Completing the GMAT or GRE is a requirement for applying to MSc International Management at Imperial. We don’t set minimum scores, but for applicants taking the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), you are recommended to achieve a minimum score of 600 to enhance your application.

To help you prepare we have put together some information and FAQs, as well as tips, strategies and tools that you can use to achieve the best score possible.


The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) measures key skill areas for MBA and Master’s candidates through four distinct sections:

  • Quantitative reasoninga 62-minute adaptive exam made up of 31 questions on data sufficiency and problem solving
  • Verbal reasoning: a 65-minute adaptive exam made up of 36 questions on reading comprehension, critical reasoning and sentence correction
  • Integrated reasoning: a 30-minute exam made up of 12 questions on the analysis and interpretation of data
  • Analytical writing: a 30-minute exam comprised of one piece of writing analysing an argument

The quantitative and verbal reasoning sections are scored out of 60, integrated reasoning out of eight and analytical writing out of six. You will also receive a percentile score for each component which indicates how your score compares to other test takers from the past three years.

Overall scores are between 200 and 800, and your score report will give details of your scores and percentile ranks across all of the four areas being tested.

The GMAT helps business schools to assess academic potential and gives a consistent point of comparison between candidates from a diverse range of academic and industry backgrounds, which helps with admissions decisions. GMAT is normally a mandatory requirement for top business schools and having a strong score ready when you apply shows your commitment to undertaking an MBA or Master’s and can help you to stand out from the crowd from the outset.

It is also one part of the application process you can control – through hard work and preparation, you can increase your score.

For MSc International Management  at Imperial, all applicants must include a GMAT or GRE score in their application, unless a waiver has been agreed.  We receive applications from a wide range of candidates and use GMAT results to help us consistently select students who are ready for the rigour of our intensive one year programme.  Therefore, we are looking for a strong overall score, with well-balanced results across the different elements.

Get ready for the test in a way that suits your learning style

There are a wide range of ways that you can prepare for the GMAT, including books of practice questions, online resources, apps, private tuition or preparation classes. What’s most important is finding the right approach for you.

Should you study in a class or on your own?

Rina Goldfield from Manhattan Prep discusses whether you should study in a class or on your own:

Time management is important as you prepare for your test, but don’t forget to think about how you manage your time during the test. You have around two minutes per question for quantitative reasoning, and even less than that for verbal reasoning – and you will lose significant marks if you rush the later questions or fail to complete the test altogether. Make sure you practice your timing as well as the different question types.

In this video, Jonathan Schneider from Manhattan Prep shares the most common mistakes, including:

  • Memorising individual problems
  • Memorising individual answers and explanations
  • Working on too many problems

Your GMAT results are valid for five years, so you can take the test well in advance of actually making your application to Business School. 

Completing the GMAT is an entry requirement for starting MSc International Management at Imperial College Business School. There are multiple application deadlines throughout the year for our September intake, however entry to the programme is competitive and you should apply as early as possible to maximise your chances of being accepted. Applying early will also increase your chances of receiving a scholarship.

The GMAT Excellence Awards recognise and reward the highest achievers, with a £3,050 award for candidates who achieve an overall score of 750 or higher.

Taking the GMAT when applying to Business School and achieving a good result can also add weight to your graduate job applications by demonstrating your strengths on a test that’s widely recognised by employers.

You submit your GMAT score to us when you complete your online application form. Please visit our how to apply page for details.

Preparing for your GMAT or GRE?

Preparation is key to achieving the GMAT score you need. Make sure you understand the format, question types and scoring of the test before you take it, so you have a strategy for success. The new GMAT Exam feature gives test takers the opportunity to choose the order in which they complete sections of the GMAT.  You can decide if you want to start with your strength or if you are worried about one section, you have the option to get that out of the way first.

Manhattan Prep

Our partner Manhattan Prep can help you prepare for your GMAT or GRE through practice tests and expert instructors who will teach you the skills you’ll need to succeed on the test, in business school, and beyond. As well as a range of free preparation resources, Manhattan Prep offer 10% off any GMAT complete course or full self study program or GRE complete course if you are applying to study MSc International Management at Imperial College Business School. Simply register your details and we will email a discount code to you.


If you are planning to take the GRE, you might find it helpful to use the preparation materials and practice tests available from ETS.

"I used several different resources to study for the test and set myself a goal concerning what score I wanted to achieve. I started with various books that guide you through all the different components of the test. I also bought the Official Guides with the questions from the previous years. These are very helpful as practice is key to improving your score."
Paul Ladwig
MSc Management 2018-19