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Engaging in comprehensive GMAT preparation and earning a high test score will significantly improve your chances of acceptance into your desired graduate school program.

Succeeding on the GMAT involves learning and mastering a number of tools, strategies and techniques, as similar question types tend to show up repeatedly on each test.

ESM mentors can help you spot opportunities and traps before you face them, enabling you to simplify and streamline your study process.

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GMAT Basics


The GMAT is a computer–adaptive test (CAT) required by most graduate business programs. It is 3 hours and 7 minutes in length, plus two optional 8-minute breaks. It features four sections: Quantitative Reasoning (31 questions, 62 minutes); Verbal Reasoning (36 questions, 65 minutes); Integrative Reasoning (12 questions, 30 minutes), and Analytical Writing (1 essay, 30 minutes).


3 hrs
23 mins

including breaks





Highest Score


Average Score


Quantitative Reasoning
Verbal Reasoning
Integrated Reasoning
Analytical Writing

Scheduling Your Test Date

Because the GMAT is offered year-round in most of its locations worldwide, you will have flexibility when solidifying your test date. However, plan to do most of your studying after you have registered for the exam, as finalizing a date and time will lend much needed structure to your study process. In all cases, take the GMAT early enough to ensure your scores are available before your application deadlines. You can register to take the GMAT here.

Studying for the GMAT generally takes between 100 to 150 hours, so if you set your test date 12 weeks in advance, you can expect to study approximately 8 to 12 hours per week.

Common Questions

How do I register for the GMAT?

Pearson VUE testing centers administer the GMAT all across the globe. Walk-in GMAT registration at test centers is not accepted. You must register in advance by phone or email. Visit or call 800–717–GMAT to register. Registration costs $275.

The GMAT is currently offered online, so it can be taken at home until at least July 17, 2020. Students can only take the online GMAT one time. The analytical writing assessment is not offered on the online exam, shortening total test-taking time by 30 minutes. Because the global status of COVID-19 continues to evolve, this end date may be extended.


Find out which test is right for you.

More than 1,200 MBA programs now accept scores from the GMAT or GRE for business school admissions, and that means more options for you. Before you decide which test to take, research the business schools you're interested in and find out if they will accept GRE scores instead of GMAT scores. Compare the differences between the GMAT and the GRE exam content and structure below.


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