The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer adaptive test (CAT) which assesses a person's analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in standard written English in preparation for being admitted into a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council. More than 6,000 programs offered by more than 2,100 universities and institutions use the GMAT exam as part of the selection criteria for their programs site.
Business schools use the test as a criterion for admission into a wide range of graduate management programs, including MBA, Master of Accountancy, and Master of Finance programs. The GMAT exam is administered in standardized test centers in 112 countries around the world.
On June 5, 2012, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) introduced an integrated reasoning section to the exam that is designed to measure a test taker’s ability to evaluate data presented in new formats and multiple sources. GMAC continues to perform validity studies to statistically verify that the exam predicts success in business school programs.
The GMAT exam consists of four sections:
- An analytical writing assessment
- Integrated reasoning
- Quantitative section
- Verbal section
Total testing time is three and a half hours, but test takers should plan for a total time of approximately four hours, with breaks.