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The GMAT or Graduate Management Admission Test is a standardized test that prospective students are normally required to take as a part of the requirement for entering graduate studies related to management or business, such as an MBA. GMAT is a computer-adaptive test which assesses a person’s analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal and reading skills in standard written English. It is conducted by GMAC (The Graduate Management Admission Council) GMAT is a computer adaptive test which implies that the candidate will get one question at a time and based on the accuracy of the previous answer, the difficulty level of the next question will be ascertained.

The eligibility criteria for the GMAT exam has not been officially stated by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), but the candidates must possess the following qualification to take admission in the MBA programme of foreign university.

  1. Candidate must be a graduate from a recognized board or university.
  2. Candidate must be proficient in English Language.
  3. The candidate must be minimum 18 years of age.
  4. There is no upper age limit to take the GMAT exam.

Apart from these there are no other eligibility criteria specified by the GMAT exam conducting authorities, whereas the institute or university in which the student will take admission may have some eligibility condition and they may vary from university to university.

The GMAT exam pattern consists of mainly four sections. These are – Writing, Reasoning, Verbal and Quantitative skills. The GMAT exam will be conducted in a time span of 3 hours and 30 minutes.

  1. Analytical Writing Assessment : One Topic  on Analysis of an Argument, time duration 30 minutes.
  2. Integrated Reasoning : 12 questions  based on Multi-Source Reasoning, Graphics Interpretation, Two-Part Analysis, Table Analysis. The time duration is 30 min.
  3. Quantitative : 37 questions based on Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving. Time duration is 75 minutes.
  4. Verbal : 41 questions based on Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction. Time duration is 75 minutes.

Choose a Test Center To take the GMAT exam : You must first select a test center. Each test center operates on its own schedule and can accommodate varying numbers of test takers throughout the day.

How to Schedule Your Appointment : You may register for the test online, by phone, by mail, or by fax. You will incur taxes to schedule an exam in certain countries. Available time slots change continuously based on capacity and ongoing registration. You will find out which times are available at your chosen test center when you register. Be sure to enter your name and birth date exactly as they appear on the identification you will present at the test center. Fee payments can only be made by credit card or debit card. Be sure to have your VISA®, MasterCard®, American Express®, or JCB card ready.

GMAT exam scores are valid for five years, and are available for reporting for up to 10 years.

  1. Analytical Writing Assessment : On scale of 0 to 6
  2. Integrated Reasoning : On a scale of  1-6
  3. Quantitative: On a scale of 0-60
  4. Verbal: On a scale of 0-60
College Name Country Apprx. GMAT Score
Yale School of Management US 760
Stanford Graduate School of Business US 733
University of Pennsylvania: Wharton US 732
University of Chicago: Booth US 730
Harvard Business School US 725
Northwestern University: Kellogg US 720
New York University: Stern US 720
Dartmouth College: Tuck US 720
UCLA: Anderson US 717
MIT: Sloan US 716
University of California at Berkeley: Haas US 716
London Business School UK 715
Columbia Business School US 715
Insead France/Singapore 703
University of Cambridge: Judge UK 700
IE Business School Spain 690
IMD Switzerland 680
Nanyang Business School Singapore 670
SDA Bocconi Italy 650
Warwick Business School UK 620

The application fee for GMAT is $250, which would roughly translate to Rs. 15,000-16,000 approximately.

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