What is the GMAT test?

Instructor: Andrea Losa
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a graduate business school admissions test that is preferred over the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) by many graduate business management programs. Read on to learn what the test covers, why you might choose to take the exam, and how to prepare for the exam.

What the GMAT Measures

Administered on a computer, the GMAT takes 3.5 hours to complete and consists of four sections:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment--1 essay question, 30 minutes
  • Integrated Reasoning--12 questions, 30 minutes
  • Quantitative--37 questions, 75 minutes
  • Verbal--41 questions, 75 minutes

The test is designed to evaluate skills necessary in business and management programs and careers.

Why Take the GMAT

The GMAT is used by many graduate business schools as a predictor of success in their programs. Over 6,000 programs consider GMAT scores in the admissions process, though some now accept GRE scores instead. Research carefully the programs in which you are interested to see which scores are preferred.

GMAT Registration Information

The GMAT is administered throughout the year in over 100 countries. The cost to take the exam is $250. If you need to reschedule, that'll cost an additional $50. Test takers may take the GMAT once every 16 days up to 5 times annually.

In order to meet your application deadlines and allow for potential retesting, taking the test at least a month before your deadline is advisable. Prospective test takers may register online at the official GMAT website.

Study.com GMAT Preparation

Study.com offers many lessons and practice quizzes to help you brush up on the skills the GMAT will test you on. Some of the chapters include Basic Arithmetic Calculations and Practicing Analytical Writing.

These are just two of the many chapters in the GMAT Prep: Help & Review Course.

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