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.
In order to be seriously considered for program admission, it will be necessary for you to obtain a GMAT score in the range of scores we typically admit. Our average GMAT score is approximately 570, although admissible candidates typically have GMAT scores 520 or greater. A strong application in all other areas, in particular your work background, undergraduate GPA, and Pre-MBA GPA, can certainly help to make up for a slightly low score. If you take the GMAT more than once, your highest score will be considered. If your total score is in the lowest quartile, we recommend retaking before applying.
Test scores are valid for up to five years after the test date. Your application should be submitted before the score expires.
- Where can I get information about the GMAT?
- How do I register for the GMAT?
- How do I prepare for the GMAT?
- How do I submit my test results to the MBA-PM Program?
- Is there a minimum GMAT score required for submission?
- Can I waive the GMAT?
- I didn't do so well on the GMAT; should I still apply?
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 and around the state of Iowa. There are testing centers in Des Moines, Iowa City/Coralville, and the Quad Cities. To find the testing center nearest you, go to www.mba.com and create an account, then search for the nearest location under Schedule a GMAT Exam.
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
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 one week 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 570, 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.
Applicants have met all three of the following:
- completed a master's degree from an accredited U.S. educational institution
- received an acceptable GRE score (as determined by the MBA-PM admissions committee)
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax your request with unofficial copies of your graduate transcript and GRE score report to 319-335-3422, attention: GMAT Waiver Request.
I didn't do so well on the GMAT; should I still apply?
The GMAT is a very important factor in the admissions decision, because it's usually an indicator of future performance in the classroom. A strong application in all other areas, in particular your work background, undergraduate GPA, and Pre-MBA GPA, can certainly help to make up for a slightly low score. If your score falls within the lowest quartile, we recommend retaking before applying.