About GMAT

The Graduate Management Admission Test is a computer adaptive test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA program. Like all other international assessment tests GMAT score is an extensively used tool by most Business schools predominantly in North America and European countries to select promising and successful candidates for their management programs, such as MBA, and also for their finance and accounting programs.

Graduate Management Admission Test

The GMAT is a computer adaptive test (CAT), which adapts to your performance as you’re taking the test. To begin with each category, the computer assumes you to be an average student and gives you a question of medium difficulty. Thereafter the computer presents, e.g., A more difficult question if you have answered correctly. Likewise, incase of a wrong answer it presents a question of lesser difficulty.

Thereafter an algorithm calculates your score based not just on right or wrong answers, but also on the level of difficulty. It is not allowed to review your previous answer and are supposed to proceed further only, as each response directly affects the next question.

The GMAT has 4 sections which are scored separately, and scores are awarded for individual sections as well as an overall score for the exam. These sections are:

  1. Quantitative reasoning section:
    Quantitative Reasoning section as the name implies measures your ability to solve quantitative problems and interpret graphic data by using your mathematical skills. It consists of 31 objective type questions which have to be answered in 62 minutes and no calculators are allowed. It is recommended to prepare and time your test keeping this in mind.

  2. Verbal reasoning section:
    Verbal Reasoning section measures your ability to read and comprehend written matter and evaluate arguments and debates, and communicate the same in English.The Verbal Section tests your reading comprehension, sentence correction and critical reasoning skills. There are 36 objective type questions to be completed in 65 minutes. 

  3. Integrated reasoning section:
    This section measures your ability to analyze and evaluate information from complex set of data presented in various formats. Generally four types of questions relating to Multi-Source Reasoning, Table Analysis, Graphic Interpretation, and Two-Part Analysis are asked in this section. This section would depend more on your quantitative and verbal skills. There are 12 questions comprising of more than 1 correct choice to be answered in 30 minutes.

  4. Analytical writing assessment section:
    This section of the GMAT ascertains your analysing skills of a given situation or argument, and its effective communication to the examiner.. The arguments on the test include topics relating to general business situations or on other subjects. It basically tests your analytical capacity. You have to write one essay within a timeframe of 30 minutes. This is the only section of the GMAT where rescoring facility is available on payment of a fee of USD 45 due to its physical/ manual assessment by individual experts.

Though the official GMAT scores are valid for 5 years from the date of the test, it is advised to submit scores not older than three years. Older reports may create some doubts regarding the present capabilities of the students.

You could get 1 notebook at the start and 1 during the test. Two would be sufficient.

The fee is fixed for all countries hence the test fee would be equivalent of USD 250 if you live in Germany.

There are 2 optional breaks of a maximum of 8 minutes each.

GMAT helpline number is 0124-4945270 (during office hours).

Yes, it is possible to cancel the score within 72 hours of your scheduled exam time for a USD 25 fee. It is preferable to consider various factors such as the level of their preparation, actual exam circumstances, etc. prior to taking their exam.

It would first depend on the scores you have accepted or cancelled. Admission committees can have access to all accepted scores within the last five years. Mostly they would accept the best score.

ESR denotes 'Enhanced Score Report' which gives an in-depth analysis of a test taker's performance on the GMAT. It is not an alternative to the official GMAT.

After expiry of the URL, where can I see my ESR?
ESR can be viewed as many times as you like after expiry of the URL by visiting My Account and follow the instructions . You would receive a email with a new URL.

No, only the verbal and quantitative sections are counted towards the final score.

Yes, sometimes employers would like to have an insight of the candidate better, by looking at their performance at the GMAT to take a final call on selection of that particular candidate.

In case of cancelled scores the same are not reported to the schools, however the same will be reported/ visible on your score report. Your score report will indicate all scores of tests in the last 5 years.

Scores of 5 to 10 years old are available at a cost, but they are sent to schools by GMAC to be interpreted with caution. It is advisable to first check with the school regarding its acceptability prior to sending them to the school. Scores over 10 years old are not available at GMAC.

