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GMAT - Graduate Management Admission Test

About  GMAT:
  • The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)is a Standardized, computer-adaptive test that measures Verbal, Mathematical and Analytical writing skills.
  • GMAThelps business schools in assessing the potential of applicants for advanced study in Business and Management.
  • Nearly 900 management institutes - Most of these being US based - give admission in the MBA program on the basis of GMATscores.
  • The GMATtest is developed and administered by the US-based Pearson VUE under the direction of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a non-profit organization of graduate business schools worldwide.
  • For the conduct of the test, Pearson VUE has appointed testing centers in over 100 countries. GMATscores are by default sent to 5 Business schools of your choice within 20 days after your test.

Eligibility Criteria of  GMAT:

Candidates with bachelor’s degree from a recognized university can apply for GMAT test. There is no minimum age limit but applicants below 18 years of age need to submit a written form duly signed by their parents
Registration for GMAT:
Candidates can register in 4 ways:
Online registration:
Candidates can log onto official website of GMAT ( to fill in complete details and payment can be done using a debit or a credit card.
By Phone:
  • Candidates can call VUE Customer Center to schedule a GMAT test appointment from Monday to Friday.
  • Payment can be made using a debit or a credit card.
  • Candidates are required to call their desired customer service available in the region atleast 3 days before the test day.
By Fax:
  • Interested candidates can download and take print out of GMAT Appointment Scheduling form and fax the same to VUE customer service center in their region.
  • Exam fee can be paid using a debit or a credit card. Fax should be sent atleast 7 days before the exam.
By Courier/Mail:
  • GMAT Appointment Scheduling form can also be downloaded from the official website of GMAT and duly filled application form along with the test fee can be couriered to: Pearson VUE, Attention: GMAT program, PO Box- 581907, Minneapolis, MN- 55458-1907, USA
  • Forms should be sent atleast 3 weeks before the exam date.
Registration Details:-
  • Click on these links to Schedule an appointment for your GMAT. You can also schedule Online here.
  • To schedule your GMAT test date and center By Phone in India, Please call +91 (0) 1204397830, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Indian Standard Time.
  • To register for the GMAT exam By Mail or Fax, you must complete the form available here.
  • Use this link here to know the correct Country and test centre codesto be mentioned in the form above.
  • Applicants in India can use this fax number to fax in the filled out application forms : +603 8319 1092. If you wish to Mail your form, please send your completed form to: Pearson VUE, Attention: GMAT Program, PO Box 581907, Minneapolis, MN 55458-1907, USA.
  • Please use this link to know more about Additional Score Reports.
  • To reschedule the date, time or location of a GMAT exam appointment in India, Please call +91 (0) 1204397830, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please use this link for details on how to cancel your test appointment
GMAT 2015 Syllabus:-
  • The GMAT® exam is administered in a computer-adaptive format that adjusts to your level.
  • The GMAT consists of three main parts—the Analytical Writing Assessment, the Quantitative section, and the Verbal section.
  • You have three and a half hours in which to take the exam, but plan for a total time of approximately four hours.
Analytical Writing Assessment Section:
  • The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) of the GMAT® is designed as a direct measure of your ability to think critically and to communicate your ideas. The AWA consists of two 30-minute writing tasks—Analysis of an Issue and Analysis of an Argument.
  • The issues and arguments presented on the test concern topics of general interest related to business or a variety of other subjects. A specific knowledge of the essay topic is not necessary; only your capacity to write analytically is assessed.
Quantitative section
  • Two types of multiple-choice questions are used in the Quantitative section of the GMAT® exam—Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency. The Quantitative section of the GMAT measures the ability to reason quantitatively, solve quantitative problems, and interpret graphic data.
  • Problem-Solving and Data-Sufficiency questions are intermingled throughout the section. Both types of questions require knowledge of:
  • Arithmetic,
  • Elementary algebra, and
  • Commonly known concepts of geometry.
  • Problem-Solving Questions
  • Problem-Solving questions are designed to test:
  • Basic mathematical skills,
  • Understanding of elementary mathematical concepts, and
  • The ability to reason quantitatively and solve quantitative problems.
  • Data-Sufficiency Questions
Data-Sufficiency questions are designed to measure your ability to:
  • Analyze a quantitative problem,
  • Recognize which information is relevant, and
  • Determine at what point there is sufficient information to solve a problem.
  • Data-Sufficiency questions are accompanied by some initial information and two statements, labeled (1) and (2). You must decide whether the statements given offer enough data to enable you to answer the question. You must choose one of the following answers:
  • Statement (1) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (2) is not sufficient.
  • Statement (2) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (1) is not sufficient.
  • BOTH statements TOGETHER are sufficient, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient.
  • EACH statement ALONE is sufficient.
  • Statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient.
Verbal section
  • Three types of multiple-choice questions are used in the Verbal section of the GMAT® exam—Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction.
  • The Verbal section of the GMAT exam measures your ability to:
  • Read and comprehend written material,
  • Reason and evaluate arguments, and
  • Correct written material to conform to standard written English.
  • Reading Comprehension Questions
  • Reading Comprehension passages are up to 350 words long.
  • Topics contain material from the social sciences, physical or biological sciences, and business-related areas (marketing, economics, human resource management, etc.).
  • Because the Reading Comprehension section of the GMAT exam includes passages from several different content areas, you may be generally familiar with some of the material; however, no specific knowledge of the material is required.  All questions are to be answered on the basis of what is stated or implied in the reading material.
  • Reading Comprehension passages are accompanied by interpretive, applied, and inferential questions.
  • Integrated Reasoning Section
  • The Integrated Reasoning section will test skills indentified as important for incoming students by a survey 740 business school faculty worldwide:
  • To assimilate and integrate information from different sources to solve challenging problems.
  • To accurately interpret data presented visually in graphs to determine or estimate probabilities and statistics.
  • To recognize and evaluate tradeoffs and the likelihood of outcomes.
  • To convert quantitative data between graphical and verbal formats.
GMAT Paper Pattern:-
GMAT Test Section No. of Questions Question Types Timing
Analytical Writing Assessment 1 Topic Analysis of Argument 30 Minutes
Integrated Reasoning 12 Questions Multi-Source Reasoning
Graphics Interpretation
Two-Part AnalysisTable Analysis

