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The GMAT exam is owned by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). We develop and deliver the exam with the help of our service providers, including Pearson VUE and ACT. We wrote this handbook for you, the test taker. Please contact us if you need assistance


Pursuing a graduate degree is a rewarding experience. The GMAT exam is part of that process. We are here to help you understand everything you need to know and do to take the GMAT exam. This handbook is designed to help you through this process. Since you must agree to our policies as a condition for taking the GMAT exam, we describe what you need to know about the exam, what you need to do, and when you need to do it. Use the convenient checklist in the Table of Contents to track your progress toward the next step in your graduate management degree. Be sure to read this handbook carefully as you will be bound by its content.

Take control of your GMAT experience

1. Get your best GMAT score with a solid study plan.

As you get started with preparing for your GMAT exam, check out the GMAT® Official Starter Kit for an overview of the exam and tips on how to prepare for it, and use the GMAT Official Practice Exams 1-6 to prepare using real GMAT questions from past exams (the first two practice exams are free with your registration on mba.com). The enhanced diagnostics in GMAT Official Practice Exams 3-6 will give you detailed, personalized information about your performance on your practice exams—giving you valuable insights on how you handle different question types and pacing. Take the worry-free approach to prepare for the GMAT exam so there are no surprises on test day.I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

2. Register for and take the Exam.

Visit mba.com and select a date, time, and test center that's convenient for you.

3. Preview your score.

You can preview your score before sending it to your designated schools. The Score Preview feature for the GMAT exam gives you more control over your score. You decide if you want to accept your score and send to schools or cancel them and retake the test at a later date. Your canceled scores do not appear on any score reports sent to schools.

4. Evaluate your performance.

The GMAT Enhanced Score Report (ESR) is the post-test report that guides you through your test results, providing an inside look at how you performed on each section. Now you can know exactly what questions took you the longest to complete and see where you stack up next to other test takers. If you think you can do better, the ESR gives you a detailed analysis by question type, areas for focus, and pacing—so you can focus your studies and do even better next time. You may purchase an ESR from the mba.com store before or after your exam. For additional information, please see the section called “Consider Retaking the Exam.”

5. Get noticed.

Make it easy for schools to find you. Use the free GMASS® Search Service and connect with business schools and other graduate management education related organizations around the world based on your background, lifestyle, career aspirations, study destination, and more.

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