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GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test and is conducted by Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). The GMAT exam is designed to test skills that are highly important to business and management programs. It assesses analytical writing and problem-solving abilities, along with the data sufficiency, logic, and critical reasoning skills that are vital to real-world business and management success

About GMAT

Management aspirants need to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), which is an admissions assessment for business colleges. Average GMAT scores are in the range of 570-580. However, for top school admissions a score of at least 700 is almost mandatory. New sections have been introduced recently, such as Integrated Reasoning, which have made the test more competitive than before. GMAT test is available throughout the world in more than 500 locations. The slots have to be booked in advance.

The Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) is a computer adaptive entrance test which evaluates an aspirant's problem-solving abilities, reading and verbal reasoning skills, and analytical writing competency in written English for obtaining admission in a graduate management program, such as Master in Business Administration (MBA) or the like. The test is administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and can be taken multiple times in a year. The GMAT score is generally accepted by more than 7,000 programs at nearly 2,300 graduate business schools across the globe

Exam Dates

GMAT candidates should try to keep a track of the GMAT exam dates availability so that they can structure their respective study plans accordingly

GMAT Crucial Dates
GMAT Registration Open throughout the year
Date of GMAT Examination Candidates have the flexibility to choose the date during registration
GMAT 2020 Result Declaration Within 20 calendar days after taking the test

Eligibility Criteria

Although GMAC sets no fixed prerequisites to take up the GMAT exam. Nevertheless, the candidates who aim to take the test must ensure to fulfill the requisite eligibility criteria for GMAT 2020 set by the respective university/colleges in which they wish to take admission. These include

  • Age Limit: Although there is no upper age limit, the candidate must have completed at least 18 years of age. However, for candidates in the age bracket of 13 to 17 years, they need to obtain permission in writing from their parents or legal guardian prior to scheduling their exam.
  • Requisite Educational Qualification: There is no official statement from GMAC, the body conducting GMAT regarding minimum eligibility of candidates to sit for the test. However, it is essential that candidates should possess a graduate degree in any discipline from a recognized university to enroll for the MBA programme.
  • Number of Attempts: The candidates can attempt GMAT up to 8 times in total. But in a particular calendar year, the number of attempts cannot exceed five times with a time gap of at least 16 days.
  • Re-application for the Test: GMAT candidates who have not fared well in the entrance test, can re-appear for the test again. The GMAT score is valid for five years and candidates who have not enrolled in any graduate programme during this span of time can re-apply for the entrance test

GMAT Reservation Criteria

Special reservation criteria's are provided for students with disabilities. There are following measures that a candidate needs to fulfill to acclaim this provision-

GMAT test taker, you are responsible for documenting all of the following with your application

  • The existence of an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity as compared with most people
  • The current impact of your impairment and how it limits your ability to take the computer- Adaptive GMAT exam under standard condition.
  • A rational for why the accommodation is/are necessary and appropriate relative to your impairment.

The following categories are considered under the disability criteria

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
  • Learning and Cognitive disorder
  • Physical and systematic disabilities
  • Psychological Disabilities
  • Sensor Disabilities (Hearing or Vision)

GMAT Registration

GMAT is a management entrance exam conducted round the year, and not on any particular dates/month. Accordingly, the GMAT Registration remains open throughout the year. As you have the flexibility to take the exam on any day depending on the availability and time slot, you can register for the GMAT exam as per your convenience.

So, there is neither any rigidity on the GMAT 2020 registration date nor on completing your GMAT 2020 Application form before any fixed date as you can register, apply and appear in GMAT anytime during the year.

How to Register for GMAT

GMAT Registration process can be outlined in few simple steps:

  • Signup on GMAT official portal
  • Submission of Personal Information
  • Profile Details submission
  • Selection of Test exam centre, date and time
  • Payment & completion of registration



Important documents required for GMAT Registration Process

  • A valid Passport
  • Credit Card/Debit Card

Exam Pattern

With the effect from April 2018, Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has introduced the new feature of Select Section Order. It means a candidate has to select any one order before the test starts. The available three options are:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), Integrated Reasoning (IR), Quantitative, Verbal (original order);

  • Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA); 

  • Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning (IR), Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)

The GMAT exam consists of four separately timed sections. Let's look at these

Section Number of Questions Duration
Analytical Writing Analysis of Argument 30 minutes
Integrated Reasoning Section 12 Questions 30 minutes
Optional Break 10 minutes
Quantitative Section 31 Multiple Choice
-Data Sufficiency
Problem Solving
62 minutes
Optional Break 10 minutes
Verbal Section 36 Multiple Choice
Critical Reasoning
Reading Comprehension
Sentence Correction
65 minutes
Total 187 minutes

Quantitative Ability:  The section has two types of multiple-choice questions based on Problem-solving and GMAT Data Sufficiency. In 62 minutes, the candidate needs to solve 31 questions. This section will be measured on a scale 200-800 with one-point increment. Usage of the calculator is prohibited.

Verbal Ability: This section evaluates your reading and writing skills in the English language. You will encounter three types of multiple-choice questions here: Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction.

Integrated Reasoning

The Integrated Reasoning section is a 30-minute section in the GMAT test that measures candidate's ability to understand and evaluate multiple types of information graphics, numeric, and verbal. This section has four types of questions: Multi-Source Reasoning, Table Analysis, Graphics Interpretation and Two-Part Analysis.

For the IR section, you will have access to an online calculator with basic functions. The score of IR is gauged on a scale of 1 and 8. This will be reported separately and will not have any impact on the overall GMAT score.

