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Study MBA Abroad: Know all about GMAT

ByParminder Kaur - Faculty Verbal
Study MBA Abroad: Know all about GMAT
May 16, 2019

GMAT or Graduate Management Aptitude Test is taken by students or working professionals to get admission into management related courses abroad. Students who plan to do a Postgraduate course in management and related topics are required to take the test. GMAT is conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). The total duration of the exam is 3 hours 30 minutes including the breaks and the test instructions.


GMAC has not prescribed any eligibility criteria for the GMAT. Students need not worry about their percentage in the 12th Grade or undergraduate course as well. The basic requirements to take the GMAT are:

  1. The student must be minimum of 18 yrs of age. No upper age limit is prescribed by GMAC
  2. A valid passport, if you are a foreign student
  3. A valid degree in any discipline from a recognized college, university or institute

GMAT Exam Registration

Steps for test registration:

  1. Create an account on mba.com by adding your personal details.
  2. Once your profile is created, check the available test dates and locations.
  3. Pay the fee for the test - US $250

GMAT can be taken up to 5 times in a year but only once in a period of 16 days, and a student cannot write GMAT more than 8 times in total.  


GMAT Exam Pattern

Once the student has decided to write the test,  it is crucial for him/her to be familiar with the GMAT exam pattern. Knowing the pattern helps students in getting comfortable with the test.

Since there are no surprises in the test, students can prepare themselves well for the test.

GMAT exam consists of four independent timed sections, and students may take two optional eight-minute breaks during the test.


GMAT Test and Scoring Pattern

Test Section

Time Limit / Number of Questions

Question Types

Score Range

Analytical Writing Assessment

30 minutes

1 question

Analysis of an Argument


(in 0.5-point increments)

Integrated Reasoning

30 minutes

12 questions

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


(in 1-point increments)

Quantitative Reasoning

62 minutes

31 questions

Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving


(in 1-point increments)

Verbal Reasoning

65 minutes

36 questions

Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction


(in 1-point increments)

Source: mba.com

Selecting Section Order

Students can choose any of the below-mentioned section order before starting the GMAT exam:

  1. Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal
  2. Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment
  3. Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

Choose the one you are comfortable with and control your GMAT test experience.


GMAT Computer Adaptive Test

GMAT is Computer Adaptive. How does that affect students’ test experience?

Computer Adaptiveness means that the difficulty level of the questions will depend on the performance of students throughout the test. Basically, the computer analyzes the performance of students on the problems presented and gives an end result accordingly.

The final and sectional scores are based on the difficulty level achieved by students.

Institutions accepting GMAT Scores

Almost all the universities in the US ask for a GMAT score, but some top schools of Europe and Australia also want GMAT scores from students.

As per GMAC’s official website, “More than 7,000 programs at 2,300 universities and organizations in 110 countries use the GMAT exam as part of the selection criteria for their programs.”

Since the top business schools are very competitive, their score requirement ranges from 650 to 700+.

Some common courses in which students can apply with the GMAT scores:

  • MBA programs across the world
  • Post Graduate Management courses such as MS in Management/Finance etc.
  • Ph.D. Programmes.

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