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Last Updated: January 15, 2022

What is GMAT/ Graduate Management Admission Test?

Due to COVID-19 GMAT Online exam appointments are available 24 hours a day and can be taken remotely. For details see GMAT online.

GMAT is the most prominent and only standardized test made available for graduates in order to procure admission for MBA programs. The exam is used by over 2,100 institutions and universities in the world. It is conducted by the GMAC in order to assess skills that are of value to business-related and managerial courses. It focuses on fields like problem-solving, data sufficiency, logic, etc. One of the reasons why the exam is popular is the consistency in which it has been administered.

This exam lasts for 3.5 hours and has four distinct sections each of which assesses a different skill set that the student might have. These sections are analytical writing, quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, and integrated reasoning. The exam is conducted in a multiple-choice format and is both computer-based and computer-adaptive making it more reliable than any other measuring factor. Students who have cleared the examination will be able to apply to both business schools and management programs.

GMAT Online Exam

GMAC is offering candidates the option of taking the GMAT test online due to the current uncertainty of the times considering how important the test is for their future. Candidates will be able to set up an exam appointment as late as 24 hours before the testing slot and this option has been made available all over the world except Mainland China. The time taken for the GMAT Online test is 3 hours and 7 minutes with an additional two 8-minute breaks that are optional.

The online exam costs $250 which includes an unlimited score report sending feature. The online exam has 4 sections with an exam structure similar to the offline GMAT. The four sections included are Quantitative Reasoning (62 minutes), Verbal Reasoning (65 minutes), Integrated Reasoning (30 minutes), and Analytical Writing Assessment (30 minutes) . The orders in which the candidate can answer the sections are as follows-

Who Can Apply for GMAT?

Students who are above the age of 13 will be able to take the GMAT irrespective of their nationality and educational qualification. Most of the students that apply for the GMAT are undergraduate students though this is not a set requirement.

Eligibility Requirements for GMAT

The eligibility requirements for applying for GMAT is mostly around the age of the candidate-

Cost of Taking GMAT

The registration fee for GMAT online is $250 which includes the cost for sending an unlimited number of score reports. The fee for students who take the offline exam is $275. Students will be able to pay the fee online using VISA, Mastercard, and American Express through a debit or credit card.

The fees for rescheduling exams are as follows-
Above 60 days before test date$50
15-60 days before test date$100
14 days or less before test date$150
The fees for cancelling the registered examination are as follows-
CriteriaRefund Fee
Above 60 days before test date$100
15-60 days before test date$75
14 days or less before test date$50

How to Register/Apply for GMAT?

In order to register for the GMAT test candidates will have to create an account on the GMAC official site. After logging in to the created account they will be able to schedule an appointment through the web scheduling system. Once they have entered the necessary details during registration, they will be able to pay a fee of $250 online.

Students who need accommodations will be able to apply for them by filling out an accommodation request form available on the site. This has to be done before scheduling the test. The ID requirements for registration are as follows- The candidate will be able to use

Test Dates for GMAT

There are no set test dates for GMAT and students are free to take the test at any time of their convenience by booking it online or visiting their nearby test center. The exam is conducted multiple times in a year through more than 650 test centers spread across the world. Students have the option of registering as early as 6 months before their preferred test date. It is recommended that students select a date that is at least 2 or 3 months after registration.

Syllabus and Test Structure for GMAT

There are four sections in GMAT each of which are scored separately and will be calculated into an overall GMAT score for the score report. There is no strict order for attempting the different sections and the choice has been left to the candidate’s convenience.

The four sections and the format of the test are-

Analytical Writing Assessment

The Analytical Writing section is the only essay component in the GMAT exam and is not considered to be part of the 200-800 score. The score a candidate has obtained in the section will be stated separately in the score report. The question presented is generally in the format of an argument where the candidate will have to take a stand for or against the topic and write a paragraph on it.

The candidate must dwell only on the author’s perspective and ensure that they do not state their own opinions in the answer. They are to only do a critical analysis on the content provided. The other details pertaining to the section are as follows-
Number of QuestionsTime Duration
130 minutes

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning section of GMAT is mostly Mathematics based and has two question types called Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving. The questions in the former category will contain statements of data based on which the candidate will have to answer the question. The questions in the latter category will contain questions based on algebra and plane geometry with multiple answer choices provided out of which the candidate will have to choose the right answer.

The other details pertaining to the section are as follows-
Question TypeNumber of Questions
Data Sufficiency14-15
Problem Solving16-19

Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal Reasoning section of GMAT contains questions in reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and sentence correction where a combination of argument evaluation and grammar will be assessed through the questions. The topics in the reading comprehension part will be related to fields like business, social, biological, and physical sciences.

The section will be scored between 0-60. The other details of the section are-
Question TypeNumber of Question
Reading Comprehension12
Critical Reasoning10
Sentence Correction14

Integrated Reasoning

This section, as the title suggests, pertains to the integrated reasoning skills that candidates have. The question types are generally multi-source reasoning questions, graphics interpretation questions, two-part analysis questions, and table analysis questions. The score range for the section is between 1-8. The other details for the section are as follows-
Number of QuestionsTime Duration
1230 minutes

Time-Duration for GMAT

The time duration for the online version of the GMAT exam is 3 hours and 7 minutes. Students will also be getting 2 optional 8-minute breaks as part of the examination. The time has been split across the 4 sections as follows-
Quantitative Reasoning62 minutes
Verbal Reasoning65 minutes
Integrated Reasoning30 minutes
Analytical Writing Assessment30 minutes

Calculate GMAT Score

The score range for GMAT is between 200-800. The score report will contain individual scores for each of the test sections and an overall score mentioned in it. It will also contain the percentile the student has achieved in the test. The scores for different sections are-
Overall GMAT200-800
Integrated Reasoning1-8
Verbal Reasoning0-60
Quantitative Reasoning0-60
Analytical Writing0-6
These scores are combined to provide a score in the GMAT score scale between 200 and 800 where the score increases in 10-point increments. The average score for the Verbal Reasoning section is 27, for Quantitative Reasoning section is 39, for Analytical Writing is 4.4 and for Integrated Reasoning is 4.2.

Retake GMAT

Candidates who believe that they have underperformed in their first attempt at GMAT can always choose to take a retest which will give them a better hand at receiving good grades than before. It has been published by US News that the senior director of research and data science at GMAC has stated that 3/4th of test-takers improve their score in GMAT when they take a retest.

Validity of GMAT Scores

GMAT scores are valid for 5 years and will be available for reporting to institutions for a total of 10 years in all.

Preparing for GMAT

The different methods used by students to prepare for GMAT are as follows- Most candidates prefer to choose a method of self-study for the GMAT and prepare from the best prep books available on the market. Due to the consistency in the structure and syllabus of the test, this method is generally cost-efficient than the others. It is recommended that candidates start preparing for the exam at least 4-6 months before the test date. Constant practice and review of full-length practice tests will aid them in scoring higher than they expect.

The most prominent online courses available for GMAT are- Candidates can use the following links to get the practice tests for GMAT

The solutions for the tests in pdf format are-


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