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Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is designed to measure the verbal, mathematical, analytical writing skills and integrated reasoning skills of the aspirants for reputed business & management schools across the globe for more than 60 years. Around 20000 students take the GMAT exam every year. The GMAT score is accepted by 7000 MBA and Masters programmes in more than 110 countries including India. 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 is conducted by the US-based Pearson VUE under the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). The body is responsible for conducting tests at its various testing centers globally & dispatching of the results to the examinees. 

The GMAT Exam- Focus Edition

The registration for The GMAT Exam- Focus Edition will open on GMAT Focus registrations opened on 29th August 2023, and testing is scheduled to begin on 7th November 2023.

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The details of the discount are as follows:

  • Discount Period: November 27 – December 8, 2023

  • Discount Offer: 10% off the previous version of the GMAT Exam (not GMAT Focus) taken at a test center only (online appointments don’t qualify)

  • Registration Deadline: Registration must be completed by midnight December 8, 2023

  • Appointment Deadline: Appointments must be scheduled on or before December 31, 2023

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GMAT Exam Structure

The GMAT™ Online exam includes the Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment Sections. Each section will contain the same number of questions and time per section as the current test center based GMAT exam. The sections are as follows: 

GMAT Exam Section

Total Question

Time Limit

Type of Questions

Ideal GMAT Score Range

Analytical Writing Assessment

1 (Essay-Type)

30 Minutes

Detail analysis of a particular argument

0 to 6

Integrated Reasoning


30 Minutes

Questions on Graphics Interpretation, Table Analysis, Multi-source Reasoning, Two-part Analysis

1 to 8

Quantitative Reasoning


62 Minutes

Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving

6 to 51

Verbal Reasoning


65 Minutes

Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning and Sentence Correction

6 to 51

The total exam time is approximately 3 hours – 2 hours 45 minutes for the exam and an additional 15 minutes to check into the online proctored system. Candidates will be allowed one, optional 5-minute break before beginning the Integrated Reasoning section. 

Important Features of GMAT Exam

  1. The verbal and quantitative ability sections in the GMAT exam are computer adaptive. This implies that the difficulty of the test tailors itself in real-time to your ability level. The difficulty level of the next question is always based on the answer of your previous question. For example, if you answer the first question (of medium difficulty level) correctly, the next question is harder or vice versa. Thus, GMAT assess the ability of each candidate based on their ability in that subject.
  2. Test takers have the option and flexibility to use a physical whiteboard, an online whiteboard, or both for their scratch work and to take notes during the exam.
  3. Candidates are NOT allowed to skip, return to previous or update answers.

GMAT Exam Sections

GMAT Exam Section



Analytical Writing Assessment

Measures the ability to think critically and to communicate ideas. Aspirants are asked to analyse the reasoning behind a given argument and write a critique of that argument.


Integrated Reasoning

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



It measures aspirants’ ability to read and understand written material, to evaluate arguments, and to correct written material to conform to standard written English.


Quantitative Ability

Measures the ability to reason quantitatively, solve quantitative problems and interpret data.


GMAT Test 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

An eligibility criterion 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.

GMAT Exam Retake

Candidates can retake the GMAT exam –

  1. No more than five times in a rolling 12-month period
  2. No more than eight times in all
  3. Once every 16 calendar days

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