Frequently Asked Questions About The GMAT

The GMAT is a standardized assessment that helps business schools assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management. Schools use the test as one predictor of academic performance in an MBA or other graduate program.

The GMAT measures basic verbal, mathematical, reasoning, and analytical writing skills that you have developed over time. It does not measure specific content from undergraduate study.


Who should take the GMAT?

Anyone looking to enroll in a graduate level business program will likely need to take the GMAT.  Check with the programs you are considering and find out whether or not they require or accept the GMAT.


What is tested on the GMAT?

Analytical Writing Assessment – The GMAT begins with the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA). The AWA is a writing task – Analysis of an Argument. You are allowed 30 minutes to complete the essay.

Integrated Reasoning Section - The Integrated Reasoning section was introduced to the GMAT in June of 2012. consists of 12 question prompts, each may have multiple questions.  Section time: 30 minutes.

Quantitative Section – (Math Section) - The GMAT Quantitative section contains 37 multiple-choice questions of two types – Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving. Section time: 75 minutes.

Verbal Section – The GMAT Verbal section contains 41 multiple-choice questions of three types – Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction. Section time: 75 minutes.


How is the GMAT scored?

The scale for the GMAT is 200 – 800.  This is called the “Total Score”
An additional score of 0 to 6 will be given for the Analytical Writing.
An addition score of 1 to 8 will be given for the Integrated Reasoning section.

The actual 50th percentile is closer to 540. Two thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600.


What is a good score?

It depends.  The mean score was approximately 540 in 2011.  However, a good score is defined as one that gets you into the program you want, not by a number.  Check with the programs you are considering, and ask them if they have a minimum and an average for everyone in the program to get a better idea of what your goal should be.


How much does it cost to take the GMAT?

GMAT Registration…...$250, but the price changes frequently.*
Rescheduling Fee……..$ 50   (Must reschedule at least 7 days before your appointment.)
Cancellation…………...Partial refund of $80 if cancelled at least 7 days in advance.
                                       No refund if cancelled within 7 days of the test appointment.
*Current as of 09/01/2012. These figures change frequently. Encourage students to check website.


Can I take a practice test?

Yes. Practice tests are available free from GMAT.  Download the Powerprep software from the GMAT website.


Frequently Asked Questions about the Next Generation GMAT®

What has changed on the GMAT?

The GMAT introduced a new section, called Integrated Reasoning, in June of 2012. In addition, the Next Generation GMAT® only contains one Analytical Writing Assessment prompt.


How does the new format impact scoring?

The introduction of the new Integrated Reasoning section does not significantly impact overall test scoring. The Verbal, Quantitative, and Total Scores have not changed. GMAT test takers will receive a single score on the Analytical Writing section. The Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing scores will not be provided on the unofficial score report that test takers receive on test day. Test takers will receive their official score, including the Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment score approximately 20 days after their test date.


The Integrated Reasoning Section is scored on a scale from 1 to 8.


What is tested on the new Integrated Reasoning section?

The Integrated Reasoning was developed to test one's ability to analyze data for a variety of sources. Four new question formats have been developed for the test: Table Analysis, Graphics Interpretation, Multi-Source Reasoning, and Two-Part Analysis.


Is the Next Generation GMAT harder?

The Next Generation GMAT will not be harder or easier than the old exam, just different. The Quantitative and Verbal sections of the exam are not changing. The types of prompts for the Analytical Writing section will also remain the same.

Total Scores from the previous version of the GMAT can be compared directly to Total Scores from the Next Generation GMAT.



ETC Test Prep Charlotte

366 George W. Liles Pkwy / Concord, NC 28027 / USA 855.258.7737