GMAT Preparation

What is the GMAT?

The Graduate Management Admission Test  (GMAT) is standardized assessment that helps business schools around the world assess the qualifications for applicants for advanced study in business and management. Schools use the test as one predictor of performance in an MBA program, MS in Finance or in other graduate management programs.

The GMAT measures your basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that you have developed in your education and work. The GMAT does NOT measure: 

  • Your knowledge of business
  • Your job skills
  • Specific content in your undergraduate or first university course work
  • Your abilities in any other specific area
  • Subjective qualities -- Such as motivation, creativity, and interpersonal skills

What is the Format of the GMAT?

The GMAT consists of four main parts:

  • The Analytical Writing Assessment consists  Analysis of an Argument. You are allowed 30 minutes to complete your essay.
  • The Integrated Reasoning section contains 12 multiple-choice questions of several question types -- Multi-Source Reasoning, Graphics Interpretation, Two-Part Analysis, and Table Analysis. You are allowed a maximum of 30 minutes to complete the entire section.
  • The Quantitative section contains 37 multiple-choice questions of two question types -- Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving. You are allowed a maximum of 75 minutes to complete the entire section.
  • The Verbal section contains 41 multiple-choice questions of three question types -- Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction. You are allowed 75 minutes to complete this entire section.

Why should I take the GMAT now?

  • Your mindset is still that of a student, not a working professional.  You are more likely to follow through now and not keep putting it off for another time.
  • Your courses, particularly mathematics, are fresh in your mind.
  • Your scores are valid for five years.  If you intend to enter graduate school within five years, it makes sense to go ahead and take the GMAT now, before you are working and preparation becomes difficult.
  • You can take advantage of the Berry Center's GMAT Prep course and prepare intensively for the GMAT at a reduced cost.

Why should I take the GMAT Prep here at Cornell?

You are getting an extraordinary value -- you are getting for $25.00 what can cost up to $1,500.00 elsewhere.  This includes:

  • The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 13th Edition from the GMAC, retailing for $36.95
  • 6 hours of class time with instructors -- that's four classes
  • Use of the Berry Center's resource center -- there are many GMAT and essay strategy books

For more information visit the GMAT website at