GMAT Information


The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardized assessment that helps business schools assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management. Schools use the test as a predictor of academic performance in graduate management programs.

The GMAT Information Bulletin will provide you with everything you need to know about the exam, including test structure, obtaining test scores, and what to expect on test day.

Penn State Behrend GMAT Requirements

GMAT scores are required of all applicants and must have been taken within the last five years of application to the MBA program. Applicants to Penn State Behrend's MBA Program average a total GMAT score of 520.

Any applicant whose GPA is 3.0 or greater (cumulative or last 60 credits) or who have been in the professional workforce for a minimum of 8 years will be required to provide a minimum, total GMAT score of 450; this is the absolute minimum that we will accept for admission consideration.

If your GPA was less than 3.0, you can determine your GMAT minimum requirement using the formula below.

Take your GPA (cumulative or last 60 credits, whichever is higher) multiply it by 200, then subtract 1,050. The remaining number, rounded to the next highest tenth, is the minimum score that you are required to obtain, to be considered for the MBA program.

• Ex. 2.9 x 200 - 1,050 = 470

• Ex. 2.8 x 200 - 1,050 = 490

• Ex. 2.7 x 200 - 1,050 = 510

MBA applicants must also satisfy the writing requirement by obtaining either a 4.0 on the GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment or by having obtained a B or better grade in an undergraduate English composition course.

GMAT Registration

Register for your GMAT exam at the official GMAT Web site. Appointments are very limited; arrangements should be made 4-6 weeks in advance of taking the exam. Local applicants can take the exam at Pearson Professional Centers, Edgewood Plaza, 3123 West 12th Street, Suite D, Erie, PA.

GMAT Preparation

Numerous print resources and Web sites are available for GMAT preparation and some include free, online practice exams.

Web sites include:

Our current students recommend "Cracking the GMAT," published by Princeton Review, which also provides a free GMAT Demo on their Web site.

One note of caution: We have been told that scores on practice tests tend to be 30 to 80 points higher than when the student takes the actual exam.

GMAT Workshops

Penn State Behrend's Learning Resource Center offers no cost GMAT/GRE workshops to our undergraduate students, fully-employed professionals, and students from other local institutions who are interested in applying to our MBA program.  Contact the LRC at 814-898-6140 or for information on spring semester dates and times.

Penn State New Kensington's Continuing Education department offers cost-effective GMAT workshops at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Woods.  Contact the Continuing Education Office at 724-334-6010 for more information.  Workshops for the spring will begin on Thursday, April 23 and will run for five consecutive weeks. Submit the registration form for spring workshops.