The Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) is a standardized assessment that helps business schools assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management. Schools use the test as one predictor of academic performance in an MBA program or in other graduate management programs. GMAT is accepted by countries like USA, Canada, and Singapore etc.
The four-part exam measures your Analytical Writing, Verbal, Quantitative, and Integrated Reasoning skills—higher-order reasoning skills that management faculty worldwide have identified as important for incoming students to have. Your GMAT scores provide a standardized, statistically reliable measure of how you are likely to perform academically in the core curriculum of a graduate management program.
The Analytical Writing Assessment or AWA section presents an argument that needs to be critiqued. The AWA section assesses the ability of the test taker to dismantle the argument, debunk the flawed reasoning present and suggest ways to improve the argument. The AWA is reported as a standalone score within 7 business days, and the mean AWA score is 4.3.
The Integrated Reasoning Section or IR consists of 12 main items, some with several sub-sets of questions that test the quantitative and critical reasoning skills of the test taker. This section is a good mix of mathematical and reasoning questions presented in a text, tabular or graphic format or a combination of these formats culled from a variety of sources. An on-screen calculator is available in only this section of the GMAT. The mean IR score is 4.3.
The Quantitative Section consists of 37 questions. The level of math tested is not higher than that of the 11th grade exam; however, the reasoning that needs to be employed to tackle the questions is multifaceted. Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving questions form the core of this section. Scores below 7 and above 50 are rare; the Quant mean score is 38 points.
The Verbal Reasoning Section consists of 41 questions and is perhaps the bête-noire of many test takers. Strong knowledge of grammar and a flair for inductive reasoning is mandatory for a great score. Scores below 9 and above 44 are rare; the Verbal mean scaled score is 27 points.
The GMAT is offered on most weekdays throughout the year, as well as on a few Saturdays. Register early if you want to take the test on a Saturday. You can re-take.
The GMAT® exam consists of three main parts:
Analytical Writing Assessment: The GMAT® exam begins with the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA). The AWA consists of two separate writing tasks—Analysis of an Issue and Analysis of an Argument. You are allowed 30 minutes to complete each one.
Quantitative Section: Following an optional ten-minute break, you begin the Quantitative Section of the GMAT® exam. This section contains 37 multiple-choice questions of two question types—Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving. You will be allowed a maximum of 75 minutes to complete the entire section.
Verbal Section: After a second optional ten-minute break, you begin the Verbal Section of the GMAT® exam. This section contains 41 multiple choice questions of three question types—Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction. You are allowed a maximum of 75 minutes to complete the entire section.
- Registration on mba.com is required to book a test date
- Registration details are usually confirmed within 2 days after which a GMAT appointment can be booked.
- The first name, last name and date of birth given at the time of registration has to match with the identification proof presented by the test taker on the day of the test.
- In India the only identification proof accepted at a GMAT test center proof is a valid passport.
- Unless the passport is valid on the day of the test the test taker will not be allowed to take the GMAT
- While the minimum age to take the GMAT is 18 years, if a test taker is between 13 and 17 years old, he must get an authorization from a parent or legal guardian to take the GMAT
- The GMAT cannot be taken more than five times within a rolling 12- month period Test takers must wait at least 31 days after they have taken the GMAT before they can retake the test
A perfect score of 800 means no more GMAT attempts for the next five years