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What is the GMAT?

The GMAT is the standardized admission examination required by many business and management schools, and measures verbal, mathematical, and analytical and writing skills that you’ve developed over time
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Read more at MBA.com > The GMAT > Test Structure and Overview.   


Format


In the United States, the GMAT is a computer-based exam, comprised of the following sections:
  • Analytical Writing Assessment (1 essay) = 30 minutes
  • Integrated Reasoning (12 questions) = 30 minutes
  • Quantitative (37 questions) = 75 minutes
  • Verbal (41 questions) = 75 minutes

The exam is 3 hours and 30 minutes, not including optional breaks and tutorials.

   
When is the GMAT?

The GMAT is administered every day of the year except for Sundays and holidays, but you must schedule an available administration in your area.

  
Registration and Fees

To schedule an appointment, visit MBA.com > Schedule a GMAT Appointment.

The regular fee to take the GMAT is $250.

For information about fee assistance and rescheduling/cancellation costs, visit mba.com, the official GMAT website.

NOTE: Rescheduling costs $50 (must be done more than 7 calendar days in advance of exam) and more information can be found here. 

   
On Test Day
  • Bring at least one form of government-issued photo identification, the names of schools where you would like to send your GMAT scores, and the testing appointment confirmation or email you received from Pearson.
  • There are two optional 8-minute breaks.
For more on what to expect on Test Day, visit MBA.com > The GMAT > What to Expect on Test Day.

 
GMAT Scoring

What is the average GMAT score?

Average GMAT scores are determined based on percentile rankings. Currently, the median score is approximate 550 (on a scale of 200-800 total, factoring in both the Quantitative and Verbal sections).  See the mba.com Explanation of GMAT Percentile Rankings.


What score are business schools looking for?

Every school has a different average and average ranking, but you should be able to find a school's expectations/preferences in the application material. Top 10 business schools usually have an average GMAT score of approximately 700 for their entering class.


How do I interpret my score?

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