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The GMAT® Exam

Accepted by more than 5,900 business and management programs worldwide, for nearly 60 years, the GMAT exam has been the test of choice by the world’s business leaders to get into the world’s leading business schools for one reason – it works. Quite simply, no other exam lets you showcase the skills that matter most in the business school classroom and in your career.

WHAT IS THE TEST DESIGNED TO MEASURE ABOUT ME?

The GMAT exam measures higher-order reasoning skills that management faculty worldwide have identified as important for incoming students. You’ll need basic math and English skills, but the test measures your ability to reason with them, not the skills themselves.

WHY TAKE THE GMAT EXAM?


1. The exam is a great leveler. It doesn’t matter where or what you’ve studied; it doesn’t matter where you’ve worked—if at all. Having a GMAT score allows graduate management programs to compare you equally with others from around the world. It also lets you compare yourself with others who attend the programs you aspire to and evaluate your readiness for graduate study.

2. It shows admissions officers that you’re truly motivated to pursue graduate management education. The GMAT exam is specifically designed to assess your academic potential for advanced study in business and management. GMAT scores are used by more than 5,300  graduate management programs at approximately 2,000  schools.

WHAT DOESN’T THE GMAT EXAM DO?


The test does not:
  • Assume that you have any specific knowledge of business or other specialized content areas
  • Measure your achievement in any particular subject area (schools look at your university transcript for that)
  • Measure subjective factors that will be important to your academic and career success—such as motivation, creativity, interpersonal skills, study skills, or overall success on the job 

HOW IS THE TEST STRUCTURED? 


The GMAT exam is set up in four timed sections designed to measure your analytical writing skills, integrated reasoning ability, and quantitative and verbal reasoning skills. It takes about four hours. The quantitative and verbal sections are computer adaptive, which means they customize themselves to your ability level. 

WHAT IS THE SCORING SCALE?


When you take the GMAT exam you will get five different scores:
  • Individual section scores for Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning and the Analytical Writing Assessment
    • Quantitative and Verbal scores, between 0 and 60, in 1-point increments. (Quantitative scores below 7 and above 50 and Verbal scores below 9 and above 44 are rare) 
    • Integrated Reasoning, from 1-8, in 1-point increments.
    • Analytical Writing Assessment, from 0-6 in 0.5-point increments
  • Your GMAT Total score incorporates performance on the Quantitative and Verbal sections and range from 200-800, in 10-point increments. It is not a simple sum of the Verbal and Quantitative scores

WHO’S BEHIND THE GMAT EXAM? 


It’s owned by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a global nonprofit organization composed of graduate business schools around the world. Two independent testing organizations help GMAC deliver the GMAT exam. Pearson VUE, a business of NCS Pearson, Inc., administers the GMAT exam and consults with GMAC about general test administration policy. ACT, Inc., develops test material, provides certain scoring services, and conducts research related to the test.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE GMAT EXAM?


The mba.com website is your complete resource for the GMAT exam, and MBA and Masters programs.  Not only will you find useful information about graduate management study, but you can also register to take the GMAT exam, find test centres, get study tips, and purchase test-prep materials.