What’s the GMAT?

The GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test and is often used by business schools as part of their admissions process when selecting candidates into MBA programs or other graduate business programs.

The GMAT is designed to test your higher order-reasoning skills with relation to the English language and mathematics. See our post on, what does the GMAT test for more information.


GMAT Structure

The GMAT consists of four sections:

Test Section# of QuestionsQuestion TypeTime
Analytical Writing Assessment1 TopicAnalysis of Argument30 Minutes
Integrated Reasoning12 QuestionsMulti-Source Reasoning
Graphics Interpretation
Two-Part Analysis
Table Analysis
30 Minutes
Quantitative37 QuestionsData Sufficiency
Problem Solving
75 Minutes
Verbal41 QuestionsReading Comprehension
Critical Reasoning
Sentence Correction
75 Minutes
Total Exam Time3hrs, 30 minutes


GMAT Scoring System & Reports

Separate scores are given for each of the four test sections, which are all combined to give a total score range of between 200 and 800.

The scores are based on a computer adaptive grading model. This means, the GMAT uses software that adjusts the difficulty of questions to test takers’ individual skill level. So as you answer questions correctly, the level of questions become more difficult.

You will also get an unofficial score report with Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning and Total scores immediately after your exam. This will contain an authentication code, which you will need to access your official scores online, which are reported within 20 days of your exam date.


When, Where, How?

The exam can be taken at test centers worldwide and appointments can be scheduled online. Test takers are only allowed to take the GMAT once every 31 calendar days and no more than five times in a 12-month period. The cost of the GMAT is US$250 globally.

Candidates who receive the maximum score on the exam have to wait for five years before they can retake the test. GMAT scores are valid for five years as well.


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