Analytical Writing Assessment

The AWA section is also of 30 minutes duration and scored from 0 to 6. The Analytical Writing section asks to write one essay: The Argument. This particular section checks your capability to think critically and communicate your thoughts with logic. The main aim of this is to analyze the reasoning behind the argument.

GMAT Score

How to access GMAT Score?

  • GMAT Score is accessible on the official website of GMAT i.e. mba.com
  • Once it is made available, it can be accessed at any time of the year by entering the required credentials.
  • Candidates will be sent an email to their registered Email ID which will include a unique link.
  • The Email will be received within 20 days of taking the test.
  • They have to use the unique link in order to view their official sample GMAT Score Report.
  • The Email will also include instructions on how to access the GMAT Official Score Report.

Validity of GMAT Score

  • Candidates can use their GMAT Score for up to 5 years
  • GMAT Score can be used to pursue MBA program and for getting a job, as many recruitment companies use GMAT Score for providing jobs.
  • If a candidate is not satisfied with his GMAT Result, they can retake GMAT Exam.
  • However, a candidate can appear for GMAT for 5 times only in one year i.e. duration of 12 months.



FAQ's

The Integrated Reasoning section was designed to measure test takers' ability to interpret data from a variety of sources, and to draw meaningful conclusions from this information. By testing multiple scenarios in various ways, Integrated Reasoning questions measure your higher-order thinking skills (such as your ability to sift through tedious details to determine which data are most relevant in decision-making, or to organize information in a way that makes it more accessible and valuable toward a specific objective), not just how well you can memorize content. While existing, more traditional GMAT questions also measure these skills, the Integrated Reasoning section takes advantage of the GMAT's computer-based testing format to present you with various types of information including charts, spreadsheets, a long-form text to get closer to the types of mini case studies that you will see in the business school classroom and in your MBA job search

As of June 5, 2012 all GMAT exams administered contain the Integrated Reasoning section

In 2009, GMAC launched a major study to gather feedback from its member business schools about how it could improve the GMAT. It surveyed hundred of business school faculty and administrators to find out what was working well, what could be better, and what ideas they had for improving the test. As a result of this study, GMAC identified a need to make the GMAT better able to measure the skills that students use in the MBA classroom: evaluate information from multiple sources, identify relationship between disparate data points, and assess the likelihood of different outcomes. In response to this need, GMAC created an entirely new question type (not strictly œQuant or œVerbal) that exists outside the bounds of what is currently tested on the exam

No, you will not need to retake the exam. Your GMAT score is good for five years from the date you take it, and this same policy applies with the Next Generation GMAT. Any scores earned on the old GMAT will still be valid for five years, and business school admissions officers will still evaluate those scores the same way as before

GMAC replaced its Analysis of an Issue question on the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA). So there is now one AWA essay (Analysis of an Argument) and the Integrated Reasoning section, in addition to the Quantitative and Verbal portions of the exam

The Integrated Reasoning section is 30 minutes long. There is one 30-minute AWA essay (Analysis of an Argument) and the 30-minute Integrated Reasoning section

There are four main types of questions in the Integrated Reasoning section:

Table Analysis You will review a table of data (similar to a spreadsheet, but with very little functionality) and use this information to evaluate a series of œTrue/False statements.

Graphics Interpretation You will analyze a graph or information in an image, and then complete a series of statements using drop-down menus.

Multi-Source Reasoning You will click through several tabs containing information in various forms (including text, charts, and graphs). You will then answer a series of œYes/No questions based on the information.

Two-Part Analysis You will need to take two different sources of information and piece them together to answer the question asked

One comforting feature of the Integrated Reasoning section is that it's quite true to its name; it integrates many of the skills from the quantitative and verbal sections to efficiently gauge your problem-solving abilities in a business-oriented way. Accordingly, your preparation for the verbal and quantitative GMAT sections will produce economies of scale toward success on the Integrated Reasoning section. Furthermore, as this section is designed to test your analytical abilities in a business context, your day-to-day activities will help you prepare, and you should note items such as œwhich data are most relevant to a decision and œhow could this information be displayed graphically to highlight important trends when you perform professional and personal tasks that involve numbers and decisions. The Integrated Reasoning section is relevant in your daily life, both before and after business school (and certainly during)!

Integrated Reasoning scores range from 1 to 8, in single-digit increments. So, your Integrated Reasoning score could be an 8, or a 7, or a 6 (and so on). Your score will be separate from your Quantitative and Verbal scores, and it will not factor into your total GMAT score out of 800

Realistically, it will probably be a year or two before MBA admissions officers start to rely heavily on Integrated Reasoning scores when evaluating applicants. Keep in mind that Integrated Reasoning is not only new to you, but it's also new to admissions officers. It will likely take at least a year before admissions personnel become familiar enough with the Integrated Reasoning score scale (What is a good score? How should they interpret an Integrated Reasoning score that's significantly higher or lower than an applicant's score on the rest of the exam?) to place a great deal of emphasis on it when making admissions decisions. While a low Integrated Reasoning score will certainly not help your admissions chances, in the near term we expect that admissions officers will still place much more emphasis on your scores on the other parts of the GMAT

Don't worry! While some Integrated Reasoning questions do include what look like small spreadsheets (including sorting functionality), they are not anywhere near as sophisticated as a real-world spreadsheet. They are really just tables of numbers that make use of the GMAT's computer-based testing environment to make your job a bit easier hence the sorting functionality and the ability to pull up an on-screen calculator when needed. Someone who has never used Excel can become familiar with this functionality in mere minutes. GMAC is not interested in testing your ability to manipulate numbers in a spreadsheet

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