GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test)

Business School applicants must take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). The GMAT is a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) and can be taken at any one of many test centers around the world 5 or 6 days a week. The GMAT scores play a significant role in admissions decisions since they are more recent than most academic transcripts of an applicant and they evaluate a person's verbal, quantitative and writing skills.

You may take the GMAT only once per calendar month and no more than five times within any 12-month period. This policy stays the same even if you cancel your score within that time period. Your scores from the three most recent test dates within the last five years will be reported to the institutions you designate as score recipients.

Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800. About 66% of test takers score between 400 and 600. The Verbal and Quantitative scores range from 0 to 60. For the Verbal section, most people score between 9 and 44. For the Quantitative section, common scores are between 7 and 50. The Verbal and Quantitative scores measure different things and cannot be compared to each other, however, each section's score can be compared across different GMAT tests.

The fee to take the GMAT is U.S. $250 worldwide. The fee for rescheduling the date, time, or location of the test is US$50 for each appointment you change. When you want to reschedule the GMAT, to avoid the forfeiture of your test fee, you must allow at least 7 calendar days between the day you reschedule your appointment and your test day. Appointments cannot be rescheduled for a date that is more than one year after the original appointment date. When you cancel the test appointment, a partial refund of US$80 will be given if it is canceled at least 7 calendar days before your original test day. The rescheduling fee and cancellation refund amount are subject to change without notice.

The GMAT consists of four separately timed sections. Each of the first two sections consists of an analytical writing task, also known as Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA). The remaining two sections (Quantitative and Verbal) consist of multiple-choice questions delivered in a computer-adaptive format. You must respond to both essays and each multiple-choice section of the test to get an official score report.

Questions in these sections are dynamically selected as you take the test to stay commensurate with your ability level. Therefore, your test will be unique. Just one question is shown on the screen at a given time. It is impossible to skip a question or go back to a prior question. Each problem needs to be answered before the next question.

Your Total score and Quantitative and Verbal section scores are available upon your completion of the test. The only opportunity that you will have to cancel your scores is immediately after you complete the test, but before you view your scores. A message will ask you if you want to cancel your scores. You cannot cancel your scores after they are displayed or reported to you.

Your score is determined by three factors: 1) the number of questions you complete; 2) the number of questions you answer correctly and; 3) the level of difficulty and other statistical characteristics of each question. To derive a final score, these questions are weighted based on their difficulty and other statistical properties, not their position in the test.

For the AWA section, one person and one computer programmed for grading (E-rater) score each essay based on essay content, organization, grammar and syntactic variety. Your final, single score is an average of both individual scores obtained on the issue and argument essays. AWA scores are computed separately from other sections and have no effect on the Verbal, Quantitative, or Total scores.

Official GMAT score reports, which include the AWA score, will be mailed to you and your designated score report recipients (schools) approximately two weeks after the test.

On your test day, you may select up to five schools to receive your scores before you take the test. Once you have made your selection, you will not be able to change or delete the list of schools. If you would like to send your scores to more schools, you may order additional score reports, at a cost of U.S. $28 per school.

You may request that your essays be rescored if you have reason to believe that your AWA scores are not accurate. The multiple-choice quantitative and verbal sections of the test cannot be rescored. Independent readers will rescore your essay for a fee of U.S. $45.

Requests for rescoring must be made within six months of your test date. Rescoring may result in increases or decreases in your original AWA score. The rescoring results are final. Revised results will be sent to you and the schools you designated as score recipients within three weeks of your request.