### What is GMAT?

About GMAT – The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)is a Standardized, computer-adaptive test that measures Verbal, Mathematical and Analytical writing skills. GMAThelps business schools in assessing the potential of applicants for advanced study in Business and Management. Nearly 900 management institutes – Most of these being US based – give admission in the MBA program on the basis of GMATscores.

The GMATtest is developed and administered by the US-based Pearson VUE under the direction of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a non-profit organization of graduate business schools worldwide. For the conduct of the test, Pearson VUE has appointed testing centers in over 100 countries. GMATscores are by default sent to 5 Business schools of your choice within 20 days after your test.

A New Section

In June 2012, the GMATexam will introduce a groundbreaking section, in addition to the previous GMAT syllabus, designed to measure test takerâs ability to evaluate information presented in new formats and from multiple sources. The Integrated Reasoning score will provide a new data point for schools to differentiate among candidates.

New, Innovative Question Formats

The following types of question will be included in the new GMAT format:

• Graphics Interpretation: Graphs or graphical images must be interpreted to fill in the blanks of answer statements accurately.
• Table Analysis: A sortable table, similar to a spreadsheet, has to be analyzed to determine whether statements are accurate.
• Two-Part Analysis: Solutions involve two components, and possible answers will be in a table format with a column for each component.
• Multi-Source Reasoning: Different data from two or three tabbed pages must be used to answer the questions.

Skills Being Measured

The Integrated Reasoning section will test skills indentified as important for incoming students by a survey 740 business school faculty worldwide:

• To assimilate and integrate information from different sources to solve challenging problems.
• To accurately interpret data presented visually in graphs to determine or estimate probabilities and statistics.
• To recognize and evaluate tradeoffs and the likelihood of outcomes.
• To convert quantitative data between graphical and verbal formats.

Eligibility criteria:

Candidates with bachelor’s degree from a recognized university can apply for GMAT test. There is no minimum age limit but applicants below 18 years of age need to submit a written form duly signed by their parents.

GMAT pattern for paper test:

The GMAT paper test consists of four separately timed sections. The GMAT examconsists of three main parts, the Analytical Writing Assessment, the Quantitative section and the Verbal section. The GMAT tests your fundamental skills and does not require any subject-specific theoretical study. The Quantitative section has two types of questions: Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency. The Verbal Section has three types of questions: Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension.

There are a total of 78 questions, 37 in Quantitative and 41 in Verbal. These 2 sections have a time limit of 75 minutes each. The Analytical writing section consists of two short essays to be written in 30 minutes each. The first is the Analysis of an Issue, in which you need to analyze the issue presented and explain your views on it. The second essay is Analysis of an Argument, in which a given argument has to be critically analyzed and evaluated. For both the essays, the emphasis is on the “Analytical” part, and not on the “Writing” part. The total test duration is around 4 hours.

How to take GMAT?

• Click on these links to Schedule an appointmentfor your GMAT. You can also schedule Online here.
• To schedule your GMAT testdate and center By Phone in India, Please call +91 (0) 1204397830, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Indian Standard Time.
• To register for the GMAT examBy Mail or Fax, you must complete the form available here.
• Use this link here to know the correct Country and test centre codesto be mentioned in the form above.
• Applicants in India can use this fax number to fax in the filled out application forms: +603 8319 1092. If you wish to Mail your form, please send your completed form to: Pearson VUE, Attention: GMAT Program, PO Box 581907, Minneapolis, MN 55458-1907, USA.
• Please use this link to know more about Additional Score Reports.

To reschedule the date, time or location of a GMAT examappointment in India, Please call +91 (0) 1204397830, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please use this link for details on how to cancel your test appointment.

### Registration for GMAT

The GMAT is a computer based test conducted for the subjects of English and Mathematics to test the skills of candidates for securing admission in graduate business schools. The GMAT test scores are used by graduate business schools for providing admission to management programs across the world.

The test is offered through computers at different locations across the globe. The foreign countries which lack access to computers, the test is provided as a paper based test or at temporary computer based testing centers.

Candidates can register in 4 ways:

1. Online registration:

• Candidates can log onto official website of GMAT (www.mba.com) to fill in complete details and payment can be done using a debit or a credit card.

2. By Phone:

• Candidates can call VUE Customer Center to schedule a GMAT test appointment from Monday to Friday. Payment can be made using a debit or a credit card. Candidates are required to call their desired customer service available in the region atleast 3 days before the test day.

