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  Graduate Management Admission Test -GMAT 

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
is a Standardized test that measures verbal, mathematical and analytical
writing skills. GMAT helps business schools in assessing the potential of
applicants for advanced study in business and management. Nearly 900
management institutes all over the world (almost all of them in the US) give
admission in the


on the basis of GMAT

The GMAT test 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 various

GMAT test is held all-round-the-year. You can choose your own date and time
for taking the GMAT. The test is administered five-days-a-week (Monday
through Friday), twice-a-day. September to December is the high season for
GMAT. In case you intend to take the test during this period, you need to
register quite early (say 2-3 months advance) to get a date of your choice.
Otherwise, registering at least 15 days in advance is mandatory.

Anyone is eligible to appear in GMAT. There are no restrictions based on age
or qualifications. The test scores are valid for five years, i.e., most

accept scores up to
five years old.

GMAT Test Pattern

The GMAT tests the fundamental skills-Reasoning and Comprehension
included-and does not require any subject-specific theoretical study. The
test has three distinct sections : Analytical Writing Ability (AWA),
Quantitative, and Verbal. The Quantitative section has two types of
questions, Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency, mingled throughout the
section. The Verbal Section has three types : Sentence Correction, Critical
Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension; here too, the questions of each type
appear in no set sequence. There are a total of 78 questions, 37 in
Quantitative and 41 in Verbal. These have to be done in 75 minutes each.

Format of GMAT

  Questions Time Allotted
Analysis of an IssueAnalysis of an Argument 1 Topic1 Topic 30 minutes30 minutes
Optional Rest Break NA 5 minutes
Quantitative (Problem Solving & Data Sufficiency) 37 75
Optional Rest Break NA 5 minutes
Verbal (Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, & Sentence
41 75 minutes
  78+2 Essays 4hours (approx)


Analytical Writing Assessment: The analytical writing section
consists of two short essays to be written in thirty 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.

Quantitative Section: The 37 questions in this section comprise two
kinds of questions : Problem Solving (PS) and Data Sufficiency (DS). This
section contains questions on Mathematics. The difficulty level of the
questions is comparable to Class X.

Verbal Section: The verbal section in GMAT test requires the basic
skills of English coupled with reasoning and analysis. The 41 questions, to
be attempted in 75 minutes, consist of three types : Sentence Correction
(SC), Critical Reasoning (CR), and Reading Comprehension (RC). The three
types are intermingled, with no fixed number for each type.

GMAT Preparation

Take minimum of three full months of focused preparation before your

. Those who are not in
continuous touch with subjects or out of

or college for long time
are advised to take not less than six months for a good preparation. As such
no recognized or accredited Institutes are available for GMAT preparation.
However, several private institutes offer short term courses for GMAT
preparation. These institutes offer two different types of courses for GMAT
preparation. One is GMAT


and the other is GMAT
classroom course. Online courses are best for those who cannot attend
classroom courses for some reasons.

Those who are opting for classroom

for GMAT preparation must
check whether the institute has provision for GMAT-CAT (GMAT Computer
Adaptive Test) version of training. GMAT requires "good speed" of solving
the questions and hence whenever you are taking the Mock-GMAT test during
your preparations, make your first 'objective' to complete it in given

Here are some useful tips for cracking the GMAT exams.

  • Read the questions carefully as questions in GMAT are generally designed
    to confuse the candidates. As many of the questions of GMAT exam can be
    misinterpreted either from the 'language point of view' or from the 'content
    point of view',

    the questions carefully
    to get the exact meaning of the questions will be of great help to score
    good marks.
  • Avoid guesswork in your answers. GMAT-CAT is designed in such a way that
    a candidate cannot 'revert' or 'return back' to a question like
    paper-version exams. So when the candidate clicks on the 'click-box' that
    will be his or her final answer. So, avoiding guesswork will always put you
    on safer side.
  • Avoid wasting time on answering single question or getting stuck-up with
    specific question for more time. If you don't know the answer of a
    particular question, move on to the next question.

