The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardized assessment that measures students’ general verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills. The GMAT helps business schools assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management.

The GMAT test is administered by not-for-profit organisation the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

It is specifically designed to help graduate management programmes assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management. Most colleges and universities in the United States require or recommend GMAT test scores as part of their graduate application process for business and management programmes.

The computer-based GMAT measures basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that you have developed over a long period of time in your education and work. The GMAT is a computer-adaptive test (CAT), which means that questions are selected based on your responses to preceding questions, adjusting to your individual ability as the test progresses.

For more information about the test visit the GMAT website.

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Who needs to sit the test?

Over 3,000 graduate management programmes from more than 1,500 schools worldwide use GMAT scores as part of the application process. Most graduate schools of business and management in the US require you to sit the test as part of the admission process.

Many international schools, including some New Zealand business schools, also require you to sit the GMAT.

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Where can I sit the test?

There are GMAT test centres in Auckland and Lower Hutt.

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When can I sit the test?

There are no set test dates for the GMAT test, which is offered on different dates at different centres. Test dates and seat availability can be checked on the GMAT website.

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What do I have to do to sit the test?


You can register online at the GMAT website or by phone, fax or mail. Online, phone and fax registrations require a valid credit card.

To register by phone, call +60 3 8318 9961 between 9am and 6pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.

To register by by fax or mail, you need to obtain the GMAT Handbook, which you can download from the GMAT website.


The 2014 fee for taking the GMAT Test in New Zealand is US$250.

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How can I prepare for the test?

Candidates who register for the GMAT can download GMATPrep test preparation software for free from the GMAT website to help them prepare for the test, or can elect to have a CD-ROM sent to them (free of charge).

The GMAT website also offers test preparation materials and advice.

GMAC publish several official GMAT study guides and other preparation products, including the Official Guide for GMAT Review and a series of “retired” GMAT Paper Tests, which can be purchased online from the store. Popular study guides are generally also available to purchase from major book shops and online booksellers.

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Further information

For other useful information visit the official GMAT website – - or contact our educational adviser, Shauna Mendez: / (04) 494 1500

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