GMAT is the Graduate Management Entrance Test. The GMAT exam is used by more than 2,100 institutions and universities around the world. India has 39 test centers for GMAT across 34 cities. The candidate can choose to take the exam whenever they wish. The constraints on taking the test as of 2018 are:

  1. The student gave give 16 attempts in a lifetime.
  2. In a year the student can take the test 5 times
  3. There should be at least 16 days between two consecutive attempts.

GMAT tests the students through analytical writing assessment, integrated reasoning , quantitative ability and verbal reading and comprehension.

Test Score

The analytical writing assessment is scored from 0 to 6, integrated reasoning is scored from 1 to 8, and verbal and quant separately have a scaled score from 0 to 60. The cumulative score for verbal and quant is between 200 and 800 (This is the score that students refer to the most).

Also, the students are given a percentile ranking in both the Verbal and Quant sections. This percentile corresponds to the percentage of people whose score is lower than your score. If you are at the 90th percentile, this means you scored better than 90% of the population taking the exam. This percentile is based on the last three years of GMAT scoring. And while both your Verbal and Quant scores are combined to produce an overall score, the average for each section is different. This is because GMAT takers tend to get a higher score in the Quant section, so the average is higher.

  • Analytical Writing Assessment on a given topic in the time duration of 30 minutes.
  • Integrated Reasoning is tested through 12 questions , with question types like multi-score reasoning, graphics interpretation, two-two part analysis and table analysis.
  • Quantitative abilities are tested through 31 questions, with question types like data sufficiency and other problem solving questions in the time duration of 62 minutes.
  • Verbal section has 36 questions with question types like reading comprehension, critical reasoning and sentence correction in the time period of 65 minutes.

Format of GMAT

The students can attempt the sections in the order of their choice. The students have two breaks of 8 minutes each. When the break comes depends on the order in which the student has decided to appear for the test. For example, if the student appears for the test in the classical order, that is,

  • Analytic Writing Assignment
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Quantitative
  • Verbal

In this classic order, the two breaks that the students get are- first break for 8 minutes, after section 1) and section 2) and second break for 8 minutes, after section 3).

These breaks are long enough only for going to the bathroom or having a quick snack. So the student should be careful to keep the time limit of the break in mind.

FAQs about GMAT

Q1: How much does GMAT cost?

A1: The minimum fee for GMAT in India is INR 18,000, to reserve a seat at the test center.

Q2: How to register for GMAT?

A2: The students can register for GMAT through mail, phone or online. The most preferred way to register is through online because for the exact same transactions on phone an additional INR 700/- are charged.

For online registration the steps are as follows:

  • Create an account on mba.com
  • Begin the registration process by scheduling a GMAT exam
  • Complete your personal profile
  • Fill in (or skip) the additional details
  • Verify your profile (making sure all the information is accurate)
  • Choose a test center and pick a date.
  • Finally, log out.

Q3: Can a student reschedule GMAT?

A3: If you need to reschedule your test, you can do so for a fee. If you reschedule your test more than seven days before your test date, you can do so for an additional $50. If you wait until seven or fewer days before, then you won’t get any discount and will have to pay the entire $250 registration fee again.

Q4: What is the eligibility for GMAT?

A4: There are no set eligibility criteria for the GMAT exam. But, since GMAT is usually helpful in applying for masters or post graduate degree, therefore the candidates are usually required to at least have an undergraduate degree. Besides this, different B-schools have different criteria set for admission.