The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has launched and opened registrations for the NMAT by GMAC exam to Streamline Business School Admissions in South Africa. Candidates can apply to six leading South African business schools with one test score and receive complimentary test preparation materials by GMAC.
The NMAT by GMAC exam measures the skills required for academic success in African management programmes. This assessment will give South African graduate management programmes greater and more informed access to domestic talent. It is accepted by leading business schools in South Africa, including:
- Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), Johannesburg
- Milpark Business School, Johannesburg
- North West University, South Africa
- Rhodes Business School, Grahamstown
- University of South Africa (UNISA) Graduate School of Business Leadership, Johannesburg
- Wits Business School, Johannesburg
GMAC owns and administers the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) exam, used by more than 6,500 graduate programs worldwide. Other GMAC assessments include the NMAT by GMAC™ exam, for entrance into graduate management programs in India and South Africa, and the Executive Assessment, specifically designed for Executive MBA programs around the world.
The NMAT by GMAC exam was established for use in Africa, in partnership with the Association of African Business Schools (AABS) and the South African Business School Association (SABSA).
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GMAC’s Market Development Director in Africa Dr. Ron Sibert said that “African business schools have expressed a need for better, more informed approaches to selecting students for their MBA and other graduate management programmes. The NMAT by GMAC will provide a more objective measure of student preparedness, thereby helping to ensure they are positioned for academic success.”
Input from faculty, students, and administrators from 27 member business schools in 10 countries were considered, to validate that this assessment will provide reliable information to African business schools when selecting candidates for graduate management education programmes.
The journey to the launch of the NMAT by GMAC in Africa began in 2014 when the leadership of AABS and SABSA acknowledged the need for a quality admission test to establish Pan-African quality standards and a cohesive community of graduate management programmes on the continent. GMAC offered to bring the NMAT by GMAC exam to address these needs. The associations agreed that the assessment will be:
- A high-quality measure of the skills that are necessary for academic success at graduate management programmes in Africa as well as other parts of the world, and
- Affordable and accessible to applicants to African business schools.
The NMAT by GMAC exam has been a symbol of quality since it was first introduced in India more than 20 years ago. Today, 17 leading Indian business schools accept the exam.
NMAT by GMAC Exam Pattern
- The exam is online and computer-delivered and gives each candidate a randomly generated test from a pool of questions.
- It comprises three sections — Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning.
- All three sections are individually timed and test takers must answer questions and review answers to each section within the total allotted time of 120 minutes.
By measuring competency across three different domains, it allows schools to evaluate candidates’ strengths and development needs.
NMAT by GMAC Exam Schedule
- Test registration opens on August 16, 2017, and will close on October 12, 2017. Candidates can register for the exam online at nmat.org.in/africa.
- Actual testing will begin on September 15, 2017, and will continue through October 16, 2017, at test centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, Durban and Port Elizabeth. A list of test centres is available at nmat.org.in/africa.
To assist with preparation, GMAC is providing all candidates with a free copy of the Official Preparation Guide, redeemable at the school to which the candidate is applying.
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