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Published: Thursday, 28 January, 2016 3:40 PM

All About Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is designed to measure the verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills of the aspirants for reputed business & management schools across the globe. Today more than 6,000 graduate management programs around the world use GMAT scores as a part of their admissions process.  Formulation of the test is in such a manner that it manages to churn out the best talent by the arduous testing procedure which is quite unconventional in nature. It tests the aspirants primarily on reasoning and comprehension skills. It does not focus on subject-specific testing methodologies.

GMAT Test Pattern
S.NO. Section Details Objective
1 Analytical Writing Assessment Total Time - 30 minutes Measures the ability to think critically and to communicate ideas. Aspirants are asked to analyze the reasoning behind a given argument and write a critique of that argument.
Total Number of Topics- 1
2 Quantitative (Problem solving and Data Sufficiency) Total Time- 75 minutes Measures the ability to reason quantitatively, solve quantitative problems and interpret data.
Total Number of Questions- 37
Problem solving questions – 19
Data Sufficiency – 18
3 Integrated Reasoning  (Online calculator available for this section only) Total Time - 30 minutes It measures aspirant's ability to convert quantitative data between graphical and verbal formats,assimilate information from different sources to solve problems and  accurately interpret graphical or tabular data
Total Number of Questions- 12
4 Verbal Total Time - 75 minutes It measures aspirants’ ability to read and understand written material, to evaluate arguments, and to correct written material to conform to standard written English.
Total Number of Questions- 41
Total Exam Time: 3 hours and 30 minutes

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About GMAT Administration

The US-based Pearson VUE under the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is the main body behind the GMAT development. The body is responsible for conducting tests at its various testing centers globally & dispatching of the results to the examinees. 

GMAT Testing Schedule

GMAT is administered throughout the year. Since the admissions deadlines for graduate business programs vary one should check with the schools he or she is interested in attending and may set up their GMAT exam ahead of time to ensure scores are reported prior to application deadlines. A minimum of 15 days in advance registration is mandatory.

 Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria is very flexible in age & educational aspect for aspirants. Test scores are considered valid for five years by most universities, though, recent scores as 2 years old are given more prominence.

GMAT Score Reporting 

An unofficial score report with Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning and Total scores is made available immediately after exam. Students receive an email with a URL to access score report within 20 days of exam. This email contains a link with instructions to access Official Score Report online.

The student has the provision to report his scores to a maximum of five universities of his choice & the costs are met while paying the GMAT test fee itself. Though, he has to sincerely do the homework of zeroing in the final five prior to his exams which will ultimately receive his result copies. While reporting to additional university will mean extra charges which is US $28.

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