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Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

GMAT is a standardized exam that is used globally for admission to graduate management and business programs such as MBA programs.

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What is GMAT?

The Graduate Management Admission Test, or GMAT is essential as a mandate for admission at top business schools. It is a computer-based and computer-adaptive standardized exam in multiple-choice format that examines the candidates for a business or management program. Command over algebra, multi-source data analysis, arithmetic, geometry, and grammar are tested. Ability to evaluate written material, think critically, and solve problems is analysed thoroughly. It is convenient for candidates to plan their test strategy as GMAT can be attempted in online or offline mode.

Why take GMAT?

The Graduate Management Admission Test is a globally accepted standardized test providing admission to 7,000 programmes at about 2,300 graduate business and management schools. Skill sets to pursue an MBA such as analytical reasoning and critical thinking are evaluated. The candidates commitment and readiness for the rigours of a graduate business program is demonstrated. A good GMAT score increases the candidate's job opportunities indirectly by getting into a top tier university.

How long does it take to prepare for GMAT?

Studying for GMAT is time consuming and lengthy. It can take about two to three months of rigorous preparation and 100–120 hours reviewing material and practicing regularly. The top scorers ideally spend an average of 120+ hours studying for a Test over a period of time. Considering an average ten weeks of studying, the approximate study time per week is 12 hours. This includes time spent in class sessions and tutoring sessions for the GMAT.

GMAT Test Structure

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GMAT Process

General Facts

Exam Schedule & Frequency

Candidates can attempt GMAT anytime throughout the year. It can be attempted once every 16 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period (365 days) and up to a total of eight times.

Exam Centers & Admit Cards

The GMAT exam is offered on demand and year-round at 34 cities in India through 39 test centers.

Result Dates

A unique link sent to the candidate via email at the time of registration, will assist them on how to access the GMAT Score Report. The official score report can be checked within 20 days of the exam date on the official GMAT website.

Reporting the Scores

You can send your Official Score Report to up to five programs that you select at the test center prior to the start of your GMAT exam. It will be sent electronically or by mail, depending on the programs’ preferences. This service is covered by your GMAT exam registration fee. Once you have made your selections, they cannot be changed

Score Validity

5 years

Registration Process

Step 1
GMAT official portal Signup
Step 2
Personal information to be submitted
Step 3
Profile details to be submitted
Step 4
Test Center, Date and Time to be selected
Step 5
Complete Registration by making Payment.
Fees Structure :
Registration Fees
USD 250
Rescheduling Fees
USD 50
Test Center Change Fees
USD 50
Other Miscellaneous Fees
USD 80


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GMAT can be attempted year-round at testing centers globally. An appointment needs to be booked at a testing center which operates on individual schedules with some open on weekends, and most have morning and afternoon slots available.

Yes, the test can be rescheduled via the test appointment booking system on www.mba.com. Incase of rescheduling the appointment at least 7 full days in advance of the original appointment, a rescheduling fee of US$50 will be charged. Incase of rescheduling less than 7 full days prior to the original appointment, the full registration amount will be charged.

5 separate scores will be received as follows: an overall score, a subscore for the Verbal section, a subscore for the Quantitative section, and scores for the Analytical Writing Assessment and Integrated Reasoning sections. The overall score will be from 200 to 800 and the subscores will be scored from 0 to 60. For each of the scores, a percentile rank will also be provided, which shows the percentage of test-takers who scored below the candidates score (based on everyone who has taken the GMAT in the last 3 years). Example: 70th percentile means that 70% of test-takers scored lower than the candidate.

A “good” GMAT score is only relative to the MBA of Masters programmes applied for! Through research needs to be done on the schools the candidate aims for and realistic goals need to be set based on the average scores accepted by those programmes. Top tier schools will usually be looking for a score in the 90th percentile or above. However, overall profile also plays a vital role in selection.