What is GMAT Exam?

GMAT is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). GMAT is an acronym used for the Graduate Management Admission Test. This computer adaptive test is designed to evaluate certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a Graduate Management Program, such as an MBA. GMAT is considered to be the number one choice for MBA aspirants.

According to the test conducting body, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the GMAT tests analytical writing and problem-solving abilities while also checking data sufficiency, logical and critical reasoning skills that it believes to be crucial to real-world business, and management success. It can be taken up to 5 times a year but not more than 8 times in total. There must be a gap of at least 16 days in test attempts. More than 7,000 programs at 2300+ business schools across the globe accept GMAT scores for the selection process.

Eligibility Criteria for GMAT?

There is no particular eligibility criteria for appearing for the GMAT. However, before applying to any college or university it is advised to check what all the desired college or university demands.

Age Criteria for the GMAT

The aspirant must have completed 18 years of age; however, there is no upper age limit to apply to take the test.

If an applicant is falling between the age group of 13 to 17 years, he/she should have permission in writing from their parents or from their legal guardian.

Qualification Required for the GMAT

GMAC, the exam conducting body for the GMAT has not issued any official statement regarding the qualification criteria one needs to have in order to appear for the test.

If an applicant is planning to enroll in an MBA program, he/she must have a graduate degree (in any discipline) from a recognized university.

GMAT Exam Pattern and Syllabus

The GMAT exam has 4 sections. GMAT is a three and half hour test with maximum score of 800 points.

Analytical Writing Assessment

This section measures the ability of the applicant to think critically and to communicate their ideas

Integrated Reasoning

This Section measures the ability to analyze data and assess the information provided in multiple formats

Quantitative Reasoning

This section measures the ability to analyze data and find out the conclusion using reasoning skills

Verbal Reasoning

This section measures the ability of the applicant to read and understand written material, evaluate arguments, and correct written material to conform to standard written English.

Test Section Time Limit / Number
of Questions
Question Types
Analytical Writing Assessment 30 minutes / 1 question Analysis of an Argument
Integrated Reasoning 30 minutes / 12 questions Graphics Interpretation, Table Analysis, Multi-source Reasoning, Two-part Analysis
Quantitative Reasoning 62 minutes / 31 questions Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving
Verbal Reasoning 65 minutes / 36 questions Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction
GMAT Score Range
S.No. Section Score Range
1. Analytical Writing Assessment 0-6
2. Integrated Reasoning 1-8
3. Verbal 0-60
4. Quantitative 0-60
5. Total 200-80

GMAT Scholarships

Scholarships and grants are mostly given by Business Schools to pursue a professional program like MBA. Furthermore, scholarships can be need-based or merit-based but there are no stiffened rules for awarding a GMAT scholarship 2021. It depends on each school’s admission procedure, so, the applicant should always check with the school itself for earning a scholarship. Also, there are 2 kinds of scholarships, full and partial. The full scholarship covers the entire cost of the program, whereas a partial one covers only some part of the course fee. So, it is advised to keep checking the official website of the respective B-School, College or university you are interested in.

Exam Information

Exam Name GMAT
GMAT full form Graduate Management Admission Test
Official Website Visit Now
Most popular for MBA courses outside India
Also accepted for MS courses outside India
MBA courses in India
Conducting body GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council)
Mode of exam Computer-based adaptive test
GMAT fee US $250 (INR 18,300 approx.)
Score Range Minimum – 200
Maximum – 800
Skills Tested English Speaking, Writing, Listening and Reading

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