The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer adaptive test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA.
According to the test owning company, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the GMAT assesses analytical writing and problem-solving abilities, while also addressing data sufficiency, logic, and critical reasoning skills that it believes to be vital to real-world business and management success. It can be taken up to five times a year. No more than 8 times total. Attempts must be at least 16 days apart.
GMAT is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council. More than 7,000 programs at approximately 2,300+ graduate business schools around the world accept the GMAT as part of the selection criteria for their programs. Business schools use the test as a criterion for admission into a wide range of graduate management programs, including MBA, Master of Accountancy, Master of Finance programs and others. The GMAT is administered in standardized test centres in 114 countries around the world.
Computer-based standardized test
Developer / administrator
Graduate Management Admission Council
Knowledge / skills tested
Quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, integrated reasoning, analytical writing.
Admissions in graduate management programs of business schools.
3 hours and 7 minutes
Score /grade range
Integrated reasoning section: 1 to 8, in 1 point increments, Analytical writing assessment: 0.0 to 6.0, in 0.5 point increments. Total score (from verbal and quantitative sections only): 200 to 800.
Score /grade Validity
Multiple times a year.
Countries / region
650 test centres in 114 countries.
Scores / grades used by
More than 7,000 programs at approximately 2,300 graduate business schools around the world accept the GMAT exam. Total of 0 to 120. PBT: Listening(31 to 68), Structure 31 to 69, Reading 31 to 67, Total 310 to 677.writing (separate ) 0 to 6 all in 1 point increment.