Updated: Jan 27, 2020
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer-based test intended for the purpose of admission to a graduate management program. It is conducted by to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). GMAT assesses analytical writing and problem-solving abilities, while also addressing data sufficiency, logic, and critical reasoning skills that are important for real-world business and management success.
There is no fixed eligibility criterion for GMAT. However, various universities/colleges that accept GMAT scores have their own criteria of admission. Also, it is preferred that a student appears for the GMAT exam after finishing with his senior secondary school studies.
The GMAT exam is offered in 17 cities in India at 20 test centers. The candidates may register for the GMAT either online or at one of the test centers. To schedule an exam, an appointment must be made at one of the designated test centers. GMAT may not be taken more than once within 31 days, even if the scores are canceled.
GMAT is conducted in two formats: computer-based and paper-based. In India, only the computer-based format is available for GMAT exam as of now. Here are the following sections of the gate exam.
1: Analytical Writing Assessment - 1 topic (30 minutes)
2: Integrated Reasoning - 12 questions (30 minutes)
3: Quantitative - 37 questions (75 minutes)
4: Verbal - 41 questions (75 minutes)
Official GMAT exam study materials are available online on the official website.
GMAT exam results are available to the candidate within 20 days of giving the test. Further, the website will send your scores to up to 5 schools of your choice on your behalf. However, these schools must be selected carefully as the candidate cannot change his choice once he’s submitted it.
GMAT is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council. More than 5,900 programs offered by more than 2,100 universities and institutions use the GMAT exam as part of the selection criteria for their programs. Many B-schools use this test as a criterion for admission into a wide range of graduate management programs like MBA, Master of Accountancy and Master of Finance. The GMAT exam is administered in standardized test centers in 112 countries around the world. According to a survey, GMAT is still the number one choice for MBA aspirants despite the increasing acceptability of GRE scores. According to GMAC, it has continually performed validity studies to statistically verify that the exam predicts success in business school programs.