GMAT (The Graduate Management Admission Test)


Four GMAT stage. How to pass an international exam: simple to the complex.
GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) – a standardized test for those who enroll in a foreign university or business school at Masters or MBA program. GMAT assesses the candidate’s ability to obtain a higher education level in the field of finance, business, economics and management.


GMAT developed organization Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) in 1953 in the United States. GMAC was established as a result of joint efforts of the nine leading business schools, which number includes such reputable universities like Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, Kellogg School of Management, Chicago Booth.


GMAT is now held in 114 countries around the world in about 2100 universities in more than 6000 educational programs (list of business schools that take on the GMAT results, can be found here). The development program has been a non-profit organization ACT Inc, and using the test – provider of computer-based testing company Pearson VUE.


Where to pass GMAT?


GMAT can be taken in one of the 600 specialized computer testing cents, located around the world.


To pass the exam, you need to register on the official site of the GMAT, after which you will be assigned test date and you will receive a personal identification number. The test, by the way, can be taken once a month, but not more than five times a year.


The cost of putting GMAT, according to the data for 2015 is $ 250, and the test results are valid for 5 years. Your data is stored in the base of GMAC for 10 years, and then deleted.


Sections of the GMAT


GMAT consists of four sections, the total duration of the exam – 3 hours 30 minutes.


Analytical Writing Assessment


Analytical writing  – 1 topic, 30 minutes.
Assignment: Write a short essay in which you need to critically analyze certain specified statement. The opinion expressed in this case is not necessary. This section evaluates your ability to reason critically and properly organize your ideas.
Score: 0-6, maybe halves.


Integrated Reasoning


Integrated reasoning – 12 questions, 30 minutes.
Assignment: review the information provided in different formats (graphically in the form of text and in digital form) and from different sources.
Score: 1-8.




Mathematical section  – 37 questions, 75 minutes.
Assignment: to analyze the data and draw conclusions using his reasoning skills. This part also need to use the basic knowledge of mathematics.
Score: 0-60.




Verbal section – 41 questions, 75 minutes.
Assignment: read the text and answer some questions. Verbal part tests your ability to read and understand texts, isolated from their arguments, as well as your knowledge of English grammar.
Score: 0-60.


Evaluation test


Your final score is calculated based on the amount of points that you score for the Quantitative and Verbal part of the last 5 years. Categories Analytical Writing Assessment and the Integrated Reasoning assessed separately.


Analytical Writing Assessment is evaluated twice, the final result of this section – the average value of the two ratings. If these two estimates differ, then your essay receives a third assessment of the independent expert, who makes the final verdict. The maximum number of points for the Analytical Writing Assessment – 6, maybe half intervals.


The experts, who usually made up of teachers of colleges and universities, evaluate the following criteria in your essay:


– the total amount of your ideas
– your ability to organize, develop and express their ideas
– how relevant and convincing arguments and examples you used
– literacy your writing in English


If you do not agree with the final number of points for the essay, you can always file an appeal to review the results of Analytical Writing Assessment.


For Integrated Reasoning can be obtained from 1 to 8 points. In most cases, the task of this section requires multiple choice responses, partial responses and, importantly, do not count.


Verbal and Quantitative sections are evaluated on a scale of 0 to 60. The rating of these sections depends not only on the number of your correct answers, but also on how much time you spent on each question. On average, the test participants dial 9 to 44 points for the Verbal and 7 to 50 for the Quantitative.