The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is the standardized test that business schools use for admission. The entire test is taken on a computer and lasts approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes. The test is split up into four sections: Analytical Writing, a Quantitative section, and a Verbal Section.
- The Analytical Writing section is split into two 30-minute segments: the first section covers the Analysis of an Argument and the second covers the Analysis of an Issue. The responses of these sections are scored on a 6-point scale, with 6 being the highest possible score. Four readers are assigned to score your answers in total two per section and the final score is an average of the four scores independently given to your answers.
- The Quantitative section contains 37 questions that must be answered over a span of 75 minutes. The types of problems in this section deal with your ability to reason quantitatively and interpret graphic data. Two types of multiple-choice questions. Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency, test your knowledge of Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, and Commonly known concepts of geometry.
- The Verbal section contains 41 questions that must be answered over a span of 75 minutes. The types of problems in this section deal with your ability to read and comprehend written material, read and evaluate arguments, and correcting written material to conform to Standard English grammar.
To take the GMAT you must schedule an appointment. There are three different ways to do this:
- Use the GMAC website to register online
- Call a central registration number: 1-800-717-GMAT, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT
- Call the test center directly. A current test-center list is available at the GMAC website.
The table below lists the 10 MBA programs with the highest GMAT scores as ranked by U.S. News in 2017: