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The GMAT is a computer–adaptive test (CAT) required by many business schools. If you want to get accepted to a competitive MBA program , your GMAT score is very important.

In addition to your GMAT score, business school admissions officials consider the extent and caliber of your work experience (especially for more selective programs), undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation , interview , and essays . Be sure to contact the specific MBA programs to which youplan to apply in order to determine their unique requirements.


GMAT is important as a test to evaluate the quantitative and verbal thinking skills as well as the efficiency of language use of the participants under time pressure. The GMAT is a mandatory admission requirement for the MBA programs at the internationally recognized business schools, whereby the number of points achieved plays the decisive role. You cannot pass or fail the GMAT, but only achieve a certain number of points. Whether an applicant has the necessary skills to participate in an MBA program is decided on the basis of the entire application material.

The GMAT contains four distinct section types, although you’ll use the same critical thinking and analysis skills throughout the test, just like you will during your MBA coursework.

The content on the GMAT is broken down into four scored test sections, two of which are scored separately, and two of which are scored separately but are also combined to generate your composite score:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Quantitative
  • Verbal
GMAT test takers are able to choose the order in which they take GMAT test sections. You will choose your section order at the test center following the computer tutorial and just before you begin your test. There are three orders you will be able to choose from:
  • 1. Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), Integrated Reasoning (IR), Quantitative, Verbal
  • 2. Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment
  • 3. Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment


The cost to take the GMAT is $250 and includes sending score reports to up to five programs of your choice. It's important that you choose the right time to take the GMAT—and the right test prep—for you, so you don’t have to pay the fee more than once.
Note: On February 4, 2020, the price of the GMAT exam will increase to $275 in the U.S. (excluding US territories) and Canada.