Thinking about an MBA? Here’s the 411 on the GMAT

Prospective MBA students often hesitate to move their MBA application forward for fear of taking the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

Although it may seem daunting, knowing the format of the GMAT will help you score your best. The infographic below titled, “The 411 on the GMAT” offers great information for potential MBA students and test-takers.

The GMAT is a 3.5 hour computer administered and adaptive test that consists of four sections:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Quantitative
  • Verbal

Most test-takers prepare for 3-6 months prior to taking the GMAT.

Test-takers from around the world take the GMAT, with more than half of all test-takers coming from countries other than the United States. Fun fact, 20% of test takers retake the GMAT each year with an average gain of 33 points in the retake.

One of the most important things to remember is that score reports sent to business schools show all of your past GMAT scores and cancellations for the preceding five years; this is important to keep in mind when determining if you want to retake the exam.

Take a look at the infographic below for more information.

George Mason’s MBA program requires an official GMAT score or GRE score as part of the admissions process but GMAT waivers are considered for candidates who have demonstrated through work experience and/or academic background that they have a strong quantitative background.

Located in the metro Washington, D.C. area, George Mason’s MBA Program, prepares the next generation of business leaders through a rigorous, stimulating business and management curriculum based on a global perspective, industry demand, and leadership. It prepares graduates with the skills they need to pursue the career they want. Mason’s MBA program is ranked #74 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list by U. S. News & World Report.

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Jackie Buchy

Since 2011, I have served as the assistant dean for graduate enrollment at George Mason University's School of Business. In my role, I work with prospective graduate students to identify and select the best graduate program to meet their career goals.

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