GMAT FAQ
Updated on Apr 10, 2017 - 6:49 p.m. IST by Team Careers360

INTERNATIONAL TEST Today, the GMAT is accepted by institutions across the world, including India

Q. What is GMAT exam like?
A. The GMAT® (Graduate Management Admission Test®) is a valid and reliable assessor of your academic performance in today’s graduate management classrooms. It just means that the better you do in GMAT, the better you should do in the classrooms. This validity and reliability is important to schools when making admission decisions. The GMAT sections are- Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. You have three-and-a-half hours in which to take the exam, but you should plan for a total time of approximately four hours to include optional breaks.

Q. How is GMAT administered?
A. GMAT is administered entirely in English. The quantitative and verbal sections of the examination are computer-adaptive, meaning questions are chosen for you based on how you have answered the previous questions. In general, the more correct answers you give, the more difficult the test becomes. Your score is based on both the difficulty of questions answered and the number of correct responses. By adjusting to your individual ability, the computer-adaptive test shortens the time taken to complete the examination and establishes a higher level of accuracy than a fixed test.

Q. What is the GMAT format?
A. The GMAT consists of four sections:

Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA): This section consists of a 30-minute essay; Analysis of an Argument. AWA measures your ability to think critically and communicate ideas.

Integrated Reasoning: (IR) The 30-minute IR section consists of 12 questions that measure your ability to analyse and synthesise data in different formats, that too from multiple sources. This section was added based on a survey feedback from management faculty who felt that reasoning skills are a prerequisite for 21st century management students.

Quantitative Section: The 75-minute Quantitative section consists of 37 questions that assesses your ability to reason quantitatively, solve quantitative problems, and meaningfully interpret graphic data.

Verbal Section: The 75-minute section comprises 41 questions that evaluates English vocabulary, measures the ability to analyse texts, draw inferences and convey the meaning effectively in English.

Q. What are the GMAT score scales?
A. The total score for GMAT exam is reported on a scale of 200-800 and is based on the test-taker’s performance in Quantitative and Verbal sections. In addition to the total score, there are separate scores for all four sections:

  • Integrated Reasoning (IR) – Scored on a scale of 1-8
  • Verbal Section – Scored on a scale of 0-60
  • Quantitative Section– Scored on a scale of 0-60
  • Analytical Writing Assessment – Scored on a scale of 0-6

The AWA and IR sections are scored separately and do not count towards the total GMAT score. They are not included on unofficial score reports available immediately after the exam at the test centre. However, the outcome is written on the Official Score Report, which is available within 20 days of the exam.  The GMAT score is valid for five years.

Q. How do I prepare for GMAT?
A. You can download the free GMATPrep software at mba.com/gmatprep. Other study material, including The Official Guide to GMAT Review, 13th Edition, GMAT paper tests and other tools are available for purchase at mba.com/store. GMATPrep software and other products available from GMAC (the creator of GMAT) are the only study products to include retired questions from the actual exam.

Q. Which countries accept GMAT scores?
A. GMAT scores are accepted by more than 5,400 graduate programmes worldwide, including:

  • India
  • USA
  • UK
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • South Africa
  • Thailand

 

Q. What about English language test?
A. You should visit the web page of the university where you wish to apply to know more about English language skill exam, such as Pearson Test of English.

Q. How often can I take the GMAT?
A. The GMAT® is administered year-round at test centres around the world.  You may take the exam no more than once in every 31 calendar days and no more than 5 times in a rolling 12-month period. You also need to find the time slots available at your chosen centre.

Q. Who is eligible to take the GMAT?
A. You must be at least 13 years old. Those under 18 years of age are required to submit a written form signed by a parent or guardian.

Q. How much does GMAT cost?
A. The fee for GMAT is US$250 globally. Taxes are incurred for exams administered in some countries. For a list of the same, one can visit mba.com. Test takers who reschedule or cancel their GMAT appointments need to be careful as it invites additional fees.

Quick Bites

More than 5,400 programmes offered by more than 1,500 institutions in over 110 countries use the GMAT® exam as part of the selection criteria.

The GMAT exam is offered on demand and year-round at 17 cities in India through 18 test centres.

In India, the GMAT exam is accepted for admissions at more than 150-plus programmes offered at 80 business schools. For details log on  to www.mba.com/india

The registration fee for the GMAT exam is US$ 250.

 

How do I register?

GMAT exam registration is available through the following options:

Online: Candidates are required to register and complete details on mba.com.  

By Phone: Candidates can schedule GMAT test appointment by calling the Pearson VUE customer care centre from Monday to Friday. The test fee can be paid through credit, debit card  (not in India) or voucher, and a US$10 fee may be charged. Candidates should call the customer service at least three days before the exam. India:
Telephone Number - +91 (0) 120 439 7830, Indian Standard Time: 9 am to 6 pm.

By Fax: You can download and print the GMAT appointment scheduling form from mba.com and fax it to Pearson VUE customer care centre of your region. The test fee can be paid through credit card or voucher.  You should send a fax at least seven days before the test date. Fax: +603 8319 1092

By Mail/ Courier: You can download GMAT Appointment Scheduling form from mba.com. The complete form along with the test fee can be sent through courier to:

Pearson VUE
Attention: GMAT Program
PO Box – 581907
Minneapolis, MN – 55458-1907, USA






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