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What is GMAT?

The Graduate Management Assessment Test (GMAT) is a standardized test that is designed to evaluate applicants who wish to pursue post-graduation in management and ascertain whether they are ready for the academic rigors of the program. It evaluates your skills in various areas such as reading, verbal, writing, analytical computational, and reasoning skills.

Features and benefits of GMAT

  • 1. Students take the GMAT if they intend to take up a graduate program in management at a university abroad.
  • 2. Most colleges which offer an MBA program for international students required all candidates to take the GMAT and submit their scores as a part of the admission process.
  • 3. Some universities however leave it to the discretion of the student and let them decide. However it is recommended however that you take the test and submit your scores, as it will give you an advantage over those who choose to skip the test.
  • 4. The GMAT can also help you receive merit based aid for funding your tuition, as some colleges use the GMAT scores as a benchmark for selecting candidates for scholarships.
  • 5. You can take the GMAT exam at any time after you complete you’re under graduation or when you are in the last semester of your final year of under graduation.
  • 6. You can take the GMAT test at any of the standardized test centers located in over 112 countries.
  • 7. The scores of the test are valid for a period of five years after you take the test. However it is best to submit scores that are not more than a year old

Countries which accept GMAT scores

  • 1. USA
  • 2. UK
  • 3. Canada
  • 4. Australia
  • 5. Singapore
  • 6. India

Structure of the GMAT

The GMAT or Graduate Management Aptitude Test is a Computer based Adaptive Test (CAT). It evaluates the students on the following four areas.

1. Analytical Writing Assessment

This section is of 30 minutes duration and measures your ability to read, understand and critique an argument. It assesses your ability for thinking critically and focusing on a specific aspect of the argument.

2. Integrated Reasoning

This section comprises of 12 questions which you are expected to answer in 30-minutes. It measures your skill at comprehending and analyzing complex data and using the output to find solutions to problems. This part needs focused study during your GMAT exam preparation.

3. Quantitative section

This section consists of thirty seven questions which have to be answered over 75 minutes. This section evaluates your skills at comprehending word problems and figurative problems.

4. Verbal section

The verbal section tests the candidates for sentence correction, Reading comprehension and critical reasoning. It comprises of forty one questions that have to be answered over seventy five minutes. The GMAT Exam has four separately timed sections. You will have the opportunity to take two optional eight-minute breaks during the exam.

Test Section Time Limit / Number of Questions Question Types Score Range
Analytical Writing Assessment 30 minutes 1 question Analysis of an Argument 0-6 (in 0.5-point increments)
Integrated Reasoning 30 minutes 12 questions Graphics Interpretation, Table Analysis, Multi-source Reasoning, Two-part Analysis 1-8 (in 1-point increments)
Quantitative Reasoning 62 minutes 31 questions Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving 6-51 (in 1-point increments)
Verbal Reasoning 65 minutes 36 questions Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction 6-51 (in 1-point increments)

Scoring of the GMAT

  • 1. The total score for the GMAT ranges from 200 to 800 with 10 incremental points.
  • 2. A sub score which ranges between 0 to 60 will be provided for the quantitative and Verbal sections.
  • 3. The score for Analytical writing assessment ranges from 0 to 6 points.
  • 4. The score for integrated reasoning can range from 1 to 8 points.


Q. How to register for GMAT

A.You can register online at the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) website or ask one of our counselors to register on your behalf

Q. How much does it cost to take the GMAT?

A.The GMAT test costs 250 USD or approximately 17,000 INR apart from local taxes. The amount can be paid online through a debit or credit card or via bank transfer.

Q. What is the passing score for GMAT?

A. There is no passing score or minimum score as such for GMAT. Every university will have their own benchmark score to determine which students

Q. How many times can one retake the test?

A. You can retake the GMAT up to 5 times in any 12-month period, but no more than once in any 16-day period. You can request to GMAC in writing if you want to take it more than that, but applications are only considered after you have actually taken the 5th test. You must have good reason to make the request or it will not be considered. Also, if you score an 800 on the exam, you will not be allowed to retake the test for another 5 years!

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