3. By Fax:

• Interested candidates can download and take print out of GMAT Appointment Scheduling form and fax the same to VUE customer service center in their region. Exam fee can be paid using a debit or a credit card. Fax should be sent atleast 7 days before the exam.

4. By Courier/Mail:

• GMAT Appointment Scheduling form can also be downloaded from the official website of GMAT and duly filled application form along with the test fee can be couriered to: Pearson VUE, Attention: GMAT program, PO Box- 581907, Minneapolis, MN- 55458-1907, USA

Forms should be sent atleast 3 weeks before the exam date.

Registration Details

• Click on these links to Schedule an appointment for your GMAT. You can also schedule Online here.
• To schedule your GMAT test date and center By Phone in India, Please call +91 (0) 1204397830, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Indian Standard Time.
• To register for the GMAT exam By Mail or Fax, you must complete the form available here.
• Use this link here to know the correct Country and test centre codesto be mentioned in the form above.
• Applicants in India can use this fax number to fax in the filled out application forms : +603 8319 1092. If you wish to Mail your form, please send your completed form to: Pearson VUE, Attention: GMAT Program, PO Box 581907, Minneapolis, MN 55458-1907, USA.
• Please use this link to know more about Additional Score Reports.
• To reschedule the date, time or location of a GMAT exam appointment in India, Please call +91 (0) 1204397830, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please use this link for details on how to cancel your test appointment.

### GMAT Score Format

The GMAT is held by the Pearson VUE based in US under the supervision of GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) to secure admission in business and management schools. About 900 business schools across the globe accept the GMAT test scores. The GMAT exam yields four scores: Verbal, Quantitative, Total, and Analytical Writing Assessment, which are reflected in your score report.

Each score is reported on a fixed scale and will appear on the official GMAT score reports that you and your designated score recipients (graduate management programs) receive. Your score report includes all GMAT scores from tests taken in the last five (5) years. The contact and demographic information that was required for you to register for the test will also appear on your score report.

GMAT Score Format

An official GMAT score report consists of four parts: Verbal Scaled Score (on a scale from 0 to 60); Quantitative Scaled Score (on a scale from 0 to 60), Total Scaled Score (on a scale from 200 to 800), Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Score (on a scale from 0 to 6). The total score is a scaled combination of the verbal and quantitative scaled scores, and thus reflects a student’s overall performance on the multiple choice sections of the test. The AWA score is independent of and has no impact on the total scaled score.

Applicants can access GMAT scores electronically or receive paper reports-they’re sent to the test taker and score-report recipients selected by the test taker within three weeks of the test date. The score report will show all of the test taker’s GMAT scores for the past five years. Test takers may print an Unofficial Score Report after they finish the exam, but this does not include the AWA score and will not be accepted in lieu of an Official Score Report.

The Verbal and Quantitative scores range from 0 to 60. Scores below 9 and above 44 for the Verbal section or below 7 and above 50 for the Quantitative section are rare. Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800. Two-thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600. The AWA score is an average of the two independent ratings for each section: Analysis of an Issue and the Analysis of an Argument.

These average scores can range from 0 to 6 in half point intervals. Writing scores are computed separately from the scores for the multiple-choice sections of the test and have no effect on the Verbal, Quantitative, or Total scores. The GMAT score reports include the following background information: Country of citizenship, Gender, Date of birth, Telephone number, Undergraduate institution, grade point average (GPA), major, and date of graduation, intended graduate study, highest level of education attained.

### Next Generation GMAT Score Format

The GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test and is required to secure admission to management programs in Canada, US and other parts of the world. It is a multiple choice based test conducted in English.

Today’s businesses and organizations demand managers who can make sound decisions, discern patterns, and combine verbal and quantitative reasoning to solve problems. The Integrated Reasoning section will measure these skills.

On June 5, 2012, the GMAT® exam will introduce Integrated Reasoning, a new section designed to measure your ability to evaluate information presented in multiple formats from multiple sources – skills that you already use, and skills that you need to succeed in our data-rich world.

GMAT Exam Format

The GMAT exam will remain 3 hours, 30 minutes (four hours with breaks). The Analytical Writing Assessment will be streamlined from two 30-minute essays to one Analysis of an Argument essay. Immediately after the essay question, the Integrated Reasoning section will start. Test takers will have optional breaks before and after the Quantitative sections:

The GMAT Verbal, Quantitative, AWA, and Total scores will not change. The Analytical Writing Assessment will consist of one 30-minute essay (Analysis of an Argument) rather than two. The Integrated Reasoning section will have 12 questions. Test takers will receive a separate score for the Integrated Reasoning section. Like the AWA score, the Integrated Reasoning score will not count toward the Total Score.

