Prospective Students
GMAT Test Prep Workshops

GMAT Prep Workshops

PreMBA and prospective students may attend free GMAT Prep workshops.

GMAT Information

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardized, computer-adaptive test used by schools to help assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business or management. The GMAT measures basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills. The admissions committee carefully considers each piece of an application and uses GMAT scores as one predictor of academic performance in the program.

The MBA-PM does not have a minimum GMAT score requirement. Our average GMAT score is approximately 580, and our average GPA 3.2. Keep in mind that a wide range of scores are accepted, based on the strength of the complete application. If you take the GMAT more than once, the admissions committee will consider your highest score.

Test scores are valid for up to five years after the test date. Your application should be submitted before the score expires.

FAQ

Where can I get information about the GMAT?

The website www.mba.com includes review materials, practice tests, and information about testing sites. Some students have purchased a GMAT review book in conjunction with the web materials. There are also preparatory classes offered through sources such as Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions.

How do I register for the GMAT?

You may register for the test at www.mba.com, or by calling 800-717-GMAT. GMAT testing centers are located throughout the world. In Iowa, there are three testing centers in close proximity to our sites:

Des Moines Area (47009)
Pearson Professional Center
3737 Woodland Ave Suite 232
Colony Park Office Building
West Des Moines, IA

Iowa City/Coralville (47010)
Pearson Professional Center
2441 Coral Ct Ste 2
Coralville, IA

Quad Cities (47169)
Pearson Professional Center
100 E Kimberly Rd Ste 401
Northwest Bank & Trust Tower
Davenport, IA

How do I prepare for the GMAT?

We strongly recommend you begin your preparation by exploring www.mba.com, a website published by the organization that developed the GMAT. You will find an abundance of information about the MBA degree and taking the GMAT, including preparation materials and how to register for the test.

There are a number of national test prep agencies which offer online and classroom GMAT prep courses, free practice tests, and fee-based full-length practice materials:

  • Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions (www.kaptest.com/gmat)
  • Princeton Review
  • Thomson Peterson's
  • Veritas

You may prefer studying on your own with self-paced GMAT prep books or cd-rom products.

How do I submit my test results to the MBA-PM Program?

Results typically become available 2-4 weeks after you take the test. You must request that the testing service send your score report to the University of Iowa MBA for Professionals and Managers Program for your application to be considered complete. The MBA-PM Program is listed under University of Iowa as (4RL-2J-61) MBA for Professionals & Managers.

When you take the GMAT, you will be allowed to select the MBA-PM Program as your score recipient. Do not take to the test center a list of the schools and programs to send your scores as you will not be allowed to take it into the testing room. However, there is an electronic program selection feature on the computer that will allow you to easily search for your program.

Score reports are available to our program for five years after the test date.

Pearson VUE and ACT Inc. administer the GMAT. To make the results of a previous test available to the MBA-PM Program, visit www.mba.com and request an additional score report. Again, the code for the MBA-PM Program is 4RL-2J-61.

Is there a minimum GMAT score required for admission?

Applications are evaluated on the entire set of materials, including the GMAT. Our average GMAT score is approximately 580, and a wide range of scores are accepted, based on the strength of the complete application. If you take the GMAT more than once, the admissions committee will consider your highest score.

Can I waive the GMAT?

GMAT waivers are granted when:

Applicants have earned an advanced terminal degree such as the Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. from an accredited U.S. institution.

OR

Applicants have met all three of the following:

  1. completed a master's degree from an accredited U.S. educational institution
  2. received an acceptable GRE score (as determined by the MBA-PM admissions committee)
  3. earned a satisfactory graduate-level grade-point average (3.0 out of 4.0 or above)

To apply for a GMAT waiver, complete one of the following:

  • Scan and email your request with unofficial copies of your graduate transcript and GRE score report to mbapm@uiowa.edu

    OR
  • Fax your request with unofficial copies of your graduate transcript and GRE score report to 319-335-3422, attention: GMAT Waiver Request.