GMAT Test Preparation

The GMAT is a computer-adaptive exam that includes a total of 80 questions. You will be allotted approximately 3.5 hours to complete the entire exam.

There are health conditions that are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, that require special testing accommodations. Common conditions include Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning and Cognitive Disorders, Physical and Systemic Disabilities, Hearing and Vision Disabilities, and Psychological Disabilities. This request can be made via the GMAT Accommodation Request Form.

Do not register for the exam until you receive approval of your accommodation(s).

Some available accommodations are additional testing time, extended break times, trackball mouse, a reader, large print exam book, and separate testing room.

Comfort aids that can be accommodated, but do not require the completion of the request form include glasses, hearing aids, support pillow, neck brace, and insulin pump.

What sections and question types are covered on this exam?

The Analytical Writing Assessment section evaluates your critical thinking skills and ability to express your ideas. You will have 30 minutes to write an analysis of an argument.

The Integrated Reasoning section evaluates your data analysis skills and assess data that is written in various formats. You will have 30 minutes to answer questions in the formats of interpreting graphics and multi-source reasoning, among others.

The Quantitative Reasoning section evaluates your data analysis skills and ability come to conclusions, using reasoning. You will have 62 minutes to answer questions in the formats of data sufficiency and problem-solving.

The Verbal Reasoning section evaluates your skills of reading and comprehension in order to assess arguments and revise text so that it is in Standard English. You will have 65 minutes to answer questions in the formats of reading comprehension, reasoning, and correcting sentences.

What is the most convenient way to schedule my exam?

Apply and pay online.

You also have the option of applying over the phone. If you use this option, an additional fee of $10 will be charged.

What is the cost of taking this exam?

Whether taking this exam in the United States or any other country, the cost of taking it is $250.

What are the testing dates and locations?

The GMAT Exam is offered year-round, and administered at various sites throughout the world. You can go online and choose the location that is most convenient for you.

What should I do the day of the exam?

  • Report to the testing center before your scheduled exam time so you can check-in. Arriving 15-30 minutes early should be enough time. Do not be late, as this could prevent you from being able to take the exam.
  • You will receive a calculator to use during the Integrative Reasoning portion of the exam and a whiteboard and marker for the Quantitative Reasoning portion. These items must be returned to the test center. Since the calculator and white board are provided by the test center, you are not allowed to bring your own.
  • Bring one form of identification that is not expired and not a photocopy. Your identification must include your name, signature, and photo.
  • Personal items such as a cell phone, backpack, and purse are prohibited from the testing area. If you bring such items to the test center, you must store them in a locker. The test center is not held liable for the damage to or theft of your property stored.

Can I take a break during the exam?

There are scheduled breaks that will not count against your exam time. If you require additional break time (without submitting and being approved for special accommodations), you may do so, but this will lessen the amount of time you have for testing.

What happens after I take the exam?

Approximately 20 days after taking the exam, you will receive an email stating you can view your official score report.

What is score range on this exam?

  • Analytical Writing Assessment: 0-6 (scored in increments of 0.5)
  • Integrated Reasoning: 1-8 (scored in increments of 1)
  • Quantitative Reasoning: 0-60
  • Verbal Reasoning: 0-60
  • Total Score (Verbal and Quantitative): 200-800
  • There is no minimum passing score for this exam. Each institution decides the acceptable score.

What happens if I don’t pass the exam?

You can take the exam one time every 16 days. The maximum number of times you can take in 12 months, is five. You are allowed to take the exam no more than eight times in your lifetime.

How Can I Prepare for the GMAT Test?

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Last Updated: November 9, 2023