For more than 50 years, the GMAT exam has kept pace with these changes to help schools find the right students, and help students find the right schools.

The skills being tested by the Integrated Reasoning section were identified in a survey of 740 management faculty worldwide as important for todayâs incoming students. The Integrated Reasoning score will provide a new data point for schools to find the right candidates for their programs, and for you to stand out.

### GMAT Test Format

The GMAT test is a standardized test in Mathematics and English to measure the aptitude and skills of the students seeking admission in management schools of the countries where English is one of the spoken languages.

The GMAT® exam is administered in a computer-adaptive format that adjusts to your level. The GMAT consists of three main parts—the Analytical Writing Assessment, the Quantitative section, and the Verbal section. You have three and a half hours in which to take the exam, but plan for a total time of approximately four hours.

The GMAT adjusts to your individual ability level, which both shortens the time it takes to complete the exam and establishes a higher level of accuracy than a fixed test. At the start of each multiple-choice section of the exam, you are presented with a question of medium difficulty. As you answer each question, the computer scores your answer and uses it—as well as your responses to any preceding questions—to determine which question to present next. Correct responses typically prompt questions of increased difficulty. Incorrect responses generally result in questions of lesser difficulty.

This process will continue until you complete the section, at which point the computer will have an accurate assessment of your ability level in that subject area. In a computer-adaptive test, only one question at a time is presented. Because the computer scores each question before selecting the next one, you may not skip, return to, or change your responses to previous questions. There are in total 78 questions, 41 in verbal and 37 questions in quantitative section. The newly introduced integrated reasoning section will have 12 questions to be completed in time limit of 30 minutes. The essay and analytical writing assessment section has been replaced by integrated reasoning section.

Analytical Writing Assessment Section

The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) of the GMAT® is designed as a direct measure of your ability to think critically and to communicate your ideas. The AWA consists of two 30-minute writing tasks—Analysis of an Issue and Analysis of an Argument.

The issues and arguments presented on the test concern topics of general interest related to business or a variety of other subjects. A specific knowledge of the essay topic is not necessary; only your capacity to write analytically is assessed.

Quantitative section

Two types of multiple-choice questions are used in the Quantitative section of the GMAT® exam—Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency. The Quantitative section of the GMAT measures the ability to reason quantitatively, solve quantitative problems, and interpret graphic data.

Problem-Solving and Data-Sufficiency questions are intermingled throughout the section. Both types of questions require knowledge of:

• Arithmetic,
• Elementary algebra, and
• Commonly known concepts of geometry.

### Problem-Solving Questions

Problem-Solving questions are designed to test:

• Basic mathematical skills,
• Understanding of elementary mathematical concepts, and
• The ability to reason quantitatively and solve quantitative problems.

### Data-Sufficiency Questions

Data-Sufficiency questions are designed to measure your ability to:

• Analyze a quantitative problem,
• Recognize which information is relevant, and
• Determine at what point there is sufficient information to solve a problem.

Data-Sufficiency questions are accompanied by some initial information and two statements, labeled (1) and (2). You must decide whether the statements given offer enough data to enable you to answer the question. You must choose one of the following answers:

• Statement (1) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (2) is not sufficient.
• Statement (2) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (1) is not sufficient.
• BOTH statements TOGETHER are sufficient, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient.
• EACH statement ALONE is sufficient.
• Statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient.

Verbal section

Three types of multiple-choice questions are used in the Verbal section of the GMAT® exam—Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction.

The Verbal section of the GMAT exam measures your ability to:

• Read and comprehend written material,
• Reason and evaluate arguments, and
• Correct written material to conform to standard written English.

### Reading Comprehension Questions

Reading Comprehension passages are up to 350 words long. Topics contain material from the social sciences, physical or biological sciences, and business-related areas (marketing, economics, human resource management, etc.).

Because the Reading Comprehension section of the GMAT exam includes passages from several different content areas, you may be generally familiar with some of the material; however, no specific knowledge of the material is required. All questions are to be answered on the basis of what is stated or implied in the reading material.

Reading Comprehension passages are accompanied by interpretive, applied, and inferential questions.

Integrated Reasoning Section

The Integrated Reasoning section will test skills indentified as important for incoming students by a survey 740 business school faculty worldwide:

• To assimilate and integrate information from different sources to solve challenging problems.
• To accurately interpret data presented visually in graphs to determine or estimate probabilities and statistics.
• To recognize and evaluate tradeoffs and the likelihood of outcomes.
• To convert quantitative data between graphical and verbal formats.