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Graduate Management Admissions Test

To help us assess your readiness for graduate business studies, we require a satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), a comprehensive 3.5-hour exam that tests candidates on a variety of skills, such as integrated reasoning, critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving.

Regular GMAT

Scored on a bell curve from 200 to 800 (760 score = top 1 percentile), the exam is divided up into four parts:

  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Analytical Writing Assessment

New GMAT Focus Edition

We also accept the new GMAT Focus Edition, which became available in September and which will eventually replace the regular exam. The cost is the same as the regular GMAT.

The grading system is on a scale from 205 to 805 to differentiate results between the regular and Focus Edition tests. It is best to use percentiles to compare between different test results.

The Focus Edition exam is divided up into three parts:

  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Data Insights


The GMAT is administered as a Computer-Adaptive Test (CAT) through the Pearson Professional Centre network throughout North America and at many international test centers. Please visit the GMAT website for more information, including the dates and locations for upcoming exams.

The online live-proctored GMAT exam available at is also acceptable.

A valid result has been written within the past 5 years, after which time you are no longer able to have an official test result sent to us.

Please consult the details below for information specific to John Molson School of Business.

Practice test


Try a GMAT practice exam before starting to study for the real thing?  
This is a free online GMAT practice test offered by our partner, 
Admit Master.

GMAT codes for Concordia University

Only the Full-time / Part-time MBA, MBA in Investment Management, and Executive MBA programs require the GMAT for admission into the program. The GMAT codes for Concordia University are specific to the John Molson program you are applying to:

  • Full-Time MBA: 93H-ON-72
  • Part-Time MBA: 93H-ON-69
  • MBA in Investment Management: 93H-ON-73
  • Executive MBA: 93H-ON-90

The following research-based graduate programs do not require the GMAT, however, you may still submit a test score using the following GMAT codes

  • MSc Business Analytics and Technology Management: 93H-ON-39
  • MSc Finance: 93H-ON-44
  • MSc Management: 93H-ON-58
  • MSc Marketing: 93H-ON-66
  • Master of Supply Chain Management: 93H-ON-76
  • PhD in Business Administration: 93H-ON-75


Unofficial test results for the verbal and quantitative sections are available in writing immediately following completion of the test and you are encouraged to upload your unofficial test results (a.k.a. student copy) to your online application. If you are accepted into the program, you will be asked to have the official test results sent to Concordia University.

However, please verify with the testing centre to see whether it is more advantageous or cost effective for you to have the official result sent to us immediately after taking the exam.


Graduate Records Examination (GRE)

Although the GMAT is highly preferred,  MBA in Investment Management also accepts the GRE General Test.

As mentioned above, John Molson’s research-based graduate programs do not require the GMAT or GRE, but you may still submit a GRE result.

The GRE General Test is administered by ETS and, similar to the GMAT, measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills. The GRE is graded on a scale from 130 to 170.

Since we use the GMAT score as a standard and that GRE tests use a different grading scale, it is best to you percentiles in order to compare results from both tests. Please consult this useful webpage covering What is a good GRE score?

The ETS GRE code for Concordia University is 0956.

We do not accept GMAT or GRE test results written over 5 years ago.

Suggested GMAT exam preparation materials

We recommend that applicants allow, on average, 6 to 12 weeks to adequately prepare for the GMAT exam. If you are not satisfied with your test result, you may retake the exam to improve your score, however, you must wait a minimum of 16 days before re-taking the test.

Resources for the GMAT exam vary in format, length and cost, as well as vary in benefit according to the type of learner. Recommended sources of GMAT preparation/study prep include:

  • GMAT Official Guide (yearly editions; books available at most major bookstores and online)
  • GMAT Official Practice Questions
  • Various Test Prep companies worldwide offer GMAT prep courses and support (check for exam prep companies near you), Our GMAT prep partner is Admit Master.
  • Online GMAT tutoring services & practice exams
  • Prep guidebooks by The Princeton Review, Manhattan Prep and Kaplan — among many other resources available in a variety of formats to GMAT test-takers.

Information sessions

GMAT Quantitative Refresher Workshop

Join us on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 starting 12pm EDT for a GMAT Quantitative Refresher and MBA Admissions Workshop.

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