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The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer adaptive test (CAT) intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. It requires knowledge of certain specific grammar and knowledge of certain specific algebra, geometry, and arithmetic. According to the test owning company, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the GMAT assesses analytical writing and problem-solving abilities, while also addressing data sufficiency, logic, and critical reasoning skills that it believes to be vital to real-world business and management success. It can be taken up to five times a year. Each attempt must be at least 16 days apart.

GMAT is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council. More than 7,000 programs at approximately 2,300 graduate business schools around the world accept the GMAT exam as part of the selection criteria for their programs. Business School use the test as a criterion for admission into a wide range of graduate management programs, including MBA, Master of Accountancy, Master of Finance programs and others.

The GMAT exam is administered in standardized test centers in 114 countries around the world. According to a survey conducted by Kaplan Test Prep, the GMAT is still the number one choice for MBA aspirants despite the increasing acceptability of GRE scores. According to GMAC, it has continually performed validity studies to statistically verify that the exam predicts success in business school programs.

GMAT Sections

The GMAT changed on April 16, 2018. The Quantitative Reasoning Section dropped from 37 questions in 75 minutes to 31 questions in 62 minutes. The Verbal Reasoning Section dropped from 41 questions in 75 minutes to 36 questions in 65 minutes. GMAC has elected to reduce overall exam time from 4 hours to 3.5 hours (including breaks and instructions) by reducing the number of unscored questions used for research on the exam.
The GMAT Exam includes the following sections: Math, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, and the Essay.


  • 31 multiple–choice questions
  • 62 minutes
  • Tests general knowledge in arithmetic, basic algebra and basic geometry
  • No calculators allowed
  • 36 multiple-choice questions
  • 65 minutes
  • Tests grammar, logic skills, and your ability to answer questions about a reading passage
Integrated Reasoning
  • 12 multiple-choice questions (most require multiple responses)
  • 30 minutes
  • Tests your ability to make inferences based on data presented in various charts, graphs, and tables
  • Calculator provided
Analytical Writing Assessment
  • 1 essay topic
  • 30 minutes
  • An analysis of an argument on business or a topic of general interest
The GMAT is offered only on computer. The 3.5 hour test is administered at a secure computer terminal at an approved testing center. You enter your multiple-choice answers on the screen with a mouse, and Student must compose their essay for the Analytical Writing Assessment section on the computer as well.

GMAT Score:

GMAT Score is made up of several different numbers, each of which covers a part of student’s performance on the GMAT. The most familiar number is the Overall, or composite, GMAT score. This number ranges from 200 to 800 in 10-point increments and is determined by a combination of student’s scores on the Quantitative and Verbal sections of the test. Business schools tend to focus on student’s Overall GMAT score.
Student’s Verbal and Quantitative sections are graded separately. Student will receive a score ranging from 0 to 60 for each section. Scores below 8 and above 51 are rare.
Student’s Integrated Reasoning section is scored from 1 to 8 in 1-point increments. Questions have multiple parts, and student must answer each part correctly to get credit for the question. The Integrated Reasoning score is not included in the Overall score.
Student’s Analytic Writing Assessment (AWA) section is graded on a scale of 0 to 6 evaluated by two readers (one human and one computer). GMAC averages the two grades for the essay and rounds to the nearest 1/2 point. Student’s AWA GMAT score does not count toward student’s Overall GMAT score.
Student’s GMAT score remains valid for five years. If student have taken the GMAT several times, GMAC will report all GMAT scores from the past five years.

Registering for GMAT:

Student must register to take the GMAT in advance by phone or email; walk-in GMAT registration at test centers is not accepted.  The GMAT is given around the country and the world at Pearson VUE testing centers. Visit mba.com or call 800–717–GMAT to register. The GMAT costs $250.
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