Many business schools use the GMAT score in combination with the GPA of the student as one of their many selection criteria and place them in a particular pool. Additionally several other factors are taken into account. In fact GMAT score is a very good selection tool but it is being used in combination with other factors.

Yes, you are allowed to appear at the GMAT in any country.

Indian nationals are required to provide CAT scores whereas foreigners are to provide GMAT scores.

GMAT is conducted twice daily from Monday to Friday in major cities and it can be repeated after a gap of 16 days.You can appear a maximum of 5 times in a year and 8 times in a career.

Yes you can. However official scores need to be reported directly by GMAC.

You can appear for the GMAT after a gap of 16 days and can appear for a maximum of 5 times in a year. However the maximum attempts allowed to a candidate are 8.

Canceled scores can be reinstated up to 4 years and 11 months from the date of test. However the scores would be sent to the schools initially opted at the time of the test.You would be able to reinstate your cancelled scores online for a USD 50 fee and by phone for an additional USD 10.

Yes, you can. However you need to inform GMAC(governing body) at least 3 months prior to your planned test date. GMAC considers students with special needs on a case to case basis.

Reinstated scores can only be sent to the five programs mentioned on the test date for free. However a fee of USD 35 is applicable if request is sent after the test date.

The scores would be available between 1 to 3 weeks from the request date.

Personal calculators are not allowed. Calculators are provided for use during the Integrated Reasoning section only. However note boards and markers would be provided for the Quantitative section.

There are 3 deadlines, viz. 15th September 2019 for Round I, 1st December 2019 for Round II and 1st January 2020 for Round III. Students are advised to apply in Round I to enable them to avail a chance of getting full tuition fee waivers. Also half of the need and merit based waivers are available to Round I applicants. 

How much scholarship is awarded in ISB Youth Leadership Program?
A scholarship of Rs. 1 lac is provided for all students of the ISB YLP.

Rescoring facility is available only for the Analytical Writing Assessment(AWA) section.

The GMAT measures certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program. It requires knowledge of English skills, arithmetic, analytical writing and critical reasoning for real world businesses. 

In fact you are supposed to reach the venue at least one hour before the commencement of the test.

GMAT previous papers can be downloaded online for free as well as some paid ones.

Yes, schools can view all accepted scores of yours within the last 5 years. The scores they would consider depends entirely on their own criteria. 

GMAT tests are both computers as well as paper based ones. However the paper based ones are conducted only thrice a year.

GMAC will send your official score report for free to up to five (5) programs which you have opted prior to your GMAT™ exam. However for additional score reporting you would have to pay a fee of USD 28 per school. Scores sent directly by the student are not accepted.

Yes, every school has its own precise timeline and number of rounds. It is advisable to apply in the first round itself to enhance the chances of selection and scholarships. Schools generally consider first round applicants to be more serious and interested to pursue their course in their school. Even with a slightly less score on the GMAT candidates can be lucky to be competing with fewer number of aspirants. 

Subsequent rounds tend to be more competitive.

Yes, you can cancel your scores online up to 72 hours after the completion of your exam. You need to do the needful through mba.com account. Depending on the location of the centre there could be some delay of up to 24 hours to exercise this option. A fee is applicable for this service after leaving the test centre.

Harvard Business School does not have a mandatory requirement of a GMAT score. However the average score of students enrolled there is about 730. In the case of Harvard they have very stringent selection criteria. This criteria is quite popular among the top B-schools.

Yes, it is possible to obtain a full scholarship, however you should be an outstanding academic record and achievements. GMAT is just one of the many components of the selection process. A score of above 700 can suffice.

The verbal section of the GMAT analysis the  critical reasoning, sentence correction  and reading comprehension of the student thereby assessing  the English language skills and reasoning ability  of the student.

Actual scores would be available with about 2 weeks. However request to see the AWA score online would take about 3 weeks to process.

The AWA measures your critical thinking of an argument and your communication skills. It is initially evaluated electronically mainly for linguistic and structural content and thereafter by various experts. 


