The purpose of the GMAT® (Graduate Management Admission Test) is to measure the academic abilities needed to succeed in graduate management education. Millions of people from all around the world and from a variety of backgrounds have successfully tackled this test. With a little preparation, you will conquer the GMAT® too!

What to Expect
The GMAT® measures endurance and ability to focus, test taking skills and problem-solving abilities. It assesses basic verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills. The test is divided into three main sections: the Analytical Writing Assessment, the Quantitative section and the Verbal section.

Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)
The GMAT® starts with AWA, a blend of Analysis of an Issue and Analysis of an Argument. Length: 60 minutes; 30 minutes per essay.Optional Five-Minute Break.

Quantitative Section
Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving are measured. The section consists of 37 multiple-choice questions. Length: 75 minutes.Optional Five-Minute Break

Verbal Section
Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning and Sentence Correction are evaluated. The section consists of 41 multiple-choice questions. Length: 75 minutes.


GMAT® Information

For more information about the GMAT® or to register for the test, visit or call 1-800-717-GMAT. The Rockford University Center for Learning Strategies offers preparation courses for the GMAT. Contact the Learning Resources Center for more information at 815-226-4087 or
Helpful Text: Cracking the GMAT (Proven Techniques from Test – Prep Experts), Princeton Review, 2014 Edition

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