Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) is the standardized test required
for doing MBA or PhD in Business Management or any other graduate management
programmes from a business school in US, Europe and Canada. It is the
test that measures the verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills
of the candidate (i.e the test taker). Designed specially for business
schools, this computer-based test helps to assess the qualifications of
applicants for advanced study in business and management. Nearly 900 management
institutes all over the world use the GMAT score for admission to MBA
program. Many universities in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore
also use GMAT scores for their admission. It is a Computer Adaptive Test
(CAT) and may also be referred as 'GMAT CAT'.
The GMAT test is developed and administered by the US-based Pearson VUE
under the direction of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC),
a non-profit organization of graduate business schools worldwide. This
implies that Pearson VUE conducts the test, and sends each examinee the
score report. For conducting the test, Pearson VUE has appointed
testing centers in various countries. GMAT is held all round the year
in more than 150 countries around the world.
GMAT is scored out of 800 (in multiples of 10), and most scores
fall in the range of 500-600. The test scores are valid for five years.
A high GMAT score is not adequate for getting admission into a B-school
of your choice. Many schools screen applicants by combining GMAT scores
and undergraduate GPA (each school determining for itself their relative
weight), then ranking all applicants in their initial pool accordingly.
Apart form this, the admissions officials may also consider an applicant’s
undergraduate record and other information obtained from applications,
interviews, and letters of recommendation.