The GMAT is changing on April 16, 2018. The Quantitative Reasoning Section will drop from 37 questions in 75 minutes to 31 questions in 65 minutes. The Verbal Reasoning Section will drop from 41 questions in 75 minutes to 36 questions in 65 minutes. GMAC has elected to reduce overall exam time from 4 hours to 3.5 hours (including breaks and instructions) by reducing the number of unscored questions used for research on the exam.

If you are scheduled to take the GMAT before April 16, 2018, you may reschedule if you wish to take the shorter exam. Reschedule before April 11, 2018, for a waiver on your rescheduling fee. Visit mba.com for more details.

GMAT Basics

GMAT Test Dates Any Day all Year Long, Minus Holidays
GMAT Length 3 hours, 30 minutes
GMAT Sections Quantitative, Analytic Writing, Verbal
GMAT Cost $250
Highest GMAT Score 800
Average GMAT Score 556

What is the GMAT and why is it important?

The GMAT is a computer–adaptive test (CAT) required by many business schools. If you want to get accepted to a competitive MBA program, your GMAT score is very important. 

In addition to your GMAT score, business school admissions officials consider the extent and caliber of your work experience (especially for more selective programs), undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, interview, and essays. Be sure to contact the specific MBA programs to which youplan to apply in order to determine their unique requirements.

What is on the GMAT?

The GMAT is comprised of four sections: an Analytical Writing Assessment section, an Integrated Reasoning section, a Quantitative Section and a Verbal Section. Learn more about each GMAT section .

How is the GMAT scored?

GMAT score is made up of several different numbers, each of which covers a part of your performance on the GMAT. The most familiar number is the Overall, or composite, GMAT score. This number ranges from 200 to 800 in 10-point increments and is determined by a combination of your scores on the Quantitative and Verbal sections of the test. Business schools tend to focus on your Overall GMAT score.

Your Verbal and Quantitative sections are graded separately. You will receive a score ranging from 0 to 60 for each section. Scores below 8 and above 51 are rare.

Your Integrated Reasoning section is scored from 1 to 8 in 1-point increments. Questions have multiple parts, and you must answer each part correctly to get credit for the question. The Integrated Reasoning score is not included in the Overall score.

Your Analytic Writing Assessment (AWA) section is graded on a scale of 0 to 6 evaluated by two readers (one human and one computer). GMAC averages the two grades for the essay and rounds to the nearest 1/2 point. Your AWA GMAT score does not count toward your Overall GMAT score.

Your GMAT score remains valid for five years. If you have taken the GMAT several times, GMAC will report all GMAT scores from the past five years.

How do I know if my score is good enough to get me into my dream school?

Good question. Check out the admissions data in our business school profiles .

How do I register?

You must register to take the GMAT in advance by phone or email; walk-in GMAT registration at test centers is not accepted. 

The GMAT is given around the country and the world at Pearson VUE testing centers. Visit mba.com or call 800–717–GMAT to register. The GMAT costs $250.

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