The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a 3½-hour standardized exam created by the GMAC. It is useful in predicting the probability of a candidate’s success in his/her MBA(Masters in Business Administration) program. These scores are the standard which decides if a graduate is to be given admission in B-schools.

Sometimes see the GMAT referred to as the GMAT CAT. The acronym CAT stands for Computer Adaptive Test. The verbal and quantitative tests are computer adaptive meaning the level of difficulty depends on your previous answers.

There are several reasons why one opts for GMAT as their choice to get into the top B-schools.

Here are a few reasons:

1. Tests all your skills: GMAT is the only exam which lets you showcase all your skills essential for a top B-school program.

2. It’s more widely accepted: The GMAT test scores are accepted by almost 6000 universities including some of the big names- all across the globe making it the go-to choice for the test takers to get into the IVY leagues.

3. More Opportunities:

 By getting into a rich educational environment successful candidates are privy to a network of influential corporate insiders.

4.Fast results :You get your verbal and Quantitative scores as soon as you are done with the exam.

5.Online assessment: It is computer adaptive and completely online making sure there’s no bias across the world.

5.Has flexible test dates and more than enough test centres: So you can book your slots at any day.

Exam Details


Number of Questions
Question Types
Analytical Writing Assessment
Topic Analysis of Argument
30 minutes
Integrated Reasoning
Multi-Source Reasoning Graphics Interpretation Two-Part Analysis Table Analysis
30 minutes
Data Sufficiency
75 Minutes
Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning Sentence Correction
75 Minutes

Exam Syllabus

The GMAT has the following sections:

Section 1: Analytical Writing Assessment

This section has a 30-minute essay where you have to Examine and analyse the given argument.

Analysis of an Argument

  1. Figure out the reasoning behind an argument
  2.  Critically examine the same
  3.  present your answer in a methodical manner
  4.  Consider various viewpoints
  5.  Support your answer with appropriate examples and explanation

The scores for this section are on a six point scale. Your essay is given two independent ratings and then an average is considered.

Section 2: Integrated Reasoning (IR)

This new section of the GMAT was introduced in June 2012. It has 12 questions with thirty minutes to answer this section. This section has replaced one of the AWA essays. It is scored in points of 1 to 8. This section has four different question types:

Table Analysis: The information is in a table format the questions have to be answered in T/F or Y/N

Graphics Interpretation: As the name suggests you have to fill in the answers using an image or graph given.

Multi-Source Reasoning: Here you have to gather information by clicking on the tabs provided. The data available may be presented either as text or in the form of charts, tables.

Two-Part Analysis: The answers in a table form have the two components occupying the first two columns and the answer options are to be given in the third column.

Section 3: Quantitative Section

This is the third section of the GMAT. You have to attempt 37 questions with 75 minutes to complete this section. The questions are designed to put your math skills to test. They revolve around basic arithmetic, algebra and geometry. This section has multiple choice questions that fall in the following two categories:

Data sufficiency

Problem solving questions

Section 4: GMAT Verbal Section

In this last section of the GMAT, you’ll have 75 minutes to answer 41 multiple choice questions.

There are three sub sections:

Reading comprehension: You are given a passage where you’ll have to understand the underlying meaning and grasp the relationship of the entities involved.

Critical reasoning: There are 14 questions in this section where you have to choose the correct answer choice from the given list. Usually by identifying the strengthening or weakening arguments.

Sentence correction: This part tests your familiarity with the English grammar rules. You have to select the answer choice that gives correct meaning to the sentence.

Exam Pattern

The GMAT exam pattern consists of mainly four sections which test the candidates abilities. There are four main areas which are tested viz. – Analytical Writing, Reasoning, Verbal and Quantitative skills spanning approximately at 3 hours and 30 minutes. GMAT scored is calculated at ten point increment for every correct answer in the Verbal and Quantitative sections whereas when it comes to the IR and AWA there’s an 8 and 6 point basis respectively.

In a recent update the GMAC announced that they are launching a feature known as the Select Section Order. This feature allows candidates the flexibility to select the order of the sections in which they can write their exam.

Slot Booking

Test dates can be booked via the website There are two steps to this the first being enrolling yourself with all the necessary details and the second step is the fee payment.

Usually Test dates in late August/September and November/December are heavily booked as that is the time when most schools close their applications. It is recommended that you book the slot almost a month in advance. The rest of the year you can wait until 15 days before you are ready to take the exam. 

Slots also tend to be harder to book during the weekends particularly in the big cities. So if you can -try and book it on a weekday. The exam fee stands at 250/- USD

On the Test Day

There are certain dos and don’ts

You have to bring the following to the test center along with you

What to bring:

  1.  Appropriate identification (preferably passport)
  2.  A list of graduate management programs that should receive your GMAT scores (Note: You are not permitted to bring the list into the test center)
  3.  Your appointment confirmation letter or an email of the scheduled appointment.

What not to bring:

  1.  Any other electronic devices that could aid testing
  2.  Smart watches
  3.  Your own notepad
  4.  Mobile phones

Other FAQs

  1.  The administrator will provide you with a booklet of five note boards to use during the exam
  2.  You may not erase your notes.
  3.  You may request additional note boards by raising your hand.
  4.  You may not remove these note boards from the testing room at any time.

Score Reporting

Scores for the Quant verbal and IR sections appear as soon as you have finished the test whereas for the entire score report to be mailed to you, you have to wait a couple of weeks.Once you have clicked submit the computer screen shows you the following scores

  • Quantitative ability out of 800
  • Verbal ability out of 800 and
  • Integrated reasoning score out of 8 points.