GMAT

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is the standard entrance exam used by quality graduate management education programs to evaluate an applicant’s readiness for a management education. The GMAT is a computer adaptive test available around the world throughout the year. You need to complete the GMAT before we can process your application. GMAT scores are valid for five years from the test date. You may self-report your GMAT score by submitting your unofficial GMAT score sheet to us either by email or fax; official scores can follow at a later time to the university.

WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE SCORE?

Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800—800 being a perfect score. Most top-tier schools, including BYU, have students who score very well on the GMAT. The average GMAT score for the recent entering class is 670, but the range of admitted students is very broad. There is no minimum score required for admission. 

HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU TAKE THE GMAT?

There is no penalty for taking the GMAT multiple times. BYU uses the highest score in evaluating an application; GMAT scores are not averaged.

What's on the GMAT?

The GMAT has four sections: verbal, quantitative, integrated reasoning, and an analytical writing assessment. While applicants are required to take the full exam, BYU looks only at the verbal and quantitative sections when considering applicants for admission. See The Official GMAT Website for more general information on the structure of the exam.

Suggestions for GMAT Preparation

  • Plan on three to four months of regular study to be prepared for the GMAT. Often, international students take six to eight months to prepare if English is not their first language.
  • Study at least one to two hours a day, three to five days a week.
  • Take practice tests weekly. These tests can help you evaluate your readiness to sit for the exam. Start by going to The Official GMAT Website to download free test prep software and to take a free full-length practice test. Consistently scoring in the high 600s or above on many practice tests is a good indicator of readiness to sit for the exam.
  • Enroll in a GMAT preparation course. It will give you insights about how to take the GMAT. When selecting a GMAT course, determine whether you are better at learning in a classroom environment or in an online setting. Many GMAT preparation companies will allow you to preview their course.

Olympus Test Prep Info Sessions

Olympus Test Prep hosts free information sessions throughout the year about  the GMAT. You'll gain a basic overview of the test, learn how to study and prepare, and acquire a few test-taking strategies to help you succeed.  

  • Wednesday, July 23: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. in 210 Tanner Building, BYU Provo Campus
  • October 2014: TBD
  • December 2014: TBD

Please register at www.olympustestprep.com 

Free GMAT Practice Test: TBA

Contact: Angela w/ Olympus Test Prep for additional information (801-636-7669; angela@olympustestprep.com)