What is GMAT?
GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test and is the test required by almost all MBA programs. It is a rigorous computer adaptive test that lasts 3.5 hours. You must register for the GMAT and take it at an official testing center.
Which Schools use GMAT for the Admissions process?
More than 1,900 MBA programs use GMAT as a part of the application process. See the full listing here.
What is tested on the GMAT?
Writing ability, knowledge of Basic Math (Arithmetic, Algebra, Word Problems, Geometry) and just a bit of intermediate Math (Statistics, Probability, Combinations/Permutations), and knowledge of grammar principles, logical reasoning, reading, and analytical skills.
How much is the GMAT Fee?
The fee GMAC charges for the test is $250 worldwide; tax applies in some of the countries - see GMAC's listing for details: GMAT Fees
Where can I find a GMAT payment voucher or GMAT promotion code?
No, gmat vouchers or promotion codes do not exist. More details about this subject are available here: GMAT payment voucher/promotion code
What does the GMAT test consist of? What is the Format of the GMAT?
GMAT consists of 3 sections and lasts 3 and a half hours not including an optional break
Part 1: AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment) Section - 60 minutes - 2 essays 30 minutes each.
Optional 8 minute break
Part 2: Quantitative Section - 75 minutes - 37 questions
Optional 8 minute break
Part 3: Verbal Section - 75 minutes - 41 questions
You can find more details about each of the sections here: GMAT Test Format
How do I schedule a GMAT test appointment?
You must register online or via the phone and book an appointment at an authorized test center. GMAT is administered by the Vue/Pearson testing centers 6 days a week. You can schedule your appointment here.
Can I cancel or reschedule a GMAT appointment?
Yes, and quite a few people do - there is a $50 rescheduling fee if you reschedule more than 7 days out. However, if you decide to reschedule less than 7 days before the test, you will lose the $250 deposit. (You can reschedule without a penalty if you have a Doctor's note, however). You can also apply for a refund as long as your appointment is more than 7 days out but you will get only $80 back. In general, if you got cold feet a few days before the test, and feel that you need to reschedule, it may be worth going and taking the test since you won't get any money back. Most MBA programs will use only the higher/highest of your scores on the score report and will not average them. Thus having a 440 and 720 on the report is perfectly fine in any order.
How long are the GMAT Scores valid for?
GMAT Scores are valid for 5 years. Some applicants take the test right after the undergrad (while the memory of math is still very fresh) and then apply after several years of work experience. However, this is also one of the reasons several schools started to give more weight to scores taken within 3 years of application date.
Where can I take the GMAT?
GMAT is administered only at the official testing centers run by Pearson or mobile testing centers. These locations are secure and you must bring a form or identification (two forms for some countries). Your palm will be scanned and picture taken before you are admitted to the test center. If you exit the test room during the break, your palm will be rescanned during entrance. Plan to come half an hour early to fill out paperwork and go the procedures.
How does the test center look like?
For a virtual tour of a typical test center (and they all seem to be the same), please see this You Tube Video Tour made by GMAC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kK-QuuZeuw
What are the Identification Requirements in the US?
Several forms of ID may be required. For US Citizens - Driver's License is usually sufficient.
For US Residents and Visitors: certain test centers will only accept a Passport as the valid ID or a Green Card but not a Driver's License. See this area for more details about ID requirements.
Is GMAT Useful After Business School?
A number of people say - No. Many of the top companies (e.g. McKinsey, Barclays, others) ask for your GMAT Score on the job application. Also, if you get a good score (90+ percentile, it is something else to put under your achievements section of the resume). Here is a discussion of this subject: t21669-gmat-score-use-in-employment
For more information about GMAT, see GMAT Information Bulletin by GMAC. (26 pages, updated 1/1/2010)
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