Graduate Management Admission Test

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a general prerequisite for joining Business Schools around the globe. This exam is generally written for admission to the top MBA programmes in Canada, but it can also be an exceptional addition to your application if you have any plans for a Postgraduation.

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Typical time required: 8-12 weeks

Test Fee: $250 as of Jan 2020

About the Exam

  • This is a standardised test examining the capacity of candidates applying for graduate studies in business Colleges/Schools.
  • It is a standard criterion for entry to Masters of Business Administration (MBA) programmes or Masters in Management (MIM) courses.
  • It is a really valued test in the United States of America, India, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and many other countries.

Before you Start

  • Check the University prerequisites if GMAT is required.
  • The exam is marked out of 800 points.
  • Note down the minimum test score required at your target college (usually around 550-650)
  • It is a Computer-Adaptive Test (CAT).

Required Documents

  • Indian Passport
  • Credit/Debit card for online payment
  • Names of 4 institutions to send the GMAT Scores

GMAT Registration

  • ONLINE REGISTRATION
    The registration for GMAT is done entirely online. You need to create an account first.Once the candidate has logged in to MBA.com, they will have to complete the remaining profile with essential details.
  • PHONE REGISTRATION
    You can place a call at the GMAT Customer Service to schedule a date & venue for the exam. You can get more information here.You may be charged with an extra service fee of US $10.

GMAT Exam Pattern

The GMAT has four sections, briefly described below:

SECTIONNo. of QuestionsDURATION
Analytical Writing Assessment1 essay - Argument Evaluation & Analysis30 minutes
Integrated Reasoning12 MCQs based on graphical interpretation, multi-source reasoning, tabular analysis and two-part analysis30 minutes
Quantitative Reasoning31 questions on Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency, testing arithmetic, algebra and geometry knowledge62 minutes
Verbal ReasoningVerbal Reasoning65 minutes

Thus, the entire exam goes on for at least 3 hours 30 mins (along with the initial procedures).

After You Register

  • An email confirming your GMAT Appointment will be sent.
  • This Appointment Letter has to be carried on the day of your GMAT Appointment.
  • Note if any different test venues have been mentioned, or if there is any change in the test timings & building.

On Test Day

  • Carry your ID proof containing the information matching to the ones entered during the GMAT Registration. We suggest you carry your Passport as valid proof.
  • Arrive at least 40 mins before the Exam. If you arrive late at the test venue, you may not be allowed.
  • Once you reach, your biometrics (fingerprints usually) shall be taken by the Test Centre Staff.
  • You will be instructed to keep all the personal items in a separate room/an allotted locker.
  • Each time you enter & leave the exam hall, you will be escorted by a staff member & your fingerprints will be scanned; this will be proof of your entry & exit.
  • Between the exam, there will be two breaks.
  • The exam will be for about 3.5 hours; thus, we would suggest you carry water & light snacks.

Test Results

  • The GMAT scores you on four different parts :
  • The Analytical Writing Assessment Section( between 0.0-6.0),
  • The Integrated Reasoning Section ( between1-8),
  • The Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning Section (Separate) (between 0-60),
  • The Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning Section (Cummulative), (between 200-800).
  • As soon as you finish the GMAT Exam, you can see your unofficial GMAT Scores. You will be given 2 minutes to either accept this score (which shall be later submitted to your target schools) or to decline it. If you do not make a decision within 2 minutes, it will automatically get cancelled.
  • GMAT scores are valid for 5 years.

Trivia

  • Have a healthy, big breakfast on the morning of the GMAT.
  • For the Integrated Reasoning part, you will have an IR on-screen Calculator. But for the Quantitative Reasoning, you will not be provided with any calculator.
  • Once you submit an answer, you cant go back. So be wise in deciding which answers should you guess, and which ones are to be skipped. You shouldn’t waste time on such decisions.
  • Take as many practice exams.
  • Top Business Schools require the average GMAT scores to be between 712-730.
  • This exam can be taken at any time in the year.

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