Are you an MBA aspirant looking to study abroad? Something to know is that most high ranking universities and business schools in the USA, the UK and across the globe require a GMAT score for admissions to their MBA programs.
If you are looking forward to applying to an MBA in the USA and want to get prepped for the GMAT test, you are in the right place! We’ve summarized everything you need to know below to make it easy for you.
GMAT is the Graduate Management Admission Test, is a computer-adaptive test conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). The test aims at testing your analytical writing, integrated reasoning, quantitative and verbal skills in English.
Students looking to pursue a graduate management program take this test. Top business schools and universities view the GMAT score as your readiness for the business school and factor this score into their selection process. Not all universities mandate GMAT for admission to an MBA program but it is a major selection criteria in general. To know if your university of choice requires a GMAT score, head over to their website to check for application requirements or contact the university department.
The fee for GMAT in India is $250 USD (~ INR 17,845).
The duration of GMAT is 3 hours and 30 minutes. There are a total of 4 sections and each of them is timed differently. The total duration includes two optional breaks of 8 minutes each.
The GMAT exam consists of 4 sections: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Integrated, Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning.
|Number of Questions
|Types of Questions Asked
|Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)
|You need to do the analysis of an argument and write an essay on that
|Have to answer questions based on graphics interpretation, table analysis, multi-source reasoning and two-part analysis
|Have to answer questions on data sufficiency and problem-solving
|Answer questions based on reading comprehension, critical reasoning and sentence correction
NOTE: You have the flexibility to choose the order in which you want to attend the test sections. This helps you attempt the test based on your strengths and preferences.
GMAT scores are valid up to a period of 5 years. For example, if you give a test on 23rd January 2020, then your scores will be valid till 22nd January 2025.
Once you sit for the GMAT exam, you receive five scores: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal and Total Score.
|Analytical Writing Assessment
|0.0-6.0(reported in intervals of 0.5)
|1-8(reported in intervals of 1)
|6-51(reported in intervals of 1)
|6-51(reported in intervals of 1)
|200-800(reported in intervals of 10)
*Source – GMAC
Total Scores are based on your performance in the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections. They are independent of analytical writing and integrated reasoning sections. The scores are then converted to percentile comparing your scores with 100 other candidates taking the GMAT.
It is important to complete each section in the given time. If you fail to do so, your score will be based on the number of questions answered and it decreases with the number of unanswered questions.
The GMAT score ranges between 200-800 and about two-thirds of test takers score between 400-600. Verbal and quantitative scores range between 0-60 but scores below 6 and above 51 are rare.
There are no cut-offs given by GMAC as such. However, individual universities have their own criteria and requirement of the GMAT score as their cut-off for admission to management courses. Average GMAT score for admission to top universities falls in the 700-730 range.
If you choose to keep your scores, then an official score report is sent to you which includes:
Note- If you wish to send extra score reports to universities/colleges, you need to pay an extra amount of $35 USD per report.
In case you change your decision and wish to reinstate your scores after coming back home, then you can do that online by paying a fee of $50 USD. The cancelled scores can be reinstated for up to 4 years and 11 months.
If you wish to see your overall, section-wise performance and ranking, you can choose an enhanced score report by paying a fee of $30 USD. This report gives you detailed information about your time management skills, your performance compared to others, etc.
The GMAT exam consists of 4 different sections –
This section requires you to analyze an argument given in the form of a passage and write a critique to that argument. This section assesses your critical thinking and communication in English in the form of an essay. An electronic system evaluates the structural and linguistic aspect of your essay and experts analyze the expression of your ideas in a well-defined manner.
Note- You can get this section rescored up to 1 times by an expert after paying a fee of $45 USD within 6 months of your test date.
This section judges you on the basis of your data integration skills to solve complex problems. This section includes four types of questions-
This section measures your ability to reason mathematically, solve quantitative problems, and interpret graphic data.
Two types of questions are asked in this section:
Basic concepts used in this section are:
Note – Calculators are not allowed in this section.
This section measures your ability to read and understand written material, reason and evaluate arguments, and correct materials for effective expression in English.
Three types of questions are asked in this section-
You can register for the GMAT exam by three different means which include:
You can register online on mba.com between 6 months to 24 hours before your desired test date. You need to –
To register via phone, make a call to GMAT Customer Service on +91 120-439-7830 and tell you details to them. An additional surcharge of $10 USD is applied on registration by phone.
To register via Mail, download the application form, fill it out and mail the same along with the registration fee to the address mentioned in the form. Please make sure that you send the form at least 3 weeks before the test date.
To register via Fax, fill the form and fax it on +91-120-4001660
You can pay the registration fee of $250 USD by using Debit/Credit card, cheque or money orders. The cheques and money orders are payable to Pearson VUE-GMAT in US Dollars only.
There are a total of 39 GMAT centers in 34 different cities in India.
GMAT is conducted all year round and there are no fixed official dates.
If in an unavoidable situation you need to reschedule or cancel the test, you can do that online or via phone.
|No. of days before the test date
|Refund amount on cancellation
|60 days before
|15- 50 days before
|14 days or less
You can not reschedule or cancel the test 24 hours before the chosen date. If not done on time, the fees paid will be forfeited.
You need to pay a $10 USD surcharge if you reschedule or cancel via phone.
Since GMAT demonstrates your motivation, ability and commitment to get into a business school, you need to do a thorough research of the application process for each of the universities you choose.
Still have questions?
Just talk to our expert Counsellors and clarify all your doubts!
Please feel free to connect to our Student Support Team at +91-96-933-56789 or email@example.com to answer all your queries or doubts.
Ubergrad's Expert Counsellors shall help you choose your Best-Fit Universities based on your profile and guide you through your entire study abroad journey, thus making it a cake-walk for you.
Your 'Dedicated Counsellor' would help you in the entire process - from 'shortlisting' universities to finally 'enrolling' at your dream university (just a Phone call / WhatsApp / Email / SMS away).