GMAT: Test Logistics

Students take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) as a requirement for applying to business schools. Register for a GMAT exam by clicking here!

Scheduling Fee: $275 in U.S. (not including U.S. territories) and Canada, either €250 or $285 in some European countries, £225 in the United Kingdom, and $250 USD everywhere else

Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

What to Bring: A government-issued ID (see examples below) that is valid (not expired), original (not a copy), and legible. It should include:

  • A recent, recognizable photo
  • Your name in the Roman alphabet, spelled exactly as you provided when you registered
  • Your signature
  • Your date of birth as you provided at registration
  • Acceptable IDs include a driver’s license, government-issued ID, military ID, permanent resident/green card, or passport.

You can store your cell phone in a provided locker in the testing center. During breaks, you cannot check or use your phone. But, you have snacks! Take advantage of this to fuel your brain for the upcoming sections!

Computer adaptive: Unlike the GRE, the GMAT adjusts difficulty from question to question. If you are doing well, it will give you harder questions. And if you’re not doing so well, it will give you easier questions.

4 Sections:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA): 30 minutes
    • 1 essay: Analysis of Argument
  • Integrated Reasoning (IR): 30 minutes
    • 12 questions
      • Question Types: Multi-Source Reasoning; Graphics Interpretation; Two-Part Analysis; Table Analysis
  • Quantitative: 62 minutes
    • 31 questions
      • Question Types: Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving
  • Verbal Reasoning: 65 minutes
    • 36 questions
      • Question Types: Reading Comprehension; Critical Reasoning; Sentence Correction

Overall Scoring Scale: 200-800

  • 90th percentile = ~700

Scoring Scale for Specific Sections

  • Verbal and Quantitative scores range from 0-60; scores below 9 and above 44 for the Verbal section and below 7 and above 50 for the Quantitative section are rare.
  • IR scores range from 1-8
  • Essay Scoring: Two readers, usually college and university faculty members, independently give your essay a score between 0 and 6. The scores are then averaged. So if one reader gives you a score of 5 and the other a score of 6, your AWA score will be 5.5.

Figures Drawn to Scale? Diagrams on GMAT Problem Solving are drawn to scale, unless noted otherwise.

Own Calculator Allowed? No. You will be provided with a calculator for the Integrated Reasoning section only. Calculators are not allowed during the Quantitative section.

Sending Scores: Before you take the GMAT, think of 5 programs you’d like to send your scores to. At the testing center, you can select up to 5 programs and they will be sent an Official Score Report for free within 20 days of your GMAT. After your exam, if you wish to send your scores to additional programs, there is a $35 fee per program. You can order additional Score Reports by clicking here!

Canceling Fees:

  • If you cancel more than 7 days before your scheduled GMAT exam, you will receive a $80 refund.
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before your scheduled GMAT exam, you will receive no refund.

Rescheduling Fees:

  • If you reschedule more than 7 days before your scheduled GMAT exam, you will be charged a $60 fee.
  • If you reschedule less than 7 days before your scheduled GMAT exam, you will be charged an additional $250.
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