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The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer adaptive test (CAT) intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. It requires knowledge of certain specific grammar and knowledge of certain specific algebra, geometry, and arithmetic. According to the test owning company, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the GMAT assesses analytical writing and problem-solving abilities, while also addressing data sufficiency, logic, and critical reasoning skills that it believes to be vital to real-world business and management success. It can be taken up to five times a year. Attempts must be at least 16 days apart.

GMAT is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council. More than 7,000 programs at approximately 2,300 graduate business schools around the world accept the GMAT as part of the selection criteria for their programs. Business schools use the test as a criterion for admission into a wide range of graduate management programs, including MBA, Master of Accountancy, Master of Finance programs and others. The GMAT is administered in standardized test centers in 114 countries around the world. According to a survey conducted by Kaplan Test Prep, the GMAT is still the number one choice for MBA aspirants despite the increasing acceptability of GRE scores. According to GMAC, it has continually performed validity studies to statistically verify that the exam predicts success in business school programs.

The GMAT format

GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test. It is a standardized aptitude exam, required for admission to many of the world's leading business Schools. The GMAT score is widely accepted as one of the most authentic and dependable by graduate business schools. The exam is designed to measure a student's verbal, quantitative and analytical writing skills required to succeed in a competitive academic setup. It is a CBT (Computer based Test) which can determine a student's ability by selecting questions based on previous answers. As the student progresses with the exam, the difficulty of questions changes depending upon the number of correct or incorrect answers given.

The GMAT exam can be taken in 94 countries across the world. Appointments are available six days a week all year round. Students can take the GMAT exam once every calendar month and a maximum of five times in one calendar year with scores being valid for up to five years. Further details about the GMAT are available on the official website:

Structure of the GMAT General Test

Test Section Total Number of Questions Types of Questions Time Allowed Score Range
Analytical Writing Assessment 1 Analysis of an argument 30 mins 0-6
Integrated Reasoning 12 Table Analysis,graphic Interpretation,Multi-source reasoning,Two-part Analysis 30 mins 1-8
Quantitative 37 Problem solving,data sufficiency 75 mins 0-51
Verbal 41 Critical reasoning,reading comprehension,sentence correction 75 mins 0-51

How is the GMAT scored?

  • As the student progresses with the exam, the difficulty of questions changes depending upon the number of correct or incorrect answers given.
  • The GMAT scores depend on the number of questions answered correctly and the difficulty level of those questions.
  • The first question in the multiple-choice section has an 'average level of difficulty’. If a student answers it correctly, the subsequent ones become more difficult. However, if the question is answered incorrectly, subsequent questions become easier. The trend follows until a question is answered correctly.
  • The student cannot skip or return to a previous question or change an answer.
  • The student must finish the entire section and a strong penalty is imposed for leaving the test incomplete.
  • The first few questions have a greater impact on the score range than the last few.
  • The performance in one section is independent of the performance in the other.
  • There are approximately 20 experimental questions in the test.
  • Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning and Total scores appear immediately after taking the test.
  • The official report is received within two weeks (with essay grades).

The GMAT Test Fee

The cost to take the GMAT is US$ 250.00

In addition to the cost of taking the GMAT, other charges may apply in certain circumstances:

  • Re-scheduling the GMAT costs an additional US$ 50.00 and this has to be done at least 7 calendar days prior to the test day.
  • Scores need to be confirmed or cancelled by the student at the end of the test. To reinstate a cancelled score, a fee of $ 100.00 has to be paid.

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