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GMAT The GMAT® exam is administered in a computer-adaptive format that adjusts to your level. The GMAT consists of three main parts—the Analytical Writing Assessment, the Quantitative section, and the Verbal section. You have three and a half hours in which to take the exam, but plan for a total time of approximately four hours.

The GMAT adjusts to your individual ability level, which both shortens the time it takes to complete the exam and establishes a higher level of accuracy than a fixed test. At the start of each multiple-choice section of the exam, you are presented with a question of medium difficulty. As you answer each question, the computer scores your answer and uses it—as well as your responses to any preceding questions—to determine which question to present next. Correct responses typically prompt questions of increased difficulty. Incorrect responses generally result in questions of lesser difficulty.

This process will continue until you complete the section, at which point the computer will have an accurate assessment of your ability level in that subject area. In a computer-adaptive test, only one question at a time is presented. Because the computer scores each question before selecting the next one, you may not skip, return to, or change your responses to previous questions.

How does it work?
For each multiple-choice section of the GMAT exam, there is a large pool of potential questions ranging from a low to high level of difficulty. Each section of the test starts with a question of moderate difficulty. If you answer the first question correctly, the computer will usually give you a harder question. If you answer the first question incorrectly, your next question will be easier. This process will continue until you complete the section, at which point the computer will have an accurate assessment of your ability level in that subject area.

In a computer-adaptive test, only one question at a time is presented. Because the computer scores each question before selecting the next one, you may not skip, return to, or change your responses to previous questions.What If I make a mistake or guess?
If you answer a question incorrectly by mistake or correctly by randomly guessing, your answers to subsequent questions will lead you back to questions that are at the appropriate level of difficulty for you.

Random guessing can significantly lower your scores. So, if you do not know the answer to a question, you should try to eliminate as many answer choices as possible and then select the answer you think is best. For more testing strategies, see Test-Taking Strategies.What if I do not finish?
Pacing is critical, as there is a severe penalty for not completing. Both the time and number of questions that remain in the section are displayed on the screen during the exam. There are 37 Quantitative questions and 41 Verbal questions. If a question is too time-consuming or if you don’t know the answer, make an educated guess by first eliminating the answers you know to be wrong.

How is my score determined?
Your score is determined by:The number of questions you answer,Whether you answer the questions correctly or incorrectly, andThe level of difficulty and other statistical characteristics of each question.The questions in an adaptive test are weighted according to their difficulty and other statistical properties, not according to their position in the test.

Are all questions counted?
Every test contains trial multiple-choice questions being pretested for use in a real exam. These questions are not identified and appear in different locations within the test. You should, therefore, do your best on all questions. Answers to trial questions are not counted in the scoring of your test.

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Q: How do I schedule an appointment to take the GMAT exam?
A: If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment to take the GMAT exam, your first step is to register for an mba.com account.

Q: Where can I take the GMAT exam?
A: The GMAT exam is delivered year-round and on demand in test centers around the world.

Q: How much does it cost to take the GMAT exam?
A: The cost to take the GMAT exam is US $250 globally. To learn more about payment methods, potential taxes, cancellation fees and other considerations, please visit our Pay for the Test page.

Q: What are the test dates for the GMAT exam?
A: The GMAT is available year-round and on demand, which offers test takers greater flexibility in scheduling. Available time slots change continuously based on capacity and ongoing registration. You will find out which times are available at your chosen test center when you register to take the exam.

Q: What does the GMAT exam measure?
A: The GMAT exam measures verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that you have developed in your education and work. It does NOT measure your knowledge of business, your job skills, specific content in your undergraduate or first university course work, your abilities in any other specific subject area, or subjective qualities, such as motivation, creativity, and interpersonal skills.

Q: How can I prepare to take the GMAT exam?
A: The Graduate Management Admission Council® provides free test preparation software and preparation materials to purchase as well as suggestions about how to prepare for the exam. Most GMAT test takers start preparing about three to six months before the actual test date. Think about how you can best prepare, given your discipline, motivation, and personal preference (e.g., self-study, one-one-one tutoring, study groups, and prep courses).

