The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is taken by aspirants who wish to pursue MBA or MS in Finance. It is one of the oldest tests for graduate admissions and is administered by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), USA. The test is accepted by almost all the premier schools and a good score of about 750 out of the possible 800 will ensure that your application is considered seriously by Ivy League schools. However, a top score in GMAT does not ensure automatic admission, but a low score definitely takes you out of the consideration. 

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GMAT is based on a few basic concepts in the Math and Verbal sections. It is the myriad application of these concepts that the test taker is actually tested upon. What is tested is your ability to think quickly, ability to complete a task within time as well as under pressure.


Guess intelligently: Since the Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) that GMAT follows adapts questions according to your ability to answer them, you must be very careful while answering the initial questions. So ensure that you answer them right. Since there is no negative marking, intelligent guessing would always get you a good score. Also learn to identify obvious wrong answers.


Manage time: Do ensure that you answer all the questions and complete each section within the stipulated time. If any section is incomplete, it affects your score by as much as 50 percent.


Good knowledge in a subject doesn't guarantee good score: In the Maths section, you are tested on various topics such as permutation and combination, probability, geometry and statistics. The questions test you on these basic concepts but are presented in the form of Problem Solving or Data Sufficiency questions. In verbal, the question types are: Sentence Corrections, Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension. If you are good in Math, it does not guarantee a good score in the Math section and the same goes for verbal. It is the scaling process that determines your final score. A uniform performance gives you a better score vis-à-vis flashes of brilliance, especially across different sections.


Answers sounding incorrect can be correct: Usually while solving sentence correction questions, students tend to judge the answer choices by how it sounds but the problem in GMAT is that the answer choices that sound the most incorrect, may turn out to be the right answers.


Consider information given in passage to answer Reading Comprehension questions: In Reading Comprehension, it is a myth the test taker needs to possess knowledge about various topics on which the passages are based. It is simply not feasible to know all the topics on which the passages are designed. Also, it’s advisable that even if the candidate happens to know about the topics, he should not apply his knowledge while answering the questions. Confine yourself solely to the information provided in the passage.


Eventually, it’s how you handle the pressure of taking such an enigmatic test that determines your score. Those who are confident about their approach and do not buckle under pressure are invariably the ones who do well in GMAT and may be in life as well 


With inputs from Araddhana Mahanna, Managing Director, Manya Education, business partners of  The Princeton Review (TPR) in India.

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sir, Mam I am studying in B.Tech (3rd year) .I want to crack CAT and GMAT exams to get a seat in IIMs or B-schools .so what should I do? please Give me any suggestions?

harshita sharan Student Expert 17th May, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

Since you are in B.Tech 3rd year now, so i think this is the right time for you to start your Preparation for CAt. You have one year for preparation at this stage of time. To start with I'll recommend you to brush up your basic knowledge of Mathematics. Since you are a Btech student you won't face much difficulty in Quants section if you devote some time for practice regulary. For Verbal section, I'll suggest you to start reading novels, newspaper etc. as much as possible, This will increase your reading speed and improve your vocabulary. Solve past year questions for DILR practice. I'll suggest you to buy test series from some coaching institute for practice. CAT examination is all about practice and your command on subject. If you know the concepts and is good at english then you have high chances of cracking cat.

Good Luck


can we write gmat entrance exam to read mba in other countries

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 11th May, 2020

Yes. You can appear for GMAT to study MBA abroad. More than 110 Countries accept GMAT score and so you can write GMAT for studying MBA abroad. The GMAT has 4 sections namely Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning, This exam tests your comprehension and analytical skills.


If I want to go to uk, canada or usa to pursue higher studies, which exam should i give? GMAT,GRE,SAT,ACT, TOEFL OR IELTS? Also, please give me a comparisons between these exams

Anantika Kushwaha 30th Apr, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

The type of exam should you give depends on the University you're looking for and also the course.

SAT or ACT is basically for Undergraduate courses while GRE and GMAT is for Postgraduate courses. TOEFL and IELTS are basically English Proficiency tests. They are given by the candidates whose native language is not English, it too varies according to the university. Every university has it's different criteria but if you're looking for Undergraduate course then you should give SAT as it is accepted by many universities and the language exam based on what the university is accepting.


i have given gmat exam and I want to apply for Indian universities which accept gmat scores without any work experience being compulsory which are the course I can apply for ?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 29th Apr, 2020


see by gmat score you may apply for indian colleges for pgdm admission, however most of the tier 1 institute have executives program based on gmat score where work experience is necessary, however some of the top institute you may go for,

sp jain institute of management

Great lakes, Chennai

NSB-NTPC School of Business


LPU is not AICTE Approved neither a Demmed University ? I know its UGC Approved but , Will it cause problem in Higher studies Abroad and in India (GRE/GMAT/GATE) or problems in Off Campus Placement and Company Switching ? Please Give Correct Answer !!!! DO NOT GIVE LPU WEBSITE NOT HAVING AICTEREASON

Dharamveer Dheer 6th May, 2020

Lets go point by point:

1. Universities DO NOT need AICTE approvals, as AICTE is not the regulatory authority for Universities.

2. LPU is a full fledged PRIVATE University established u/s 2F of UGC act. Deemed universities are those which run only one branch of courses and are not given FULL university status by UGC.

3. For higher studies abroad: LPU itself has tie ups with over 200 top universities world over. secondly, most universities abroad take the scores of GRE/GMAT/GATE etc, there are thousands of LPU students world over who have passed these examinations and are either studying abroad or have completed their studies.

4. Higher studies in India: All the LPU courses are recognized by all the universities in India for qualifying examination purpose due to UGC recognition.

5. Placements: LPU has one of the biggest and most elaborate placement process for thousands of its students in all the programs and more than 600 companies visit the campus for recruitment offering lucrative offers. Going to company switching later on, the skills attained in LPU act as catalyst in your career. Most of the technologies being taught in LPU improve your efficiency by leaps and bounds.

Hope this solves all the points.


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