Why a GMAT test? The History of the Graduate School Entrance Test

Graduate school entrance tests are one of the first steps in pursuing an MBA degree. At George Mason’s School of Business, an official GMAT test score or GRE test score is required for admission to the Mason MBA Program (GMAT/GRE waivers may be considered).

History of the GMAT

The Graduate Management Admission Test or GMAT has been administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) since 1953. The GMAT is an adaptive test that measures the following skills:

  • Analytical
  • Writing
  • Quantitative
  • Verbal
  • Reading

Initially used for admissions by just 54 schools, now more than 2,100 schools and 5,900 programs worldwide use GMAT test scores to evaluate qualified applicants. Although it does not test specific business skills, the GMAT assesses analytical writing and problem-solving abilities and critical reasoning skills that are considered to be important to real-world business success.*

More than 250,000 individuals take this graduate school entrance test each year. The GMAT lasts 3 hours and 30 minutes. Students have the opportunity to take the exam up to 5 times in a year (with a minimum of a 16 day break between exams).

Take a look at the infographic below for more details about the GMAT test and how it stacks up against the GRE exam. Determine which test best suits you.

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 MBA graduates with the skills they need to pursue the careers they want.

Mason’s MBA program is ranked #74 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list by U. S. News & World Report. Dedicated career services staff offers personalized career consulting services to students during the MBA program and alumni after graduation.


GMAT test vs GRE test


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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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