The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is one of the largest obstacles encountered by candidates to MBA programs.
The 3 parts of the GMAT are:
- AWA – Analytical Writing Assessment (grades 1-6, not included in the overall score)
- Quantitative Section (37 questions) – duration 75 minutes, grades 0-51
- Verbal Section (45 questions) – duration 75 minutes, grades 0-51
The combined score is transformed into percentages, resulting in a general grade of between 200 and 800.
Do you have your GMAT score?
If you have taken the GMAT before you begin your collaboration with Ivy MBA Consulting, we shall consider this score together with your other parameters when deciding on your top-choice MBA programs. Feel free to send us your score when you contact us for your Free Consultation.
How important is the GMAT?
We are frequently asked about the importance of the GMAT grade for admission to an MBA program. The leading schools always proudly declare that they might reject the candidacy of someone with an 800 GMAT, while accepting an outstanding candidate with a 620.
Nonetheless, in most of the top-10 programs the classroom average for GMAT is around 710. If your grade is lower than 700, other elements of your candidacy file such as essays and letters of recommendation will help to give additional information about your candidacy and may balance out lower testing scores
Ivy MBA Consulting has a rich experience with candidates who were admitted to the most competitive programs ,despite lower GMAT scores, thanks to strong strategic planning for the application, and focused attention to candidate presentations
How many times can you take the GMAT test?
In principle, you can take the test 5 times a year, with lapses of 30 days. It costs $250 if you register in advance at www.mba,com or by phone at 44-161-855-7219.
Does it make a difference if my GMAT grade has improved?
Schools will be interested in how your scores have changed over a period of time. It may be that the first test administration made you nervous but that subsequent test dates proved to be closer to your testing abilities. Keep in mind though the ‘law of diminishing returns’ which means that you are expending energy to test and retest when you could be working on your essays or doing something outside of work! You do not want to seem as if you are a candidate who tests and retests and ignores the other parts of your profile.
We generally recommend taking the test at least twice (this may help to take some of the pressure off as you regulate to “testing conditions”). A subsequent test date may alleviate any concerns that you have that you only have “one opportunity” to make your mark.
When should I take the GMAT?
When you feel ready for it!
The GMAT should be taken at least once for practice, and again when you feel that you have had concentrated time to prepare in advance. Most schools will accept test administrations up until their deadlines ONLY, but you should be in touch with admissions offices if you feel you would like to submit additional testing after the deadline. Each school will have a different policy
The GMAT certainly requires advanced preparation and planning. It is a difficult test to walk in and take, as certainly much about your success depends on test strategy as much as actual knowledge. It is a time consuming process, and we generally recommend that you try to complete your testing BEFORE you begin to prepare your applications. This way you will be able to focus completely on each step of the application cycle without distraction.
If you would like more information about our GMAT specialists, please contact us.