ALL ABOUT THE GMAT EXAM

WHAT IS THE GMAT?

Accepted by more than 5,800 business and management programs worldwide, for nearly sixty years, the GMAT exam has been the test of choice by the world’s business leaders to get into the world’s leading business schools. It is a computer adaptive examination administered year-round at test centers throughout the world. The GMAT exam measures verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills developed over a long period of time. It is specifically designed to help graduate management programs assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management.

WHY SHOULD STUDENTS TAKE THE GMAT TEST?

Business schools use the test as one predictor of academic performance in an MBA program or in other graduate management programs.

WHO RECOGNISES GMAT?

GMAT is recognized for course admission in Business schools by universities in many countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the USA, and the UK.

WHAT IS THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA ?

  • Everyone is eligible for taking the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test).
  • No minimum educational qualification requirement for taking the test.
  • If a below 18 years candidate’s want to write a test, then he/she has to send a written form to “GMAT Customer Services” of his/her region signed by parents or local guardian.

Exam Format

GMAT Test SectionsNumber of QuestionsQuestion TypesTimingScore RangeIntervals
Analytical Writing Assessment1 TopicAnalysis of Argument30 minutes0.0-0.6Intervals of 0.5
Integrated Reasoning12 QuestionsMulti-Source Reasoning Graphics interpretation Two Part Analysis Table Analysis30 minutes1-8Intervals of 1
Quantitative37 QuestionsData Sufficiency Problem Solving75 minutes0-60Intervals of 1 Scores <7 or >50 are extremely rare
Verbal41 QuestionsReading Comprehension Critical Reasoning Sentence Correction75 minutes0-60Intervals of 1 Scores <9 or >44 are extremely rare
Total ScoreNANA3 Hrs, 30 Min.200-800Intervals of 10 scaled from Verbal and Quantitative

Important Details About The Exam

EXAM FEES & additional Score report feesExam Fee – US$250
(includes Free Score Reporting to 5 universities to be sent on the exam day itself)
Please note : Additional Score Report to Universities – US$28 each
Rescheduling Fees and ProcessReschedule Fee – US$50 (each time you reschedule)
Deadline: More than 7 calendar days before the scheduled test date, time, or location:
Retake the TestYou may take the GMAT exam once every 31 calendar days and no more than five (5) times in a rolling 12-month period. If you score an 800 on the exam, you will be prohibited from testing for five (5) years from your exam date.
Score Received by the UniversityOfficial Score Report will be sent within 20 calendar days of your test
Score Validity5 years
Test Centers in IndiaAhmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Patna, Pune, Ranchi
Test DatesNo specific date -Please check the website www.mba.com for availability in different test centers.
Modes of RegistrationFor online registration, follow the link: www.mba.com By Phone: India: +91 120 439 7830 ( GMAT Customer Service)
Exam Identification RequirementsOriginal and Valid (not expired) Passport

HOW IS GMAT SCORED?

Your Total score is based on your Verbal and Quantitative scores; your Analytical Writing Assessment and Integrated Reasoning scores do not affect the Total score.

Your Total, Verbal, and Quantitative Scores

Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800; two-thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600.Verbal and Quantitative scores range from 0 to 60; scores below 9 and above 44 for the Verbal section and below 7 and above 50 for the Quantitative section are rare.

Verbal and Quantitative scores are on a fixed scale and can be compared across all GMAT test administrations, but because they measure different constructs, they cannot be compared to each other.

If you do not finish in the allotted time, your scores will be calculated based upon the number of questions answered as long as you worked on each section. Your score will decrease significantly with each unanswered question.

Your Analytical Writing Assessment Score

The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) score is based on one Analysis of an Argument essay. Essays are scored independently twice and then averaged. Scores for the AWA range from 0 to 6 in half-point intervals.

Each essay receives two independent ratings, one of which may be performed by an automated essay-scoring engine, which evaluates more than 50 structural and linguistic features.

If the two ratings differ by more than one point, an expert reader provides a third evaluation to determine the final score.

Integrated Reasoning (IR) scores range from 1 to 8 in single-digit intervals; no partial credit is given.

Most Integrated Reasoning questions require more than one response. Because the questions are designed to measure how well you integrate data to solve complex problems, you must answer all responses to a question correctly to receive credit.

WHAT YOUR PERCENTILE RANKING MEANS

The percentile rank of your score shows you the percentage of tests taken with scores lower than you for the most recent three-year period. Every year, each test taker’s score is updated with the most recent year’s percentiles.

Example

You achieve a Total score of 690, putting you in the 88th percentile. This tells you—and the schools you choose—that your Total score and skill level are greater than or equal to 88 percent of all GMAT test takers over the past three years.

Note

GMAT scores are valid for five years. Even though your score won’t change, your percentile ranking might change when compared with a newer pool of applicants. Shifts tend to be gradual over long time periods.

Integrated Reasoning Percentiles

The Integrated Reasoning section was introduced on June 5, 2012, so the IR percentile rankings are updated more frequently to reflect the increasing pool of IR scores. Your scaled Integrated Reasoning score will not change, but as the section is introduced, your IR score percentile–on your electronic score report, on any additional score reports you order, on this page, and on the GMAT score reporting website accessible to schools–may change as more test takers sit for the exam.

Integrated Reasoning and AWA Percentile Table

Percentile Rankings for Quantitative, Verbal, and Total Scores

This information is subject to change and is for reference purpose only.
For any updates and clarification visit : http://www.mba.com/india

WHAT IS THE GMAT?