GMAT Registration in India

GMAT is now a

adaptive test and can be
taken at any time of the year. Before appearing for GMAT you have to first
register for the test. If you plan to take GMAT in India you can register in
following three ways:

Online Registration: You can complete the required details online on
the official GMAT registration

. Test fee payments for
online test appointments can only be made by credit card or debit card.

Registration by Phone: To schedule your test appointment in India by
phone, you can call at the following number:

Telephone: 0120 4324628 (95120 from



9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Indian Standard Time

Test fee payments for phone appointments can only be made by credit card or
debit card.

Registration by Fax, Mail or Courier: To schedule your appointment in
India by fax, download and complete the downloadable GMAT

Scheduling Form. Fax
the completed form to: +61 2 9901 3330. You can make the test fee payment by
credit card or debit card.

If you wish to mail your form, you can send the completed form along with
appropriate payment to:

Pearson VUE

Attention: GMAT� Program

PO Box 581907

Minneapolis, MN 55458-1907


GMAT Score



is only one of several
parameters which the graduate schools look at to determine the selection of
an applicant. A high score alone does not translate into an admission offer
from a great school. But the test can be looked upon as the first major
hurdle to be cleared in the process of getting admission into a B-school of
your choice. A good score will push your candidature to the top, by
projecting you as a candidate with good verbal and analytical talents, which
are the important base of aspirants to pursue

in Management field.
Apart from a good score, many of the top Schools and Universities look for
other features like past academic records, your application essays,
recommendation letters from your past Institutes or


The test is scored out of 800 (in multiples of 10), and most scores fall in
the range of 500-600. However, a score of even 800 is not unheard of! An
average GMAT score that is necessary for getting admission is 680 and more.
Different schools follow different criteria to judge the ability of the
students. There are schools who have rejected students with scores of even
more than 700. This is because some students fail in their presentation
ability of application


etc., though they
performed well in the GMAT. So to qualify for admission, apart from good
GMAT score you are expected to do well in other areas of consideration also.

Many B-Schools admit students with higher scores only and many of them take
students with average score also. Aspirants must know about other criteria
(like evaluation of their essays etc.) of admission that the respective
schools consider. Waiving application fees for some exceptional students is
a normal situation that happens with good GMAT scorers, in many of the

in recent years is conducted
as CAT (Computer Adaptive Test). The highlight of this procedure is, the
candidates get their GMAT-CAT scores on the same day they give the test.

GMAT Test Centres in India

is a computer adaptive
test that can be taken all round the year. Here is a list of GMAT test
centers in India.


Prometric Testing (P) Ltd.

301-302, Abhijeet-II, Mitha Kali,

6 Road, Ellisbridge,


Ph: 91-79-6561088


Prometric Testing (P) Ltd.




Civil Lines, Allahabad - 211001

Ph: 91-532-2622477


Prometric Testing (P) Ltd.

Maini Sadan, 1st Floor,

No 38 Lavelle Road, 7th Cross,

Bangalore - 560001

Ph: 91-80-2292553 / 54


Prometric Testing (P) Ltd.

Flat 1/C, 1st Floor, Sukh Sagar Bldg,

Sarat Bose Road,Calcutta - 700020

Ph: 91-33-24852792


Prometric Testing (P) Ltd.

No 15, 2nd Floor, Romar House,

Jagannathan Road, Nugambakkam,

Chennai - 600034

Ph: 91-44-28241875


Prometric Testing (P) Ltd.

Avenue 1, Street 20, Plot 1672,

Road 12, Banjara Hills

- 500034

Ph: 91-40-23308504


Prometric Testing (P) Ltd.

Marwah House, Saki Vihar Road,

Saki Naka, Andheri (E)

Mumbai - 400072

Ph: 91-22-28573160 / 28573171


Prometric Testing (P) Ltd.

PTC Towers, 2nd Floor,

SS Coil Road, Thampanoor,

Trivandrum - 695001

Ph: 91-471-2338662

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