The GMAT is offered as a computer-based test in more than 500 locations, most of which are in North America (e.g., Prometric Testing Centers, Sylvan Learning Centers, certain colleges and universities, and Educational Testing Service field offices). Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to get your preferred test date.
There are three ways to schedule an appointment to take the GMAT:
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. The test is given year round on working days.
The Graduate Management Admission Test, or GMAT, is a standardized test used for graduate business school admissions. Some business schools will accept either the GMAT or GRE.
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This 3½-hour test consists of one 30-minute essay (which you type on the computer) plus multiple-choice questions:
Since October 1997, the GMAT has been administered exclusively as a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) in special testing centers in the USA and around the world. A CAT test is one in which the multiple-choice questions are dynamically selected as you take the test; the questions will adjust to your ability level, and your test will be unique. 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. In a CAT, only one question at a time is presented. Because the computer scores each question before selecting the next one, you may not skip, return to, or change your responses to previous questions.
The GMAT score report includes five scores within these ranges:
The overall scaled score is the most important of the four scores. The table below lists the average GMAT scores for the top 29 graduate business schools as ranked by US News & World Report in 2012:
|Graduate School of Business||Average
|University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)||718|
|Northwestern University (Kellogg)||712|
|University of Chicago (Booth)||719|
|University of California--Berkeley (Haas)||715|
|Dartmouth College (Tuck)||718|
|New York University (Stern)||719|
|Duke University (Fuqua)||689|
|University of Michigan--Ann Arbor (Ross)||703|
|University of Virginia (Darden)||701|
|University of California--Los Angeles (Anderson)||704|
|Cornell University (Johnson)||691|
|University of Texas--Austin (McCombs)||692|
|Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)||686|
|Emory University (Goizueta)||681|
|University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)||689|
|University of Southern California (Marshall)||687|
|Washington University in St. Louis (Olin)||696|
|Indiana University--Bloomington (Kelley)||670|
|Georgetown University (McDonough)||686|
|Ohio State University (Fisher)||674|
|Rice University (Jones)||673|
|University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)||692|
|University of Wisconsin--Madison||680|
|Vanderbilt University (Owen)||695|