The GMAT® exam is a test of general skills and abilities that you have acquired over time. Do your best by understanding the format and content of the test.
Your GMAT® scores are one measure of your potential for academic success in a graduate business program. Learn everything you need to know about them, including what they mean, how schools use them, and how to send them to the schools of your choice.
About The Test
The Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) is a standardized assessment—delivered in English—that helps business schools assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management. Schools use the test as one predictor of academic performance in an MBA program or in other graduate management programs.
What the GMAT® Test Measures
The GMAT® exam measures basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that you have developed in your education and work. It does NOT measure:
* your knowledge of business, * your job skills, * specific content in your undergraduate or first university course work, * your abilities in any other specific subject area, or * subjective qualities—such as motivation, creativity, and interpersonal skills.
Format and Timing
The GMAT® exam consists of three main parts, the Analytical Writing Assessment, the Quantitative section, and the Verbal section.
Analytical Writing Assessment
The GMAT® exam begins with the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA). The AWA consists of two separate writing tasks—Analysis of an Issue and Analysis of an Argument. You are allowed 30 minutes to complete each one.
Following an optional ten-minute break, you begin the Quantitative Section of the GMAT® exam. This section contains 37 multiple-choice questions of two question types—Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving. You are allowed a maximum of 75 minutes to complete the entire section.
After a second optional ten-minute break, you begin the Verbal Section of the GMAT® exam. This section contains 41 multiple choice questions of three question types—Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction. You are allowed a maximum of 75 minutes to complete the entire section.
The Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) is a standardized test, which means that it is given under standard conditions. Part of what makes it possible for schools to look at GMAT® test scores and compare them across applicants is the schools' confidence that the test is administered the same way to everyone who takes it.
Consequently, there are some very specific rules about the way you must behave at the test center. You should understand that there is no flexibility about these rules and the test administrators cannot make exceptions.
The following rules apply during the entire GMAT® test administration, which begins at check in, includes breaks, and ends at check out. Violations will be documented by the test administrator and reported to Pearson VUE, which administers the test on behalf of the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®).
The GMAT® exam is offered all over the world, throughout the year. Before you decide to register for the GMAT® exam, you may want to search for a testing location that is convenient for you and determine if that site has available seats.