GMAT Overview


GMAT is a standardized exam and is accepted by over 5,600 graduate programs across 1,700 universities and organizations 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 one written essay and a total of 89 questions. 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.

Section #1: Analytic Writing Assessment

The first section is the Analytic Writing Assessment and is of 30-minute duration. Here you are asked to solve one essay and will need to do the analysis of an argument.

Section #2: Integrated Reasoning

The second section is the Integrated Reasoning and is also of 30 minutes. Here you will be asked to solve 12 multi-part problems on data interpretation and combined Verbal/Math reasoning.

Section #3: Quantitative Reasoning

The third section is the Quantitative Reasoning section and is of 62 minutes duration. On this section, you will be asked 31 questions, either standard five-choice multiple choices (called “Problem-solving”) or Data Sufficiency.

Section #4: Verbal Reasoning

The fourth section is the Verbal Reasoning section having 36 five-choice multiple-choice questions, of three types: Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction. Here you will be given 65 minutes to solve the section.


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  might take the exam with parental or legal guardian approval
  • The GMAT cannot be taken more than 5 times within a 12 month period
  • There must be at least a gap of 16 days between taking the test again

You must not forget that the GMAT has no set test dates, therefore schedule your own test. It is suggested to check your dream school to know their admission process and deadlines and this will help you plan your GMAT test also. It is recommended to register two to three months prior to your actual test date so that you have your results on time and can apply to your desired university.


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