ieGAT Admissions Test
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What is the ieGAT 

The ieGAT Test (IE Global Admissions Test) was created by the IE International University (IEU) as a substitute for the GMAT, GRE, or LSAT tests. The ieGAT admission Test is very challenging because it adapts to your individual response level, meaning the level will become increasingly difficult as you answer more questions correctly early on.

Another unique attribute of the ieGAT is that there is negative scoring for wrong questions and your ranking is determined by both your speed and accuracy, adding extra difficulty to this already challenging admissions test. Although the ieGAT does not test academic skills, it does evaluate your ability to think critically and comprehend scenarios from texts and numbers - all under significant time pressure and the fatigue of an 80-90 minute test.

ieGAT Video Tutorial

Check out our video, where we go over the various elements of the ieGAT and discuss useful solving tips. 

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ieGAT Structure

The ieGAT Test is 80 to 90 minutes long with no breaks, and includes 129 verbal, numerical, and abstract reasoning questions which appear in random order and are divided as follows:

Verbal Reasoning - 50 questions

Numerical Reasoning - 56 questions

Abstract Reasoning - 23 questions


Please note that there are differences between the paper and online versions of the ieGAT - we'll dive into those further down the page. 

Curious to see ieGAT practice samples for each category? Keep scrolling!



Verbal Comprehension and Reasoning

On the verbal reasoning section, you will need to read a passage and answer two questions. The texts will often discuss economic topics, such as unemployment or GDP.

The questions aim to determine your comprehension of written professional English, and are multiple-choice. For some questions, you may be asked to choose more than one answer from the list.


Verbal Comprehension ieGAT Test Sample Question

Below you will find six tabs. Click on them to read the data, and answer the sample questions 


Collaborations Tab
ieGAT collaborations tab
Finance Management Tab
ieGAT finance management tab
Future Expansion Tab
ieGAT future expansion tab
Organizational Structure Tab
ieGAT Organizational Structure
Product Segments Tab
ieGAT product segments tab
Stocks and Shareholders Tab
ieGAT stocks and shareholders tab



1. The Arclight Computers Group’s marketing department is effective to the point that it has managed to turn the relatively new group into Arclight’s most recognisable

Cannot say
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The statement mentions the "Computers Group", a section under two tabs: "Organisational Structure" and "Product Segments". Since the statement does not refer to this group's product, we should start with "Organisational Structure".

According to the "Computers Group" section under this tab, "This is a relatively new group […] the Computers Group’s marketing department, due in part to its popular campaigns, which have made this Arclight’s most recognisable group." This means that this group is relatively new and that its marketing department turned it into the most recognisable one. Thus, the statement it TRUE.


2. The Peripheral Devices Group is Arclight’s most recognisable group, while the Computers Group is Arclight’s least recognisable group.

Cannot say
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The statement mentions the "Computers" and "Peripheral Devices" groups, both of which are sections under two tabs: "Organisational Structure" and "Product Segments". Since the statement does not refer to this groups product, we should start with "Organisational Structure".

This statement consists of two separate parts. Start with the first one. The "Peripheral Devices Group" section states, "This is Arclight’s least known, but fastest growing group." The phrase "least known" is antonymous to "most recognisable", which means that the first part of the statement is FALSE. Since we know that at least part of the statement is false, we can already deem the entire statement false as well; there is no need to continue to the second part.


Numerical Comprehension, Reasoning, and Calculation

The main goal of this section is to assess your quantitative reasoning skills rather than your knowledge in specific mathematical fields such as geometry or algebra.

In these questions, information is presented in graphs and data tables. You need to read the information, analyze it, and make quick and accurate calculations.

Numerical Reasoning ieGAT Test Sample Question

Below you will find six tabs. Click on them to read the data, and answer the two sample questions. 


Dividend Tab
ieGAT dividend tab
Cash Flow Tab
ieGAT cash flow tab
Growth and Profit Tab
ieGAT growth and profit tab
Asset Turnover Tab
ieGAT asset turnover tab
P&L Tab
ieGAT P&L tab
Proceeds Tab
ieGAT proceeds tab


  1. Although taxes increased in January of fiscal year 9 compared with January of the previous fiscal year, sales increased as well, generating higher revenues in January of fiscal year 9.
Cannot say
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

Finding the relevant tab for this question may be tricky. The subject of the statement is taxes, sales and profit. "P&L" is the only tab that contains all of these terms and is therefore the correct tab to look at. Remember to analyse the statement before looking for the correct tab; otherwise it may be very misleading. In this case, the word "profit" could have mistakenly led you to the "Growth and Profit" tab.

The table presents a profit and loss report for the month of January in fiscal years (FY) 8 and 9. Since this statement contains three different parts, we will address them one at a time.

First, we need to look for the taxes. Income taxes were 44,977 Euros in January in FY 9, and 43,667 in FY 8. Taxes were higher in FY 9; the first part of the statement is true. Now, let us continue to the second part.

We need to compare sales revenues in both FYs. The first few rows of the table show that both product and service sales were higher in FY 9 than in FY 8, leading to higher operating revenue in FY 9 (1,380,740 versus 1,310,000). The second part of the statement is also true, which means that the entire statement is in fact true.


