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®).
* When you check in at the test center, the test administrator will ask you to present valid identification (see Presenting Proper Identification). The administrator will also ask you to agree to the GMAT® Examination Testing Rules & Agreement, which you can view using the links on this page.
* The test administrator will digitally take your fingerprint and/or palm vein pattern, signature, and photograph. Audio and video are recorded in the testing room at all centers during the exam. If you refuse to participate in any part of the check-in process or refuse to allow the audio/video recording, you will not be permitted to test and you will forfeit your test fee.
* No testing aids are permitted during while you are at the test center, during the test session, or during breaks.. Aids include but are not limited to beepers, pagers, pens, calculators, watches or watch calculators, books, pamphlets, notes, study guides or materials, blank sheets of paper, rulers, stereos or radios, telephones or cellular (mobile) phones, stopwatches, watch alarms (including those with flashing lights or alarm sounds), dictionaries, translators, thesauri, personal data assistants (PDAs), and any other electronic or photographic devices or potential aids of any kind.
* The test administrator will provide you with a booklet of five (5) noteboards. If you fill up your noteboards during the test, please raise your hand; the administrator will collect the noteboards you have and give you replacements. You may not remove the noteboards from the testing room during or after the test and you must return them to the administrator after the test.
* Testing must begin promptly once you are seated at the computer. The length of your appointment is approximately four hours.
* Two optional breaks are scheduled during the test administration. If you exceed the time allowed for these breaks, the excess time will automatically be deducted from the time you have to complete the next section of the test.
* Testing premises are subject to audio/video recording and other monitoring.
* You may not communicate with anyone about the content of the GMAT® test while the test session is in progress, during any breaks, or after administration of the test.
* You will not be allowed to eat, drink, or use tobacco in the test center—you may store such items in a locker and take them outside the test center during breaks.
* You will not be permitted to leave the testing room without the test administrator’s permission. You will generally be required to provide a digital fingerprint and/or palm vein pattern any time you re-enter the testing room after a break to match the identity verified at registration.
* During a break, you are required to remain in the test center building or in the immediate area. This policy varies depending on the test center location, and it is your responsibility to ask the test administrator where you are permitted to go—for example, to the nearest restroom or smoking area. If you violate test center policy, the administrator may refuse to allow you to reenter the testing room and continue your exam. Again, if you exceed the time allowed for each optional break, the extra time is deducted from your remaining exam time.
* Access to telephones, cellular (mobile) phones, pagers or other communication devices will not be permitted at any time while you are in the test center, including during the test session or during breaks
* Raise your hand to notify the test administrator if you believe you have a problem with your computer, need a new noteboard, or need the test administrator for any other reason.
* Disruptive behavior in any form will not be tolerated. The test administrator has sole discretion in determining what constitutes disruptive behavior. To understand the consequences of a disruption, please see Cancellation of Scores due to Misconduct.
* The test administrator is authorized to dismiss you from a test session for various reasons, including, without limitation, providing false information; attempting to take the test for someone else; failing to provide acceptable identification; possessing unauthorized personal items or testing aids; refusing to comply with an administrator’s reasonable requests; giving or receiving unauthorized help; attempting to tamper with the operation of the computer; refusing to follow directions or failing to adhere to any other procedure, policy or rule.
* For the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) section of the GMAT® test, you will be required to compose two original essays. Plagiarism in any form is unacceptable. GMAC® and Pearson VUE reserve the right to cancel GMAT® test scores when, in their judgment, there is evidence of plagiarism. As with all other test records, the AWA essays are the property of GMAC®, not examinees.
* Removing or attempting to remove test content from the test center is strictly prohibited. Under no circumstances may any part of the test content viewed during a test administration be removed, reproduced, and/or disclosed in any form by any means (for example, verbally, in writing, or electronically) to any person or entity at any time. This includes, but is not limited to, discussing or disclosing such test content via e-mail; in any Internet “chat room,” message board, or other forum; or otherwise. This disclosure prohibition applies before, during, and after any administration of the GMAT® exam.
* Once you have completed the exam, you will receive a series of questions asking about your demographics, background, plans for graduate school, and whether you would like to participate in surveys or receive information from GMAC®, graduate business schools, scholarship-granting organizations, and/or certain strategic partners of GMAC® participating in the Graduate Management Admission Search Service® (GMASS®). The answers to these questions may be pre-populated with answers you previously provided.
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.