GMAT: Exam Content, Scoring and Registration

GMAT Test Guide

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What Is the GMAT?

The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a standardized exam used by business schools to assess how well students are likely to do in an MBA program. The GMAT exam measures basic verbal, mathematical, reasoning, and analytical writing skills.

GMAT Test Content

The GMAT is split into four parts: the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), the Integrated Reasoning section, the Quantitative section, and the Verbal section.

  • Analytical Writing Assessment: The AWA tests your ability to think and communicate. You will be asked to not only analyze the reasoning behind a provided argument, but also write a critique of that argument. Some of the AWA arguments used on the exam can be viewed ahead of time. Be sure to take a look at them and practice analyzing and critiquing the arguments (with evidence) before test day.
  • Integrated Reasoning: The Integrated Reasoning section is the newest section of the GMAT. This portion of the exam is designed to test your ability to evaluate information presented in multiple formats. There are four basic question types in this section: table analysis, two-part analysis, graphics interpretation, and multi-source reasoning. See sample Integrated Reasoning questions from the GMAT exam.
  • Quantitative: The Quantitative section of the GMAT tests your ability to reason, analyze, and draw conclusions from data. There are two basic question types in this section: problem solving and data sufficiency.

GMAT Scoring

GMAT scores range from 200 to 800. The average test taker scores between 400 and 600.

Quantitative and Verbal scores range between 0 and 60. The AWA score is an average of the scores given to each writing assignment contained in the AWA section. You will receive a score between 0 and 6 on this section. Integrated Reasoning scores range from 1 to 8. It takes approximately 20 days to receive your score after taking the test. Learn more about GMAT scores.

GMAT Time Limit

Test takers have three and a half hours to complete all four sections of the GMAT. There is a time limit of 30 minutes for the Analytical Writing Assessment and 30 minutes for the Integrated Reasoning section. Test takers can spend 75 minutes on the Verbal section and 75 minutes on the quantitative section. Read more about GMAT exam format and timing.


There is a cost to take the GMAT. The fee is known as a scheduling fee. It is paid when you register and costs approximately $250.

GMAT Testing Dates

The exam is administered around the world all year long. However, you should carefully schedule your exam date. Every business school has different application deadlines. You want to make sure that you have enough time to take the test and submit scores prior to important application deadlines. Find GMAT test dates.

GMAT Registration

To register for the GMAT, you must first sign up for a free account on After you've done that, you can find a testing center with available seats in your area and schedule your exam on a date that is convenient for you. If you have special needs, you can register as a test taker with disabilities.