  1. UK is the only country where Arclight's asset turnover continually decreased throughout fiscal years 7-11.
Cannot say
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The words "asset turnover" imply that the answer to this question is under the "Asset Turnover" tab. The graph presents asset turnover data in three areas across a four-year period, from FY 7 to FY 10. The statement, however, refers to FY 11 as well. At first glance, it may appear that we do not have enough information to answer the question. Nevertheless, while we cannot conclude that the statement is true, we might have just enough information to decide that it is false. Before we answer "Cannot say", we must examine the data we do have.

Look at the UK graph (blue). It continuously decreases throughout FYs 7-9, but then increases in FY 10, which already contradicts the statement. This is enough to allow us to determine that the statement is false.


Logical / Abstract Reasoning

This section includes a number of diagrammatic, logical, and abstract reasoning tests in which you are given a series of figures and a symbol representing an operation. Based on the changes you observe in the figure after the symbol, your task is to identify the role of the symbol.

To do this successfully, you must have strong visualization skills and be able to envision multiple shapes at one time.

Logical Reasoning ieGAT Test Sample Question

Please select one correct answer:


iegat sample test - logical question



Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is: RMTA --> (1) --> MTA


(3) drops the last letter.

Since (3) drops the last letter that means (2) swaps the last two letters.

Since (2) swaps the last two letters then (1) drops the first letter.


How to Prepare for the ieGAT

The ieGAT Test is highly challenging and competitive, and your score is heavily influenced by your level of expertise in answering its unique questions. 

That’s why it is important to take this admissions test only after thorough and accurate practice - exactly the type of practice you will find in our ieGAT PrepPack, which includes:

  • Accurate ieGAT practice – hundreds of questions just like the ones in the real test, giving you the edge over your competition.
  • Solving methods and tips to help you sharpen your verbal, numerical, and abstract reasoning skills.
  • Timed tests that simulate the pressure of the real ieGAT, helping you get used to the timeframe and reducing your anxiety.


How Does the ieGAT Scoring Work?


The ieGAT scoring system is based on the profile of successful IE University graduates, and places the test scores on a Gauss curve that compares the candidate's abilities and skills to top students in all IE University programs. 


iegat scores


The ieGAT is available in two formats: pen & paper, and online:


ieGAT Pen & Paper Format

In the verbal / numerical reasoning section of the pen & paper format of the ieGAT you will be presented with four economic texts, each followed by nine questions including both verbal reasoning and numerical reasoning questions.

All questions are multiple-choice with four options to choose from, and sometimes there will be more than one correct answer.

In the second section of the admissions test, you are given a variety of logical and abstract reasoning questions (similar to those found in the online version of the test). The number of questions per category in the second section varies, but there are approximately six questions per category.

In total, the test includes four numerical / verbal reasoning sections and four logical thinking sections containing 60 questions, with a time limit of 80 minutes.


ieGAT Online Format

In the online version of the ieGAT Test, a facilitator sets up an online chat room, and all test takers are instructed to switch on their computer's camera.

The online version consists of a variety of multiple-choice questions in which you will be given the following options to answer: true, false, or cannot say.

The ieGAT Online Format takes approximately 90 minutes to complete and includes seven sections, each with their own instructions and time constraints:



Number of questions

Time (minutes)



Graphic Numerical Reasoning



Data analysis based on given graph.


Verbal Reasoning



Identify relevant information within the text.


Applied Numeracy



Solve math problems and perform basic calculations.


Deductive Logical Thinking



Identify hidden patterns and rules. 


Inductive Logical Thinking



Categorize 6 given diamonds according to colors and patterns.


Information Handling



Prioritize and process given company emails according to instructions.





Create a unique image from given shapes and give it a title.


How to Register for the ieGAT Test

You need to register for the ieGAT on the official ieGAT website, and choose a convenient date.

Candidates used to be able to choose a specific time and place to take their exams after signing up. However, due to COVID-19 regulations, the IE University has made the entire application process accessible online to candidates worldwide.


Conditions for Taking the Test and Receiving Results

You need to make all the necessary payments and complete at least 25% of your application before you are allowed to take the test. If these requirements are not met, you will be unable to take the test.

Also, you have 30 days after taking the ieGAT Test to complete your online application and receive your results. If you do not submit your online application on time, you will lose your ieGAT result and will be required to submit alternative test scores.


Can I Take the Test if I Already Have a GMAT Score?

Yes, you can still take the ieGAT test even if you have already taken the GMAT. When considering applications, the admissions committee accepts all test scores and if you have a valid GMAT score, you should report it when applying for the ieGAT.


While the GMAT requires preliminary knowledge in specific mathematical fields - algebra, geometry, probability and more - the ieGAT test does not,  but rather examines your basic arithmetic concepts including the four operations, percentages, and ratios.

The ieGAT highly resembles the aptitude tests used by employers, with slight changes In content and context. Therefore, you are likely to encounter tasks similar to those that are given at assessment centers and online screening tests, i.e. numerical critical reasoning, verbal critical reasoning and logical reasoning.




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