The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is sponsored and directed by the Graduate Management Admission Council, an international organization of 121 graduate schools of management. This test is one requirement for entrance to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Southern Arkansas University.


The GMAT is administered as a computer-based adaptive test (CBT) at test centers throughout the world. In computer-adaptive tests, the computer screen displays one question at a time, which is chosen from a very large pool of questions categorized by content and difficulty. The first question is always of middle difficulty. The selection of each question therafter is determined by the response to any previously answered questions. In other words, the CBT adjusts to the examinee’s ability level.

The CBT requires and answer for each question, and the examinee may not return to or change a response to any previously answered questions. If one guesses a correct answer or answers a question incorrectly by mistake, the answers to subsequent questions will lead the examinee back to questions that are at the appropriately level of difficulty for that individual.

The GMAT includes verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing assessment questions. The examinees has 75 minutes for 37 quantitative questions, 75 minutes for 41 verbal questions, and 30 minutes for each of the two analytical writing topics. Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving questions are mingled within the quantitative section and Sentence Correction, Reading Comprehension, and Critical Reasoning questions will be mingled within the verbal section. the examinee has an opportunity to take two five-minute breaks; one after completing the essays and another between the quantitative and verbal sections.

Minimal computer skills are required to complete to GMAT CBT. Before beginning the test, a tutorial will help the examinee to feel comfortable in using a mouse, enter a response, using the word processor, accessing the help functions, and moving on to the next question.


To register, you must first select a test center location. Test centers operate on their own schedule and can accommodate varying numbers of test takers throughout the day. One you have decided where to take the test, you will need to schedule a GMAT appointment, using one of three methods-online, by phone, or by mail.

Register by Phone

  • Call 1-800-717-4628
  • Call the local test center directly at:

Arkadelphia: 870-230-5470
Fayetteville: 501-575-2743
Fort Smith: 531-484-0702
Jonesboro: 870-972-2038
Little Rock: 501-663-8280

  • Call 1-800-529-3590 if using a Telephone/Teletypewriter (TTY)
  • Fee payments for test appointment made by phone and can only be made by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or American Express).
  • For more locations, see the list of testing centers.

Register Online

  • You may schedule your test appointment online.
  • If you have not already registered as a user of the website, you will be required to do so before you make your test appointment. Be sure to enter your name exactly as it appears on the identification you will present at the test center. Fee payments for online tests can only be made by credit card.



  • Upon completing the computer-based GMAT, you can choose to see your scores at the test center for the multiple-choice sections of the test. An official score report, including scores for the Analytical Writing Assessment, will be mailed to you and your designated institutions about two weeks after testing.
  • Contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 870-235-4150  or the School of Business at 870-235-4300 for minimum required score.

For more information

GMAT Customer Service

  • Mail to GMAT Program, PO Box 581907 Minneapolis, MN  55458-1907 USA
  • Telephone: 1-800-717-4628 (U.S. & Canada) or 1-952-681-3680.
  • Fax: 1-952-681-3681
  • Email:
  • Test takers with disabilities: 1-609-771-7330