The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer-adaptive test which assesses a person’s analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal and reading skills in standard written English. This test is taken in preparation for being admitted into a graduate management program, such as MBA and Masters in Finance related courses.

The GMAT exam is a computer adaptive test and not a computer based test, which means that the candidate will get one question at a time and depending on the accuracy of the previous answer, the difficulty level of the next question will be ascertained. The average scores required for universities abroad varies; top tier universities require at least 710, while middle tier universities accept 600.

Scoring and Results in GMAT

Here is the minimum and maximum score range of each section, along with a mean average –

Section Score Range Mean Scores*
Analytical Writing Assessment 0-6 4.5
Integrated Reasoning 1-8 4
Verbal 0-60 27
Quantitative 0-60 38
Total 200-800 548
 

GMAT Pattern

The GMAT exam pattern consists of mainly four sections which will test the candidate’s’ abilities on various parameters. These are – Writing, Reasoning, Verbal and Quantitative skills. The GMAT exam will be conducted in a time span of 3 hours and 30 minutes. GMAT scores are given with an increment of 10 points for example: 550, 560, 570 etc.

GMAT paper pattern –

Section No. of questions Question Type Duration
Analytical Writing Assessment 1 Topic Analysis of an Argument 30 minutes
Integrated Reasoning 12 questions Multi-Source Reasoning, Graphics Interpretation, Two-Part Analysis, Table Analysis 30 minutes
Quantitative 37 questions Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving 75 minutes
Verbal 41 questions Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction 75 minutes
Total Exam Duration     3 hours 30 minutes

 

The candidates can avail their GMAT result as soon as the exam is over. Once the exam is over, candidates can download the non-official GMAT result. The main GMAT result can be downloaded only after 20 working days from one’s individual account on the GMAT Fees

The application fee for GMAT is $250, which would roughly translate to Rs. 15,000-16,000 approximately.

GMAT Score validity – GMAT exam scores are valid for five years, and are available for reporting for up to 10 years. Scores beyond 10 years are not available. Learn more about GMAT scores and percentile.