The Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) is a computer adaptive test carried out in 114 nations at over 600 test centers. The GMAT examination was first conducted in 1953 and in the initial years it was taken by just over 2000 test-takers annually, but today it is the world’s most common management entrance examination with more than 200,000 candidates writing the exam annually. GMAT is considered a mandatory requirement by most of the prestigious universities across the world for admission to various management programs. It is a reasoning based examination that tests students on Analytical Writing, Quantitative Reasoning, and Verbal Reasoning.

Courses Accepting GMAT Scores

GMAT is conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). GMAC also plays a role in supplying study materials (Official Guides), practice assessments, and making the scores accessible to universities around the world, and reviewing the student scorecards.

GMAT Examination Pattern

The examination has 80 questions spread across four different sections that have to be answered within 3 hours and 7 minutes. Test takers showcase their knowledge of various topics across Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing in this examination. GMAT scores vary from 200-800 and 700+ is considered a good score in this examination.

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Who can appear for the GMAT examination?

The following are the requirements for appearing for the GMAT examination

  1. Nationality: Candidates of any nationality can register for this examination by themselves.
  2. Age Criteria: Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and there is no maximum age limit for this test.
  3. Academic qualification: Graduate degree from a recognized university (students can even be in their final year)
  4. An applicant must have a valid passport to appear for the examination.
  5. Applicants may only appear 5 times a year and 8 times a lifetime for GMAT
  6. Candidates are only eligible to apply for GMAT after 16 days of the previous attempt.
  7. There is no clear job experience pre-requisite for writing the examination, but most Universities require a minimum of three years of experience for admission to the MBA program.

How to apply?

    Test participants can register for GMAT either online or offline or by telephone or by e-mail. To register log on to the official website and follow the steps below.

For the exam registration, GMAC charges a total of US $250. The student also gets an option to reschedule their examination by paying an additional fee of  US $50. The registration fees can be paid either online or offline mode.

Applicants will receive a confirmation email confirming the payment and with the specifics of the schedule selected by the student after the payment of the exam fees. An applicant may also arrange their exam by contacting the Customer Support Service by phone, in addition to scheduling their exams online. In Delhi, Bangalore, Kochi, Indore, Pune, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Ahmedabad, Ranchi, Nagpur, Chennai, Jaipur, Coimbatore, Lucknow, Kolkata, and Chandigarh, the exam is conducted in a total of 17 different centers in India.

GMAT Syllabus

The syllabus consists of four sections (three for the online test) that are very similar to any other entrance examination for management. Each section has its essential elements to be understood by candidates before they begin preparing for the exam. The detailed syllabus can be found at this link: GMAT Syllabus

Preparation Tips

Preparation of GMAT like any other examination starts with an understanding of the syllabus and the different areas being tested. It would be a good idea for all students to take up the first FREE mock test available on the GMAC website as a diagnostic test to understand the test structure and the difficulty level of the examination.  GMAC provides a lot of study materials to students in the form of books and online test preparation materials which are available on the GMAC website.

After completing the basic fundamentals from the study materials, it is essential to take mock tests to build up speed and identify gap areas. At least six mock tests at intervals of a week are recommended before taking up the GMAT examination.