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GMAT FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is GMAT®?
A: GMAT® stands for Graduate Management Admission Test. It is a standardized test designed to help admissions officers evaluate the academic potential of prospective applicants.

Q: Who conducts the Test and when is it held?
A: The test is conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and it is held all year round (except weekends and public holidays) at specific test centers across the globe. A passport is the mandatory primary form of identification required.

Q: How many times can one take the Test? What should be ideal number of attempts?
A: You can take the test no more than five times within a year and once in any calendar month.

Q: What is the cost of the GMAT®?
A: The registration fee for the GMAT® is USD 250. If you wish to reschedule the date, time or location of your test, you have to pay a rescheduling fee of USD 50. There is a USD 80 refund if you cancel the test a minimum of seven days before your test date.

Q: How many schools can I send my scores to on the day of the GMAT®?
A: On the day of the GMAT® you can send your scores to 5 schools for free. Every additional score report you request after the test will cost USD 28 per report requested.

Q: How long are the scores valid?
A: The scores are valid for 5 years, but ideally universities accept scores for the test taken in the last 3 years.

Q: How are scores reported to the University?
A: Universities will accept only official score reports from Pearson VUE. In case you apply to schools other than the 5 you have listed on your examination date, you need to send additional score reports (currently USD 28 per school) for the same. Pearson VUE keeps a record of all tests taken in the last 5 years and will report all of these to a school you apply to.

Q: Which score is counted for admission at universities?
A: Most universities take the highest score. Some might even take the best scores in different sections from different Tests. As long as the scores are improving, it's to the advantage of the Test taker.

Q: What is the meaning of Computer Adaptive Test (CAT)?
A: GMAT® is a computer-based test in which the difficulty level of the questions (and consequently the score) goes on increasing or decreasing according to whether a given question is answered correctly or wrongly respectively. This process goes on till the computer finally adapts to a difficulty level aptly suited to the test taker.

 

Q: What is the structure of the Test?

A : GMAT® Format

Section

Number of Questions

Time Limit

AWA (one Issue and one Argument)

2

30 minutes for each essay

Break

 

5 minutes

Verbal: about 14 Reading Comprehension Questions (3 passages), 10 Critical Reasoning Questions and 17 Sentence Correction Questions)

41

75 minutes

Break

 

5 minutes

Quantitative (about 13 Data Sufficiency, and 34 Problem Solving)

37

75 minutes


Q: How are the scores calculated on the Test?
A: The GMAT® score depends upon the following three factors:

  • The number of questions answered
  • Difficulty level of the question answered
  • Number of questions completed    


Q: What are experimental questions on GMAT®?

A: There are 9 questions on the Quantitative section and 11 questions on the Verbal section that are experimental questions and are unmarked. They are solely for the purpose of research by question framers and they do not contribute to the GMAT® score (irrespective of the fact of whether they are answered correct or wrong). Unfortunately, there is no way to figure out which questions are experimental.


Q: How is the GMAT® scored?
A: Theoretically, each of the Quantitative and the Verbal sections are scored a on a raw scale of 0-60 but practically the scores appear in the range 9-51. These are combined together to give the overall GMAT® score between 200 and 800. The percentile scores give the performance of the test taker with respect to other test takers, to gauge the competition while applying for admissions to universities.


Q: Is GMAT® the sole criterion for the Admissions?

A: No, GMAT® is, in fact, just one of the very important selection criteria. Other factors include job experience, leadership ability, motivation and thought process, interpersonal skills, educational background, etc. These criteria are determined through a candidate’s application essays, recommendation letters, etc. To know more about these features and the process of applying to a global MBA, please click http://www.imsindia.com/studyabroad/index.htm

Q: Can I cancel my GMAT® score?

A: Yes, the GMAT® scores can be cancelled immediately after completing the test. As soon as the test gets over, it asks the test taker to cancel the test score or to continue. If a test taker wishes to cancel the score, Pearsons Vue will report this to the university, when it asks for the score of a student who has applied to that particular University.

Q: How do I register for the GMAT®?

A: There are four modes of registration for the GMAT® :

  • Telephone
  • Fax
  • Postal Mail
  • Online


Note: All test appointments are scheduled on first come, first served basis.


