The Graduate Management Admission Test, or the GMAT for short, is a standardized exam that is required in order to enter most business-related graduate programs. This exam is designed by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) to determine whether or not an individual has the basic knowledge necessary to succeed in a graduate program related to any business field. The GMAT exam is comprised of three primary sections, which includes a verbal section, a quantitative reasoning section, and an analytical writing section. The verbal and quantitative sections of the exam each include a series of multiple-choice questions that are related to basic English concepts or basic mathematical concepts. The information covered in the verbal and quantitative sections of the exam may not necessarily be directly related to business as most of the information covered on the exam is related to basic verbal and mathematical topics rather than specific business concepts. However, the analytical writing section of the exam, unlike the other two sections of the exam, may sometimes be more business-related than the other sections of the exam. This is because this section requires the individual to write essays about issues that may or may not be related to business, essays that defend a particular argument or statement that may be related to business or another academic field, and/or essays in opposition to a particular argument or statement that may or may not be related to business.
The GMAT exam is not required by every graduate program and certain programs and universities may require other tests instead of or in addition to the GMAT in order to be accepted into a business-related graduate program. The exact score that an individual must achieve on the GMAT in order to gain entrance into a particular program varies from program to program, but most universities and programs do not use the GMAT exam as the only factor considered for admission. In fact, most universities and programs use several other factors such as entrance essays, grade point averages (GPA), and other similar factors that are considered in addition to the individual's GMAT scores when deciding whether a particular student should be accepted into a graduate program or not.
Last Updated: 02/25/2013