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Graduate Management Admission Test

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Graduate Management Admission Test, perhaps better known by its initialism GMAT, is a standardized test for determing aptitude in business management studies. GMAT is typically pronounced "jee-mat." Most MBA schools use the GMAT score as a criterion for admission. As of January 3, 2005, the fee to take the Graduate Management Admission TestŪ (GMATŪ) is U.S. $250 worldwide ([1] (http://www.mba.com/mba/TaketheGMAT/RegisterfortheGMAT/LearnabouttheGMAT/PayfortheTest.htm)).

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It is an "aptitude test" (as opposed to an "achievement test"). It currently consists of an essay section, which requires two free-response essays of 30 minutes each; two multiple choice sections, one mathematical section and one verbal skills section, which consists of an analytical section, an English grammar section, and reading comprehension.

The writing samples constitute the AWA, or analytical writing assessment, score, which is scaled from 0-6 in half-point increments. The "Total Score," comprised of the quantitative and verbal sections, is exclusive of the writing assessment, and ranges from 200 to 800. Though the GMAC claims that scores for the quantitative and verbal sections run from 0-60, it is commonly believed that scoring above a 51 on either section is now impossible. Two-thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600. The 99th percentile begins at 740 or 750, depending on the individual test.

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