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Q: What is the GMAT?
A: The GMAT, formally known as the Graduate Management Admission Test, is the standardized test required for admission into most business schools and management education programs worldwide. The GMAT measures verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that you have developed in your education and work. The test consists of two essays (which receive a score of 0-6), a multiple choice quantitative section, and a multiple choice verbal section. The quantitative and verbal sections yield a collective score from 200-800, which is the score that business schools put the most emphasis on.

Q: How much does the GMAT cost?
A: US \$250 globally.

Q: Where do I take the GMAT?
A: The GMAT is offered year-round and on demand in testing centers around the world. Click here to find a testing center near you. Note that available time slots change continuously based on capacity and registration, so be sure to register several weeks before you plan on taking the GMAT.

Q: How do I register for the GMAT?
A: Before you schedule an appointment to take the GMAT, you must first register for a mba.com account. Once you have created your account, you can go ahead and schedule your appointment. Click here to schedule your GMAT appointment.

Q: Is the GMAT hard?
A: This is a bit like answering the question “Is it cold in Colorado?” It’s a matter of personal opinion. That said, the GMAT is generally considered middle-of-the-road in terms of its level of difficulty. The math tested on the quantitative section is high school level math — arithmetic, basic algebra, basic geometry (no proofs), and data interpretation. There is a unique question type called Data Sufficiency that requires a unique way of thinking about math and takes some getting used to, but it’s nothing that can’t be easily learned and mastered (check out our Data Sufficiency video lessons). On the verbal section, you’ll need to brush up on your basic English grammar for the Sentence Correction questions. The Reading Comprehension passages can be a bit dense but there are plenty of techniques for reading the passages in an effective way and eliminating common wrong answer choices. And Critical Reasoning requires you to learn how to analyze an argument, but that is a skill that can be learned as well. All in all, there are no “unknowns” on the GMAT, and while you might need to brush off a few cobwebs or learn a few new skills and strategies, the test becomes much less difficult with adequate study and practice.

Q: How should I study for the GMAT?