GMAT® Graduate Management Admission Test®

The Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) examination is a standardized test designed by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) to measure an aspirants’ aptitude for business studies at graduate school. The GMAT® is required for admission to more than 2000 B-schools across the world. Quality graduate business programs worldwide rely on the GMAT® to make admissions decisions.
GMAT® is also accepted by Indian schools like Indian School of Business (ISB), XLRI and Great Lakes as well as for the PGP-X MBA programs at the IIMs. In Nov-2011, AICTE has approved that GMAT® can be taken as a qualifying test for MBA admission and hence more Indian schools are likely to accept GMAT® scores. 

GMAT® Test Dates

  1. The GMAT exam is available around the world throughout the year.
  2. The test can be taken 5 times in a year and there must be a gap of at least 16 days between two attempts.

GMAT® Application Fee

US$250 /-

GMAT® Eligibility

  1. One should have a valid passport at the time of applying for the test. 
  2. You must be at least 18 years old. If you are between 13 and 17 years old, you must get permission from a parent or legal guardian. If you do need permission, you must provide written proof of your guardian’s consent prior to scheduling the exam.

How to Register for GMAT®

Registration procedure is completely online. Click here to register now.

GMAT® Pattern 

GMAT® is a Computer Adaptive Test which indicates that the test adapts itself to the correctness / incorrectness of your responses. There is an Integrated Reasoning Section which is not adaptive.

GMAT Test Section
# of Questions
Question Types
Analytical Writing Assessment
1 Topic
Analysis of Argument    
30 Minutes
Integrated Reasoning                   
12 Questions
Multi-Source Graphics Interpretation
Two-Part Analysis
Table Analysis
30 Minutes
37 Questions
Data Sufficiency
Problem Solving
75 Minutes
41 Questions
Reading Comprehension
Critical Reasoning
Sentence Correction
75 Minutes
Total Exam Time
3hrs, 30 minutes

The first few questions in Verbal Ability and Quantitative sections are of moderate difficulty. With correct responses, the level of difficulty increases, and conversely - with incorrect responses the level of difficulty decreases. The score does not depend only on the number of correct and incorrect answers. It also depends on the difficulty level of the questions encountered. The weightage for tougher questions is more than for the easier questions. The test is administered on the computer and the questions have to be tackled in the order in which they appear; you cannot skip a question. Neither can you revert to an earlier question to change the answer. The final score will be in multiples of 10. It is essential that all questions are completed as there is a heavy penalty for the questions not attempted. These factors make time management very critical in GMAT® .

Key Points 

  1. The application for the test is to be submitted with a payment of US$250. 
  2. After administering the test and before getting the final scores, the test takers are asked to submit the names of 5 B-Schools that they would like to send their scores to. This facility is part of the US$ 250 fee that is charged for the test.
  3. A further payment of US$28 (per copy) should be made for additional copies of the score sheets, whenever these may be required, especially to send the scores to B-Schools. Hence, test takers should decide which schools they wish to apply to even before appearing for the test. 

Good GMAT® Scores

A score of 720/800 will give an aspirant a decent chance of getting into top Indian schools like ISB, PGP-X of IIMs and top-10 schools across the world. A score of about 700 is required to get into top-25 schools across the world. A score of about 680 is required to get into top-100 schools across the world.

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