Telephone
You can register by phone only if you are using International Credit Card (VISA, MasterCard, and American Express).
 
Step 1: Call up Pearson - Noida at +91 0 120 4324628 between 9.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. Telephone lines are open Monday through Friday, except on public and national holidays.
 Note: You are required to call up at least 2 business days prior to your preferred test date.

Step 2: Mention the following:
Your choice date

  • The city where you wish to take the test
  • The Test Centre Code (the latest test centre codes are available on www.mba.com)
  • Your Passport Number
  • Your Credit Card Number

 
Step 3: A confirmation number, date and time of the test, and location of the test centre will be given to you immediately.
 
Step 4: A confirmation letter mentioning the date and time of the test and location of the test centre will be mailed to you.
 
Note: If you do not receive a confirmation, call GMAT® Customer Service, in your region at least seven business days prior to your first-choice test date. If you miss your appointment and did not call GMAT® Customer Service, your test fee will not be refunded.
 
Postal Mail or Fax
 
Step 1: Fill up the GMAT® Appointment Scheduling form located on Page 29 of the GMAT® bulletin completely. (You can download the GMAT® bulletin from www.mba.com)
 Note: 1) In case you have applied for your passport, mention the same in the form.
 2) The Country Code of India is IND.
 
Step 2: Make a Dollar Draft of the relevant amount from a Forex branch of any bank.
 
Step 3: Mail the GMAT® Appointment Scheduling Form in Bulletin to Pearson VUE along with a Dollar Draft, to the following address.
 Pearson VUE
 Attention: GMAT® Programme
PO Box 581907
 Minneapolis, MN 55458 –1907
 USA
You can send your form either by Registered Post or Courier.
In case you wish to Fax the form across, the fax number is +61 2 9901 3330 for the Asia-Pacific region.
Note: The form must be sent at least 3 weeks prior to your first-choice test date.

Step 4: A confirmation letter mentioning your date and time of the test and location of the test centre will be either faxed or mailed to you.
 
Note: If you do not receive a confirmation, call GMAT® Customer Service, in your region at least seven business days prior to your first-choice test date. If you miss your appointment and did not call GMAT® Customer Service, your test fee will not be refunded.
 
Online:
You can schedule your test online on www.mba.com. Click on “Register now for GMAT®” link and follow the instructions given.

Q: Which business schools accept the GMAT®?
A: Over 1900 graduate business schools around the world use GMAT® scores as part of their application process. The complete list can be found on https://www.mba.com/mba/Service/Testing/Testing?WT.mc_id=PageContent&Action=SCHOOLSEARCH#2

Q: What programmes does IMS offer for GMAT® preparation?
A: IMS offers test preparation and admission advisory services for GMAT® aspirants via our Study Abroad MBA Programme. The features of this programme have been described below for your reference:
 
Test Preparation Programme Features
Our test preparation programme is a 12-week, 25-session, 75-hour classroom module. Here, in addition to the classroom material, you will also be provided with the IMS GMAT® preparation set. This set is inclusive of:

  • Theoretica: Concepts and Strategies required for tackling the Verbal and Quantitative sections.
  • Octane Series: Series of questions rated at the highest difficulty level.
  • Axiom Book: Definitions and formulae necessary for the GMAT®.
  • Analytical Writing Guide: Sample Essays and strategies to tackle the AWA section.
  • CD tests: 3 Computer adaptive and 5 computer-based tests.


Admission Advisory Programme Features

The admissions advisory part of your programme will help you out on the following fronts:

  • School Shortlisting: Involves selecting a set of the programmes most suited to your profile and aspirations.
  • Application Essay and CV Review: Involves providing content, language and grammar edits for your CV, Application Essays, SOPs and Scholarship Essays.
  • Recommendation Review: Involves assisting you in picking out the right recommenders and providing you with draft outlines and pointers for persuasive letters of recommendation.
  • Interview preparation: Involves conducting simulated business school interviews (in person or telephonic) and providing you with school-specific interview research.
  • Finance and Visa Preparation: Involves assistance on all aspects of securing financial aid, educational loans, and visa preparation (including visa interviews).

 
In addition to the Study Abroad MBA programme, we have test preparation options via the MaxPrep® GMAT® classroom programme and correspondence material in form of the MaxPrep® GMAT® study pack.