The Graduate Management Admission Test or GMAT is a computer-adaptivestandardized test in mathematics and the English language for measuring aptitude to succeed academically in graduate business studies. logo-3Business schools use the test as a criterion for admission into graduate business administration programs (e.g. MBA, Master of Accountancy, etc.) throughout the world. It is administered by Graduate Management Admission Council (or GMAC) and required for admission to most U.S., Canadian, and European business school MBA programs. The exam is intended to measure verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that the examinee has developed over a long period of time in his or her education and work; test takers answer questions in each of these three areas.[2] In general, the test takes about four hours to complete.

Test Format:

The GMAT consists of three main parts—the Analytical Writing Assessment, the Quantitative section, and the Verbal section. You have three and a half hours in which to take the exam. For each multiple-choice section of the GMAT exam, there is a large pool of potential questions ranging from a low to high level of difficulty. Each section of the test starts with a question of moderate difficulty. If you answer the first question correctly, the computer will usually give you a harder question. If you answer the first question incorrectly, your next question will be easier. This process will continue until you complete the section, at which point the computer will have an accurate assessment of your ability level in that subject area. At most schools, the GMAT is a deciding element in your application. Along with your undergraduate grades, your score on the GMAT determines your “academic ability”.

Section Number of Sections Length
AWA (one Issue and one Argument) 2  30 minutes for each essay
Break 5 minutes
Verbal: about 14 Reading Comprehension Questions (3 passages), 10 Critical Reasoning Question and 17 Sentence Correction Questions) 41  75 minutes
Break 5 minutes
Quantitative (about 13 Data Sufficiency, and 34 Problem Solving) 37  75 minutes

How to Register for GMAT?

To take the computer-based GMAT you must schedule an appointment by using any of the following four methods:

  1. Make an appointment online, via the GMAC website (
  2. Call the test center of your choice directly. A current test-center list is available at the GMAC website (
  3. Call a central registration number.

You might be able to take the GMAT within a few days after scheduling an appointment. However, keep in mind that popular test centers during fall semester may experience backlogs up to several weeks.
Note: If you are a citizen of Cuba, North Korea, or Sudan, you must prove primary residency outside of your country of citizenship.

GMAT Test Centers

The computer-based GMAT is administered year-round at more than 500 locations, most of which are in North America. Testing centers are located at Prometric Testing Centers, Sylvan Learning Centers, certain colleges and universities, and ETS (Educational Testing Service) field offices. The official GMAT Bulletin contains a complete list of GMAT computer-based test centers; an updated list is available at the GMAC website (