Developed in 1953 by the Deans of 9 top-notch B-schools, the Graduate Management Admission Test, GMAT, is the most standardized assessment test for management admissions. The test has been particularly designed to examine the verbal and analytical reasoning skills of the candidate, skills that are integral to succeeding in the realm of business management. Incidentally, most B-schools accept the GMAT scores instead of the GRE scores, so much so that ETS provides a tool to convert GRE scores to GMAT to allow objective analysis of candidates’ profiles. The first GMAT test was taken in 1954 by 1291 students and since then, the purpose and necessity of this test has been profoundly realized by all candidates seeking to pursue MBA or Masters program. According to a study conducted by GMAC, in a single year 243000 GMAT tests are taken and 493000 GMAT scores forwarded to B-schools, mostly to MBA programs.
Age: You must be above 18 years old to take the GMAT
Nationality: Your nationality does not determine your eligibility take the GMAT
Academic Background: You can take the GMAT regardless of your academic background
Knowledge of English language: You must be acquainted with the basics of the English language to take the GMAT as GMAT tests your written communication skills in English
Professional Experience: You can take GMAT regardless of your professional experience
Taking GMAT as Specially-abled: GMAC provides special accommodations to enable the specially-abled take GMAT
Although GMAC follows strict test taking policies, the requirements for taking GMAT are not much stringent. You can take the GMAT if you meet the following eligibility criteria:
At what age can I take GMAT?
Does my nationality determine my eligibility to take GMAT?
What should be my academic qualification to take GMAT?
Do I need to have an academic background in any particular discipline to take GMAT?
What is the cut-off mark or grade to qualify for GMAT?
Do I need to know English to take GMAT?
The medium of instruction at my school/college was not English, can I take GMAT?
Is work experience mandatory to register for GMAT?
Can I take GMAT if I am specially-abled?
Can I retake GMAT?
Opt for a free GMAT mock test to assess your need for preparation for GMAT. Ideally, you should begin your GMAT test prep process by taking the mock test to understand your level of preparation and accordingly time your study schedule.
To take the GMAT test, you need to register on mba.com and create your profile. The registration process will need you to complete the following milestones:
To schedule your GMAT appointment, you will have to first find a test centre near you. While selecting your GMAT test centre, always check for the following:
Once you enter your preferred test centre location, you will be presented with a list of available GMAT test centres at or around the location. You may select up to test centres. In the next step, check for availability of the test centre. Here, too, you can enter your preferred GMAT test taking date and you will be presented with a list of available options on or around the date.
Select your GMAT test centre and date and confirm your appointment to complete the registration process. You can even register for GMAT on phone, via postal mail, or fax. You may contact the GMAT customer care service of your area for further details on the same.
Ideally, you should take the GMAT months prior to the application deadlines of your desired MBA or Masters program. MBA or Masters application is an extensive process. You need to collate documents and prepare good essays, all of which takes up considerable time. So, considering that you need a month to complete your application process, you must keep a buffer of another month, provided you feel the need to retake your GMAT.
Enrol to the online GMAT preparation program to save on valuable time and keep to your learning schedule.
The cost of registering for GMAT is only USD 250. However, the total cost of taking GMAT will also include your cost of preparations, if you want to reschedule or retake the GMAT, etc. A brief overview of the charges for each GMAT services is presented below:
|Scheduling GMAT||USD 250|
|Rescheduling GMAT||USD 60 – USD 250|
|Cancelling GMAT Date||USD 80 Refund to No Refund|
|Cancelling GMAT Score (after leaving GMAT test centre)||USD 25|
|Reinstating GMAT Score||USD 50|
|Requesting Revision of GMAT AWA score||USD 45|
|Additional GMAT Score Reports||USD 35 for each|
|Enhanced GMAT Score Report||USD 30|
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GMAC conducts the GMAT exam through its 550+ centres spread across 110+ countries in the world.
Before going for your GMAT test, ensure that you have read and understood the GMAT test centre rules and GMAT test taking policies as stipulated by GMAC.
Provided below is a list of the countries where you can take the GMAT, organized according to region:
Europe, Middle East, and Africa
The Graduate Management Admission Test is a 3 hours 7 minutes long standardized admission test, divided into 4 sections – Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Integrated Reasoning, and Analytical Writing Assessment. Although the Official Score Report provides the distinct section scores, the total GMAT score is computed only on the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections scores; the Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment sections scores do not add to the total GMAT score. Provided below is a brief overview of the GMAT exam format:
|Test Section||No. of Questions||Type of Questions||Time||Score Range|
|Analytical Reasoning Assessment (AWA)||1||Analysis of an Argument||30 minutes||0 to 6|
|Integrated Reasoning||12||Graphic Interpretation, Table Analysis, Multi-source Reasoning, Two-part Analysis||30 minutes||1 to 8|
|Quantitative Reasoning||31||Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving||62 minutes||6 to 51|
|Verbal Reasoning||36||Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction||65 minutes||6 to 51|
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