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22 Oct 2020

GMAT Exam- Everything you need to know

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For the ones gearing up to enter an intensely competitive business world, an MBA is the ideal degree to take up, preparing individuals to embark on their professional journey. Studying an MBA abroad can be a dream for many, as the degree can add a lot of leverage to their resumes and can strengthen one’s management skills, helping one achieve their career goals. Apart from this, an MBA degree can help one secure some of the highest-paid jobs around the world and can help expose one to a vast business network.
In order to pursue an MBA degree, one would be required to take up a test known as the GMAT exam, testing one’s aptitude, capabilities, talent, and critical thinking skills.
A GMAT score is ideally taken into consideration by B-schools across several countries around the world to take admission-related decisions. A high GMAT score holds a lot of leverage in securing a seat in a B-school.

What is GMAT?

What is GMAT? GMAT is a computer-based multiple-choice exam, which focuses on the maths and English sections primarily, shedding light on the basics of algebra, arithmetic, geometry, multi-source data analysis, and grammar.
GMAT scores, along with previous academic track record, and work experience are crucial factors while profiling an individual’s academic preparedness to pursue an MBA degree.
GMAT full form- The GMAT full form stands for Graduate Management Admission Test.

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GMAT syllabus-

GMAT syllabus consists of different sections, spanning across 4 major sections which are as follows-

  • Analytical Writing Section

  • Integrated Reasoning

  • Quantitative Aptitude Section

  • Verbal Reasoning Section


Although the sections are different, the scores of each section is combined together to generate a comprehensive score.

GMAT exam pattern-

Analytical Writing Section- One Question

Number of Questions Time allotted to complete Score Range
Analysis of an Argument30 Mins0-6 points


Integrated Reasoning Section- 12 Questions

Number of Questions Time allotted to complete Score Range
Multi-Source Reasoning questions


30 Minutes



1 to 8
Graphics Interpretation questions
Two-Part Analysis questions
Table Analysis questions


Quantitative Aptitude Section- 31 Total Questions

Number of Questions Time allotted to complete Score Range
14–15 Data Sufficiency questions

62 minutes


0 to 60
16–19 Problem Solving questions


Verbal Reasoning Section- 36 Total Questions

Number of Questions Time allotted to complete Score Range
12 Reading Comprehension questions

65 minutes


0 to 60
10 Critical Reasoning questions
14 Sentence Correction questions

GMAT prep-

GMAT prep- Best Practices to prepare for GMAT

  • The first step to kick-start the preparation for GMAT would be to create a proper roadmap at least 6-months prior to the exam dates.

  • The second step would be to tackle each of the 4 sections at a time.

  • The third step would be to analyze the preparedness for each section and focus on how to bring your basics up to speed.

  • The fourth step would be to practice and improve your speed required to tackle each section.

  • Post preparation of each of the 4 sections, it would be ideal to practice using GMAT certified practice starter kits and practice exam kits.

  • The last step would be to take up the GMAT exam after sufficient practice and preparation.

GMAT registration-

GMAT registration procedure can be can taken forward here. You can also schedule your preferred exam date post the registration procedure.

GMAT Exam Dates

GMAT exams can be taken through all months of the year and dates may vary depending on the state, test center, and based on availability. Ideally, an individual can schedule their GMAT exam dates 6 months post the registration procedure, which offers applicants ample time to prepare and practice for the same.

GMAT score

GMAT scores range from 200 to 800, with 200 being the lowest and 800 being the highest. Close to two-thirds of the test takers score between 400-600 and any score above 680 is considered to be a very competitive score. Scores above 680 have a high chance of being considered for the MBA program across a majority of universities.

E GMAT-

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has made taking up GMAT exams extremely convenient for test-takers. The exam can be taken up online, going by GMAT online, where within the exam structure, one section gets omitted out of the four sections (the one section being Analytical Writing Assessment Section). The appointment availability gets extended to December 31st, 2020 and the E GMAT scores hold the same value as the exam taken up at physical test centers.

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