All you need to know about GMAT !

GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test.

It is one of the trusted and preferred entrance test organized by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).


The GMAT is the computerized Adaptive Test (CAT) taken by the aspirants every year for admission in foreign top business universities and institutions. Originally it was a paper-and-pencil test, but now it has to be taken on a computer at a designated testing centre that applicant can choose at the time of registering.
GMAT scores are used by B-schools around the world to evaluate applicants for their aptitude to study business and management which is one of the crucial advancement in their career.

The GMAT is a tough test to crack, not just because it needs a skilled approach but also because most of the applicants are shaken by the pressure of the big day.

However, GMAT is the number one choice for MBA aspirants all over the world.

Eligibility Criteria


The eligibility criteria for GMAT 2016 is not particularly set by the exam owning authority GMAC but the candidate applying for the exam must have the age of 18 years.

No upper age limit is applicable.

Also, the candidate should have completed the graduation from the recognized university/institution.

Exam Pattern

The GMAT syllabus and pattern remains the same throughout the year.
The paper comprises of 4 sections and the time allotted to complete the exam will be 3 hrs and 30 minutes.
However the test takers should plan for a total time of approximately four hours which includes two optional breaks and time for reading instructions and other formalities; but remember, if you exceed the time allowed on the breaks, the extra time will be deducted from your remaining test time.

The GMAT exam consists of four separately timed sections:

  • Analytical Writing
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Quantitative Section
  • Verbal Section

GMAT is a computer adaptive test where the level of question difficulty depends upon the response of the candidate. If the answer is correct, then the upcoming question will be on the more difficulty level and in case of incorrect response; the next question will be easy. This basically test the ability of the examiner.

Over all to crack GMAT, you need to refine your Mathematics and English.

Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)

It is a 30 minute writing task to test the analytical skills of an argument of a candidate.The candidate is asked to analyze argument and write a critique of that argument.
The assessment is made in two ways. An automated essay scoring engine evaluates the structural and linguistic features and topical analysis. Another assessment is given by a person at GMAT who marks the essay without knowledge of the computerized score.

The score is given on a scale from 1 to 6.

Your AWA score will depend on:

  • The overall quality of your ideas.
  • How clearly you’re able to develop, connect, and present these ideas.
  • The reasoning and examples you’ve cited.
  • How clearly and correctly you’re able to argue in English.

Integrated Reasoning (IR)

The Integrated Reasoning section is a 30-minute section that assesses the candidate’s ability to evaluate data given in multiple formats from multiple sources. It consists of 12 questions in four different formats :-

  • Graphics Interpretation
  • Two Part-Analysis
  • Table Analysis
  • Multi-source Reasoning

For the IR section, you will have access to an online calculator with basic functions, but note that the calculator is not available on the Quantitative section.

The score ranges from 1 to 8.

Quantitative Section

Quant is the third section you encounter on the GMAT, after AWA and IR. It is a 75 minutes section that evaluates the candidate’s ability to analyze data and arrive at conclusions with the help of reasoning skills. Number of questions are 37 based on-

Problem Solving – you need to solve a given problem and arrive at one or multiple solutions.
Data-sufficiency – you will have to assess what information given in the question is relevant and what isn’t, or even if the data given is insufficient, before answering the question.

GMAT Quant does not require you to be a whiz at mathematics. The mathematics in this section is based on the secondary level topics. Basic knowledge of Arithmetic, Probability, Number System, Area and Volume, Algebra, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion Fractions and Decimals and geometry.

The Scores ranges is from 0 to 60.

Verbal Section

The verbal section has 41 questions which consists of 3 types:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Sentence Correction

This section measures the candidate’s ability to read and understand written text and assess the arguments and correct written English. It basically evaluates your command over the English language. However, Vocabulary is not tested on the GMAT.

The Score range from 1 to 60.

Total GMAT Score

The total score ranges from 200 to 800. It measures performance on the quantitative and verbal sections together. However, the AWA and IR scores do not count towards the final scores.

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