduate school in the Masters of Business Administration program had to travel more than an hour away to take the Graduate Management Admission Test.

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Thanks to the retrofitted bus, the test now comes to the students, said Bob Ludwig, Director of External Communications for the Graduate Management Admission Council.

“We have 200 test centers around the country that can test for the GMAT,” Ludwig said. “Not everybody is close to a test center. What we are trying to do is essentially make house calls.”

The inside of the bus is carpeted and furnished with six testing stations. Each station is cubicle-like and has a computer, chair and desk space.

“It features all the technology and security features that are found in a test center,” Ludwig said.

Two test administrators from nearby testing locations are brought in to run the testing. The bus driver travels with the unit.

ASU was chosen as a mobile testing site because of its location and it’s status as a historically black university, Ludwig said. The closest stationary GMAT location is Baton Rouge. The only Mississippi testing sights are in the northern part of the state.

On test days the exam is given in three sets of six students. It takes approximately three and a half hours.

Students must register to take the test at least 24 hours in advance.

Ludwig said five students were signed up for today’s test in Natchez.

More can sign up for Wednesday’s test by visiting

The test costs $250.

The bus is headed to Arkansas on Thursday.