The GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admissions Test and is administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). The GMAT is required at nearly all accredited MBA Programs in the United States, Canada and Europe. The GMAT does not test specific business knowledge; instead it tests foundation skills such as quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension, writing skills, integrated reasoning skills, and critical thinking.

There are four sections involved in the GMAT exam.

GMAT Section Questions Length Description



75 minutes
Measures quantitative reasoning ability, problem-solving ability and graphic data interpretation. There are two types of Quantitative questions; Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency. Both question formats require knowledge of arithmetic, algebra and geometry. Problem solving questions are meant to test your basic mathematical skills and your ability to solve quantitative problems. Data sufficiency questions are meant to test your ability to analyze quantitative problems by recognizing relevant information.



75 minutes
Measures reading comprehension, critical reasoning and evaluation of arguments as well as proficiency with written English. There are three types of Verbal questions; Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning and Sentence Correction.

Integrated Reasoning


30 minutes
Measures your ability to synthesize data in different formats from multiple sources. The four new question formats are; Graphics Interpretation, Two-Part Analysis,Table Analysis and Multi-Source Reasoning.

Analytical Writing

1 Essay

30 minutes
Designed to measure your ability to engage in critical thinking as well as an assessment of the quality of your written communication skills. A single analytical writing prompt will be provided that will require analysis of an issue or argument. The essay requires you to articulate your point of view on the subject using critical thinking skills and relevant examples drawn from your own experiences and education. Additional advice on preparing for the Analysis of an Issue and Analysis of an Argument.

Scheduling the GMAT

To schedule a GMAT exam visit the official GMAT web site, You can find a GMAT testing center nearest to you using the Testing Center Application at Western Washington University currently offers the GMAT exam at our Testing Center


GRE General Test

The GRE stands for Graduate Record Examination and the GRE revised General Test measures skills that are essential to graduate school success. The GRE and the GMAT exam actually measure the same skills and the scores from the two exams have similar predictive power for graduate school success. We are agnostic about which test you take to apply to the Western MBA Program so please choose the test that fits your needs best.

The GRE revised General Test, introduced in August 2011, features a new test-taker friendly design and new question types. It more closely reflects the kind of thinking you'll do in graduate or business school and demonstrates that you are ready for graduate-level work.

There are three sections of the GRE General Test.

GRE Section Questions Length Description

Verbal Reasoning


60 minutes
Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts. There are three types of questions: Reading Comprehension, Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence.

Quantitative Reasoning


70 minutes
Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis. There are four types of questions: Quantitative Comparison, Multiple-choice Select One Answer, Multiple-choice Select One or More Answer, and Numeric Entry.

Analytical Writing

2 Tasks

60 minutes
Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively. The Analytical Writing measure consists of two separately timed analytical writing tasks: a 30-minute"Analyze an Issue" task and a 30-minute "Analyze an Argument" task.

Scheduling the GRE

The GRE revised General Test is available at about 700 test centers in more than 160 countries. To schedule a test, or learn more about the GRE, visit the GRE's official website. Western Washington University currently offers the GRE exam at our Testing Center.


GMAT & GRE Online Prep Courses

The Western Washington University Extended Education Program offers both GMAT & GRE Prep Courses as online, self-paced classes and may be an appropriate preparation tool for those who wish to have a structured environment. Classes begin the first week of each month and the cost is $265. We can make no guarantees regarding the ability of self-paced study or test preparation courses to prepare you for the GMAT so please use this information as you see fit.