Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer adaptive standard test for measuring aptitude to succeed academically in graduate business studies. Business schools commonly use the test as one of many selection criteria for admission into an MBA program. It is given at various locations in the United States, Canada and around the world. Throughout North America and in many international locations, GMAT is administered only via computer. In those international locations where an extensive network of computers has not yet been established, GMAT is offered either at temporary computer-based testing centers, on a limited schedule, or as a paper-based test (given once or twice a year) at local testing centers. Important information is given below:




Computer-based standardized test

Developer / administrator

Graduate Management Admission Council

Knowledge / skills tested

Quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, integrated reasoning, analytical writing.


Admissions in graduate management programs of business schools.

Year started



3.5 hours[1]

Score / grade range

Quantitative section: 0 to 60, in 1 point increments (only 6 to 51 reported),
Verbal section: 0 to 51, in 1 point increments (only 6 to 51 reported),
Integrated reasoning section: 1 to 8, in 1 point increments,
Analytical writing assessment: 0.0 to 6.0, in 0.5 point increments.
Total score: 200 to 800.

Score / grade validity

5 years


Multiple times a year.

Countries / regions

600 test centers in 114 countries.[2]



Annual no. of test takers

About 250,000 in a year[3]

Prerequisites / eligibility criteria

No official prerequisite. Intended for bachelors degree holders and undergraduate students who are about to graduate. Fluency in English assumed.


US$ 250

Scores / grades used by

More than 2,100 universities/business schools in USA and other countries.