Introduction to GMAT
GMAT | MBA | // Apr 13, 2018

The Graduate Management Admission Test, abbreviated as the GMAT Exam, is a computer-adaptive entrance test conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) for admissions into almost all top B-schools for MBA and MIM programs in the US and other countries including India. 


When and where is the GMAT conducted in India?

Dates for the GMAT are available all round the year in India. You can check the dates and venues and register for the test here:  GMAT Test Date & Center Availability in India 


What is the eligibility criteria for GMAT?

Anyone who is 18 years of age or older can take the GMAT. Nevertheless, aspirants between the ages of 13 and 17 are allowed to appear for the exam on producing a written consent/approval from their parent or legal guardian. However, the program a candidate is applying to can have many eligibility criteria depending upon its competitiveness. So, we advise all candidates to go through any such criteria by visiting the official websites of the respective B-schools.


How many students appear for the GMAT every year?

Based on the world-wide data from past 3 years, more than 1,80,000 students take the GMAT every year. 


How many programs accept GMAT exam scores?

More than 2,300 B-schools accept GMAT scores world-wide. Among these B-schools are the prestigious Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management, UC Berkeley’s Haas, Kellogg, Wharton, Yale, IESE Barcelona and INSEAD among many others.

In India, GMAT is accepted by ISB Hyderabad for all its programs. IIM A, B & C accept GMAT scores for their Executive Management (PGPX/PGPEX) programs.


How many times can one take the GMAT exam?

There is NO limit on the overall number of times a candidate can sit for the GMAT. However, there MUST be a 16 day gap between any two consecutive tests. Also, a candidate can appear for the GMAT maximum 5 times in one calendar year. If the candidate wishes to take the GMAT the 6th time during a year, he can seek the permission to do so from GMAC in writing.


What is the format of GMAT exam?

GMAC provides three options with regards to the exam’s section order:

Order 1: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal (original order)

Order 2: Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

Order 3: Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

There is no “correct” or “recommended” section order to select. This choice simply gives you more control and flexibility to take the GMAT exam based on your strengths and testing preferences.


What is the syllabus of GMAT?

There is a misconception among so many students that GMAT is a test of Mathematics & English. Well, if that would have been the case, then why would GMAC name GMAT test sections Quantitative and Verbal? Why go further to the extent of coining new names?

All questions that candidates find on Quantitative section are conceptually below class X. However, the level of logic and common sense tested on these questions is way higher. Similarly, Verbal section does not test pure English grammar skills; it tests whether you can process mountains of drab English prose to find answers to the questions asked. It also tests critical thinking skills and logical usage of English sentences.

In short, if a student focuses on English vocabulary and tons of tricks and formulae, then the chances of him succeeding in the test are less. We, at Logic Academy, have understood the fundamental skills that the GMAT tests and have guided thousands of students over the past 15 years to some of the best universities including Harvard, IESE, MIT among others.


What is the scoring system on GMAT Exam?

A candidate’s total score is based on Verbal and Quantitative scores; your Analytical Writing Assessment and Integrated Reasoning scores do not affect the total score. Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800.

Scores for the Analytical Writing Assessment range from 0 to 6 in half-point intervals.

Integrated Reasoning (IR) scores range from 1 to 8 in single-digit intervals; GMAT test takers do not give any partial credit.

Skipping questions on the GMAT can significantly reduce the overall score. Hence, a candidate must attempt all the questions.


What is the registration fee for GMAT?

The GMAT registration fee  is $250.


Which documents must a candidate carry on the exam day?

Candidates must carry the hall ticket (which can be downloaded from candidate’s GMAT account) or the printed confirmation e-mail received after registering for the GMAT. Additionally, the candidate must also carry valid passport as an identity proof. 


Where can you find the latest updates about GMAT exam? 

Refer to the official GMAC website for the latest updates  regarding the test:

GMAT Official Website


How can Logic Academy help you  in cracking the GMAT?

Logic Academy prides itself in being the best GMAT coaching classes in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. Refer to our GMAT Programs page to know more about our awesome GMAT prep programs: Logic Academy’s GMAT Coaching Programs

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