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.
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.
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.
The following are the requirements for appearing for the GMAT examination
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.
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 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.