Graduate Management Admission Test

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is one of the most wellknown examinations for admissions into MBA programs.

GMAT Exam Brief

  • GMAT exam is conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).
  • It is a computer-adaptive examination that assesses four individually timed sections, namely Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative reasoning, and Verbal Reasoning, for admission to postgraduate management courses like MBA and Masters in Finance.
  • It is a 3.5-hour test, inclusive of breaks and test guidelines. Candidates can flexibly customize the GMAT test and select their preferred section order.
  • Aadhar cards are also being accepted as valid proof of identity from 8th April 2021.

GMAT Examinations Types

  • There are online and test center modes of the examination. There are four sections within the GMAT exam itself. GMAT online exam is a computer-adaptive test that can be given as per the comfort and need of the candidate.
  • A candidate can either attempt it at the comfort of his/her home or select a test center or can choose a combination of both. The online exam is available for all the locations worldwide except few countries due to local data privacy rules.

GMAT Exam Eligibility

GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) is the body that conducts the examination, and it doesn't have any set eligibility criteria for the same. Yet, there should be complete adherence to the eligibility guidelines of the college/university where the applicant wishes to get admission post the examination. Here are some essential criteria required to attempt the GMAT test.

  • Candidates should be at least 18 years of age.
  • People from all nationalities can attempt the GMAT exam
  • Upper age limit is not there for any aspirant.
  • Those between 13 - 17 years of age should get written permission from legal guardians or parents.
  • GMAC has not officially given any statement regarding the qualifications of the candidates.
  • Those who want to enroll in MBA courses should have graduate degrees from any recognized institution.
  • The GMAT exam is conducted in English; hence, a basic command and fluency in the language are essential.
  • There is no requirement for work experience. The candidate can be a student or a working professional.

GMAT Exam Fees

The examination fee is $275 (application), which equals INR 20,600 approximately. Extra charges are applicable if the candidate wishes to change the preferred center or reschedule the examination. Those not appearing for the examination will have to bear the total fee.

Section of Examination Question Count and Timing Type of Questions Range of Scores
Analytical Writing Assessment 1 question and 30 minutes Analyzing any passage/argument 0-6 (via 0.5 point increments)
Integrated Reasoning 12 questions and 30 minutes Interpreting Graphics, Reasoning from multiple sources, Analyzing Tables, Two-part analytical questions 1-8 (increments in 1 point each)
Quantitative Reasoning 31 questions and 62 minutes Solving Problems and Data Sufficiency 6-51 (increments in 1 point each)
Verbal Reasoning 36 questions and 65 minutes Critical Reasoning, Comprehension and Reading and Correcting Sentences 6-51 (increments in 1 point each)

GMAT Exam Brief

The GMAT examination pattern is as follows:

  • Analytical Writing
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning

Aspirants may choose to take two breaks of 8 minutes (optional) throughout their examination. Here’s taking a closer look at the GMAT exam syllabus.

Syllabus of GMAT Exam

GMAT is a 3.5-hour test, and an aspirant can score a maximum of 800 points. It evaluates the candidate's abilities on various parameters. Here is the section-wise syllabus details:

  1. Analytical Writing Assessment
  2. a. Argument Essay-These deals with the analysis of any argument/reasoning and then the presentation of the candidate’s own argument in this regard.

    b. Issue Essay-- Aspirants will have to write essays on issues given to them and the word count is roughly 600. They may provide their own opinions in support of/against the issue provided.

  3. Integrated Reasoning
  4. a. Table Analysis- This measures the ability of aspirants to analyze and sort tables containing specific data.

    b. Two-Part Analysis- This tracks candidates’ abilities with regard to complex problem-solving. They may be quantitative, verbal or both.

    c. Multi-Source Reasoning- Candidates will be measured on the basis of their ability to analyze data from various tables/sources, text passages, and graphics.

    d. Graphics Interpretation- Candidates will be assessed on information interpretation in graphical images like pie charts or curves and graphs.

  5. Quantitative Reasoning
  6. a. Data Sufficiency: Candidates have to analyze problems of quantitative nature, identify vital data and determine necessary data for problem solving. Topics contained here include Elementary Algebra, Geometry, Ratio Proportions, Arithmetic, Exponents and Roots, Integers and their Properties, Linear Equations, and Permutation and Combinations.

    b. Problem Solving: Candidates have to deploy analytical reasoning techniques and logic for problem-solving.

  7. Verbal Reasoning
  8. a. Critical Reasoning: This section tracks abilities to evaluate and create arguments while formulating strategies or action plans.

    b. Reading Comprehension: Candidates have to demonstrate the ability to create inferences, absorb logical connections between vital points, understand statements and words and follow quantitative concepts and how they are developed. Reading skills include application, inference, main idea, logical structure, style, and support for an idea.

    c. Sentence Correction: This section will deal with correcting grammar and sentence structure. Aspects like subject-verb agreement, rhetorical sentence construction, unseen passages, finding errors, countable and uncountable, misplaced modifiers, and parallelism will be important in this section.