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The GMAT®

A lot of people get a little nervous before taking tests, but the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) is one examination you don’t want to put off.

The GMAT exam is a standardized assessment, delivered in English, that helps business schools assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management.
By taking the GMAT exam, you have a better chance of being targeted by business schools that are a good match for you—and learning more about their programs and admissions processes. You can help them find you by creating an mba.com profile and opting in to being contacted by schools.
Schools use the test as one predictor of academic performance in an MBA program or in other graduate management programs.

How much does it cost to take the GMAT® exam?

The cost to take the GMAT exam is US$250 globally. See Pay for the Test for more information about payment methods and potential taxes.

Where can I take the GMAT® exam?

The GMAT exam is delivered in testing centers around the world.
Find a test center.

What schools use GMAT® scores?

Over 1900 graduate business schools around the world use GMAT scores as a part of their admissions process.
Find GMAT using schools.

How can I prepare to take the GMAT® exam?

The Graduate Management Admission Council® provides free test preparation software and preparation materials to purchase as well as suggestions about how to prepare for the exam.
Preparation is Everything
Most GMAT test takers start preparing about 3 to 6 months before the actual test date. Think about how you can best prepare, given your discipline, motivation, and personal preference:
  • Self study
  • One-on-one tutoring
  • Study groups
  • Prep courses

What does the GMAT® exam measure?

The GMAT exam measures basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that you have developed in your education and work. It does NOT measure:
  • your knowledge of business,
  • your job skills,
  • specific content in your undergraduate or first university course work,
  • your abilities in any other specific subject area, or
  • subjective qualities—such as motivation, creativity, and interpersonal skills.

How long are GMAT® scores valid?

Your GMAT score is valid for five years, so you have the flexibility of “banking it”—choosing to start your graduate studies right after university or later on.  Remember, if at first you don’t succeed, you can take the GMAT exam again. Remember, though, that all of your GMAT scores from the past 5 years will appear on your Official Score Report.

How do I schedule a GMAT® appointment?

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