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What is the GMAT?

The GMAT is a valid and reliable predictor of your academic performance in today’s graduate management classrooms. More than 5,400 programs offered by more than 1,500 institutions in over 110 countries use the GMAT® as part of the selection criteria. This simply means that the better you do on the GMAT the better you should do in the classroom. This validity and reliability is important to schools when making admissions decisions.

The GMAT consists of four sections—Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal. You have three and a half hours in which to take the exam, but you should plan for a total time of approximately 4 hours to include optional breaks.

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How is the GMAT administered?

The GMAT  is administered entirely in English. The quantitative and verbal sections of the exam are computer adaptive, meaning questions are chosen for you based on how you have answered previous questions. In general, the more correct answers you give, the more difficult the test becomes. Your score is based on both the difficulty of the questions answered and the number of correct responses. By adjusting to your individual ability level, the computer adaptive test establishes a higher level of accuracy than a fixed test.


What Is the Format of the GMAT?

The GMAT consists of the following four sections:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA):

The AWA section consists of one 30-minute essay: Analysis of an Argument. The AWA section measures your ability to think critically and communicate ideas.

  • Integrated Reasoning Section:

The 30-minute Integrated Reasoning section consists of 12 questions that measure your ability to analyze and synthesize data in different formats and from multiple sources.

  • Quantitative Section:

The 75-minute Quantitative section consists of 37 questions that measure your ability to reason quantitatively, solve quantitative problems, and interpret graphical data.

  • Verbal Section:

The 75-minute Verbal section consists of 41 questions that measure your ability to analyze texts, draw inferences, and convey meaning effectively in English.


What is the order in which the sections appear on the test?

You can choose the order in which you want to take up the section before starting the sections. This is a recent change to the GMAT test structure. It was introduced in July 2017. We have done a detailed analysis of what this means to an Indian GMAT test-taker in the this blog

GMAT Section Selection – Everything you need to know


How is the GMAT scored?

The total score for GMAT exam is reported on a scale of 200–800 and is based on performance on the Quantitative and Verbal sections. In addition to the Total score, there are separate scores for all four sections:

  • Integrated Reasoning (IR): Scored on a scale of 1–8
  • Verbal Section: Scored on a scale of 0–60
  • Quantitative Section: Scored on a scale of 0-60
  • Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA):Scored on a scale of 0–6

The AWA and IR sections are scored separately and do not count toward the total score. The AWA score is not included on unofficial score reports available immediately following the exam at the test center, but will be on the Official Score Reports available within 20 days of the exam. Your GMAT score is valid for five years.


How do I prepare for the GMAT?

You can download the free GMATPrep software at mba.com/gmatprep. Other study materials including The Official Guide to GMAT Review, 13th Edition, GMAT paper tests, and other tools, are available for purchase at mba.com/store. GMATPrep software and other products available from GMAC, the creator of the GMAT exam, are the only study products to include retired questions from the actual exam.


Which Countries Accept GMAT Scores?

GMAT scores are accepted by more than 5,400 graduate programs worldwide, including those in –

  • India
  • USA
  • UK
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • South Africa
  • Thailand

In India alone, 80 Business Schools offering over 150 programs, accept students through the GMAT, including:

Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad (PGP)
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad (PGPEX)
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore (PGPEX)
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta (PGPEX)
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow(PGPEX)
XLRI, Jamshedpur (GMP)
S P Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai (PGDM, PGPM)
Great Lakes Institute of Management (GLIM), Chennai (PGDM, PGPM)
Mudra Institute of Communication (MICA), Ahmedabad (PGDM)
Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon (EPM, EFPM)


What about English language testing?

You should visit the web page of the university where you wish to apply to learn more about requirements for English language skill exams such as the TOEFL or IELTS. Many B-schools have waived the requirement of these exams for candidates who have completed their graduation in English medium.


How often can I take the GMAT?

The GMAT®  is administered year-round at test centers around the world. You may take the exam up to 5 times in a calendar year, with a gap of 16 days between successive attempts.


Who is eligible to take the GMAT?

You must be at least 13 years old to take the GMAT. Those under 18 years of age are required to submit a written form signed by a parent or guardian.


When are test-slots available? Where are the test-centers?

Remember that the GMAT test date availability is cyclic i.e. most GMAT test takers tend to take the test in the months before important deadlines. So you will see a scarcity of available slots between August and November. During this time of the year, you will find most of the test dates filled up very quickly.

So if you have a GMAT exam date between August and November, then make sure that you are registering for the test early enough. Otherwise, to get a desired GMAT test date you will need to choose a test center far away from your city. Not a good idea to travel so much before your GMAT test. You can register for the GMAT here: http://www.mba.com/india/the-gmat-exam/register.aspx

The GMAT has test centers in the following Indian cities. The GMAC’s testing partner is Pearson VUE.


Before you take the test, make sure you are carrying everything you will need including ID proofs.

How Do I Register?

You can register for the GMAT through the following options:

  • By Phone:

Candidates can schedule a test appointment by calling the Pearson VUE customer care center between Monday and Friday. The test fee can be paid through credit, debit card, or voucher, and a US$10 fee may be charged. Candidates should call the customer service in the region of their choice at least three days before the exam:

  • By Fax:  

You can download and print the GMAT appointment scheduling form from mba.com and fax it to the Pearson VUE customer care center of their region. The test fee can be paid through credit or debit card or voucher. You should send a fax at least seven days before the test date.

  • By Mail/Courier:

You can download the GMAT Appointment Scheduling form from mba.com. The complete form along with the test fee can be sent through courier to:

Pearson VUE, Attention: GMAT Program,

PO Box – 581907 Minneapolis, MN – 55458-1907


Candidates should send their form and test fee a minimum of three weeks before their desired test date.


How much does it cost?

The fee for the GMAT is US$250 globally. Taxes are incurred for exams administered in some countries; for a list of such countries, go to mba.com. Test takers who reschedule or cancel their GMAT exam appointments also incur administrative fees.


How do I find out more?

For more information about the GMAT and how to find the right graduate management program, please visit mba.com.

To learn more about GMAT syllabus, structure, and scoring algorithms, read the simple and quick e-book 15 Minute Guide to GMAT!

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