The Graduate Management Admission Test, better known by its initialism GMAT (and typically pronounced "ji mat," but sometimes as "ji em ay tee"), is a standardized test for determining aptitude in business management studies. The GMAT is required by most accredited US MBA programs and some non-US MBA programs (such as INSEAD & IMD).
Most MBA programs use the GMAT score as one of many criteria for admission. Although there is no clear-cut formula for admissions to business school (aka b-school), many people believe that the GMAT score is less important than the applicant's work experience and GPA.
As of January 23, 2006, the
fee to take the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) is U.S. $250 worldwide ().
The GMAT is a computer-adaptive test that is designed to measure aptitude rather than achievement. The GMAT currently consists of an essay section and two multiple choice sections (a "verbal" section and a "quantitative" section).
The "Total Score," comprised of the quantitative and verbal sections, is exclusive of the writing assessment, and ranges from 200 to 800.
The essay section requires two free-response essays of 30 minutes each.
The writing samples constitute the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) score, which is scaled from 0-6 in half-point increments.
may be surprising to some that the AWA score is determined at least in part by proprietary computer software, called the E-rater ®.
Multiple choice - quantitative and verbal sections
Though the Graduate Management Admission Council® (the organization that owns the test) claims that scores for the quantitative and verbal sections run from 0-60, it is commonly believed that scoring above a 51 on either section is now impossible. Two-thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600. The 99th percentile begins at 740 or 750, depending on the individual test.
Resources (External Links)
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The Delta Course - Online GMAT study course, test debriefings, and advice on stress. Practice test with immediate feedback. [Requires subscription]. Offers daily GMAT practice questions by e-mail.
Free GMAT: GMAT Prep Online - Free-GMAT.com offers an introductory online course for the GMAT and provides resources business school candidates.
GMAT Buster - News and information, free practice questions, tests and preparation resources.
Graduate Management Admissions Council - Official test registration and information on MBA financing and programs.
Manhattan Review - Preparation courses in Germany, and MBA admissions consulting.
Veritas GMAT - Provides GMAT classroom prep course.
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