MBA Entrance Exam: Graduate Management Admission Test
In 1953, the organization now called the Graduate Management Admission
Council (GMAC) began as an association of nine business schools, whose goal
was to develop a standardized test to help business schools select qualified
applicants. In the first year it was offered, the assessment (now known as
the Graduate Management Admission Test), was taken just over 2,000 times; in
recent years, it has been taken more than 200,000 times annually. Initially used
in admissions by 54 schools, the test is now used by more than 1,500 schools and
1,800 programs worldwide.
The Graduate Management Admission Test is a Computer-Adaptive
standardized test in mathematics and the English language 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 graduate
business administration programs (e.g. MBA, Master of Accountancy, etc.)
principally in the United States, but also in other English-speaking countries.
GMAT Test Structure:
Analytical Writing Assessment: Essay must be written within 30 minutes
and is scored on a scale of 0–6 (Each of the two essays in the Analytical
Writing part of the test is graded on a scale of 0 (the minimum) to 6 (the
Quantitative Section: The
quantitative section consists of 37 multiple choice questions, which must be
answered within 75 minutes. It has two different subsections.
- Problem Solving: Problem-solving questions present
multiple-choice problems in arithmetic, basic algebra, and elementary
geometry. The task is to solve the problems and choose the correct answer
from among five answer choices.
- Data Sufficiency: This tests the quantitative reasoning ability
using an unusual set of directions.