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Everything You Need to Know About Taking the GMAT

Everything You Need to Know About Taking  the GMAT

Taking the GMAT? Get everything you need to know here.

October 07, 2009

Gearing up to take the GMAT? A few things you should know…

The GMAT exam is a standardized assessment, delivered in English, that helps business schools assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management. Over 1900 graduate business schools around the world use GMAT scores as a part of their admissions process. Most GMAT test takers start preparing about 3 to 6 months before the actual test date.

The GMAT exam measures basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that you have developed in your education and work and your test is valid for five years. The tests costs $250, regardless of whether you take it in the U.S. or not.

To take the computer-based GMAT you must schedule an appointment by using any of the following four methods:

1. Make an appointment online, via the GMAC website (
2. Call the test center of your choice directly. A current test-center list is available at the GMAC website (
3. Call a central registration number: 1-800-717-GMAT.

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You might be able to take the GMAT within a few days after scheduling an appointment. However, keep in mind that popular test centers during fall semester may experience backlogs up to several weeks.

Note: If you are a citizen of Cuba, North Korea, or Sudan, you must prove primary residency outside of your country of citizenship.

GMAT Test Centers

The computer-based GMAT is administered year-round at more than 500 locations, most of which are in North America. Testing centers are located at Prometric Testing Centers, Sylvan Learning Centers, certain colleges and universities, and ETS (Educational Testing Service) field offices. The official GMAT Bulletin contains a complete list of GMAT computer-based test centers; an updated list is available at the GMAC website (

GMAT Test Dates

The GMAT is given year round during working days. You can take the test at any time.

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