What is GMAT?

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a combination of computer adaptive tests (CATs) and regular computer-based tests conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MMS or an MBA program.You may take GMAT either online at or at one of the test centres.

A computer adaptive test (CAT,) also known as tailored testing, is a form of computer-based tests that adapts to the examinee’s ability level. In such a test, the next question or set of questions are selected based on the correctness of the test taker’s responses to the most recent questions.

  • 200,000 candidates worldwide take GMAT each year.
  • 7,000 MBA and Masters programs use GMAT.
  • 2,300+ schools use GMAT.
  • 110+ countries receive score reports.
  • 650 testing centers in 114 countries administer the GMAT Exam.
Am I eligible for GMAT?

As per GMAC, the governing body for the GMAT, there are no specific eligibility criteria for appearing for the GMAT.

However, each college that considers GMAT as its admission test / one of its admission tests has its own eligibility criteria. Candidates must check the eligibility criteria of individual colleges before applying to them through GMAT.

When can I take the test?
  • ou can take GMAT on any date you choose to, based on availability from GMAC.
  • You may take the GMAT test-centre exam and GMAT Online exam a combined total of up to five times within a rolling 12-month period and no more than eight times in the aggregate.
  • You must wait at least 16 days after you take the exam before taking it again.
  • You must wait at least five years to test again if you have previously achieved a perfect Total Score of 800.


What is the pattern of the test?
  • GMAT is comprised of four separately timed sections as given in the table below.
  • At the start of the test, you will be given an option of three section orders for your test delivery.
  • You will have the opportunity to take two optional eight-minute breaks during the test.
  • The total test time is just over 3 hours, and the total expected time at the test centre, including check-in, breaks, etc., is approximately 3.5 hours.


How is the GMAT score evaluated?

Section: Analytical Writing Assessment
Score Range: 0 to 6 in 0.5-point increments

  • Essays are scored using professional essay raters and a machine algorithm. 

Section: Integrated Reasoning
Score Range: 1 to 8 in 1-point increments

  • The Integrated Reasoningscore is based on the number of questions you answered correctly.
  • Some questions may have multiple parts; a candidate must answer all parts to a question correctly to receive credit for that question. 

Section: Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning
Score Range: 6 to 51 in 1-point increments

  • The Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections are item-level adaptive, and your score is based on three factors:
  • Number of questions you answer
  • Whether your answers are correct
  • Difficulty and other qualities of the questions you answered
  • You will earn a higher score if you answer a higher number of questions, answer more of them correctly, and qualify for questions of a higher difficulty level.
  • The standard error of measurement is 3 points.

Score Range: 200 to 800 in 0.5-point increments

  • Total Scores are based on your calculated performance before scores are given for the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections.
  • The raw calculation is then converted to a number in the Total Score range.
  • The standard error of measurement is 30-40 points.


Unofficial Score Report

  • It is visible immediately after you take the test.
  • It includes your Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, and Total Scores.
  • You may not use it foryour admissions applications, but to determine:
    • If you are a competitive applicant to the schools of your choice
    • Whether you want to retake the exam

Official Score Report

  • Within three weeks of your test date, GMAC will send you a notice by email that your official scores are available. The email will include instructions for online access to your scores.
  • In addition to your Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, and Total Scores, the Official Score Report will include your:
    • Analytical Writing Assessment score
    • Scores from other GMAT exams you have taken within the past five years.
    • GMAT scores that you have canceled will not be shown.
    • Scores canceled due to testing issue or policy violation will be shown
    • Personal data provided during the registration and test process such as your address, phone number, date of birth, etc.
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