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Know Your Grad School Exams

Know Your Grad School Exams

Learn everything you need to know to start the graduate school process.

By Chris Diehl

June 29, 2010

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)

Required for: Business school Cost: $250 When: Year-round. The test is computer-based and must be taken at certified testing sites. You cannot take the GMAT more than once a month, and no more than a total of five times. Test duration: About 4 hours, including check-in time.

Test structure: The test is split into three sections:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment: Two essay questions. Analyze one argument and one issue. The essay questions are selected at random by the computer.
  • Quantitative Section: Multiple-choice questions in the areas of Data Suffiency or Problem Solving. Data Sufficiency questions measure ability to analyze and solve a quantitative problem. Problem Solving questions test basic math skills and concepts, as well as reasoning ability.
  • Verbal Section: Multiple-choice questions in Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning and Sentence Correction

Scoring: Based on a 200-800 scale; average score is 500, but top business schools usually require scores of 690 or higher.

For more information or to register online, visit the official GMAT Web site or call (800) 717-GMAT (4628).

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