Range of score is as follows:-

  • Analytical writing assessment- 0-6 with a 0.5 point increment.
  • Integrated reasoning- 1-8 with a 1 point increment.
  • Quantitative reasoning- 6-51 with a 1 point increment.
  • Verbal reasoning- 6-51 with a 1 point increment.
  • Duration
    GMAT: 3 hours and 45 minutes
    GRE: 3 hours and 30 minutes

  • Objective type questions
    GMAT: 80 +(20 un-scored )
    GRE: 90

  • Number of Sections
  • GMAT: 6 (includes one unscored section)
  • GRE: 4

  • Cost
    GMAT: $205
    GRE: $250

  • Validity of scores
    GMAT: 5 years
    GRE: 5 years

Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), Virginia, USA is the governing body of GMAT. This exam is conducted in India by PearsonI VUE, situated at New Delhi.

Many business schools use the GMAT score in combination with the GPA of the student as one of their many selection criteria and place them in a particular pool. Additionally several other factors are taken into account. In fact GMAT score is a very good selection tool but it is being used in combination with other factors.

Though the official GMAT scores are valid for 5 years from the date of the test, it is advised to submit scores not older than three years. Older reports may create some doubts regarding the present capabilities of the students.

GMAT tests are both computer as well as paper based ones. However the paper based ones are conducted only thrice a year.

Yes, it is possible to obtain a full scholarship, however you should have an outstanding academic record and achievements. GMAT is just one of the many components of the selection process. A score of above 700 can suffice.

The average GMAT score in the top 10 B-schools is about 720. However it is recommended to score much higher as a high score leaves very little doubt about the preparedness of the student on the admissions officers.

In fact you are supposed to reach the venue at least one hour before the commencement of the test.

The verbal section of the GMAT analysis the critical reasoning, sentence correction and reading comprehension of the student thereby assessing the English language skills and reasoning ability of the student.

CAT is the method used in evaluation of the GMAT score. In this method the computer asks questions based on the student’s responses, i.e., In the order of increasing or decreasing difficulty on the basis of the responses submitted.

  1. ISB, Hyderabad campus & Mohali campus
  2. S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai
  3. IIM, Ahmedabad
  4. IIM, Bangalore
  5. Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai
  6. IIM, Calcutta
  7. XLRI, Jamshedpur
  8. IIM, Lucknow
  9. IMT, Ghaziabad, Hyderabad, Nagpur & Dubai
  10. IIM, Indore
  11. ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad & Mumbai
  12. IIM, Kozhikode
  13. MDI, Gurgaon
  14. FMS, Delhi
  15. TAPMI, Manipal
  16. Dept. of Management, BITS Pilani, Rajasthan
  17. XIM, Bhubaneswar
  18. IIFT, Delhi & Kolkata
  19. Goa Institute of Management, Goa
  20. K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai
  21. School of Management and Entrepreneurship-Shiv Nadar, Mumbai University, Greater Noida
  22. MICA, Ahmedabad
  23. PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore
  24. TISS, Mumbai
  25. IMI, New Delhi, Bhubaneswar & Kolkata
  26. Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management, Ahmedabad
  27. VIT Business School, Vellore
  28. School of Business, Alliance University, Bangalore
  29. Birla Institute of Management Technology, Noida
  30. Amity Business School, Noida
  31. Europe Asia School of Business, Pune
  32. IIT-DMS, Delhi, Kanpur, Bombay, Madras, Roorkee & Kharagpur
  33. ISBF, Delhi
  34. IIM, Ranchi
  35. School of Management-SRM University, Chennai
  36. IIM, Rohtak
  37. National Institute of Securities Markets, Mumbai
  38. IIM, Shillong
  39. FLAME, Pune
  40. IIM, Tiruchirappalli
  41. Mysore Royal Academy, MYRA School of Business, Mysore
  42. IIM, Udaipur
  43. Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies
  44. IIM, Raipur
  45. IFMR, Chennai
  46. NIFT, Delhi
  47. NIT, Surathkal
  48. Woxsen School of Business, Hyderabad
  49. Apeejay Stya University, School of Management Sciences, Noida
  50. RGIPT, Dept. of Management Studies, Noida

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