TAccepted by more than 5,800 business and management programs worldwide, for nearly sixty years, the GMAT exam has been the test of choice by the world’s business leaders to get into the world’s leading business schools. It is a computer adaptive examination administered year-round at test centers throughout the world. The GMAT exam measures verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills developed over a long period of time. It is specifically designed to help graduate management programs assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management.

WHY SHOULD STUDENTS TAKE THE GMAT TEST?

Business schools use the test as one predictor of academic performance in an MBA program or in other graduate management programs.

WHO RECOGNISES GMAT?

GMAT is recognized for course admission in Business schools by universities in many countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the USA, and the UK.

WHAT IS THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA ?

  • Everyone is eligible for taking the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test).
  • No minimum educational qualification requirement for taking the test.
  • If a below 18 years candidate’s want to write a test, then he/she has to send a written form to “GMAT Customer Services” of his/her region signed by parents or local guardian.

Exam Format

GMAT Test SectionsNumber of QuestionsQuestion TypesTimingScore RangeIntervals
Analytical Writing Assessment1 TopicAnalysis of Argument30 minutes0.0-0.6Intervals of 0.5
Integrated Reasoning12 QuestionsMulti-Source Reasoning Graphics interpretation Two Part Analysis Table Analysis30 minutes1-8Intervals of 1
Quantitative37 QuestionsData Sufficiency Problem Solving75 minutes0-60Intervals of 1 Scores <7 or >50 are extremely rare
Verbal41 QuestionsReading Comprehension Critical Reasoning Sentence Correction75 minutes0-60Intervals of 1 Scores <9 or >44 are extremely rare
Total ScoreNANA3 Hrs, 30 Min.200-800Intervals of 10 scaled from Verbal and Quantitative

Important Details About The Exam

EXAM FEES & additional Score report feesExam Fee – US$250
(includes Free Score Reporting to 5 universities to be sent on the exam day itself)
Please note : Additional Score Report to Universities – US$28 each
Rescheduling Fees and ProcessReschedule Fee – US$50 (each time you reschedule)
Deadline: More than 7 calendar days before the scheduled test date, time, or location:
Retake the TestYou may take the GMAT exam once every 31 calendar days and no more than five (5) times in a rolling 12-month period. If you score an 800 on the exam, you will be prohibited from testing for five (5) years from your exam date.
Score Received by the UniversityOfficial Score Report will be sent within 20 calendar days of your test
Score Validity5 years
Test Centers in IndiaAhmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Patna, Pune, Ranchi
Test DatesNo specific date -Please check the website www.mba.com for availability in different test centers.
Modes of RegistrationFor online registration, follow the link: www.mba.com By Phone: India: +91 120 439 7830 ( GMAT Customer Service)
Exam Identification RequirementsOriginal and Valid (not expired) Passport

HOW IS GMAT SCORED?

Your Total score is based on your Verbal and Quantitative scores; your Analytical Writing Assessment and Integrated Reasoning scores do not affect the Total score.

Your Total, Verbal, and Quantitative Scores

Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800; two-thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600.Verbal and Quantitative scores range from 0 to 60; scores below 9 and above 44 for the Verbal section and below 7 and above 50 for the Quantitative section are rare.

Verbal and Quantitative scores are on a fixed scale and can be compared across all GMAT test administrations, but because they measure different constructs, they cannot be compared to each other.

If you do not finish in the allotted time, your scores will be calculated based upon the number of questions answered as long as you worked on each section. Your score will decrease significantly with each unanswered question.

Your Analytical Writing Assessment Score

The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) score is based on one Analysis of an Argument essay. Essays are scored independently twice and then averaged. Scores for the AWA range from 0 to 6 in half-point intervals.

Each essay receives two independent ratings, one of which may be performed by an automated essay-scoring engine, which evaluates more than 50 structural and linguistic features.

If the two ratings differ by more than one point, an expert reader provides a third evaluation to determine the final score.

Integrated Reasoning (IR) scores range from 1 to 8 in single-digit intervals; no partial credit is given.

Most Integrated Reasoning questions require more than one response. Because the questions are designed to measure how well you integrate data to solve complex problems, you must answer all responses to a question correctly to receive credit.

WHAT YOUR PERCENTILE RANKING MEANS

The percentile rank of your score shows you the percentage of tests taken with scores lower than you for the most recent three-year period. Every year, each test taker’s score is updated with the most recent year’s percentiles.

Example

You achieve a Total score of 690, putting you in the 88th percentile. This tells you—and the schools you choose—that your Total score and skill level are greater than or equal to 88 percent of all GMAT test takers over the past three years.

Note

GMAT scores are valid for five years. Even though your score won’t change, your percentile ranking might change when compared with a newer pool of applicants. Shifts tend to be gradual over long time periods.

Integrated Reasoning Percentiles

The Integrated Reasoning section was introduced on June 5, 2012, so the IR percentile rankings are updated more frequently to reflect the increasing pool of IR scores. Your scaled Integrated Reasoning score will not change, but as the section is introduced, your IR score percentile–on your electronic score report, on any additional score reports you order, on this page, and on the GMAT score reporting website accessible to schools–may change as more test takers sit for the exam.

Integrated Reasoning and AWA Percentile Table

Percentile Rankings for Quantitative, Verbal, and Total Scores

This information is subject to change and is for reference purpose only.
For any updates and clarification visit : http://www.mba.com/india