The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer adaptive test (CAT) intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. It requires knowledge of certain grammar and knowledge of certain algebra, geometry, and arithmetic. The GMAT does not measure business knowledge or skill, nor does it measure intelligence. In 1953, the organization now called the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) began as an association of nine business schools, whose goal was to develop a standardized test to help business schools select qualified applicants. In recent years, it has been taken more than 230,000 times annually. Initially used in admissions by 54 schools, the test is now used by more than 2,100 schools and 5,900 programs worldwide.
Test takers may register for the GMAT either online at mba.com or by calling one of the test centers. To schedule an exam, an appointment must be made at one of the designated test centers. The GMAT may not be taken more than once within 31 days, even if the scores are canceled. The cost of the exam is $250.
Why take the GMAT exam?
- No other exam lets you showcase the skills that matter most in the classroom and in your career.
- Admissions professionals value the GMAT exam’s ability to predict program performance. In fact, your score is one of the first things they look at in your application.
- No other exam lets you shine a light on the real-life business skills that are in demand and valued by today’s employers.
- Preparing for and taking the GMAT exam is your opportunity to show schools that you’re committed to a graduate business education.
Important facts about GMAT
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