What is the GMAT Exam?

What is the GMAT Exam?

Often management aspirants are in a dilemma which exam to appear in order to pursue a career in management program. Although the majority of candidates aspire to know what GMAT is all about and then prepare for the exam per the requirements. The GMAT exam is recognized internationally for management aspirants who wish to get admission in graduate management programs like an MBA or Masters in Management in reputed B-schools worldwide.


The full form of GMAT is the Graduate Management Admission Test. It is a computer-adaptive standardized test which evaluates an applicant’s quantitative, verbal, logical reasoning, analytical writing and reading skills in standard written English. The GMAT syllabus is divided into four different sections:


  1. Analytical Writing Assessment: In this section, candidates are tested on the basis of their writing style through an essay or comprehension passage.
  2. Integrated Reasoning: Under this section, candidates are asked to study certain data interpretation techniques and utilize their critical thinking ability to solve complex problems through pie-charts, graphs, scatter diagrams, etc.
  3. Quantitative Aptitude: In this section, candidates are tested on the basis of their quantitative reasoning knowledge like problem-solving and data sufficiency problems.
  4. Verbal Ability: This section basically comprises checking the vocabulary power of the candidates and adopting some measures to coherently express ideas adequately in standard written English.

Exam Duration

The GMAT exam is timed at 3 hours and 7 minutes (without optional breaks). You can opt for two 8-minute optional breaks during the exam which are scheduled according to the GMAT section order you choose. Along with the optional breaks, the total duration of the GMAT exam is roughly about 3½-hours.

Age Limit

An applicant must have completed 18 years of age. However, candidates between the age group of 13 to 17 years old are also allowed to sit for the exam provided they have written consent from their respective parents or legal guardian.

Eligibility Criteria

Although GMAC the administrative body of GMAT has no formal rule regarding the qualification to appear the exam. However, GMAT candidates wishing to enroll for an MBA program should possess a graduate degree in any stream from a recognized university. Nonetheless, some business universities consider work experience as a rich source to check if the prospective candidate is capable of taking the strenuous MBA program and complete the entire degree successfully. However, having a few years of work experience is not mandatory but conveys a notion to the Admission Committees of B-Schools that a candidate is more likely to complete the degree and ace the difficult exams with flying colors.


To register for the GMAT exam, candidates need to pay $250, which would roughly convert to INR 17,500 approximately. Applicants who want to change the exam center or reschedule the test are charged an extra $50.

GMAT Score

The total GMAT score is measured on a scale of 200-800 with the highest score being 800. The GMAT exam is scored in increments of 10. For instance, 710,720,730, etc. As mentioned the GMAT exam assesses certain analytical writing, quantitative, verbal skills and logical reasoning of an applicant required for admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA or MiM. As a matter of fact, the higher the score a candidate records, the better are his/her chances to earn a seat in a B-School of repute. Here in the table below, we have clearly illustrated the section-wise scaled score of the GMAT exam:


SectionScaled Score (Total Score → 200-800)
Analytical Writing Assessment0-6
Integrated Reasoning1-8
Quantitative Reasoning0-60
Verbal Reasoning0-60


The GMAT score is usually valid for up to five years. Applicants can use the score up to five years and seek admission to various management colleges and also gather some work experience during this tenure to match up to the Admission Committee requirements of certain B-Schools.


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