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The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is taken online, and is an admissions test for M.B.A. programs. The GMAT is also accepted as an alternative to the LSAT by a few law schools.  It is a computer adaptive exam, meaning the questions increase in difficulty as the student achieves more correct answers.


Test Format: 

The GMAT consists of four sections and runs just under 3.5 hours. Students are offered the opportunity for two 8-minute breaks throughout the exam.

Section # of questions Section length Question Types
Analytical Writing Assessment 1 Topic 30 minutes Written essay analyzing an argument
Integrated Reasoning 12 Questions 30 minutes Graphics Interpretation, Table Analysis, Multi-source Reasoning, Two-part Analysis
Quantitative Reasoning 31 Questions 62 minutes Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving
Verbal Reasoning 36 Questions 65 minutes Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction


When students take the GMAT, they have the flexibility to choose from three options for the exam’s section order:

  1. Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal
  2. Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment
  3. Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

This choice simply gives you more control and flexibility to take the GMAT exam based on your strengths and testing preferences.


Test Dates: 

The GMAT is taken at specific test-sites, and testing dates are flexible throughout the year. Click here to begin your registration to view testing dates and locations. Registration is required approximately one month prior to a student’s intended test date.  Students are eligible to take the test every 16 days, no more than five times per year. Students are not allowed to test more than eight times.



When students take the GMAT, they receive a total score that is scaled from 200 to 800. This score encompasses the Quantitative and Verbal sections. The Analytical Writing Assessment is scored 1 to 6 in half-point increments, and the Integrated Reasoning section is scored on a scale from 1 to 8 in one-point increments.

The GMAT is a computer adaptive exam, meaning the questions increase in difficulty as the student achieves more correct answers.

Students have the option to purchase an Enhanced Score Report, offering insight into question type, pacing, and areas of improvement if a student wishes to re-test.

Score review & cancellation: 

Prior to taking the exam, students select up to five schools to receive their score report at no cost.  Students can add additional schools for a fee, which varies by location of the test.

GMAT scores are valid for five years, and are available for reporting (not school admission) for up to 10 years.

Students can cancel their scores at two junctures:

  1. Directly following their test following their Score Preview (no cost);
  2. Within 72 hours of their exam (for a fee)

If students choose to cancel their scores, they are able to later reinstate them for up to four years and 11 months following the exam date.

The Official score report sent to schools will contain all GMAT scores for that student; cancelled scores will not appear on the score report.



The GMAT is available for students with different learning abilities, including the following:

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Learning and Cognitive Disorders
  • Physical and Systemic Disabilities
  • Psychological Disabilities
  • Sensory Disabilities (Vision and Hearing)

Students must apply for accommodations before they register for a test date and will receive a written decision.


What is the Executive Assessment? 

A small number of M.B.A. programs, many Executive M.B.A. programs, and some Master’s program accept the Executive Assessment in lieu of the GMAT. For more information, please click here.


How has the coronavirus affected this exam?  

The GMAT at-home exam is an interim exam offered until June 15, 2020, a date that may be re-evaluated as the summer continues. This format does not contain the Analytical Writing Assessment. Students are not allowed to use scratch paper on this exam and score cancellation is not available.

Please visit our blog post to learn more about how this year’s exam structure and timing has changed given the pandemic.