GMAT Prep Pays Off for Prospective Business School Students

It’s nothing new to discover that preparation pays off. But when it comes to standardized tests, such as the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), what’s really helpful for prospective business school students is knowing how much preparation is enough.

A new study from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) gathered just that data. According to GMAC, 56% of GMAT test takers spend at least 51 hours preparing for the exam. And test takers that score in the 600 to 700 range average 107 study hours on the exam. Those who score 700 or higher study an average of 121 hours.

The GMAT is a 3.5 hour computer adaptive test used to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills. GMAT scores are used for admission to graduate management programs and business schools.

In George Mason University’s MBA program, a GMAT score is part of the admissions process, although candidates can apply for a waiver if they have demonstrated a strong quantitative background through work experience and/or academic background. The average score of admitted MBA applicants this pas year was 560. In addition, Mason MBA students are an average of 28 years old, with a GPA of 3.26. Students can complete the 48 MBA credit hours in as few as 23 months.

Take a look at the infographic below for more information about the GMAT.

Located in the metro Washington, D.C., area, the George Mason 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 degree graduates with the skills they need to pursue the careers they want.

The Mason MBA program is ranked #53 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list by U. S. News & World Report. Dedicated career services staff offers personalized career consulting services to business school students during the MBA program and alumni after graduation.


GMAT Statistics

Source: GMAC


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