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The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is computer adaptive test that helps students for being admitted in graduate management programs of business schools by over 1500 universities and institutions in various countries around the world like US, Canada, Australia, UK etc. GMAT helps to check a person’s analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal and reading skills following standard written English. The GMAT exam is a computer adaptive test, which means the difficulty level will increase depending on the accuracy of previous answer.
There are no such specific eligibility criteria for GMAT. The only criterion is that the candidate qualifying in GMAT must be of 18 years or more.
The candidates have the flexibility for giving the exam on any day round the year depending on the availability and time slot. A candidate is allowed to take only five attempts in a year.
NOTE: Candidates who wants to reschedule their next attempt can only do after 31 days of taking the first attempt.
GMAT registration steps:
- Visit the GMAT official website – http://www.mba.com/india/the-gmat-exam/register.aspx.
- Now in the Registration part candidate have to fill the application form which contains the required basic information.
- After the Registration process candidate have to create an ID and password which is further used for the authentication process.
- The next step is the payment of application fees which will be done on the online payment portal through credit card, debit card or net banking.
- After the completion of the registration process and payment, the candidates have to log in with their id and password and select the date and place to take the exam
The Application fee for GMAT exam is $250 which varies in rupees according to the current market rate.
The GMAT exam is offered on demand and is conducted in the following GMAT test centres in India:
Candidates can download their admit card after they successfully completed with their application process and payment. The admit card contains the information like candidate’s name, address, GMAT ID number, test centre name and address, time and date of exam.
If a candidate wants to reschedule the exam date then a new admit card will have to be downloaded.
GMAT exam consists of four sections which tests the candidate’s ability on parameters like – Writing, Reasoning, Verbal and Quantitative skills.
GMAT exam time span – 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Here is the GMAT paper pattern –
|Section||Number of Question||Question Type||duration|
|Analytical Writing Assessmen||1 Topic||Analysis of an Argument||30 minutes|
|Integrated Reasoning||12 questions||Multi Source Reasoning, Graphics Interpretation, Two Part Analysis, Table Analysis||30 minutes|
|Quantitative||37 questions||Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving||75 minutes|
|Verbal||41 questions||Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction||75 minutes|
|Total Exam Duration||–||–||3 hours 30 minutes|
GMAT is a 3 hours and 30 minutes test with a maximum score of 800 points.
The entire GMAT syllabus is divided into four sections:
Analytical Writing Section
This section contains the topics of interest on which the candidate will have to write, or a passage may be given on which questions will be asked and the candidate will have to answer. The main idea to clear this section is to focus on the structure of the answer and not the arguments presented. Remember, it is not a test of your opinion but your writing style, so it is safer to stick to neutral opinion.
This section comprises of two sections:
- Data Sufficiency – 15 Questions
- Problem Solving – 22 Questions
The questions will be objective type and will have multiple choice answers.
The syllabus for this section is:
- Elementary Algebra
- Ratio Proportions
- Properties of Integers
- Permutation and combinations
- Exponents and roots
- Linear equations, etc
- Critical Reasoning
- Reading Comprehension
- Sentence Correction – This section tests the candidate’s ability to comprehend the written material, read and understand the logical relationship between the points mentioned in the passage and concepts.
Following areas will be covered in this section:
- Critical reasoning
- Rhetorical construction of the sentences
- Sentence correction related to finding error or omission
- Reading unseen passages
- Subject verb agreement
- Misplace modifiers
- Countable v/s Uncountable
Integrated Reasoning Section
This section tests the candidates’ ability to understand and evaluating the data presented in graph or table format.
This section has 12 questions of the following type:
- Table analysis
- Graphic interpretation
- Multi source reasoning
- Two part analysis
The calculation of GMAT score is –
Verbal scaled score – out of 60
Quantitative scaled score – out of 60
Analytical Writing scaled score – out of 6.0
Integrated Reasoning score – out of 8.0
Overall GMAT score – out of 800
GMAT Score validity – GMAT exam scores are valid for five years, and the scores are available for reporting for up to 10 years. Scores beyond 10 years are not available.
The total GMAT score is based on Verbal and Quantitative scores. The Analytical Writing Assessment and Integrated Reasoning scores do not affect the total score.
comparison table of scaled score to percentile:
The candidates can avail their GMAT result as soon as the exam is over. The candidate will have an option of accepting it or rejecting it. In case of accepting the result, the candidate and the institutes of choice can view the result; but if the candidate declines the result none of the parties will be able to view the result of GMAT.
Once the exam is over, candidates can download the non-official GMAT result. It shows the scores in total and respective sections. The main GMAT result can be downloaded only after 20 working days from one’s individual account on the GMAT website.
When the candidate downloads the non-official GMAT result, an authentic code is provided which has to be filled while downloading the original GMAT result.
The most important question that everyone thinks when preparing for GMAT is the When to start preparing for the exam? As per the rules there are no fixed dates for the exam, candidates can choose the date according to their convenience but it should be at least 2 months before the application deadline. And in case if you want to retake the exam you can take it after 31 days. You can appear for the exam a maximum of five times in a year.
This table helps you deciding which month to take your exam
|Registration deadline||First attempt||Second attempt (if required)||Ideal months to register for GMAT|