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The 411 on GMAT

The GMAT continues to gain popularity—the number of exams given in 2011-12 was the third-highest annual total so far, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). The growing interest in the test is worldwide, and non-U.S. citizens now outnumber U.S. test-takers.

GMAC designed the GMAT to measure skills that are important in business and management such as logic, problem-solving, and data analysis. The assessments cover reasoning, mathematics, analytical writing, and verbal communication in English.

Scores from this standardized exam offer an assessment of applicants that graduate programs can use in their selection process. The GMAT isn't just for MBA programs either: test-takers are showing increased interest in other programs such as finance and accounting.

Business schools may not have a minimum required GMAT score since the exam is just one of the elements considered in the admissions process. Some graduate programs may also offer online MBAs or even accept the Graduate Records Examinations (GRE), so it's important to check with each school you're interested in. See our infographic below for more details on the test itself, how people prepare, and a breakdown of scoring.

“Value of Integrated Reasoning,” GMAC, visited 2013
“World Geographic Trend Report,” GMAC, 2012
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The 411 on GMAT
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