Let’s chat about the GMAT

If you have been preparing to accelerate your career with a Lazaridis MBA then you have probably stumbled across the word GMAT. But what is the GMAT and how do your prepare for it?

DYK: the GMAT is the most widely used exam for graduate business school admissions. The Lazaridis MBA requires all applicants meet quantitative ability requirements and this is most easily met thru completion of the GMAT with a minimum score of 550 for our part-time and full-time degrees excluding the Full-time MBA with Co-op which requires a minimum score of 600. The recommended target score suggested by GMAC itself for all potential candidates is a score of 650+ as this will not only separate you from the competition but also ensure you are exceeding the minimum requirements. Now that you know what the GMAT requirements are let’s get into what makes up the exam.

The GMAT Breakdown:

The total time you have to write the GMAT exam is 3 hours and 7 minutes with the option of two 8 minute breaks. You have the option to schedule your exam at anytime throughout the year and you can complete the GMAT multiple times. Your GMAT score is valid for five years.

Question 1

30 minutes: Analytical Writing Assessment

  • Analysis of an Argument

Question 2-13

30 minutes: Integrated Reasoning

  • Multi-source reasoning
  • Table analysis
  • Graphics interpretation
  • Two-part analysis

Question 14-44

62 minutes: Quantitative Reasoning

  • Data sufficiency
  • Problem solving

Question 45-80

65 minutes: Verbal Reasoning

  • Reading comprehension
  • Critical reasoning
  • Sentence Correction


 The Study Plan Blueprint:

Now that you know what GMAT exam consists of and the score you need to achieve to apply to the Lazaridis MBA program, the next step is to create a study plan that will fully prepare you. Applicants that scored 650 or above on the exam averaged between 70-90 hours of study in preparation for the GMAT. To assist you with your GMAT preparation the Lazaridis MBA is in partnership with Quantum Test Prep. Quantum Test Prep is one of the premier GMAT preparation companies offering GMAT bootcamps (50 hours), Information sessions, mock exams and refresher classes tailored towards both the mathematical and linguistic side of the GMAT exam. For more information on the services provided for prospective students in regards to the GMAT please visit our GMAT information page.

Still have questions about the GMAT or where to start? Contact a Lazaridis MBA Recruitment Coordinator for a pre-assessment of your eligibility and to discuss next steps.  We are here to help you prepare a strong MBA application because we know it GMATters.


Study hard and goodluck!