GMAT Overview


GMAT is a standardized exam and is accepted by over 7,000 MBA and Masters programs across 2300+ B-schools and universities around the world. Different institutions place varying degrees of importance on standardized tests, such as the GMAT, and use them along with other factors such as GPA, class rank, community service, recommendations, and extracurricular activities. The GMAT tests you on the quantitative, verbal, analytical writing skills, and integrated reasoning. The test is based on a computer-adaptive format selecting questions based on previous responses. Combined GMAT Test Scores range from 200 to 800 for the total score. GMAT Scores are also given for individual verbal, quantitative, analytical writing, and integrated reasoning components.

GMAT Test Format:

The GMAT exam consists of 4 sections — Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, and AWA (Analytical Writing). You are given a total of approximately three and a half hours (with breaks) to complete the test. Let us understand the sections of the GMAT test in more detail.

You may use the Select Section Order to choose the preferred order of taking the test. There are 3 options available:

  1. Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal
  2. Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment
  3. Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

GMAT Test Structure is as follows:

Section Time Limit Number of Questions Score Range
Analytical Writing Assessment 30 minutes 1 question 0-6

(in 0.5-point increments)

Integrated Reasoning 30 minutes 12 questions 1-8

(in 1-point increments)

Quantitative Reasoning 62 minutes 31 questions 6-51

(in 1-point increments)

Verbal Reasoning 65 minutes 36 questions 6-51

(in 1-point increments)


GMAT Test Registration:

Before registering for the GMAT you must understand its requirements, its scheduling process and information related to its payment.

Let us discuss the requirements of the GMAT test:

  • You must be at least 18 years old. If you are a student between 13 and 17 years of age, you may take the exam with parental or legal guardian approval.
  • The GMAT cannot be taken more than 5 times within a 12 month period
  • You will have to wait for at least 16 days in order to retake the GMAT

You must not forget that the GMAT has no set test dates, therefore, you can schedule it anytime. It is suggested to check the website of your targeted schools to know their admission process and deadlines; and this will also help you to plan your GMAT accordingly. It is recommended to take the GMAT exam two to three months prior to your deadlines so that you have enough time for the admission process and to reattempt the exam in case you do not meet your targeted score.

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