The objective of the GMAT® test is to assess your suitability (i.e. your aptitude) for graduate management programs. Therefore, the GMAT® tests your analytical reasoning and critical thinking capabilities through 4 different sections – Analytical Writing, Integrated Reasoning, Verbal and Quantitative.
GMAT® is a 3.5 hour test (excluding two 8-minute optional breaks) consisting of Analytical Writing (1 essay task - 30 minutes), Integrated Reasoning (12 questions - 30 minutes), Verbal (36 multiple choice questions - 65 minutes) and Quantitative (31 multiple choice questions - 62 minutes) in that order. To know more about the GMAT® test structure, click here
GMAT®, as such, has no such eligibility requirements – as long as you are 13 years of age or older, you can take the GMAT®.
GMAT® is a question-wise adaptive test – GMAT® adapts itself to your performance while you are taking the test. While the test typically starts with a medium difficulty question, the question difficulty level changes based on whether you are getting questions right or wrong. If you are getting questions right, the question difficulty level rises and you start seeing more difficult questions. Likewise, if you are getting questions wrong, you start seeing easier questions. Based on your performance in the test section at different difficulty levels, your score is calculated.
Since the next question is generated based on your performance in current question(s), you can’t revisit a previous question.
Also, you MUST answer a question (regardless of whether you are able to solve it or not) in order to proceed to the next question.
Not all questions that you see on GMAT® are scored. In fact, 10-25% of the questions that you encounter in Verbal and Quantitative sections are experimental questions.
Experimental questions are questions marked by GMAC for future use. GMAC benchmarks your performance in the experimental questions against your performance in the questions that are scored. This information is utilized to assess the level of experimental questions so that they can be administered to candidates in future.
Don’t panic. You might have encountered one of the experimental questions. Also, the GMAT®’s algorithm does not work in a simple, linear format – it is more complex than we think it is. Therefore, it is technically possible for you encounter an easy question even if you are getting questions right. Finally, remember that ‘easy’ is a relative term – what seems easy to you might not be easy to others. Therefore, don’t waste your test time thinking on these and instead focus on the upcoming questions.
The GMAT® test registration fee is USD 250 (~ INR 16,500). This includes sending your score report to 5 institutes as well. You have to select these 5 schools during the GMAT® test.
Create an account on mba.com and book your test slot. Click here to refer to a step-by-step guide to GMAT® registration.
To reschedule, you shall be charged according to the following:
Refund if you cancel your GMAT® appointment:
If you are a Non-US applicant (e.g. if you are from India) - you MUST carry a VALID PASSPORT with a recent, recognizable photo (mandatory) and Appointment Confirmation Letter / Email sent by Pearson VUE
No. An on-screen calculator is available while answering the Integrated Reasoning section of the test. Calculators are not allowed in other sections.
GMAT® test score is valid for five years.
There are no “good” or “bad”, “pass” or “fail”, “cut-off” scores in GMAT®. Basically, a good GMAT® score is a score that helps you secure a B-school admit of your choice.
Yes. GMAT® penalizes you if you run out of time and are not able to complete the section. Therefore, it is also important to focus on time-management aspects on the test. This is something that can be perfected only with practice.
GMAT® offers a ‘Score Preview’ feature where your unofficial scores in GMAT® verbal, quantitative and integrated reasoning along with your total score (out of 800) is displayed just after the test completion - once you submit the last question of the last section. You will have a 2 minute window to accept or cancel the scores. If you accept the score, you shall receive a printed copy of your GMAT® unofficial score report.
Your GMAT® Official Score Report (including scores in all sections) will be generated within 20 days after taking the test. A link to this score will be mailed to you. Simultaneously, your official score reports shall be dispatched to the schools you had selected on the test day. Once the official score report is available, you shall be able to request for additional score reports to be sent to other B-schools from your GMAC account.
Yes. GMAT® allows you to cancel your GMAT® score during ‘Score Preview’ at the test venue as well as within 72 hours of the test.
You can cancel your test score during the ‘Score Preview’ just after the test.
You can cancel your test score later - within 72 hours of taking the test by paying a fee of USD 25.
Yes. A cancelled GMAT® score can be re-instated up to 4 years and 11 months from the date of exam by paying a fee of USD 50.
GMAT® is a PART of your B-school application, not the B-school application itself. Most B-school admission committees look at a profile from multiple aspects.
This also explains the wide range of GMAT® scores of admitted candidates in top B-schools. One of the best know B-schools – University of Chicago: Booth has a score range of 570 – 780 for the admitted class of 2017.
B-schools look at your career goals, work experience, diversity that your profile brings in, recommendations, internships, undergrad performance, achievements, extra-curricular activities, etcetera. All these and your GMAT® and English language test scores must add up to communicate a single, consistent storyline about you.
Unlike the popular belief that getting a 700 out of 800 on the total GMAT® score is all that is required, B-school admission committees actually look at your scores minutely. Your AWA score, IR score, Verbal section score and Quantitative score are all weighed by the B-schools, not just your total score. Different admission committees have different requirements – while some B-schools look for a balanced score across all sections, few others look for a high quantitative section score.
Yes. You can retake the GMAT® again - 16 days after your GMAT® attempt.
While there is no cap to the number of attempts, you can take the GMAT® up to 5 times in a calendar year (365 days from the first attempt).
Yes. Approx 20% of those who take the GMAT® are actually retakers.