What is GMAC? The Past, Present, and Future of GMAC


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Rahul Singha
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Updated on Apr 22, 2024 15:55 IST

Established in 1953, The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is a global association of leading graduate business schools. An international non-profit organization of business schools that offers products and services to educational institutions and potential graduate management students.


GMAC owns and administers the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT exam). More than 2 lakh aspirants take the GMAT Exam every year. GMAC is governed by a 15-member board of directors that includes representation from business schools and private industry.

GMAT is the most widely accepted exam by graduate business schools globally and is used for admission to more than 7000 graduate programs worldwide. The popularity of the GMAT Exam can be ascertained by the fact that globally 9 out of 10 MBA enrollments are done through GMAT Scores. The GMAT Exam is created by business schools for business schools.

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Apart from this, GMAC also owns NMAT, which is used for getting admission to graduate management programs in India and South Africa. Also, the Executive Assessment is an admission exam specially designed for executive MBA programs. GMAC's head office is based in the USA with its offices in India, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom. This organization aims to provide state-of-the-art solutions to schools and prospective students to evaluate each other.

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The CEO of GMAC has detailed what keeps him going, he replied “Relevance. How relevant is GMAC as an organization to the industry it serves, and how relevant are our products? I worry about the model by which we deliver standardized tests, and I worry about information between schools and students coming together.  We do a lot of research into students’ mindsets and their attitudes about applying to business schools. It is primarily driven by anxiety, so how can we reduce that particular anxiety and how can we make the process of finding, selecting and applying to a business school more streamlined?”.

GMAC aims to solve the common problem of the application process of business schools around the world. With time, the usage of technology has also evolved the test, which has benefitted not only the organizing body but aspirants giving this test. Right from its inception, GMAC had brought the students and schools together. GMAC is committed to offering world-class solutions to schools and prospective candidates across the world so they can evaluate each other and no talent goes unnoticed.

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