GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council)

GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council)

Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is a global non-profit organization that develops and delivers critical assessments and resources for graduate business education. Founded in 1953, GMAC owns and administers the Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™), the most widely used graduate business school admissions test in the world. The organization also offers a range of research, professional development, and advocacy programs for the graduate management education industry.

GMAC in South Africa

GMAC has a strong presence in South Africa, supporting the country’s vibrant business education sector. The organization collaborates with South African business schools, offers GMAT test centers, and provides resources and support to prospective students and admissions professionals.


GMAC’s primary focus is on providing standardized assessments and services to facilitate the admissions process for graduate business programs. The organization’s flagship product, the GMAT, is used by over 7,000 graduate business programs worldwide, including many top-ranked institutions in South Africa.


GMAC’s core program is the GMAT, a computer-adaptive test that assesses verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing skills. The GMAT is used by business schools to evaluate applicants’ academic aptitude and potential for success in graduate business studies.

In addition to the GMAT, GMAC offers a range of other products and services, including:

  • NMAT by GMAC™: A standardized test for admissions to graduate management programs in India and South Africa.

  • Executive Assessment (EA): A standardized test for admissions to executive MBA programs worldwide.

  • GradSelect: A recruitment platform that connects business schools with qualified graduate business school applicants.

  • GMAC Research: A hub for research on graduate management education, including trends, demographics, and admissions data.

  • GMAC Professional Development: A series of workshops and webinars for admissions professionals and graduate business school faculty


GMAC does not directly offer scholarships to students. However, the organization provides information and resources on scholarships offered by business schools, governments, and other organizations.


The cost of the GMAT varies depending on the country or region where the test is taken. In South Africa, the GMAT registration fee is approximately ZAR 2,500.

Admission Time

The GMAT can be taken throughout the year, and scores are valid for five years. Applicants to graduate business programs typically take the GMAT during the application period for their desired programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for graduate business programs vary depending on the institution. However, general requirements typically include:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a strong academic record

  • Relevant work experience (for some programs)

  • Competitive GMAT or other standardized test scores

  • Strong English language proficiency

Benefits for International Students

International students who pursue graduate business education in South Africa enjoy a range of benefits, including:

  • Access to world-class business education programs at competitive tuition rates

  • Opportunities to gain a global perspective and expand their professional network

  • A culturally diverse and vibrant learning environment

Varsity Website Address

GMAC’s official website is:

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