Q: How do I get GMATPrep® test preparation software?
A: Once you create an account on mba.com, you have the option to download GMATPrep, our free test preparation software that includes two full-length exams based on retired questions from the official GMAT. If you have registered for an appointment to take the exam, you also have the option to request a free CD containing the software.

Making & Changing Your GMAT Exam Appointment

Q: How do I schedule an appointment to take the GMAT exam?
A: If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment to take the GMAT exam, your first step is to register.

Q: What if I need to reschedule my exam?
A: Contact GMAT Customer Service in your region or reschedule your appointment online. If you reschedule at least seven days before your original test date, you will be charged a service fee but won’t forfeit the entire test fee. The new appointment must be within six months of the original appointment.

Q: What if I need to cancel my exam appointment?
A: Contact GMAT Customer Service in your region or cancel your appointment online. If you cancel your test appointment at least seven full calendar days in advance of the date and time of your appointment, you may be eligible to receive a partial refund of US $80. If you cancel your appointment within seven full calendar days of your scheduled test date and time, you may forfeit your entire registration fee.

GMAT Exam Policies

Q. What if I am a citizen of one country and testing in another?
A: You must present a valid, unexpired passport. If you do not have proper identification, contact GMAT Customer Service in your region before your test date.

Q: What if my name has changed between the time I registered and the test appointment?
A: Contact GMAT Customer Service in your region to request a name change.

Q: How often can I take the GMAT exam?
A: You can take the GMAT once every 31 calendar days and no more than five times in a 12-month period.

What to Expect at the GMAT Test Center

Q: What ID do I need to bring to the test center?
A: The ID must be government-issued, valid (not expired), original (no photocopies), legible and 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. Learn more about presenting proper identification.
Q: What if I need my cellular (mobile) phone at the test center?
A: You may not take your cellular (mobile) phone in the testing room, nor may you check or use your phone during breaks. You may store your phone in a locker during your test, but the test administrator is not responsible for lost or stolen items. If there is an emergency, you may ask the test administrator to use the center’s telephone during breaks.

Q: Can I access anything from the storage locker during break?
A: You are permitted to access snacks and necessary items, such as medication that has to be taken at a specified time. You may not access study aids, phones, or other electronic devices during breaks.

Q: What if I need more break time than I am given?
A: Breaks are timed, and any extra time taken will be deducted from the time you are given to complete the next section.

Q: What if I need an unscheduled break?
A: If there is an emergency, raise your hand to get the administrator’s attention. The administrator will set your workstation to break mode, and you may leave the testing room. The exam timer will NOT stop during your unscheduled break.

GMAT Scores & Score Reports

Q: What schools use GMAT scores?
A: More than 4,800 graduate management programs around the world use GMAT scores as a part of their admissions process. Find schools and programs that use the GMAT.

Q: When do I get my scores?
A: You will get an unofficial score report with Verbal, Quantitative, and Total scores immediately after you test. Official Score Reports are available online within 20 days to you and to the programs you requested to receive them. To learn more about scoring and score reports, visit GMAT Scores and Score Reports.

Q: If I’ve taken the GMAT exam more than once, will the score report contain all the scores?
A: Official Score Reports include all GMAT exams you’ve taken within the past five years. If you have taken the exam and canceled your scores, your report will note that scores are unreportable and not include what they were.

Q: How do I order additional score reports, and how long do they take?
A: As part of your test fee, you may have your scores sent to up to five school programs, which you must select before you take the test. Additional score reports can be ordered for a fee by credit card at mba.com or by faxing a request. You can download the form at mba.com or call GMAT Customer Service in your region to request a form, which can also be mailed with a check or money order.

Q: What if I want a score report for a GMAT exam taken over five years ago?
A: Score Reports from tests taken from five to 10 years ago are available, but they are sent to schools with the caveat that they should be interpreted with caution. Check with the school before requesting an old score report, because many do not accept them. Scores over a decade old are not available. If you have a score within five years, only scores from the last five years will be reported.