The GMAT changed in 2023 to the GMAT Focus Edition. The Integrative Reasoning Section and essay were removed, and a new section, Data Insights, added 20 questions. The Quantative section dropped from 31 questions to 21 questions. The Verbal section dropped from 36 to 23 questions. GMAC has elected to reduce overall exam time from 3.5 hours to 2 hours, 15 min as all three sections of the test are now 45 minutes long.

GMAT Basics

GMAT Test Dates Any Day all Year Long, Minus Holidays
GMAT Length 2 hours, 15 minutes
GMAT Sections Quantitative, Verbal, Data Insights
GMAT Cost $250
Highest GMAT Score 805
Average GMAT Score 546

What is the GMAT and why is it important?

The GMAT is a computer–adaptive test (CAT) required by many business schools. If you want to get accepted to a competitive MBA program , your GMAT score is very important. 

In addition to your GMAT score, business school admissions officials consider the extent and caliber of your work experience (especially for more selective programs), undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation , interview , and essays . Be sure to contact the specific MBA programs to which youplan to apply in order to determine their unique requirements.

What is on the GMAT?

The GMAT is comprised of three sections: a Quantitative Section, a Verbal Section, and a Data Insights section. Learn more about each GMAT section .

How is the GMAT scored?

GMAT score is made up of several different numbers, each of which covers a part of your performance on the GMAT. The most familiar number is the Overall, or composite, GMAT score. This number ranges from 205 to 805 in 10-point increments and is determined by a combination of your scores on all three sections of the test. Business schools tend to focus on your Overall GMAT score.

All sections of the test are graded separately. You will receive a score ranging from 60 to 90 for each section.

Your GMAT score remains valid for five years. If you have taken the GMAT several times, GMAC will report all GMAT scores from the past five years.

How do I know if my score is good enough to get me into my dream school?

Good question. Check out the admissions data in our business school profiles .

How do I register for the GMAT?

You must register to take the GMAT in advance by phone or email; walk-in GMAT registration at test centers is not accepted. 

The GMAT is given around the country and the world at Pearson VUE testing centers. Visit or call 800–717–GMAT to register. The GMAT costs $250.

How can I prepare for the GMAT?

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