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Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT*)

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer adaptive standardized test in Mathematics and the English language for measuring aptitude to succeed academically in graduate business studies. Business schools commonly use the test as one of the many selection criteria for admission into an MBA program. It is given at various locations around the world. Data has shown that GMAT scores are consistently good, though imperfect, predictors of academic success in the first year of business school.

GMAT is a computer adaptive test (CAT) is more than just a computerized version of a paper and pencil test. In this format, the computer actually adapts to your performance as you're taking the test. Understanding how the CAT works and knowing the test-taking strategies appropriate to this particular format can have a direct, positive impact on your score.

When you begin a section on the CAT, the computer assumes you have an average score and gives you a question of medium difficulty. Because the order of difficulty will not be predictable, don't assume that you will start with the easy questions first. Always be on the lookout for answer choice traps.

As it tries to determine your final score, the computer makes large jumps in the beginning of a section to quickly find your approximate scoring level. Then it makes much smaller jumps to fine-tune your score.

Purpose of Examination

GMAT scores are  used  to compare  the credentials of candidates from widely varying backgrounds. The exam itself measures general verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills .

Test Format

Section Topics Tested Duration
Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Analysis of an Argument
Analysis of an Issue
60 minutes
Quantitative Algebra
75 minutes
Verbal Reading
75 minutes
Total 3 hrs 30 min.

Section Type of Question Format:
Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)   Consists of two 30-minute essays
Quantitative Problem Solving
Data Sufficiency
Max. of 37 multiple choice questions
Verbal Reading Comprehension
Sentence Correction
Critical Reasoning
Max. of 41 questions


Verbal & Quantitative

Total GMAT scores ranges between 200 to 800.  The Verbal and Quantitative scores ranges between 0 to 60.

Both scores are on a fixed scale and can be compared across all GMAT test administrations. The Verbal and Quantitative scores measure different constructs and cannot be compared to each other.

If you do not finish the exam in the allotted time, one will still receive scores as long as one has worked on every section.

Scores will be calculated based upon the number of questions answered, and your score will decrease significantly with each unanswered question.

Analytical Writing Assessment Score

Scores for the AWA range from 0 to 6 in half-point intervals

Writing scores are computed separately from the multiple-choice scores and have no effect on the Verbal, Quantitative, or Total scores.

GMAT Score is valid for 5 years

Test Centers

Graduate Management Admission test (GMAT) can be taken all around the year at Thomson prometric centers  GMAT is held in more than 100 countries.