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Who Takes It: The Graduate Admissions Test (GMAT) is required for admission to most master's of Business Administration (MBA) programmes. However, some programmes are now accepting the GRE as well. You should check the admissions requirements of the individual degree programme to which you are interested in applying.
What is the GMAT: The GMAT is designed to measure basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills. The GMAT does not require specialised knowledge in a certain field. The test lasts approximately three and a half hours.
Format: Computer-based test with sections in Analytical Writing (30 minutes), Integrated Reasoning (30 minutes), Quantitative (75 minutes) and Verbal Section (75 minutes). The Analytical Writing section is an analysis of an argument, while the new Integrated Reasoning section consists of 12 questions that focus on: multi-source reasoning, graphics interpretation, two-part analysis and table analysis. The Quantitative section consists of multiple choice questions in problem solving and data sufficiency, requiring a basic knowledge of arithmetic, elementary algebra and general geometry. The Verbal section includes reading comprehension, critical reasoning and sentence completion questions.
The GMAT is a computer-adaptive test, which means that the test selects each successive question based on the answer provided to the previous one. If you answer a question correctly, the next will be more difficult; if you answer a question incorrectly, the next question will be less difficult. You are also unable to skip a question and come back to it later on.
Dates: 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.
Testing Sites: Belfast, Crawley, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Greater Manchester, London, Reading, Sutton, and Watford.
Cost: The cost to take the GMAT exam is US $250 globally (plus VAT in the UK).
Registration: You can register for the GMAT online.
How Used in Admissions: It is very important to do well on the GMAT, as it assesses the skills that business schools have deemed important for success – in particular the quantitative skills that may be lacking from British undergraduate degrees or those dropping Maths at GCSEs. The average GMAT score of the previous year’s admitted class is a good indicator of your chances of admission.
How to Prepare: There are a wide variety of test preparation materials available in both online and hard copy formats. See our section on preparation for more information.
Students with Disabilities: Special accommodations may be arranged for taking most admissions exams. For more information, visit the GMAT website.
For More Information: Visit the MBA.com website or contact the GMAC. For further information on how to prepare for the exam itself and many other frequently asked questions, please see our GMAT handout. You may also want to download our handout on Postgraduate Business Education handout.