30 Minutes
Quantitative 37 Questions Data Sufficiency
Problem Solving
75 Minutes
Verbal 41 Questions Reading Comprehension
Critical Reasoning
Sentence Correction
75 Minutes
Total Exam Time     3hrs, 30 minutes
GMAT Score Format:
  • An official GMAT score report consists of four parts: Verbal Scaled Score (on a scale from 0 to 60); Quantitative Scaled Score (on a scale from 0 to 60), Total Scaled Score (on a scale from 200 to 800), Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Score (on a scale from 0 to 6). The total score is a scaled combination of the verbal and quantitative scaled scores, and thus reflects a student's overall performance on the multiple choice sections of the test. The AWA score is independent of and has no impact on the total scaled score.
  • Applicants can access GMAT scores electronically or receive paper reports-they're sent to the test taker and score-report recipients selected by the test taker within three weeks of the test date. The score report will show all of the test taker's GMAT scores for the past five years. Test takers may print an Unofficial Score Report after they finish the exam, but this does not include the AWA score and will not be accepted in lieu of an Official Score Report.
  • The Verbal and Quantitative scores range from 0 to 60.
  • Scores below 9 and above 44 for the Verbal section or below 7 and above 50 for the Quantitative section are rare. Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800. Two-thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600.
  • The AWA score is an average of the two independent ratings for each section: Analysis of an Issue and the Analysis of an Argument.
  • These average scores can range from 0 to 6 in half point intervals. Writing scores are computed separately from the scores for the multiple-choice sections of the test and have no effect on the Verbal, Quantitative, or Total scores.
  • The GMAT score reports include the following background information: Country of citizenship, Gender, Date of birth, Telephone number, Undergraduate institution, grade point average (GPA), major, and date of graduation, intended graduate study, highest level of education attained.