Scoring tips to succeed in GMAT
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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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can I get admission without gmat score in gmr business school

Suryashis Chakraborty 22nd Feb, 2020

Hello Tompala,

GMR School of Business was established in 2013 by GMR Group and it offers two years full time MBA course, accredited by AICTE, India.

The admission process is based on scores of English Proficiency Entrance Examinations like TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, YELT or GMAT.

Candidates are also required to have a minimum of B average in their graduation (UG).

It is mandatory to have either of the above mentioned proofs of English Proficiency. You can seek admission without GMAT if you have another proof of English Proficiency.

Hope this helps you. We wish you the best for your future endeavours!



Is it possible to get a call from IIM Ahmedabad with 93% in 10th, 95% in 12th, 85% in B.Tech from Tier 3 college without any internships and extra curricular activities and 99%tile in CAT?

Anshu Saini 20th Feb, 2020
Hi aspirant,
IIMs are known to raise their bars of the expected percentile in the examination. The general bracket of the accepted CAT percentile ranges from 95 to a 99.98 percentile so as to get you a PI, that is, a Personal Interview call from the IIM institutes. In regard to this they also consider 12 and 10 class marks and grade them. With your score you have fair chances of getting a call from IIM ahemdabad but you have to clear analytical written test (AWT) and personal interview for admission. Follow this link for more details-
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How to apply GMAT exam and which is the best college to accept GMAT score in Mumbai India.

Suryashis Chakraborty 13th Feb, 2020


The GMAT exam is a computer-bases test that assesses the analytical writing, quantitative, verbal and reading skills of candidates.

The GMAT Exam costs around US $250. The test is taken to get admission into a graduate management program, such as MBA and Masters in Finance related courses in top business schools across the world.

According to GMAC, one can register for the GMAT exam 6 months before the Graduate Management Admission Test date or latest by 24 hours before the GMAT exam date.

Step 1: Visit the official GMAT website,

Step 2: Create your official GMAT account.

Step 3: Give your personal details like Name, address, etc.

Step 4: Provide your academic and work details.

Step 5: Verify and submit your details.

Step 6: Choose your closest or preferred test center.

Step 7: Select the preferred date and time slot.

Step 8: Pay the GMAT Registration fee online through debit or credit card.

Step 9: After paying the fee, the GMAT Registration is complete.

Some colleges accepting GMAT scores in Mumbai are as follows:


School of Business Management SVKM Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies

KJ Sowmaiya Institute of Management Studies

SDA Bocconi Asia Center

IES Management College and Research Centre

MET Institute of Management

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Hope this helps you. We wish you the best for your future endeavours!



I heard somewhere that spjmir will consider gmat scores which have been written till dec 31,2019.i have written my gmat on 3r january2020,will spjmir consider the score or not?

PALLAV TIRIYAR 30th Jan, 2020

GMAT is an entrance exam for management institutions which has no fixed exam date. The students have been given liberty to select their exam date according to their wish. However it is recommended that registration must be done two months before the exam date. Regarding call from SPJIMR,  the institute will call the students if and only if they meet their eligibility requirements. The interview dates scheduled are different for different cities. It will last up-to 21st of February.

registration date of GMAT and Exam date of GMAT in 2020

Shivam bhardwaj Student Expert 27th Jan, 2020

Hello Sohan,

Hope you are doing well.

As there are no specific dates for conducting GMAT 2019, prospective test takers can choose a date according to their convenience. However, candidates have to take at least 16 days’ break between two attempts. Also, one cannot exceed five GMAT exams within a 12-month period. A candidate can take no more than eight re-tests in a lifetime.

Feel free for further queries.

Good luck

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