About GMAT

What is the GMAT?

Accepted by more than 7,000 management programs in India, US and other countries, GMAT® is a computer adaptive test that assesses analytical writing, quantitative and verbal skills of students applying for MBA and similar courses to a graduate school of business. The GMAT® Exam has been the test of choice for world’s leading business schools for one reason – it works. Quite simply, no other exam lets you showcase the skills that matter most in the business school classroom and in your career.

The examination is entirely computer-based and scored on a maximum of 800. Though the GMAT score alone cannot guarantee admission into a B-school, it is one of the major factors taken into consideration.

The GMAT® has four sections – Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment. The following is the GMAT® test structure.


The US-based "Pearson VUE”, under the directions of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) develops and administers the GMAT®. GMAC is responsible for setting questions, conducting the test and sending score reports to each examinee. For detailed information about GMAT®, please refer to the official website of GMAT® – www.mba.com

Did you know? A new form of GMAT, the GMAT Online™ can now be taken at home. Learn more about What is the difference between in-center and at-home GMAT.

What is the scoring scale for the GMAT?

  1. AWA section scores range from 0-6 in 0.5-point increments
  2. IR section scores range from 1-8 in 1-point increments
  3. Quantitative scores can range from 6-51 in 1-point increments
  4. Verbal scores can range from 6-51 in 1-point increments
  5. Total score can range from 200-800 in 10-point increments

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Most top Indian B-schools like ISB, IIMs, XLRI, SP Jain and others accept GMAT scores. For a complete list, refer to this page
It is one of the various criteria that the admissions committee looks at. However, a good GMAT score does improve chances of admission.
Anybody can take the GMAT exam irrespective of their educational qualification.
The registration fee for taking GMAT is USD 275. After the test, the test takers are asked to submit the names of 5 B-schools that they would like to send their scores to. This facility is part of the USD 275 fee that is charged for the test. To know more about different GMAT Exam fees, click here.
You can register online or by phone or by mail. The detailed information about registering for the GMAT can be found at www.mba.com
GMAT is offered usually on all working days in India (i.e. from Monday to Friday, all through the year). For more information, please visit www.mba.com
You can take the GMAT exam once every 16 calendar days and no more than five times in a 12-month period. You are only allowed to take the exam 8 times in total (lifetime limit effective December 17, 2016).
Your GMAT score will be valid for 5 years from the date the test was taken.
AWA section grades are from 0-6 in 0.5 increments. IR section is scored on a scale of 1-8 in 1 point increments. Quantitative scores range from 0 to 60 in 1-point increments. However, scores below 6 and above 51 are rare. Verbal scores range from 0-60 in 1-point increments. However, scores below 9 and above 44 are rare. The total score ranges from 200 to 800 in 10 point increments.
You will get your scores for the maths, verbal and IR sections the moment you finish the exam. However, official scores (with scores for the AWA section) will take 20 days to reach you.
Yes, you can reschedule your exam. If you reschedule more than 60 days prior to your exam, you would need to pay a rescheduling fee of USD 50. However, if you reschedule 14 days or less before your date of exam, you would need to pay USD 150.
If you cancel more than 60 days before your exam date, you will get a refund of $100. If you do the same 14 days or less before your exam, you will be refunded only $50. There won't be any refund if you cancel 24 hours or less before the exam.
The score can be cancelled either immediately after the GMAT exam or within 72 hours of the exam. If the score is cancelled immediately after the exam at the test centre, then there is no cancellation fee. If the score is cancelled after the exam within 72 hours, there is a cancellation fee of $25. Cancelled scores can be reinstated and the reinstatement fee is $50.
ESR (Enhanced Score Report) is available for cancelled scores also. So, if a student is unhappy with his score, he can cancel it, order the ESR, assess where he did not do well and prepare for his next attempt accordingly.
If you secure 85 percentile it would mean that 85% of the students who have taken the exam in the past three years are below you and 15% are equal to or above you.
Yes, you can apply to the universities based on your provisional scorecard that you receive on the day of the test. But only if the university waives the requirement and as long as you are able to send the official score once it is out.
Most of the universities take the best score. However, it is best to confirm the same from a particular university before applying.
No, not all MBA programs outside India require a GMAT. However, to seek admission in a reputed business school, you will need a decent GMAT score.
The universities only accept official scores sent directly by GMAC through www.mba.com. Scores to five colleges can be sent free of cost immediately after taking the exam. Subsequently, for each score report sent to a college, you would have to pay USD 35.
Candidates can validate their identity using their Aadhaar Card OR passport during the GMAT online exam registration process as long as the Card is current and valid. For the test center version of the GMAT exam, the passport remains as the only acceptable ID.
A candidate must be 18 years and above to take the GMAT exam without consent. Written proof of consent from the guardian is required if the candidate doesn’t meet the required age (age 13 to age 17). There is no specified upper age limit to take the GMAT


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