What is the GMAT?

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is created and administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Admissions officers use the GMAT to measure academic ability. In fact, ETS data has shown that GMAT scores are consistently good, though imperfect, predictors of academic success in the first year of business school. GMAT scores are also used by admissions committees as a useful guide in comparing the credentials of candidates from widely varying backgrounds.

A standardized test designed to measure:

  • Basic verbal skills
  • Basic mathematical skills
  • Analytical writing skills

GMAT does not measure:

  • Business knowledge
  • Job skills
  • Undergraduate knowledge
  • Subjective quantities (motivation, creativity, interpersonal skills)
  • Other abilities

What to expect:

Introductory Computer Tutorial (no time limit)
Analytical Writing Assessment (60 minutes)
  • Analysis of an Argument
(30 minutes)
  • Analysis of an Issue
(30 minutes)
Optional 5 minute break
Maths Section (75minutes)
  • Problem Solving
(23 to 24 questions)
  • Data Sufficiency
(13 to 14 questions)
Optional 5 minute break
Verbal Section (75 minutes)
  • Critical Reasoning
(14 to 15 questions)
  • Reading Comprehension
(4 passages with
12 to 14 questions)
  • Sentence Correction
(14 to 15 questions)
Total time allowed: 3 hours and 40 minutes