(Info) MBA Entrance Exam: Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

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MBA Entrance Exam: Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

In 1953, the organization now called the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) began as an association of nine business schools, whose goal was to develop a standardized test to help business schools select qualified applicants. In the first year it was offered, the assessment (now known as the Graduate Management Admission Test), was taken just over 2,000 times; in recent years, it has been taken more than 200,000 times annually. Initially used in admissions by 54 schools, the test is now used by more than 1,500 schools and 1,800 programs worldwide.

The Graduate Management Admission Test is a Computer-Adaptive standardized test in mathematics and the English language for measuring aptitude to succeed academically in graduate business studies. Business schools commonly use the test as one of many selection criteria for admission into graduate business administration programs (e.g. MBA, Master of Accountancy, etc.) principally in the United States, but also in other English-speaking countries.

GMAT Test Structure:

Analytical Writing Assessment: Essay must be written within 30 minutes and is scored on a scale of 0–6 (Each of the two essays in the Analytical Writing part of the test is graded on a scale of 0 (the minimum) to 6 (the maximum))

Quantitative Section: The quantitative section consists of 37 multiple choice questions, which must be answered within 75 minutes. It has two different subsections.

  • Problem Solving: Problem-solving questions present multiple-choice problems in arithmetic, basic algebra, and elementary geometry. The task is to solve the problems and choose the correct answer from among five answer choices.
  • Data Sufficiency: This tests the quantitative reasoning ability using an unusual set of directions.

Verbal Section: (The verbal section consists of 41 multiple choice questions, which must be answered within 75 minutes.). It has three different subsection.

  • Sentence Correction: Sentence correction items consist of a sentence, all or part of which has been underlined, with five associated answer choices listed below the sentence.
  • Critical Reasoning: This portion of test is based on logical thinking. Critical thinking items present an argument that the test taker is asked to analyze.
  • Reading Comprehension: Reading comprehension questions are related to a passage given on question booklet. It defines the critical reading ability.

GMAT Eligibility:

The eligibility criteria for taking the standardized test GMAT is discussed in this page. For taking the GMAT Test as such there is no minimum educational qualification requirement prescribed by the testing authority GMAC.

However, if a candidate’s age is below 18 years, then he/she has to send a written form to “GMAT Customer Services” of his/her region signed by parents or local guardian This form authorizes such candidates to take the GMAT exam and states that the applicant and parent or legal guardian agree to adhere to all the terms and conditions specified by the GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Committee).
The test scores are valid for five years, i.e., most universities accept scores up to five years old. But it is always better if scores are recent (not older than 2 years).

GMAT Registration:

  • Registration by Phone
    Test takers from India can call may call up Prometric Testing (P) Ltd. Delhi office until 12:00 noon on the working days to register. Make sure to call at least three business days before the test date.
  • Registering by Fax
    If registering by fax test takers must send their fax at lest 7 days, prior to their first choice of the test day.
  • Registering by Mail / Courier
    Fill in the form, get the draft made (if you are not paying by credit card) and submit these to the Prometric Testing (P) Ltd. at New Delhi either by hand or by registered post/courier. You must send the documents at least three weeks before their choice of a test day.

On receipt of your documents, an appointment will be scheduled for you to test at the Prometric Testing (P) Ltd. Confirmation of the date, time and location of the appointment will be sent to you.

Contact Details:

  • Address:
    Graduate Management Admission Council
    11921 Freedom Drive, Suite 300
    Reston, VA 20190 USA
  • Phone: +1-703-668-9600
  • Fax: +1-703-668-9601
  • Email Id: info[at]snaptest.org.
  • Website: http://www.gmac.com/gmac

Important Links:

Source: GMAC & Wikipedia