The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) helps graduate business programs worldwide determine the probability of a particular student’s success in a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. As such, it focuses on finely tuned mathematics and verbal skills and analytical writing. The GMAT costs approximately $250. Prospective graduate students can take the GMAT on computer or on a limited schedule (once or twice a year) at testing centers. In addition, the test cannot be taken more than once in a 31 day time period. The GMAT takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes.
- The GMAT differs from some standardized tests in that penalties for unanswered questions weigh heavier upon scores than penalties for wrong answers. As a result, when taking the GMAT, you should answer all of the questions.
- The highest possible score on the GMAT is 800. An average GMAT score is around 540, but most competitive colleges demand a GMAT score in the upper 600’s or low 700’s.
You can register for the GMAT online, or you can call a testing center and make an appointment. Tests are available year-round, even on working days. Often you can schedule an appointment within a few days of your initial call. Over five hundred testing centers offer the GMAT, and most of these centers are in the United States. The GMAT website is http://www.mba.com or http://www.mba.com/the-gmat.aspx.