Graduate Management Admission Test – GMAT

An Overview of the Exam

The Graduate Management Admissions Test is a standardized test that measures the Verbal, Mathematical and Analytical skills. The test primarily aims to check the potential of the applicants for advanced study in business and management for graduate schools of business. Nearly 1000’s of the management institutes all over the world require GMAT scores from the applicants.

The GMAT examination is entirely a computer-based exam and no two students get identical sets of questions. There is no way to skip any question. The test is scored on a maximum of 800. The GMAT Score alone cannot guarantee admission into a school. The test is only one of the major factors taken into consideration in the long process of an applicant getting admitted into a Business School he/she desires.

Number of times GMAT held in India

GMAT is offered usually on all working days in India (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday).

Number of attempts for GMAT

GMAT can be taken unlimited number of times with a gap of a minimum of 31 calendar days between 2 tests. (It is highly advisable not to appear for GMAT too many times as it may affect the applicant’s candidature). However, one can give the test only 5 times in a calendar year.

You will see your score for the math and verbal section the moment you finish the exam but official scores (with scores for AWA) take one to three weeks to reach you.

Validity of the GMAT Score

GMAT Score is valid for 5 years.










GMAT Sections and Formats

Analytical Writing Assessment
1 essay prompt Argument Analysis 30 minutes
Integrated Reasoning 12 multiple choice Multi-Source Reasoning
Graphics and Table Interpretation
Two-Part Analysis
30 minutes
Quantitative 37 multiple choice Data Sufficiency
Problem Solving
75 minutes
Verbal 41 multiple choice Reading Comprehension
Critical Reasoning
Sentence Correction
75 minutes
TOTAL EXAM STATS 1 essay prompt,
90 multiple choice
3 hours, 30 minutes

Details of the Test

GMAT Section 1 – Analytic Writing Assessment (30 minutes)

One essay (analysis of an argument) – A successful Analysis of an Argument essay will be clear and cogently argued. It will present the individual critiques in a logically consistent order. It will identify all the points that in need of consideration and it will use word choice and variety of syntax to effectively communicate.


GMAT Section 2 – Integrated reasoning (30 minutes)

12 multi-part problems on data interpretation and combined Verbal/Math reasoning.

Break 1 – the AWA and IR are given back-to-back.  Once you finish your IR, you have the option of a break as long as 8 minutes.

GMAT Section 3 – Quantitative (75 minutes)

37 questions, either standard five-choice multiple choices (called “Problem Solving”) or Data Sufficiency – GMAT Data Sufficiency is a question type on the GMAT Quantitative section. On the GMAT, the format of each Data Sufficiency problem is the same: you are asked a question and you are given two mathematical statements. You then decide whether the statements give you enough information to answer the question. You don’t need to give the answer to the actual question. You just have to decide whether either statements (or both statements) give data that is sufficient for finding an answer.

Break 2 – Once you finish the Quantitative test, you have the option of a second break as long as 8 minutes.  It doesn’t matter how much time you used on your first break: you get a fresh new 8-minute allotment for this second break.

GMAT Section 4 – Verbal (75 minutes)

41 Five-choice multiple choice questions, of three types: Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction.


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