What's it all about?

Internationally recognized and valued by over 6,000 programmes around the world, the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) is the most widely used test for management and business school admissions.

Not an English or maths test. The GMAT is a test of your reasoning and critical thinking skills. It assesses how well you analyse and evaluate information through a series of problems.

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Why it matters

The GMAT has been shown to be a valid predictor of academic performance in MBA and other business masters programmes. It provides a uniform gauge of academic skills for admissions professionals, who must choose students from a huge range of academic programmes and undergraduate majors worldwide, as well as varying levels of professional experience.

The format of the GMAT

The GMAT® consists of four separately timed sections and is administered entirely on a computer at a GMAT approved test centre. The test takes about four hours to complete, including the optional breaks. The four sections of the test are:

  1. Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA): one 30-minute essay.
  2. Integrated Reasoning: 12 questions over 30 minutes.
  3. Quantitative Section: 37 multiple-choice questions over 75 minutes.
  4. Verbal Section: 41 multiple-choice questions over 75 minutes.

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What the test is measuring

The GMAT tests your analytical and reasoning abilities in writing, reading, and quantitative areas. The Verbal Section includes reading comprehension and critical reasoning, which tests how well you understand and analyse written English, and sentence correction, which asks how you best express an idea.

For the Quantitative Section, you need to understand fundamental arithmetic, elementary algebra, and commonly known geometry concepts. Calculators are not allowed, so all the problems must be solved with the note board and marker provided.

Prepare for the test

Visit mba.com, the official website for the GMAT exam, for a wide range of study and preparation material. Download the free GMATPrep® software , which gives you two full-length tests. You can also purchase study materials such as The Official Guide for GMAT® Review, retired paper tests, and GMAT Focus™ diagnostic tool.

Next steps

  1. Visit mba.com to find a convenient test centre and test date. There are over 500 test centres around the world with tests dates available all year-round.
  2. Create your mba.com account. Once you've created your account you can schedule and pay for your exam.
  3. Review your confirmation letter. After registering for the exam, you'll receive a confirmation letter. Make sure your information is accurate and you fully understand the identification requirements.

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