The GMAT is a standardized test that is an important factor in determining admission into MBA programs at business management schools. It provides an objective element in your application.
The test is broken into four separately timed sections:
Analytical Writing: 1 writing task–30 minutes
Integrated Reasoning: 12 multiple-choice questions–30 minutes
Quantitative: 37 multiple-choice questions divided between data sufficiency and problem solving—75 minutes for entire section
Verbal: 41 multiple-choice questions divided among reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and sentence correction—75 minutes to complete the entire section
Please note: Pretrial questions for use on future tests are spread intermittently throughout the GMAT test. They will be unidentified, but will not affect your score.
GMAT scores are broken down into 3 different scores:
The total score is a scaled combination of the verbal and quantitative scaled scores. The AWA and Integrated Reasoning scores are independent of and have no impact on the total scaled score.
*Scores below 9 and above 44 for the Verbal section are rare
**Scores below 7 and above 50 for the Quantitative section are rare
List of Business School MBA Rankings according to GMATCAT.com
Top MBA Programs
Here are a few GMAT score averages for top schools:
||Average GMAT Score
|Harvard MBA Program
|Wharton MBA Program
|Stanford MBA Program
|Sloan MBA Program
|Yale MBA Program
|Arizona State MBA Program
|Brigham Young MBA Program
Students who take the GMAT while they are still in school tend to perform better on the exam.
It is recommended that applicants take the GMAT during the senior year of their undergraduate work or shortly thereafter, rather than waiting until after work experience is gained. Students who take the GMAT while they are still in school tend to perform better on the exam—because they are still in the academic or test-taking “mode”—than those who wait until they apply for the MBA program after working for several years. The GMAT score is valid for five years.
The GMAT is now a computer-adaptive test. Because of this, test takers are given an unofficial copy of their scores immediately after completing the exam and prior to leaving the testing center. Applicants may fax or bring in a copy of the unofficial GMAT score report from the testing center to be used to process their MBA application until the official scores arrive from the testing services. The MBA Admissions Committee can use the unofficial score report to make a recommendation on an application, but the official GMAT scores must reach [your business school] before an official offer of admission can be made.
It is suggested that the GMAT be taken several months before the application deadline for the following reasons:
- It takes approximately four weeks for official GMAT scores to reach your prospective schools. An official offer of admission cannot be extended to an applicant until the school has received the official GMAT scores.
- To allow applicants the opportunity to study and retake the GMAT (and have the scores sent in time to meet the application deadline) should previous GMAT scores be unrepresentative of ability or too low to merit consideration for admission.
- To allow applicants the opportunity to meet scholarship deadlines and benefit from other advantages that early admission to the MBA Program provides.
—BYU MBA website.
** Be sure to visit your prospective schools’ websites to check application and scholarship deadlines as well as score/GPA expectations.
- General information about the GMAT:
- Testing Centers
- Score distribution
- FAQ about the GMAT
- Tests are administered by student appointment at specified local testing centers.
- Please click here to schedule your official GMAT test.
- The closest testing center is located in Draper, Utah.
GMAT™ is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council™. The Graduate Management Admission Council™ does not endorse, nor is it affiliated in any way with the owner or any content of this web site.