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Published on: 7 December 2015
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How to tackle the GMAT?

The GMAT components consist of three main parts: an Analytical Writing Assessment, a Quantitative section, and a Verbal section.

Over 5,000 business and management programs worldwide use the Graduate Management Admission Test or GMAT as one of their standard entry requirements.

The GMAT is a computer adaptive exam delivered in English. The test was designed to help admission officers evaluate how suitable individual applicants are for their graduate business and management programs.

What does GMAT measure?

The GMAT exam measures verbal, mathematical, integrated reasoning, and analytical writing skills that you have developed in your education and work. It does NOT measure your knowledge of business, your job skills, specific content in your undergraduate or first university course work, your abilities in any other specific subject area, or subjective qualities, such as motivation, creativity, and interpersonal skills.

Preparation is essential

The Graduate Management Admission Council® provides free test preparation software and preparation materials to purchase as well as suggestions about how to prepare for the exam. Most GMAT test takers start preparing about three to six months before the actual test date. Think about how you can best prepare, given your discipline, motivation, and personal preference (e.g., self-study, one-on-one tutoring, study groups, and prep courses).

The Test

The GMAT exam consists of four main sections: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal.

Analytical Writing Assessment - Analysis of an Argument (30 minutes)

The AWA is designed to measure your ability to think critically and to communicate your ideas.

The argument presented on the test concerns topics of general interest related to business or a variety of other subjects. Specific knowledge of the essay topic is not necessary; only your capacity to write analytically is assessed. You will be asked to analyze the reasoning behind a given argument and write a critique of that argument. You are not being asked to present your own views on the subject.

Integrated Reasoning (30 minutes)

Showcase your highly valued integrated reasoning skills, which are keys to success in the classroom and workplace.

Today's business world is rich in data. To succeed, you'll need to analyze information from a variety of sources, and develop strategies and make decisions based on that information. Integrated reasoning is designed to measure your ability to evaluate information presented in multiple formats from multiple sources - skills you already use, and skills you need to succeed in our data-rich world.

Quantitative section (75 minutes)

Two types of multiple-choice questions are used in the Quantitative section of the GMAT® exam: Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency.

The Quantitative section of the GMAT measures the ability to reason quantitatively, solve quantitative problems, and interpret graphic data. Problem-Solving and Data-Sufficiency questions are intermingled throughout the section. Both types of questions require knowledge of:

  • Arithmetic
  • Elementary algebra
  • Commonly known concepts of geometry

Verbal section (75 minutes)

Three types of multiple-choice questions are used in the Verbal section of the GMAT® exam: Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction.

The Verbal section of the GMAT exam measures your ability to:

  • read and comprehend written material,
  • reason and evaluate arguments, and
  • correct written material to conform to standard written English.

Total exam time

You have three and a half hours in which to take the exam, but plan for a total time of approximately four hours if you choose to take the optional breaks.

How is the score determined?

  • The number of questions you answer.
  • Whether you answer the questions correctly or incorrectly.
  • The level of difficulty and other statistical characteristics of each question.
  • The questions in an adaptive test are weighted according to their difficulty and other statistical properties, not according to their position in the test.

When do I get my scores?

You will get an unofficial score report with Verbal, Quantitative, and Total scores immediately after your test. Official Score Reports are available online within 20 days to you and to the programs you requested to receive them.

Test fee

The fee to take the GMAT is US$ 250 worldwide (excluding possible taxes).

More information

More information is available on the official website:

You can schedule a GMAT appointment at any test center around the world.

Contact information for Europe

T: +44 (0) 161 855 7219 (from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. GMT)

Test Centers in The Netherlands and Belgium

  • Global Knowledge - Amsterdam
  • Global Knowledge - Utrecht
  • Compu'Train - Utrecht
  • Mobylla - Brussels (Belgium)